Documentary highlights prison plastic surgery experiment
Plastic surgeons worked in prisons across North America in the 1950s and '60s, correcting prisoners' deformed noses, ears and chins in an effort to reduce recidivism. Studies showed lower rates of recidivism and higher levels of social engagement in prisoners who had the surgeries, but critics say the studies were flawed. The history of prison surgery programs is the subject of an upcoming BBC documentary. CBC.ca (Canada)
Plastic surgeon pens "mommy makeover" book
Plastic surgeon Michael Burgdorf says his new book describing the so-called mommy makeover is an effort to give women motivation and confidence to pursue post-childbirth options. "Moms sacrifice a lot, and they very rarely think of themselves. It's always somebody else; kids, husband, house and it's very hard for a woman to give herself permission to do something for herself," he said. WKRN-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)
Options for reducing under-eye puffiness, discoloration
Dermal or facial fillers temporarily reverse the effects of lost fat volume under the eyes, while autologous fat transfer offers a longer-lasting solution, says plastic surgeon Alexes Hazen. Getting adequate sleep, treating allergies, applying cold tea bags and using cosmetic concealers can minimize under-eye bags and circles, says facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Michael Reilly. Prevention is the best remedy, says American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Scot Glasberg, who recommends abstaining from smoking, limiting sun exposure, reducing stress and getting enough sleep. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)
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Researchers quantify the effects of breast size on posture
Women participating in a study in Italy had a significant increase in curvature of the cervical spine after wearing 400-gram breast implants, but the effects stabilized in women who wore implants between 400 grams and 800 grams. Additionally, balance was impaired in the 400-gram to 800-gram group, and lumbar spine curvature increased significantly in women wearing 800-gram implants. The study is reported in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times
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