Here you will find the latest important news, information and videos regarding cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, from sources like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and others across the nation.
Liposuction Myth – Believe liposuction is a good way to lose weight? The ASPS cautions consumers the procedure is only for fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Rod Rohrich, Editor-In-Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), weighs in on the topic.
Tummy Tucks Help Keep Weight Off – Research in the current issue of PRS looks at tummy tucks performed on people who were obese prior to the procedure. Learn why researchers believe these patients are more likely to keep the weight off for good.
No Surgery for Smokers? – Also from PRS, we’re not just blowing smoke. The bad habit can bring disaster to surgery results.
Women Want to SEE Breast Reconstruction – New ASPS statistics show 89% of women facing mastectomy would like to see the results of breast reconstruction before actually having the surgery themselves.
Patients of Courage All Breast Reconstruction Patients – This year, in recognition of our Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign, the ASPS annual Patients of Courage awards all go to breast reconstruction patients for the first time.
Next Time – BRA Day and Jewel Concert Oct. 29 – In November, highlights from the first ever BRA Day USA and the Jewel Benefit concert in New Orleans to raise money for Breast Reconstruction Awareness.
Stretch mark removal for men – Trying to get Speedo-ready this summer? Laser treatment may be the answer. New ASPS statistics show more than 1.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2011, up 6% from the previous year.
Bridal Beauty Procedures – Maybe it’s not a Speedo, but a wedding dress you’re worried about. June kicks off wedding season. Learn more about the five procedures brides love.
Noninvasive fat removal – Liposonix is the latest non-invasive fat removal device to get FDA approval, but is it the best solution for you? Liposonix vs. liposuction.
Relief for Migraines – A forehead lift is working for some suffers. The study is in a recent issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
A Reason to Smile – The first full-face transplant recipient is now able to smile. The Department of Defense is watching closely and hoping to use the procedure on wounded soldiers.
Better Butts – The royal wedding gave way to the Pippa butt lift for women. Now, men are interested in the procedure for themselves.
excerpt from Boulder County Business Report – May 13-26, 2011 – Beth Potter
BOULDER – Doctors who perform cosmetic surgery in the Boulder Valley use a variety of modern devices, including some made by a local liposuction/body shape device manufacturer.
Liposuction is one of he most popular cosmetic surgery procedures done in the region and across the country, according to area doctors and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Nationally, doctors performed 209,000 liposuction procedures in 2010. Breast enhancement is the most popular surgery locally and nationally, with 296,000 procedures done in 2010. Varicose vein removal and face-lift procedures also are popular locally.
When it comes to liposuction, female patients of Dr. Claude Burrow of Boulder most commonly want fat removed from their abdomens and “saddlebag” thighs, the doctor said. Men want their “love handles” removed, said Burrow, who is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Burrow’s Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery practice is at 2800 Folsom St. in Boulder.
Burrow performs liposuction procedures at Boulder Community Hospital with a VASER Lipo System liposuction machine made by Sound Surgical Technologies LLC in Louisville. The companies newest liposuction device – the Power X Lipo System – recently was cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The VASER devices have ultrasonic technology that lessens bruising during surgery and less damage to a patient’s nerve and vascular structures, which speeds recovery after surgery, Burrow said.
“Liposuction is a contouring procedure, not a weight-loss procedure,” Burrow said. “You can excercise until the cows come home, and, until you’re starving to death, it’s not going to go away. You have to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve the results you’ve gotten from the liposuction.”
excerpt from Plastic Surgery Nursing, The Official Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses – July/August 2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 22 issued an updated white paper on the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants. Echoing the Society’s longstanding stance, the FDA statement reports that “silicone gel-filled breast implants have a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness when used as labeled.” ASPS also accepts the Agency’s position that women who receive silicone gel-filled breast implants for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes will need to monitor the devices over their lifetime.
ASPS believes that the FDA white paper is informative and will be a fruitful resource for plastic surgeons – as well as for patients considering reconstructive or cosmetic breast augmentation. The Society also shares the FDA’s view in the white paper that more than 90 percent of patients are satisfied with their outcomes from breast implantation and report and improved quality of life.
ASPS has collaborated – and will continue to collaborate – with the FDA to ensure that science forms the basis for all decision-making on breast implants, as well as all other medical devices. The Society supports post-market breast implant surveillance and ongoing data collection related to the safety and efficacy of breast implants – and will continue to reiterate that patient safety is its number one priority.
On its website at fda.gov, the FDA has also provided links to related documents, including a 2011 Update on the Safety of Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants – Executive Summary, a general overview of breast implants, and a Consumer Update that contains current and background information on breast implants – as well as links to additional documents and FAQs.
Additional resources for members and consumers are posted on the ASPS website at plasticsurgery.org