Filmmaker Jean-Simon Chartier directed a documentary on celebrity plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer that will be screened at the Miami Film Festival in March. Salzhauer, who calls himself Dr. Miami, livestreams surgeries on social media and is adored by his followers, but Chartier says the film also covers beauty obsession and the risks of cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty is a common procedure to fix droopy eyelids and is generally safe and quick when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon, writes plastic surgeon Carlos Wolf. Prospective patients should ask to see before and after pictures of other patients and ask about risks and possible complications, Wolf writes.
Social media is helpful for conveying factual information to patients, but health care professionals must exercise caution and assume that even private social networks can be exploited, experts say. David Rubin, section chief of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, says physicians on social media should be aware of their audience, check facts before posting, and "let social media strengthen your practice research, education or advocacy work."
Medical practices must weigh the costs and benefits of keeping information technology functions in-house and outsourcing IT management, and many choose a combined approach. "You want somebody who knows all about HIPAA issues, cybersecurity issues, encoding messages and so forth," says Ken Hertz, a principal with MGMA Health Care Consulting Group.
Rural hospital and specialty care unit closures have left some patients who have breast cancer without a nearby facility for radiotherapy, according to a study in The Journal of Rural Health. The average distance to a radiation treatment facility is just below 22 miles for rural women, compared with less than 5 miles for urban women, and since treatment typically occurs five days a week for five to seven weeks, a rural woman's course of treatment can involve traveling 2,000 miles or more.
Compressive goggles that prevent leakage from capillaries after blepharoplasty accelerate recovery by decreasing swelling and bruising, says oculoplastic surgeon William Mack, who recently began offering the new device. Wearing the goggles nearly all day and night for three days reduced swelling and bruising better than ice packs in testing.