Toes are one option for plastic surgeons looking to replace severed thumbs | Retirement gives people time to splurge on plastic surgery | 11-year-old burn victim undergoes 2nd round of hair transplants
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October 17, 2014
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Toes are one option for plastic surgeons looking to replace severed thumbs
The first recorded toe-to-thumb surgery was in 1897, when Austrian surgeon Carl Nicoladoni connected a man's hand to his foot at the base of the big toe, then severed the toe after several weeks. The procedure has come a long way since then, but it requires separate surgical teams to harvest the toe and prepare the hand for the transplant. It also involves microsurgery to attach nerves, blood vessels, tendons and skin to allow functionality. Other options include replanting the severed thumb, using the patient's index finger to replace the thumb and refurbishing the thumb using other autologous tissue and cartilage. The Atlantic online (10/14)
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Retirement gives people time to splurge on plastic surgery
The number of plastic surgeries performed on patients 55 and older rose by 4% from 2012 to 2013, with face-lifts and forehead lifts the most common procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many new retirees "finally have some time to focus on themselves," said plastic surgeon Larry Fan. Not everyone over 55 is a good candidate for cosmetic procedures, and while plastic surgeons generally run a thorough medical workup on prospective patients, they should also conduct a psychological evaluation, says David Sarwer of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. MarketWatch (10/16)
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11-year-old burn victim undergoes 2nd round of hair transplants
A girl who was burned, disabled and abandoned as an infant at a Chinese hospital is now 11 and undergoing her second round of hair transplants in Nashville, Tenn. Plastic surgeon Jack Fisher and his staff are doing the transplants free of charge. "It's very rewarding to do something like this," Fisher said. WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (10/16)
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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
Health Quality & Advocacy
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day connects doctors, survivors and patients
Six women displayed the results of their breast reconstructions for other breast cancer patients during Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day at McGill University Health Centre. The event is meant to educate breast cancer patients about their reconstruction options. Patients had the opportunity to talk not only with other survivors who had undergone reconstruction but also with plastic surgeons, an oncologist and a geneticist. The Gazette (Montreal) (tiered subscription model) (10/16)
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Plastic Surgery Channel Video Spotlight
Surgeons discover link between textured implants and capsular contracture
Leading plastic surgeons are doing extensive research in the field of capsular contracture and have discovered some surprising results. Through specific techniques, they've managed to reduce the percentage of capsular contracture to as few as 2%. William P. Adams Jr., M.D., and Anand Deva, M.D., tell us more about their findings in this exclusive report.
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Research & Technology
National Science Foundation funds development of 3D-printed breast tissue
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Grant to TeVido BioDevices to further the development of 3D-printed breast implants. The firm is creating printed, tissue-based grafts for the nipple-areola complex and to fill lumpectomy voids. BioNews Texas (10/15)
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Syneron launches dual-wavelength picosecond laser in Europe
Syneron Medical launched the PicoWay dual-wavelength tattoo removal device at a recent European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology meeting. The device generates 532 nm and 1,064 nm wavelengths in picosecond pulses for tattoo removal and the treatment of pigmented lesions. Syneron expects the device to be cleared by the FDA this year and on the market next year. Plastic Surgery Practice magazine online (10/8), Healio (free registration) (10/9)
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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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