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November 16, 2011
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  Surgical Techniques 
Plastic Surgery SmartBrief special report:
Surgical techniques, Part I
The demand for cosmetic surgery is expected to grow with an aging population. That was the case last year with most of the five most-popular cosmetic surgeries. This special report examines recent news, trends and research about surgical techniques and procedures.

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Look for Part II of this special report on Nov. 30.

  • Does minimally invasive mean minimal results?
    More people are seeking minimally invasive cosmetic procedures compared with surgical procedures, according to the ASPS. Economics plays a role, but minimally invasive procedures might not pay off in the long run, writes ASPS member Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, chief of craniofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The procedures are "too often performed by weekend course trained doctors," putting patients at risk for poor results or permanent damage, Yaremchuk writes. The Huffington Post (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technique allows later use of artery in graft
    End-to-side anastomosis was comparable to conventional breast reconstruction techniques and preserved the internal mammary artery for potential later use in a coronary artery bypass graft. Ischemia time was greater but no other significant differences were seen in outcomes, according to a study by ASPS member Dr. Gedge D. Rosson and colleagues in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The cases of 22 patients who underwent 30 procedures in 2009 were reviewed. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More seniors seek plastic surgery
    More people aged 65 and older are electing to have plastic surgery, due in part to the fact that people are living and working longer, doctors say. As with patients of any age, older patients should consult more than one specialist and discuss their goals as well as risks and their potential for healing, plastic surgeons say. The Wall Street Journal (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Body Contouring 
  • Liposculpture for the neck can take years off the face
    Using liposuction in the neck area can help patients look leaner by restoring a right angle at the jaw line, says ASPS member Dr. Randall Weil. The procedure can cause temporary bumpiness under the skin, and patients must have adequate skin elasticity for good results, Weil says. KGO-TV (San Francisco) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do your homework
    It's important for patients to investigate a doctor's qualifications before undergoing any plastic surgery procedures. There is a misconception among consumers that as long as a doctor is certified in a medical field that he or she is qualified to practice plastic surgery. This is absolutely wrong and it is dangerous for patients. Watch this video and find a board-certified plastic surgeon. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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