February 19, 2013
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Baby boomers power surge in facial plastic surgery
Plastic surgeons performed a record number of cosmetic procedures in 2012, with a 6% rise in minimally invasive treatments offsetting a 2% drop in surgeries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Surgeons performed fewer breast and buttocks enhancements but more face-lifts, blepharoplasties, cheek implants, dermal filler and botulinum toxin injections, and laser treatments. "I predict that the number of baby boomers undergoing face lifts and eyelid lifts will rise dramatically in the coming years as they realize that there is no real substitute for well-performed surgery," writes plastic surgeon Anthony Youn. CNN (2/19)
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U.K.'s first hand transplant recipient gains sensation
The recipient of the U.K.'s first hand transplant says fingernails on both hands are growing at the same rate, and he appears to be regaining sensation in the new hand. Plastic surgeons removed the man's nonfunctioning hand during the transplant operation to facilitate nerve reconstruction. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)
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Dr. Marc Salzman on VECTRA 3D
"Cosmetic plastic surgery is a visual art. Patients don't usually understand medical terminology, but they know what they want when they see it. With VECTRA 3D simulations, I can show them realistic results of the procedures they want, as seen from any angle. And when they see this, they act on it with confidence that the procedure is in their own best interest." Read more>>

Marc J. Salzman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Louisville, KY

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Practice Management
Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. HealthImaging.com (2/13)
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Online trends offer insight into patients' concerns
Health care providers who use the Internet to discover what patients are discussing online might be able to provide better care, according to a study published in Pharmacoepidemiology Drug Safety. Though few breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors discuss possible side effects with their doctors, they do discuss such concerns online, researchers found. Doctors who are up-to-date on online trends can steer patients to reputable sources and help address their concerns, experts say. American Medical News (free content) (2/18)
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Oxford wins FDA nod for patient-specific cranial system
The FDA has given Oxford Performance Materials 510(k) clearance to market its OsteoFab system. The implantable device, which is tailored to each patient, is designed to help replace skull voids caused by disease or trauma. BeckersASC.com (2/18)
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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.
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Research & Technology
Cartilage graft technique reduces risk of warp in rhinoplasty
Creating cross-sectional grafts by making an oblique cut across the long axis of a 3- to 4-centimeter autologous rib piece can lower the risk for distortion in septorhinoplasty, researchers report in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. No graft warping, infection, fracture or resorption was reported for the 43 patients in the study. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/19)
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