Brazilian plastic surgeon introduces "Internal Spanx" butt-lift procedure | DIEP flap procedure gives reconstructed breast a natural look | Physician burnout is a problem for plastic surgeons
October 14, 2016
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Brazilian plastic surgeon introduces "Internal Spanx" butt-lift procedure
A procedure developed by a Brazilian plastic surgeon and only available in Brazil and Portugal reshapes the buttocks and reduces the appearance of cellulite by inserting a mesh used for hernia surgery into the buttocks area. Plastic surgeon Sheila Nazarian said there could be safety concerns, as the mesh may become infected, but plastic surgeon Robert Rey said he believes the "Internal Spanx" procedure is safe and likely to be approved in the US soon.
People (10/12) 
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DIEP flap procedure gives reconstructed breast a natural look
Deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction is an option for breast cancer patients who do not want a breast implant or prosthesis. Plastic surgeon Manish Champaneria says the procedure does require a longer hospital stay and recovery, but because it uses tissue from elsewhere in the body, the reconstructed breast has a natural look and will age and change with the body.
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (10/9) 
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Dr. Gary Breslow on VECTRA 3D
"I saw VECTRA at the ASPS meeting when it first came out, and immediately realized the implications. This was going to change, even revolutionize, the consultation process, improving patient communications and assuring that we're on the same page in terms of what they want and what we can do. Today, I don't know how you could do a consultation without it." Read More>>
Gary D. Breslow, MD, FACS, Paramus, NJ
Practice Management
Physician burnout is a problem for plastic surgeons
Plastic surgery is a specialty at risk for physician burnout, University of North Carolina professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. C. Scott Hultman said during his keynote address at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2016. Hultman said he experienced burnout due to a toxic work environment, but was able to turn things around by spending more time with his family, focusing on his health and faith, and taking medication.
Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (10/11) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Facial fracture scale may help quantify injury severity
Researchers created a quantitative facial fracture scale that corresponds to real-life facial trauma, which could help quantify injury severity and improve communications among clinicians. The study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery noted the scale was limited to blunt trauma without tissue loss and did not include dental trauma.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (10/10) 
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Research & Technology
Study supports RFAL for neck and face contouring
Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is safe and effective for neck and face contouring, offering a good alternative to open, excisional surgery, researchers reported in the journal Plastic Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open. Most patients in the study were older than 40, and the majority were satisfied with the results.
Medscape (free registration)/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open (10/6) 
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Study IDs key factors in no-touch lip enhancement
A retrospective review of 410 patients who had no-touch lip enhancement showed key factors for achieving a natural smile included lip profile, facial features and aging, and ethnic characteristics, researchers reported in the journal Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. "This approach facilitates individualized treatment of the patient's needs without following templates of lip type," researchers wrote.
Healio (free registration) (10/7) 
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