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November 30, 2011
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Plastic Surgery SmartBrief special report:
Surgical techniques, Part II
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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Read Part I of this report here.

  • Mass. General to test novel hand transplant technique
    Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital plan to test a hand transplantation technique that includes transplanting the donor's bone marrow with the goal of eliminating the need for a lifelong course of antirejection drugs. The hospital will initially perform conventional hand transplants, but doctors hope the new method will make limb transplantation surgery more common. "We are starting a revolution in reconstructive surgery," said plastic surgeon Curtis Cetrulo, senior investigator at the Transplantation Biology Research Center. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plastic surgeon assesses operability of huge tumor
    Plastic surgeon and ASPS member McKay McKinnon traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to remove a 198-pound neurofibromatosis from a 31-year-old patient's right leg. The tumor has abnormal blood vessels and fibrous tissues that are attached to the patient's pelvis, McKinnon said, and the patient's health is deteriorating. (Vietnam) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TV show discusses labia reduction surgery
    A recent episode of the television show "The Doctors" featured a 23-year-old nursing student undergoing labiaplasty after the woman's urologist referred her to a plastic surgeon. ASPS member Dr. Grant Stevens, who performed the surgery, said it can help address issues of pain, chafing and tenderness. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood thinner can help prevent clotting, study finds
    Plastic surgery patients who are at greatest risk of venous thromboembolism can benefit from anticoagulant treatment, according to a study of 3,334 patients in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Enoxaparin appeared to reduce the risk of VTE for patients who scored higher than 8 on the Caprini risk assessment model. News-Medical.Net (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plastic surgeons, engineers collaborate on nerve growth
    A team of plastic surgery researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has worked with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop techniques to treat damaged nerves using functional electric stimulation while lowering the chances of painful side effects. "This new device works by manipulating the concentration of charged ions surrounding the nerve. This could potentially mean reduced risk to surrounding nerves," said ASDS member and senior study author Dr. Samuel Lin. ScienceDaily (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fill-by-night implant scams bring need for caution
    The popularity of buttock-enhancement procedures has been accompanied by a spate of cases where unqualified practitioners have harmed women. Fat fillers are the typical procedure, but some people are turning to silicone that is not medical grade. "So, really, not only is it not good because it's not being done by a certified plastic surgeon, it's because it's being done at all," said ASPS President Dr. Malcolm Roth. ABC News (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Age can be factor in reduction complications
    Women age 50 or older have a higher risk of complications following breast reduction surgery, possibly due to age-related changes in hormone levels, according to a Johns Hopkins study. The infection rate for the 50 years and older group was 2.7 times that of the under-40 group, researchers found in a study to be published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. United Press International (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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