February 8, 2013
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U.S. still leads world in number of cosmetic surgeries
Once again, the U.S. is the country where the most cosmetic procedures are performed, according to an annual survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Judged per capita, plastic surgery is even more popular in South Korea, Greece and Italy. USA Today (2/5)
Decompression surgery helps migraine sufferers
Decompression surgery, wherein small muscles and other tissues associated with migraine headaches are severed, is giving permanent relief to many migraine and chronic headache sufferers, plastic surgeons report. "It gives control of their life back to the patients," said plastic surgeon Bardia Amirlak, who offers the procedure. WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (2/6)
Dr. Jennifer Walden on VECTRA 3D
"I do a lot of breast augmentation and secondary breast surgery. VECTRA 3D has proven to be invaluable when dealing with asymmetry, and helps the patient decide on the implant size that will let them achieve their goals. For rhinoplasty procedures as well, it's been a great adjunct to my consultations and surgical planning." Read More>>

Jennifer L. Walden, M.D., F.A.C.S., Austin, Texas

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J&J unit gains 510(k) clearance for surgical sealer
Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson unit, has been cleared by the FDA to market its Enseal G2 Articulating system. The device, which is used to aid surgeons in accessing tight cavities and minimizing internal bleeding, improves on the company's original Enseal system with the ability to flex around bodily structures. (Boston) (2/6)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Many doctors offering cosmetic procedures are uncertified
Dentists, gynecologists, pediatricians and other doctors are increasingly offering cosmetic procedures, but they often lack board certification in plastic surgery. Physicians who are not board-certified in plastic surgery might not have hospital privileges for surgical procedures and must perform surgeries in their offices, putting patients at risk, says plastic surgeon Elan Reisin. Prospective patients should check their doctor's board certifications and know that certified outpatient centers and hospitals are the safest settings for surgery and other treatments. Medical News Today (2/6)
Research & Technology
Stem cells could lead to better skin grafts, Canadian researchers say
University of Calgary researchers are experimenting with stem cells to create skin grafts that perform more like natural skin. Trauma patients, cancer patients and burn survivors would benefit from better split-thickness skin grafts, researchers said. The researchers aim to create skin grafts that promote healing and allow the growth of follicles. (Canada) (2/7)
Injectable drug reduces double chin in clinical trials
ATX-101, an experimental form of sodium deoxycholate, reduced patients' submental fat in late-stage studies, co-developers Bayer HealthCare and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals report. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/2)
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