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Washington State Cosmetic Surgeon Botches Teen’s Breast Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 31, 2009

A cosmetic surgeon from Moses Lake, Washington has been accused of unprofessional conduct for a recent breast reduction and liposuction procedure performed on a 15-year old girl.

Dr. Thomas Laney reportedly lacked the education and training needed to perform both procedures and ended up botching the breast reduction procedure. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission reports that the patient’s breasts “now have an aesthetically odd and unnatural appearance” and the doctor should not have agreed to perform liposuction on the 15-year old girl.

The girl sued the doctor three years after the surgery was performed, and a complaint was submitted to the state board in late 2008. However, the Medical Quality Assurance Commission only just recently proceeded with filing charges.

According to Steven Fitzer, the doctor’s attorney, the patient had received permission from her parents to go ahead with the surgery. “She had sought out care from a number of plastic surgeons…she went through an elaborate evaluation and consent process. The parents were fully advised of the situation and signed multiple consent forms acknowledging the risks, benefit and alternatives to the procedure.” (Source: FoxNews.com)

The doctor holds a medical degree from the University of Nebraska and a dentistry degree from Creighton University of Nebraska. He is also certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery continues to advise patients to do as much research as possible about the procedure and the surgeon before pursuing treatment. The organization points out that even when a doctor is board-certified, they may not have the experience and knowledge needed to perform certain types of surgery.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dr. Laney had been sued 10 times by patients and their families in 2005.

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Senate Axes “Botax” in Favor of Tanning Tax

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 30, 2009

Thousands of consumers and plastic surgeons across the country rallied against the proposed tax on cosmetic surgery earlier this year, hoping to persuade Congress to reconsider the changes to the health care reform bill and find other ways to raise funds.

The elective surgery tax, otherwise known as the “Botax”, would have raised an estimated $5.8 billion over the next 10 years. After careful review, the Senate has decided to drop the Botax and impose a new tax on tanning instead.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the person that first introduced the concept of the Botax, has decided to switch the amendment so that a tax would only be applied on tanning services throughout the United States. The tax on tanning salons would be 10 percent on all tanning services, and the Senate estimates that this would raise about $270 million every year. The goal of imposing this tax is to offset some of the Senate’s costs of health insurance for millions of Americans.

The modified health care reform bill was released on the Saturday morning after Christmas. The bill states that the tax would apply to all tanning beds that deliver UV radiation and not spray tanning facilities. Tanning salon visitors can expect to start paying the extra 10% tax as a sales tax beginning July 1, 2010.

While a tax on tanning may be able to raise funds for the government, there is a bright side to the changes.

According to Dr. David M. Pariser, president of the American Academy of Dermatology,  “we made the case this will reduce health care costs by hopefully reducing skin cancer in the future – that’s the point – and also raise a little revenue now.” (Source: NYTimes.com) The tax essentially may deter some people from using a tanning bed on a  regular basis and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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Scientific Study Reports Probiotics Can Help with Weight Loss

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 29, 2009

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight with a new diet or exercise program, adding a few nutritional supplements to the menu may be your best option.

Several scientific studies report that probiotics, the healthy bacteria found in the stomach and intestinal tract, may be effective at triggering weight loss. According to a study published in the Nature journal in 2006, gut microbial populations are different in people who are overweight or obese and in people who are slimmer. Scientists are finding that adding probiotics to the daily diet may in fact help to decrease belly fat by changing the way the body uses and stores calories.

According to Dr. John Morton, director of bariatric surgery at Stanford, “the number of calories taken in depends on the type of bacteria in the intestines. If the makeup of those bacteria changed, the amount of calories absorbed would change also. The difference may be minimal at first look, but over time, that deficit can add up.” (Source: imithome.org)

Researchers from Washington University report that the bacteria in the digestive tracts of overweight mice helped them absorb more calories from food. The same bacteria were implanted into the intestines of a set of lean mice and triggered weight gain. Results of this study indicate that the type of bacteria found in the digestive tract do determine how many calories the person is able to absorb at any given time.

Probiotics can easily be integrated into the diet in supplement form, or simply by eating foods that naturally contain probiotics. Foods that contain probiotics include yogurt, miso, tempeh, fermented and unfermented milk, soy beverages and some types of juices. Some prepared foods are enhanced with probiotics and added during preparation. In addition to prompting weight loss, having healthy intestinal flora can reduce the risk of certain types of infections, ward off tooth decay and keep inflammatory bowel disease at bay.

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Swiss Apple May be Anti Aging Ingredient of the Moment in 2010

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 28, 2009

While the acai berry was deemed the superfood and anti aging ingredient of the moment for 2009, 2010 may be the year of the Swiss Apple.

Scientists are speculating that the Swiss Apple is designed with a set of resilient stem cells that may help to reduce wrinkles and prevent skin cells from dying. These rare cells could be the answer for reducing the effects of aging, and beauty companies including Lancome are already producing a set of serums and beauty treatments made with Swiss apple extracts.

Research on the effects of human stem cells that can ward off the signs of aging has been underway in recent years, but new advancements in the field of vegetal stem cells may be a more attractive option for beauty product manufacturers and anti aging specialists to delve into.

Stem cells from a very rare Swiss apple tree were reportedly cultivated over 300 hundred years ago and are virtually extinct in the modern world. The trees have been found in an isolated region in the Alps and there are currently eight trees that are being used for research purposes.

According to the UK’s Independent, “Studies to investigate the effect of the ingredient, for example by Lancome or Mibelle Biochemistry, yieled encouraging results, with 80 to 100 percent of participants confirming a notable change in their appearance.” (Source: The Independent)

There are currently two products made with Swiss apple stem cells that will be available for consumers in 2010. One is the Emerge Stem Cell Swiss Apple Serum made with purified water, PhytoCellTec™ Stem Cell extracts, glycerin, phenoxyethanol collagen, squalane and dehydroacetic acid. Another is the Goldfaden Stem Cell Serum made with chondurs crispus (seaweed) extract, purified water, hyaluronic acid, malus domsetica fruit cell culture and red tea extract.

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Experts Say Endermologie May Be Next Best Thing to Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 27, 2009

If you’ve been considering going under the knife to improve your silhouette and reshape your body, you may not need to make that liposuction appointment just yet.

Several minimally invasive options such as endermologie can help to break down fat stores and improve your appearance within a few weeks. Some experts believe that endermologie is actually an attractive option for those that want to get rid of stubborn lumps and fatty deposits that are causing cellulite, and since the procedure does not involve any needles or incisions, presents few complications.

Endermologie works by delivering a high intensity heated massage to the body’s main tissues, helping to increase circulation and strengthen the muscles. This vigorous massage can break down fat cells and improve the skin’s appearance.  The rollers and suctioning massage process help to increase blood flow to major parts of the body and break down some of the fibrous buildups that may be causing cellulite. A series of these procedures can also increase collagen production which in turn strengthens and tightens the skin.

The procedure is designed for patients who are at an ideal weight or for those that only want to lose a few pounds without surgery. It is also an attractive option for those that want to improve the appearance of their skin after weight loss, and may be an attractive option for those that do not want to undergo a painful body contouring procedure.

When combined with a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen, endermologie helps to streamline the silhouette and creates a more contoured look. The procedure is currently available at medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery centers around the United States and treatment costs range from $100 to $150 per session. Some centers and clinics offer a discount on treatments booked as a series.

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Laser Liposuction Deemed Safer than Traditional Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 26, 2009

Laser liposuction is among the most innovative techniques available for individuals undergoing permanent fat removal procedure.

Laser-assisted liposuction helps to remove excess fat and tightens up the skin during the process, allowing for more precise body contouring and minimal downtime. Experts say that it is generally safer than traditional procedures and is a versatile option because it can be performed on the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips and flanks. In addition to serving as a first-time procedure, laser liposuction can be performed on people who have loose skin from a traditional liposuction procedure to provide a much better silhouette.

Most laser liposuction procedures are performed using only local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure may be performed in less than an hour and requires only very small incisions in the treatment area. The heat from the laser helps to break down the fat cells and also makes the skin tissues around the treatment area contract. This tightens the skin shortly after the procedure and for several weeks after the procedure to improve results. The precision of the laser preserves the surrounding tissue and gives the surgeon more control over the fat removal process. Laser liposuction is generally safe for treating small areas such as the chin, neck and knees.

Since there is very little downtime or recovery associated with this procedure, most patients can return to regular activities within days after their procedure. These procedures are often marketed as “fat melting” systems and may use a combination of radio frequency energy and heat to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

Recovery times vary by individual and the size of the treatment area, but in most cases, the procedure involves only a few weeks or recovery and the patient does not need to wear bulky compression garments throughout the procedure.

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Doctors Say More Politicians Turning to Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 25, 2009

While plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic enhancements are generally expected for celebrities and those in the media spotlight, some doctors are finding that more politicians are saying “yes” to going under the knife.

According to Dr. Ayman Hakki of the Luxxery Cosmetic Medical Boutique in Waldorf, Maryland, it’s interesting to note that a number of politicians have already had some type of cosmetic enhancement in order to preserve their youthful looks.

Dr. Hakki points out that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has had Botox injections in her forehead, Vice President Joe Biden has had hair transplants, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a partial facelift, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has had both a neck lift and a face lift. (Source:  ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com)

Experts say that election time is “peak season” for many plastic surgery procedures, but there is still a lot of stigma around the idea that certain politicians may come across as vain instead of coming across as friendly, youthful and healthy.  In these cases, politicians do their best to hide it.

According to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cap Lesesne, “patients who were politicians and who had cosmetic procedures every six months instead of all at once [would] avoid arousing any suspicion.” (Source: ABoardCertifiedPlasticSurgeon.com) Still, others believe that it would be better for politicians to just admit that they are having plastic surgery.

Cosmetic procedures continue to be an attractive option for individuals that want to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance, combat the signs of aging or improve their silhouette after weight loss. Some of today’s most in-demand procedures include breast augmentation, facelift surgery, rhinoplasty (nose job surgery) and liposuction. Minimally invasive procedures that continue to be on the top list of coveted procedures in the United States include Botox injections, injectable fillers, laser skin resurfacing and cellulite treatments.

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Rhinoplasty Specialists Use Ribcage Cartilage for Better Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 24, 2009

Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery, is among the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the United States and continues to offer a wealth of benefits for men and women that want to improve their facial profile or correct facial flaws. A recent study at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston reveals that the success rate of a rhinoplasty procedure can be increased when doctors incorporate ribcage cartilage instead of cartilage from the septum or ear to support the nose.

Researchers at the University of Texas surveyed more than 350 patients who had undergone the procedure that involved the use of ribcage cartilage and found that 94 percent of patients were very satisfied with the results.

The cartilage in the ribcage is much stronger and thicker than the cartilage found in the ear, so it may be a much better match for the rhinoplasty procedure.

“Rib rhinoplasty” involves a procedure known as coastal cartilage grafting, a procedure where the rib is harvested through an incision along the chest wall to remove the cartilage portion of the rib. The fifth or sixth rib is typically used for this procedure because of its shape and configuration. While there are some risk sinvolved in removing cartilage from the ribs – namely cartilage warping and a loss of air from the lungs – the effects of the procedure promise much better results than traditional procedures.

According to Dr. Anil Shah of Shah Facial Plastics, there are several benefits of coastal cartilage grafting. “There is less overaugmentation in patients along the bridge. It is much easier to place a graft all the way to the root of the nose…placing the graft and a lower position is much more technically demanding, however it can yield much better aesthetic results.”

This innovative technique is currently used by only a handful of plastic surgeons around the United States.

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“Internal Bra” Offers Benefits of Breast Lift without Implants

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2009

Women who are interested in achieving shapelier and larger breasts may not need to resort to breast implants.

A new product called the “Cup & Up” promises to improve the shape of the breasts without affecting their size. The product has been deemed an “internal bra” by some plastic and cosmetic surgeons because it works by harnessing the existing breast tissue and pushing the breasts upward to create a more attractive silhouette and shape.

The surgeon inserts a set of small silicone cups underneath each breast to improve their shape and size, and then fits a small thin strap to each cup between the ribs, breast and shoulder. The surgeon can then tighten the strap to gently lift the breasts up from a sagging position.

According to the manufacturers of the “Cup & Up” device, results of this minimally invasive procedure can last for several years and will cost less than the typical breast lift. The UK’s Daily Mail reports that the “Internatl Bra” can be fitted in just 40 minutes and the breasts still look very natural.

Orbix Medical is the company behind the device and the first woman to receive her internal bra is still enjoying results after a year. Orbix Medical is currently recruiting volunteers for a trial and will be performing another procedure during the last week of December 2009.

According to plastic surgeon Eyal Gur who has been working with Orbix Medical to fine tune the internal bra procedure, “There are a lot of younger women whose breasts started to sag even before they have had children and breast fed. Those who are sagging after having kids want to look like they were when they were teenagers. This operation will give them back youthful breasts…the internal bra would be really beneficial to women who have had partial or full mastectomies.” (Source: Daily Mail)

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FDA Shuts Down Do It Yourself Botox Website

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 22, 2009

Discount Medspa, a website that had been selling a drug similar to Botox and a range of injectable fillers has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The website was making it easy for the average consumer to purchase injectables without a prescription, which means anyone could inject themselves or someone else with a potentially harmful compound.

Discount Medspa was heavily promoting Dysport, a recently approved injectable designed to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport has been approved the FDA for use in a medical setting, and cannot legally be prescribed by anyone other than a nurse practitioner or a doctor.

The website claims that it had more than 2,000 customers, and many of the people who purchased the injectables simply taught themselves how to administer the drug by watching YouTube videos that were produced specifically for the site.

Discountmedspa.com sold several other DIY cosmetic treatments including lip plumping injections, prescription Renova and several treatments designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Laurie D’Alleva, the creator of the website, made the following statement about her online operation: “I know there is much information out on the net about fillers and Botox ‘knock-offs’. This is not what I am selling! The products I have are from a company names Ipsen… I have a connection that allows me to get products that are not usually available in the states because I purchase other products in their line. Now the trick is I have to market it and label it under my own brand, to keep them and myself from getting into any legal trouble. It does take a leap of faith, but I assure you I have over 2000 customers now who love the products and are saving literally hundreds of thousands of dollars between us!”

She recommended that all buyers simply watch the YouTube videos to achieve the same results they would receive at a doctor’s office.

After several complaints had been filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services, discountmedspa.com was shut down for offering prescription products illegally.

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