Spending on nonmedical aesthetic procedures rose 11% last year, with revenue surpassing $15 billion, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. About 56% of the procedures were surgical, and 44% were minimally invasive, the organization said.
Doctors can use EHRs to engage and recruit patients to participate in research, says primary care physician Mark Weiner, who used EHRs to recruit patients for a clinical trial on aspirin dosing. Doctors can set up alerts about research opportunities and use EHR data to conduct population-wide studies, said physician Peter Embi of the Regenstrief Institute.
Fatima Elalaoui, the daughter of a diplomat, had her nose flattened when she was attacked in Ivory Coast, but she says her plastic surgeon inspired her to return to missionary work. Facial plastic surgeon Anil Shah reconstructed Elalaoui's nose and corrected her breathing at a discount, and he is raising donations to cover the remaining costs.
Fat transfer or fat grafting works well for body contouring and for replacing volume in the face lost to aging, and it typically requires only a small incision, says plastic surgeon Parham Ganchi. However, it is not an inexpensive procedure, multiple procedures may be required, and the body does not always absorb the transferred fat evenly.
A magnetically driven internal device is being developed by Philadelphia-based medtech startup Ostiio to improve the quality of life for pediatric patients with craniosynostosis and other craniofacial defects. The proof-of-concept device, designed for use in distraction osteogenesis, aims to improve upon the design of current distractors, which protrude through the skin, pose a high infection risk and require manual expansion.