Plastic surgeon finishes reconstructing face of child mauled by raccoon | Umbilicoplasty corrects misshapen navels | Temporary breast enhancement lets patients try on new look
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August 22, 2014
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Plastic surgeon finishes reconstructing face of child mauled by raccoon
A 12-year-old girl who was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was 3 months old celebrated her final reconstructive surgery by getting her ear pierced. Plastic surgeons led by Kongkrit Chaiyasate repaired the girl's upper lip, rebuilt her nose and made her a new ear constructed from rib cartilage and implanted beneath the skin of her forearm to grow. WXYZ-TV (Detroit) (8/18)
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Umbilicoplasty corrects misshapen navels
Researchers in Singapore found that belly buttons considered the most beautiful are small, vertically oriented and lightly hooded, says plastic surgeon Adam Rubinstein. Most people want a normal-looking navel that does not protrude and is proportional, Rubinstein says, and plastic surgeons can repair belly buttons disfigured by weight gain, pregnancy, umbilical hernias or abdominoplasty. Some patients also seek umbilicoplasty to repair a pierced navel or to get rid of tattoos, plastic surgeon Brent Moelleken says. NBC News (8/22)
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Temporary breast enhancement lets patients try on new look
Plastic surgeon Norman Rowe is among those who offer patients considering breast enhancement a chance to see how they would actually look by injecting saline directly into the breast. "We can take pictures and put them on computers, but those are sometimes unrealistic and can lead to false expectations," Rowe said. Some patients who are not considering permanent enhancement now request the procedure, which is considered safe when performed occasionally by a skilled surgeon, but which some plastic surgeons criticize. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/21)
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Dr. Kristina O'Shaughnessy on VECTRA® 3D
"If I had to pick one device that has the greatest benefit to the practice and the patient, it would definitely be VECTRA 3D. It helps my reconstruction patients move forward when they see that I will be able to restore their breasts. You can literally see their faces change from despair to hope." Read more >>
Kristina O'Shaughnessy, M.D., Maxwell Aesthetics, Nashville, TN
Practice Management
Provider groups increasingly use telehealth solutions, study finds
A study conducted by HIMSS Analytics found that 46% of around 400 provider organizations have implemented up to four telehealth solutions as they transition to value-based care. The study also revealed that 57.8% of participants cited two-way video/webcam as the most used telehealth solution. Healthcare Informatics online (8/13)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Young mastectomy patient no longer worries about her future
Kelly Rothe decided to get a preventive double mastectomy at age 20 after learning she has a genetic mutation that raises her risk of breast cancer, which killed her mother when Rothe was 9. Now 21, the young woman recently had reconstructive surgery and says she feels better and no longer worries about her future. "Is [preventive mastectomy] the right thing for everybody? No. ... But she did the right thing for her," plastic surgeon Michael Meininger said. WJBK-TV (Detroit) (8/21), WWJ-TV/WWJ-AM (Detroit) (8/20)
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Research & Technology
Implantable tissue scaffolds stimulate bone growth
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a bone repair scaffold that releases embedded growth factors slowly to allow native stem cells to reach the site and promote healing. Thin, porous sheets of scaffold are layered with platelet-derived growth factor and bone morphogenetic protein 2, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (8/20)
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