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November 30, 2012
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  • Plastic surgeons help men gain "strong" mustaches
    More Middle Eastern men are seeking mustache implants, plastic surgeons say. Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says he performs 50 to 60 follicular unit extraction procedures each month on men who want thicker mustaches. A thick mustache is a sign of masculinity and wisdom in Middle Eastern cultures, experts say. CNN (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Many women do not understand breast cancer treatment options
    Doctors treating breast cancer patients may need to find new ways to communicate treatment options, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. More than 20% of breast cancer patients surveyed said they were overwhelmed by their choices and unprepared to weigh the risks and benefits of each option. A team composed of an experienced surgeon, a medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon and a radiation oncologist can help women make informed choices that they will be less likely to regret later, says Steven Katz, a University of Michigan researcher who was not involved in the study. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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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

Practice Management 
 
  • Checklists can improve in-office surgery safety
    Introduction of a safety checklist increased utilization of safety practices and improved surgical site and side markings as well as communication and teamwork at a plastic surgery clinic, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found. Anesthesiology News (free registration) (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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VASER® Shape Featured on the Dr. OZ Show
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Sharon Giese, appeared on Dr. Oz to showcase VASER Shape, a non-surgical body shaping technology that is a game changer in plastic surgery. The pleasant patient experience and immediate results were evident in the live demo and even prompted Dr. Oz to proclaim that he had "never seen results like this." View the video.
Health Quality & Advocacy 
 
  • Patients can protect themselves with their own presurgery research
    Patients who fail to do their homework before choosing a plastic surgeon are setting themselves up for disappointment or worse, says plastic surgeon Tracy M. Pfeifer. The first step is ensuring the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Then, ask about risks, the anesthesiologist's certification and the surgical center's accreditation, she says. Be wary of doctors who offer procedures at prices way less than the norm, those who say medical clearance before a procedure is not necessary, and surgeons who are rushed or rude, she adds. eMaxHealth.com (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Research & Technology 
 
  • Implanted prosthesis responds to thoughts
    Researchers at Chalmers University in Sweden are developing a prosthetic arm that will respond to the user’s thoughts. Scientists will anchor the device to the amputee’s skeleton through osseointegration and implant electrodes on nerves and muscles. A neural interface will capture electrical impulses from the residual limb and transfer them to the prosthesis through a titanium implant. EE Times (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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