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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 15:18
A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (December 2016) compared AeroForm—a remote controlled, needle-free CO2-based expander—to saline tissue expanders. The researchers randomized 150 women undergoing two-stage breast reconstruction at 17 U.S. sites. Subjects performed expansion in 10cc increments, up to 30cc per day of CO2. Physicians treated the control arm with periodic bolus injections of saline. Safety endpoints, expansion and reconstruction times, pain and satisfaction were assessed.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 11:04
In a recent study, researchers Douglas C. Wu, MD, et al, evaluated the safety and histopathological effects of different laser, light and ultrasound modalities on skin previously injected with a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) filler (Bellafill, Suneva Medical). Bellafill is a soft tissue dermal filler composed of non-resorbable microspheres, suspended in a water-based carrier gel with 3.5% bovine collagen; it is FDA approved for the correction of nasolabial folds and atrophic facial acne scars.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 11:02
Main image:  Topokine Therapeutics has initiated clinical trials for a new, fat-burning topical. The company is testing the safety and efficacy of XOPH5 ointment for reduction of fat pouches around the eyelids. The therapy's origins data back to an observation in the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology that prostaglandin eye drops have a common side effect of reducing fat around the eye. The observations have now been confirmed in over a dozen independent, peer-reviewed scientific publications. read more
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:48
Main image:  New York City Plastic Surgeon, Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, has released an e-Book titled, African-American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty, for both consumers and healthcare professionals interested in ethnic rhinoplasty. Dr. Slupchynskyj notes that ethnic nose structures tend to be quite different from Caucasian nose structures and require specialized knowledge and training on the part of the operating plastic surgeon. read more
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:25
Deck:  When it comes to aging, necks are a dead giveaway. But surgeons can turn back the clock in this delicate area with a growing array of surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Byline:  By Maryann Hammers Main image:  In 2006, the late author Nora Ephron published a wry and witty book about aging. Its title? I Feel Bad About My Neck. Readers could relate. As Ephron explained, “Our faces...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:25
Main image:  Patients who undergo rhinoplasty procedures may notice changes in the sounds of their voices following surgery, reports a study published in the February 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. read more
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:49
Merz Aesthetics, a division of Merz North America, and its newly acquired skincare line, NEOCUTIS, will contribute a portion of their product sales in the month of December to benefit Look Good Feel Better, a charitable organization that has, for more than 24 years, worked to give confidence to cancer patients undergoing treatment. read more
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 10:54
Main image:  Frustrated by the rise in botched cosmetic plastic surgeries coming through his practice doors, Donald Kress, MD, has authored “Trust Me I’m a Plastic Surgeon – The Survival Guide.” The books offers advice for patients seeking cosmetic procedures based on Dr. Kress’ 30 years experience performing plastic surgeries. Topics include: 1. How to qualify your physician: What kind of education and certifications are crucial, and how his or her style could affect your outcome. 2. Who chooses to have plastic surgery...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:25
October is domestic violence awareness month. In the United States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds by an intimate or former partner, and more than 75 percent of women who are in an abusive relationship receive a battering to the face and head area. In 1994, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) teamed up with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to develop FACE-TO-FACE: The Domestic Violence Project. read more
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:57
A group of doctors recently embarked on a study of 49 aesthetic facial surgery patients in which blinded raters evaluated pre- and post-operative photos of the subjects. The raters reported that the patients did not appear more attractive after their surgeries and that they looked, on the average, only about three years younger. Facial plastic surgeon Michael A. Bogdan, MD, responded to the study with a release noting, “This study misses a critical factor. It doesn’t measure patient satisfaction or confidence. read more
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:50
A survey of 6,300 consumers found that 92% of patients who have received dermal filler injections are satisfied with their treatments. (Five percent of the total respondents had been treated with dermal fillers.) The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures asked participants to share their opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and rate 10 specific procedures ranging from botulinum toxin injections to laser treatments and body sculpting. read more
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 13:11
Main image:  A follow-up study of 31 patients who underwent endoscopic brow lifts revealed that aesthetic improvements and brow elevation remain at 5.4 years. Barry M. Jones, MS, FRCS, and Steven Lo, MA, MSc, FRCS, measured the elevation and aesthetic outcomes of endoscopic brow lifts using computer software, validated regional aesthetic scoring systems and global aesthetic scoring systems (Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, August 2013). read more
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:36
Main image:  A cryopreserved cocktail of dermis, fascia and fat provides a viable treatment option for patients who require additional microfat grafting following aesthetic procedures. For “Facial Rejuvenation With Staged Injections of Cryopreserved Fat and Tissue Cocktail Clinical Outcomes in the Past 10 Years” (Aesthetic Surgery Journal, July 2013), researchers at the ONEP Plastic Surgery Science Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, reviewed the outcomes of 5199 cryopreserved fat or tissue injections performed in 2439 consecutive...
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 14:11
Main image:  Injection of platelet-rich plasma during random extension of an axial pattern flap procedure significantly increases flap survival, according to researchers at Seoul University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. For “The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Flap Survival in Random Extension of an Axial Pattern Flap in Rabbits” (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, July 2013), Hyo Young Kim, MD, et al, randomly assigned 16 male New Zealand white rabbits to either the experimental group of the control group (eight in each group...
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 13:52
Main image:  A retrospective study of 333 patients who underwent cosmetic breast augmentation revealed a significant decrease in capsular contracture among patients who received oral antibiotics and irrigation of the implant and pocket versus those who received only oral medication. Salvatore Giordano, MD, and colleagues at the Turku University Division of Plastic Surgery in Turku, Finland, reviewed the charts of 333 cosmetic breast augmentation patients, all of whom were treated by the same surgeon via the inframammary approach...
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:22
Main image:  The Nouveau Contour Intelligent permanent makeup system features state-of-the-art software that consistently calculates the best needle frequency for various skin structures, so practitioners can achieve optimal pigment retention whether working on the lips, brows or breast. Contact: 877.628.7201,
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:20
Main image:  The Liposonix nonsurgical fat removal device from Solta Medical uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to permanently destroy fat cells 1cm to 2cm below the surface of the skin. Clinical studies have demonstrated an average 2.6cm reduction in waist circumference following a single Liposonix treatment. Contact: 877.782.2286,
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 17:04
Deck:  Understanding what keeps prospective patients from booking can help increase your scheduling ratios. Byline:  By Jon Hoffenberg Main image:  The world’s most successful cosmetic practices have on-the-spot procedure scheduling ratios approaching 70%. For the average practice, however, just 15% to 20% of patients schedule their procedures immediately. To bridge this gap, one must understand...


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