February 12, 2013
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Younger women seek lip augmentation, plastic surgeon reports
An increasing number of young women are seeking procedures to increase the fullness of their lips, says plastic surgeon Rocco Piazza. "I was having an older patient population really interested in lip augmentation, and now it seems to have moved to a much younger population," Piazza said. KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (2/11)
Who loses weight after abdominoplasty and why?
Patients with a preoperative body mass index of 24.5 kg/mĀ² or greater were the most likely to lose weight after abdominoplasty, a retrospective study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found. An increased feeling of fullness after eating was linked to weight loss, researchers said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/6)
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Practice Management
Best practices for labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is gaining in popularity as more plastic surgeons learn to perform the procedure, says plastic surgeon Jennifer Walden. Women often seek the procedure to relieve local irritation, hygiene problems, pain and discomfort, she says. The procedure can result in scarring that causes as much pain as the initial condition if not done by a qualified surgeon, Walden says. Medscape (free registration) (2/11)
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Group releases recommendations for better post-discharge care
The American Medical Association has released five patient safety principles for transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient care. "[P]atients leaving the hospital too often return to ambulatory care settings that are not well connected to the hospital team and this can result in inefficient, confusing and sometimes unsafe conditions," the report's authors wrote. Evaluating patient health, setting goals, supporting self-management and managing medications were among the responsibilities outlined in the report. HealthLeaders Media (2/11)
Study in ASJ Finds VASERĀ® Shape Reduces Adipose Tissue
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Onelio Garcia, concluded that the VASER Shape System has a reduction effect on adipose tissue by altering the permeability of the adipocytes after observing adipocyte structural changes and an increase of free lipids in the lymph system on the treated side. Learn more in the January 2013 issue of ASJ or by clicking here.
Research & Technology
Growth factor lowers complications after mandible reconstruction
All but one out of six patients who underwent mandible repair using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 experienced no post-surgical infections, resorption or other complications, researchers report in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Surgeons used fibula bone that contained collagen sponges soaked in rhBMP-2, filling any spaces with demineralized bone matrix. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/12)
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