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Washington, DC, MAY 2013 – For the third consecutive year, rhinoplasty or nose surgery, continues to be the “most popular” facial plastic surgery procedure, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Found to be the most common surgical procedure for both men and women under 35, and the most in-demand facial plastic surgery among men, rhinoplasty has seen a recent resurgence in interest.

So why the uptick in rhino-popularity?

“Our nose is one of the first things people see when they look at us and is very important to overall facial balance,” according to Robert M. Kellman, MD, President of the AAFPRS. “A well-done rhinoplasty can enhance overall facial features by restoring balance and symmetry. A natural-looking nose should blend harmoniously with facial features, rather than stand out as a prominent feature on your face.”

Before and after a nose surgery in Argentina- Before and after a nose surgery in Argentina

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‘Not All Fat Grafting Is the Same’—Different Techniques for Different Uses

Arlington Heights, Ill. – As fat grafting becomes incorporated into clinical practice, plastic surgeons propose a new approach to classifying these emerging techniques-emphasizing the need to match the right technique to the right clinical situation, reports a study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Not all fat grafting is the same,” write ASPS Member Surgeons Daniel Del Vecchio, MD, Boston, and Rod Rohrich, MD, of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. “Fat grafting, once thought to be a simple technique with variable results, is a much more complex procedure with at least four definable subtypes.”

In Fat Grafting, ‘Different Problems Require Different Solutions’

Renewed interest in techniques using the patient’s own fat for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has been noted in recent years. In these procedures, fat harvested from one part of the body is transferred to other areas-for example, fat obtained from the thighs using liposuction has been used for breast augmentation and reshaping.

That may sound fairly simple, but in recent years, fat grafting has “exploded into a complex menu of clinical choices.” Plastic surgeons have reported “impressive clinical outcomes” using a wide range of different techniques and additives. The result is “a confusing picture as to which fat grafting technique is best,” Drs. Del Vecchio and Rohrich write.

To clarify this situation, the authors propose a classification of clinical fat grafting techniques. Their classification seeks to match the technique to the individual patient’s situation, based on four factors:

• Method of fat harvesting
• Method of cell processing
• Method of fat transplantation
• Management of the recipient site

Buttock Augmentation with fat grafting- Buttock Augmentation with fat grafting

For example, they present illustrative cases where smaller volumes of fat were needed to restore loss of fatty tissue in the facial area and reconstructive surgery on a chronic leg wound. In these patients, small amounts of fat were manually harvested from the abdomen using a small syringe.

In contrast, for patients undergoing cosmetic breast augmentation or breast reconstruction after mastectomy, larger amounts of fat were needed. In these cases, fat was harvested from liposuction of the thighs. In these situations, some form of “pre-expansion” of the recipient site in the breast was needed to make room for the larger volume of fat.

Different techniques were also warranted depending on the state of the tissue in the recipient area-for example, inflammation in the chronic leg wound and tissue damage caused by radiation at the mastectomy site. These and other factors may affect the technique used to process fat after harvesting. The most important issues related to fat survival after transplantation may also vary across different clinical situations.

While fat grafting-sometimes called fat transfer or transplantation-is not a new procedure, its development has not been straightforward. At one time, the ASPS opposed the use of fat grafting in the breast, citing possible problems in early detection of breast cancer. More recently, several studies in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have reported good results with various fat grafting procedures in a wide range of clinical situations.

Drs. Del Vecchio and Rohrich hope their classification system will provide a useful starting point to maximize the “vast reconstructive and cosmetic potential” of clinical fat grafting. They conclude, “As the true physiology of un-manipulated and stem cell-enriched fat grafts become better delineated, our choices for technical solutions will better fit the clinical problems we face.”

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- Study Reveals Improved Satisfaction, Well-Being and Sexual Functioning

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Arlington Heights, Ill. – Women undergoing breast augmentation surgery report substantial improvement in several key areas of quality of life, reports a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Cosmetic breast augmentation can have a significant and profound positive impact on a woman’s satisfaction with her breasts [and] her psychosocial and sexual well-being,” according to the report by ASPS Member Surgeon Colleen M. McCarthy, MD of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and coauthors.

Questionnaire Shows Benefits After Breast Augmentation

The researchers developed and evaluated a questionnaire to evaluate changes in health-related quality of life after cosmetic breast augmentation. Quality of life is increasingly regarded as an important factor in evaluating the benefits of many types of medical or surgical treatments.

Before and after breast augmentation surgery- Before and after a breast augmentation surgery in Argentina

The BREAST-Q© questionnaire evaluated changes in six areas: satisfaction with breasts and with overall outcome, psychosocial, sexual, and physical well-being, and satisfaction with care. Forty-one women completed the questionnaire six months before and after undergoing cosmetic breast augmentation surgery with implants.

The group results showed significant improvement in three out of the six areas. On a 0-to-100 scale, average scores increased from 27 to 70 for satisfaction with breasts, from 45 to 78 for psychosocial well-being, and from 35 to 72 for sexual well-being.

More than 80 percent of women reported “significant improvement” in satisfaction in these three areas. The gains in quality of life were considered very large-similar in magnitude to the improvement in symptoms after hip replacement surgery.

Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States. According to ASPS statistics, more than 300,000 women underwent cosmetic breast augmentation in 2011. Dissatisfaction with breast size or shape can negatively affect a woman’s quality of life in several ways, including self-perceived attractiveness and sexuality.

In recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged ongoing follow-up of women receiving breast implants to document not only the safety but also the effectiveness of breast augmentation. Dr. McCarthy and colleagues write, “This means that, more than ever before, it is vital to provide reliable and valid evidence regarding patient outcomes of breast augmentation, especially…health-related quality of life and patient satisfaction.”

The new study shows that implant-based breast augmentation can significantly improve a woman’s quality of life in several key areas. It also demonstrates the ability of the BREAST-Q to “capture the impact of surgery from a patient perspective.”

The researchers believe their findings are directly relevant to plastic surgeons working with individual patients. The BREAST-Q can provide “tangible evidence” of patient satisfaction, improve communication, and help in establishing the expected results of cosmetic breast augmentation. Using the BREAST-Q in future studies and clinical practice will also be useful in providing “benchmarks” for patient satisfaction and quality of life-especially psychological outcomes.

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Hair Restoration Surgery Market Increased 47% Worldwide In 2010

- Middle East and Asia Experience Largest Gains

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Despite slow economic growth worldwide, the demand for procedures to correct hair loss proved to be stronger than ever, according to statistics released from a recent member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – the world’s leading medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration.  From 2008 to 2010, the total extrapolated market size for hair restoration surgery increased 47.9 percent.

Specifically, the extrapolated worldwide number of surgical hair restoration procedures performed in 2010 was approximately 279,381, up 11 percent from 2008. Since the ISHRS starting compiling membership data in 2004, the number of procedures performed around the world jumped 66 percent – with the Middle East (454 percent increase) and Asia (345 percent increase) experiencing the largest growth.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Patrick Dempsey earn top Hair Honors

Members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) know good hair when they see it, and they like what they see in Catherine Zeta-Jones and Patrick Dempsey.

According to results released today of a new member survey conducted by the ISHRS, 43.8 percent of members voted Catherine Zeta-Jones as the female celebrity with the best tresses, while 71.5 percent of members chose Patrick Dempsey as the male celebrity with the best hair.

Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Catherine Zeta-Jones

The spotlight will be on all things hair at the ISHRS’s 19th Annual Scientific Meeting when more than 500 physicians and surgical assistants from around the world dedicated to advancing the art and science of hair restoration are expected to attend this premier educational event, September 14-18, 2011, at the Dena?ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

This year’s scientific program, with the theme “New Vistas & Trusted Techniques in Hair Transplantation,” will feature presentations by the world’s foremost hair restoration experts on the latest research and scientific advances in diagnosing and treating hair loss.

“The growth we are seeing in hair restoration surgery is a testament to the great strides made over the years in the field and our commitment as a medical specialty to ongoing medical education and research,” said Jerry E. Cooley, MD, president of the ISHRS.  “Exciting new technologies are being investigated that will only further expand our ability to perfect the science of hair restoration and further help more people with hair loss.”

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Botox Receives A Positive Opinion for Urinary Incontinence

- Botox injections can provide long-lasting bladder control for patients with neurogenic bladder
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Marlow, United Kingdom – Allergan is pleased to announce that BOTOX® (botulinum toxin type A) has received a positive opinion from the Irish Medicines Board for the management of urinary incontinence in adults with neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) resulting from neurogenic bladder due to stable sub-cervical spinal cord injury, or multiple sclerosis. This is an important step towards securing national licences in the 14 European countries involved in the Mutual Recognition Procedure and marks a key milestone in bringing this innovative treatment to patients suffering from urinary incontinence due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity. The positive opinion is specific for BOTOX® and is based on Allergan’s successful global phase III programme.

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Between 60-80% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and 75-80% of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) will suffer from some degree of bladder dysfunction including urinary incontinence which can be distressing. Urinary incontinence in patients with MS or SCI is frequently caused by a condition called neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO), which results in involuntary contractions of the bladder during the filling stage when the bladder should be relaxed. This overactivity can lead to urinary incontinence (uncontrolled urinary leaking). Targeted injections of BOTOX® into the bladder muscle have been shown to reduce the involuntary contractions and increase bladder capacity. In turn, this reduces the number of urinary leaking episodes and may even stop leaking altogether in some patients.

In Europe, approximately 656,000 people live with MS and, on average, nearly 11,000 people are diagnosed with SCI per year. Many of these people face long-term mobility issues, yet remain professionally and socially active. Urinary incontinence can be a disabling and socially isolating condition. It is also associated with significant quality of life and emotional well-being implications such as embarrassment, low self esteem, depression and loss of independence. Other health implications of urinary incontinence in people living with MS or spinal cord injury include skin irritation and ulcers, kidney failure and recurrent urinary tract infections, which may lead to serious health consequences, if the overactivity of the detrusor muscle is not treated.

“We are pleased that BOTOX® has received a positive opinion following the Mutual Recognition Procedure for the treatment of urinary incontinence in people living with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury,” said Douglas Ingram, President of Allergan in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “For many people with spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, gaining effective control over their bladder and staying dry can be a significant step towards improving daily functioning and overall quality of life. Our task now is to work closely with the national health authorities to secure the relevant national licences so that we can bring this valuable treatment option to patients, as quickly as possible.”

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New Body Sculpting Technique uses High-Intensity Ultrasound

- Noninvasive Technique Reduces Waist Size in Nonobese Patients, Study Finds

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Arlington Heights, Ill. – A “body sculpting” technique using high-intensity focused ultrasound to eliminate unwanted abdominal fat effectively reduces waist circumference, with only minor pain and side effects, reports a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Body sculpting is defined as “the optimization of the smoothness, definition, or silhouette of the human physique, particularly the torso.” The most common medical procedure for body sculpting is liposuction, which can remove relatively large volumes of fat. High-intensity ultrasound provides a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction for removing unwanted fat in nonobese patients, according to the study led by ASPS Member Mark L. Jewell, MD of Oregon Health Science University, Eugene.

 

Before and After Liposuction in Argentina
Before and After Liposuction in Argentina

Body Sculpting Technique Eliminates Fat with Few Side Effects

 

The researchers evaluated the outcomes of high-intensity focused ultrasound for body sculpting of the abdomen and flanks in 180 patients. All patients sought treatment to eliminate excess abdominal fat; only patients who were not obese (body mass index less than 30) were eligible for the study. The average age was 42 years, and 85 percent of the patients were women.

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- VASER Lipo® uses ultrasonic energy — high-frequency sound waves — to produce superior results

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VASER Lipo uses a minimally invasive technique called LipoSelection® to selectively break apart and gently remove unwanted fat.

To begin the procedure, the targeted area is injected with a special saline solution known as “tumescent fluid.”

Tumescent fluid numbs the target area and shrinks local blood vessels. It also temporarily expands the volume of the targeted area, making fat cells easier to remove.

Vaser Liposelection

Small-diameter probes are then inserted into the body through small incisions. By resonating at a high ultrasonic frequency, the probes literally shake loose fat cells — while leaving blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues unharmed.

The loose fat cells mix with the tumescent fluid, which is then removed from the body using gentle suction.
After the surgery, patients are prescribed a recovery regimen to promote maximum skin retraction and smooth results. Your physician may recommend massage therapy to enhance results and speed recovery.

 

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