Safety of Injectable Dermal Fillers

Soft tissue fillers are available as minimally invasive or non-surgical alternatives for improving facial contour, increasing volume, or reducing wrinkles. The most popular products include hyaluronic acid (HA) formulations such as Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm XC Ultra, Juvederm XC Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane. These gels are injected using tiny needles under theRead More

Gynecomastia in Adolescents: Psychosocial Impact

Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is a relatively common benign condition that affects boys during puberty. Although up to 2/3 of boys may develop gynecomastia at some point during adolescence, in most cases this will resolve on its own without treatment, usually by age 14-16 years. A new study evaluates the negative psychosocial impact of gynecomastia inRead More

Profileplasty: Surgery of the Nose and Chin

Plastic surgery procedures on the nose (rhinoplasty) and chin (genioplasty) are often performed concurrently in order to improve a patient’s appearance. The resultant enhanced patient profile has led to the term “profileplasty” to refer to the combination of these two aesthetic surgeries. The most recent study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery tracks long-term outcomes of patients whoRead More

Plastic Surgery Increases Patient Happiness

Plastic surgery is more than skin deep: in addition to the visible improvement in appearance from aesthetic surgery procedures, the latest study shows patients also benefit from increased happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence. Scientific investigation of the positive psychological effects of plastic surgery has yielded tangible evidence demonstrating what surgeons have observed for years: physical enhancementRead More

Spring Forward Into Beauty

Now that we’ve adjusted our clocks and the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to start thinking about tuning our bodies and getting ready to shed the camouflaging winter fashions in favor of summer styles. For all of us, and especially those of us traveling to warmer climes for spring break, remember to applyRead More

Cosmetic Procedures and the “Lipstick Effect”

A report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that the total number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures increased by 6% last year. These procedures include Botox and Dysport injections, soft tissue filler injections, and chemical peels. This rise in plastic surgery procedures may be partially credited to the sluggish economy, which also accountsRead More

Shaped Silicone Gel Implants Approved for Breast Augmentation

The FDA has just cleared another type of highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants for breast augmentation, the Allergan Natrelle Style 410. These “gummy bear” type implants have already been used for breast reconstruction, and have been studied extensively for safety and effectiveness for over 10 years in almost 1000 patients who underwent breast augmentation,Read More

Plastic Surgery by the Numbers

According to a study of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, over 14 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide in 2011. This includes all types of treatments to beautify and rejuvenate, from Botox and fillers to lasers and peels to invasive surgery such as breastRead More

Weight Loss After Abdominoplasty

A new study in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), addresses long term weight loss results after patients undergo abdominoplasty. Most of the women who were overweight or obese at the time of the tummy tuck procedure maintained the weight loss one year post-operatively.Read More

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