February 22, 2013
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New silicone-gel breast implant wins FDA approval
The FDA approved Allergan's Natrelle 410 silicone breast implant for breast enhancement and reconstruction. The implant is meant to be firmer than other Allergan implants, and the maker will be required to conduct long-term safety studies. Reuters (2/20), United Press International (2/20), (Boston) (2/20)
Rebounding economy rejuvenates cosmetic surgery demand
The number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. last year increased 6%, with demand for Botox injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels, hair removal and microdermabrasion leading the way, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. Plastic surgeons also performed more reconstructive operations, with maxillofacial surgery up 7%, hand surgery up 3% and tumor removal up 1% over 2011 figures. HealthDay News (2/19)
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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Number of laser surgery-related malpractice suits rises
Physicians were named in 146 lawsuits involving claims of cutaneous injury following laser procedures, even though doctors carried out the procedure in only 100 of the cases, according to a study. Researchers looked at malpractice claims involving laser-assisted cosmetic procedures between 1985 and 2012. Nonphysicians operated the lasers in 40% of cases, and plastic surgeons were involved in 26% of cases. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/20)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
The power of plastic surgery: "I don't see cancer anymore"
An Oregon breast cancer survivor says reconstructive surgery and cosmetic procedures have allowed her to see herself and not her past illness when she looks in the mirror. "Initially, with plastic surgery, I think people thought that it was unnecessary surgery. But that has really changed," plastic surgeon Linda Leffel said. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (2/22)
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The newly approved Allergan 410 breast implant
"It's a different device, a different type of patient selection and education; it's also a different surgical procedure." Find out what you need to know about these new form-stable implants. (2/21)
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Research & Technology
3D printing is music to plastic surgeons' ears
Plastic surgeons and bioengineers at Cornell University used 3D printing to create an artificial ear that resembles the real thing. The doctors and scientists made a digital 3D image of a human ear, then used 3D printing to make a mold into which they injected a gel scaffold for growing cartilage. Pending preclinical tests, the prosthetic ear could be tried in children with microtia or patients who lose ears to illness or trauma. Discovery (2/20), HealthDay News (2/20)
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