Patients investing in plastic surgery instead of vacation | Tenn. plastic surgeons sue to overturn mask mandate | Early face transplant patient dies
August 4, 2020
In the News
Aesthetic plastic surgeon Alexandra Schmidt says she's seen growth in demand for aesthetic surgery since the coronavirus pandemic began, driven partially by videoconferencing as well as more time to recuperate. "We've had a lot of patients who say that they're unable to plan vacations and getaways and instead of spending money on traveling, they're spending money on themselves and making improvements that they never had time to do before because it interfered with their life when you have a recovery period," she said.
Full Story: WTVD-TV (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.) (7/30) 
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Two plastic surgeons in Knoxville, Tenn., filed a lawsuit to strike down the county health board's mandate to wear a mask when social distancing isn't possible. The lawsuit alleges that the mandate is unconstitutional and based on faulty information.
Full Story: Knoxville News Sentinel (Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (7/30) 
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Connie Culp, 57, who received a partial face transplant in 2008, died of an infection not related to the transplant, according to a statement from the Cleveland Clinic. Plastic surgeon Frank Papay says Culp "was a great pioneer, and her decision to undergo a sometimes-daunting procedure is an enduring gift for all of humanity."
Full Story: The Associated Press (8/1) 
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Practice Management
Congressional action is needed to permanently end surprise medical billing and promote price transparency, according to an HHS report. "Americans have the right to know what a health care service is going to cost before they receive it," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
Full Story: Healthcare Finance (7/29) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
One in seven women responding to a survey in the US said they had heard of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and 12% of respondents who had implants had heard of it, researchers reported in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After receiving risk information, 46% of respondents said they would nonetheless be willing to get breast implants for cosmetic reasons, and 58% said they would get implant-based reconstruction.
Full Story: HealthDay News (7/30) 
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