October 12, 2021
Plastic Surgery SmartBrief
In the News
Plastic surgeons are seeing a rise in procedures as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Many procedures were delayed or postponed in the opening months of the crisis.
Full Story: Wisconsin Public Radio (10/7) 
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Plastic surgeon Steven Levine outlines what's involved in buccal fat removal to contour the cheek area. Levine said the procedure tends to carry a low risk level and minimal recovery time.
Full Story: People (10/12) 
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Fat grafting can be used to rebuild volume in patients who have had their breast implants removed. Fat can be removed from the patient's thighs via liposuction and transferred to the breast area to create greater fullness.
Full Story: WJXT-TV/WCWJ-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)/Ivanhoe Newswire (10/6) 
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Practice Management
A variety of legal tax reduction methods are available to medical professionals to reduce financial burden on a practice. Appropriate entity selection, sole proprietorships, partnerships, S- and C-corporations, and retirement plan contributions are some of the strategies medical practices can use.
Full Story: Medical Economics (10/7) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
A study presented at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society annual meeting found that wound complications may be reduced by adding an antibiotic effective against anaerobic bacteria to perioperative prophylaxis after removal of soft-tissue sarcoma. Major wound complication rates fell from 27.3% to 15.9% when an antibiotic like metronidazole was used, study authors noted, while another study showed that patients who developed the wound complications experienced higher health care costs.
Full Story: MedPage Today (free registration) (10/7) 
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Research & Technology
A study published in the journal PRS Global Open examined breast implant removal and capsulectomy in 248 patients and found that 111 of the capsules showed inflammatory changes. Study authors wrote that the inflammation was "significantly associated with silicone and textured implants."
Full Story: Medscape (free registration)/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open (10/5) 
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About the Editor
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford is the editor of several SmartBrief newsletters focused on health care. She is a veteran medical writer, editor, author, and health content strategist. Maria has produced evidence-based health and wellness content for the Mayo Clinic, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation, Time Inc., UnitedHealth Group, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Health Publications and more. Email Maria at maria.gifford@futurenet.com.
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