The Florida Board of Medicine sealed records after finding no probable cause in the cases of three women who say a Jacksonville plastic surgeon botched their breast augmentation procedures. The women can appeal, and 57 women have filed lawsuits or notices of intent against the surgeon, according to the three plaintiffs' attorney.
More than 17% of the aesthetic procedures performed in the US last year were on 19- to 34-year-olds, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and plastic surgeons and dermatologists say aesthetic surgery is an increasingly popular graduation gift. Parents give rhinoplasty, otoplasty, scar removal and other procedures to help their children "enter into the next phase of life feeling confident and strong," says facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dara Liotta.
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Plastic surgeon Stanley Gulin is working with the nonprofit Face Forward to provide plastic surgery for a domestic violence survivor who was severely burned when her husband doused her with gasoline and tossed a lit candle on her. She has had scar revision surgeries and grafts, and Gulin, whose wife also suffered severe burns as a child, will be reconstructing her face.
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported in Science Translational Medicine that a therapy combining ultrasound, gas-filled microbubbles, stem cells and the gene that codes for bone morphogenetic protein 6 closed bone gaps and healed leg fractures within eight weeks in animal models. If the treatment succeeds in human trials, it could help some 100,000 people in the US alone who experience nonunion fractures.
Rhinoplasty techniques including columellar strut and tongue-in-groove maneuver that increase nasal tip projection also increase upper lip projection, decreasing the Z angle by 2.7 degrees, according to a retrospective study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. "This relationship highlights the importance of the facial bone structure, which we know changes over time," said first author Eric Cerrati.