Less money makes less invasive treatments more popular | Jaw damage more likely in Iraq and Afghanistan wars | Protect high-quality providers from malpractice suits
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February 26, 2013
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Less money makes less invasive treatments more popular
With decreases in discretionary income, more people are choosing less invasive -- and less expensive -- cosmetic procedures, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Dr. Gregory Evans. The popularity of minimally invasive procedures also may indicate patients with healthy lifestyles don't feel the need to turn to surgery first, he said. USA Today (2/24)
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Jaw damage more likely in Iraq and Afghanistan wars
The risk of jaw injuries was higher for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan compared with veterans of other wars, according to research in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The difference may be due to the use of lifesaving body armor, said plastic surgeon Rodney Chan of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. It's important to save tissue that could aid in future reconstruction, he said. Medscape (free registration) (2/22)
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Practice Management
Protect high-quality providers from malpractice suits
No magic bullet will address health care costs entirely, economist Richard Thaler writers, but it's worth exploring ideas such as paying for health rather than care and shielding providers from malpractice lawsuits if they demonstrate quality outcomes. As it stands now, he writes, doctors can be held liable if they deviate from normal care, even if standard care isn't the best in a particular situation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/23)
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Complication rates low for autologous reconstruction
Using a woman's tissue for breast reconstruction resulted in few serious side effects, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Based on the records of 3,300 U.S. patients, the complication rate for three types of flap procedures was 12.5%, but most of those were minor. HealthDay News (2/22)
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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
Why more Botox is needed in muscles of the upper face
A greater degree of paralysis is needed to see the effects of Botox in the muscles of the upper face, according to a study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The findings indicate that dosing differences may not be due to varying degrees of susceptibility to Botox in different muscles. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/22)
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-- Friedrich Nietzsche,
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