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1. Patient death prompts shutdown of Dominican plastic surgery clinic

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Officials in the Dominican Republic shut down a clinic run by cosmetic surgeon Edgar Contreras after a 23-year-old American woman died following a liposuction procedure at the clinic. The woman is the fourth to die this year after undergoing plastic surgery at a Dominican clinic. Yahoo (04/26)


2. FDA approves submental fat injection

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

The FDA approved Kythera Biopharmaceuticals' Kybella deoxycholic acid injection for submental fat. The drug can cause nerve injury if improperly administered, the FDA said. HealthDay News (04/29)


3. Excess skin removal is the final step in massive weight-loss journey

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Plastic surgeon Jennifer Capla will be operating on a man from England who lost 650 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery but has about 100 pounds of excess skin remaining that is prone to infection and often forces him to use a wheelchair. Capla, Lenox Hill Hospital and two other surgeons are waiving their fees for the surgeries. "To me, it was so sad that he had gone through this whole journey and come full circle, and he couldn't even do basic things and no one would help him," said Capla, who got in touch with the man after her mother saw an article about him. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/22)


4. What will plastic surgery look like in 2045?

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Advances in tissue engineering will allow skin and ears to be grown in a lab and implanted into the human body to restore function and form, immune system drugs will allow even more complex transplantation of limbs and faces and medical discoveries will slow the aging process, predicts Patrick Byrne, director of the division of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/26)


5. Elastography plus ultrasound diagnoses rupture in breast implants

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Breast implant rupture can be reliably diagnosed using ultrasound in combination with elastography, according to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The study findings suggest the combination of elastography and ultrasound is less expensive than and just as reliable as MRI for diagnosing breast implant rupture, the authors wrote. Healio (free registration) (04/22)


6. Noninvasive cosmetic procedures don't stop the clock

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Many Americans are looking to non- or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and dentistry to refresh their appearance, but the procedures do not yield results that last as long as a face-lift does, for example. Cosmetic dental veneers can last up to 20 years if cared for properly, but they can accelerate the rate of dental decay in cavity-prone people with poor oral hygiene habits, cosmetic dentist Michael Apa says. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/24)


7. Study investigates use of Botox for post-mastectomy pain

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Off-label injections of Botox after mastectomy can help decrease pain and accelerate tissue expansion before reconstruction, according to a small study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Healio (free registration) (04/22)


8. Study: Average of 2 surgeries needed for post-mastectomy reconstruction

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A study involving 3,972 women who had post-mastectomy reconstruction found 88% had at least two reconstruction surgeries, 65% had more than two and 39% had four or more. Many of the surgeries after the first were comparatively minor to achieve optimal cosmesis, said Lauren Cassell, chief of breast surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. HealthDay News (04/30)


9. India becoming a cosmetic surgery tourism destination

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Women worldwide are increasingly considering India as a destination for body contouring as well as abdominoplasty and breast augmentation, says Vinod Vij, consulting cosmetic surgeon at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital. Business Standard (India) (04/22)


10. Animal study uses autologous tissue to regenerate muscle

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

In a study involving rats, researchers found that autologous muscle tissue expanded in a collagen hydrogel could be used to regenerate damaged tissues. The regenerated tissue achieved functional levels comparable to those found with grafts of donated muscle. Science 2.0 (04/25)




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