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December 9, 2014
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Demand for jaw sculpting increases as options become more plentiful
Men seeking facial cosmetic surgery often do not realize until they are told so that jaw sculpting will give them the results they want, says American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Scot Glasberg. American society associates a strong jawline with strength and power, and many men seek sculpting as a way to stay competitive in the workplace, plastic surgeons say. Dermal fillers and new skin-tightening devices are minimally invasive alternatives to implants. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/4)
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New mastectomy, reconstruction techniques improve outcomes
Women with breast cancer once left the hospital after mastectomy looking, as one survivor put it, "like a man," but advances in reconstructive surgery have given more women a choice, which some say makes a breast cancer diagnosis less devastating. One of the latest techniques involves bilateral or unilateral circumvertical mastectomy incision and is described in the journal Annals of Plastic Surgery. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (12/7)
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Demand for cosmetic procedures stays strong in S.D.
South Dakota residents continue to seek abdominoplasty, breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures, with wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers the most highly demanded, Sioux Falls plastic surgeon Richard Howard says. "I think there's just more awareness out there that you can get this done," Howard said. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (12/8)
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AHA unveils ambulatory care quality toolkit
The American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum has introduced its Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Toolkit for quality improvement. It features guides, fact sheets and action plans that can be utilized by health systems, clinicians and patients. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/5)
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Study supports shared consults before reduction mammaplasty
Patients considering reduction mammaplasty might benefit from the peer support gained during group medical appointments, according to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Patients reported being highly satisfied with group educational sessions, and shared appointments also improved clinic workflow, the researchers reported. Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (12/2)
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Study: New pacemaker implant method reduces the risk of skin necrosis
Implanting a pacemaker or cardioverter-defibrillator under the pectoralis major muscle minimizes the risk of skin breakdown and leads to better quality of life for the patient, according to a study described in the journal ePlasty. Medscape (free registration) (12/2)
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