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Heidi Montag’s Plastic Surgeon Dies in a Car Crash

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 28, 2010

Heidi Montag has been in the media spotlight in the past few months for her plastic surgery “addiction” and slew of cosmetic procedures that have completely transformed here appreance. The reality star’s plastic surgeon was recently killed in a car accident after becoming trapped in a vehicle and suffering major head injuries. His Jeep veered off the Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura County Fire Department attempted to pull him out of the car using a helicopter, but had to call it off. Dr. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to entertainment website TMZ.com, Dr. Frank Ryan performed a total of ten cosmetic procedures in one day on Heidi Montag. Newsweek reports that Heidi Montag has undergone a nose job, breast implants, collagen lip injections and several other procedures before she turned 21. Heidi told People Magazine that she is completely obsessed with plastic surgery and has no problems going under the knife again.

Here procedures cost over $30,000, and she reportedly spent ten hours in the operating room. Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that cosmetic surgery procedures performed on teens have nearly doubled in the past decade. Teens under the age of 18 do need parental consent to undergo Botox injections, breast implants, liposuction and other types of procedures – and many do. While Heidi has worked hard to conform to a male standard of beauty and hopes that her new looks will help her career, many plastic and cosmetic surgeons warn against following in the heels of their favorite celeb just to improve their lives.

All board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons are required to do complete a face-to-face consultation with their patients and find out if the patient is mentally healthy. Those that show any signs of obsession or have very low self-esteem may be referred to a psychiatrist.

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Breform Internal Bra Helps Women Maintain Youthful Silhouette

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2010

Many women find that wearing a bra is very constricting and can have difficulty finding a bra that fits them properly. Those who undergo plastic surgery to get breast implants or have their breast size reduced also find it challenging to find a bra that provides the support and comfort they need. Cosmetic surgeons have  now developed an innovative breast lift procedure that may reduce the need for wearing a bra altogether.

The “breform” procedure works as an internal bra to support the breast tissue and keep it in place. This bra is placed under the skin layer of the breasts to act as an internal support system. It is made of a polyester material and is inserted right into the tissue without risk of breaking down. The internal bra is inserted into the tissue after a small incision is made around the areola. The cup is designed to cover the fat and tissue of the breasts completely, and then is sutured in place to create a smooth look.

The breform procedure works as a permanent bra, and can reduce the need to be completely dependent on wearing a real bra for support. The material used to create the bra in this procedure is safe to use as an implant and poses few hazards and side effects for the patient. It is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, but some surgeons may recommend general anesthesia depending on the size of the breast tissue and the health of the patient.

This innovative breast lift procedure is designed for women who have sagging breasts, but may not be effective for women with very large breasts. Women who are a C cup, D cup or larger may need to undergo breast reduction surgery before they are suitable candidates for the breform procedure.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Introduces Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 12, 2010

Many women considering breast implants or breast enhancement procedures are hesitant to go under the knife because of the long recovery process and pain associated with the procedure.

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has developed the flash recovery breast augmentation procedure as an alternative to traditional breast implant and revision procedures.  Dr. Ashkan Ghavami has developed this trademarked procedure that involves less trauma and promises speedy recovery.

According to Dr. Ghavami, “The goal of the Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation is to give my patients a rapid, painless recovery, with the least amount of trauma on the body possible…this procedure is superior to traditional breast augmentations in almost every way imaginable and I am conducting a prospective study to analyze its unique benefits.”

The reason why this procedure offers better results and a faster recovery time than conventional breast augmentation procedures is because it involves dissecting the breast tissue in a very precise way, and reduces damage to the surrounding tissue. The surgeon can develop a small breast pocket to hold the implant and thereby minimizes trauma to the tissues, muscles and rib cage. The entire procedure can usually be performed in under an hour, and in some cases, in under 30 minutes. The process involves cauterization of some of the tissue, which reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue and ensures that the implant is secured permanently in place.

Patients undergoing this procedure do not even need to take prescription pain medication, and there is no draining, binding or wrapping of the breast and chest tissue required. Most patients will be required to wear a surgical bra after the procedure. The bra helps to support the breast tissue during the healing process, and also helps to speed up recovery. In order to maintain results with Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation, patients need to maintain a consistent exercise and stretching program.

(Source: American Health and Beauty)

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Cytori Gets Approval for Stem Cell Device for Breast Reconstruction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 10, 2010

Cytori Therapeutics, a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, has received the European approval CE mark for an innovative stem cell device. The Celution® System is a unique medical device that extracts and separates stem cells and regenerative cells from the patient’s fat tissue. This process is helpful for fat transfer procedures and can help with breast reconstruction. The Celution System may be very effective for repairing soft tissue defects, facilitating the wound healing process, and also for repairing the effects of Crohn’s disease.

Clinical data from Cytori’s RESTORE 2 breast reconstruction trial in Europe and several other wound repair clinical studies show that the previously-approved indications for use in the Celution® Steym are still active and unchanged. The system can be used to perform a number of different procedures, and may soon be marketed to clinics and hospitals in the United States.

The new indications covering the Celution® System for the digestion of adipose tissue can be used to prepare and implant autologous cell-enriched fat grafts for breast reconstruction procedures, and also deliver the Celution® System cellular output to facilitate healing of rectal and vaginal wounds resulting from Crohn’s disease.

According to Marc H. Hedrick, M.D., president of Cytori, “The expanded indications improve our ability to provide the Celution® System to European hospitals in addition to the private-pay plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics…these claims, coupled with our expanded focus on reimbursement, will make this technology more broadly available, not just for a wider range of procedures but to a greater population of patients.” (Source: MarketWatch.com)

Over 370,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Europe each year and the majority of these patients need to undergo some form of breast reconstruction procedure. The Cytori stem cell device may help many of these women undergo a successful procedure.

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Breast Implant “Bandit” Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 8, 2010

Yvonne Jean Pampellone of Laguna Niguel was charged with breast implant fraud In late 2009 after opening up a line of credit under someone else’s name and pursuing liposuction and breast implant surgery at a Huntington Beach plastic surgery center.

The staff at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery reportedly became suspicious of Ms. Pampellone’s activities when she came into the center for surgery in 2008, but then stopped coming in for her follow up appointments.

Ms. Pampellone wanted to undergo additional surgery, and returned to the same treatment center under a different name a year later. She stole the ID of another woman and set up a new patient profile at the center. Her real identity was later traced by tracking the numbers on her first implants, and the staff identified her through a photo lineup. She turned herself in to police the following day.

Yvonne Pampellone has now been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. She reportedly attempted to purchase $12,000-worth of cosmetic surgery at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. She pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft. In the state of California, second-degree burglary is also called commercial burglary, which means the individual entered a place of business with the intent to commit a felony. It can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Grand theft in California is defined as a committing a crime when the money, labor or real or personal property is of a value exceeding four hundred dollars.

When Yvonne Pampellone was arrested in the spring of 2009, her defense attorney Paul Wallin tated that the facts would eventually show that his client was not guilty.

In addition to serving jail time and probation, Ms. Pampellone has been ordered to pay back the money she used to get the breast implants.

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Natural Breast Enhancement Offers Attractive Alternative to Implants

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 5, 2010

For the thousands of women considering breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants, going under the knife can be an intimidating process and presents a significant number of risks and complications. Surgeons in the United States are now experimenting with a new fat transfer technique that allows the physician to remove unwanted body fat from the hips, thighs and stomach and transfer it directly into the breasts with  a simple procedure.

Many women who have had children or simply want to improve their silhouette may be good candidates for this type of procedure because it presents very few risks and results are immediate. The physician performs a simple laser liposuction procedure to remove body fat from the thighs, buttocks or stomach, and the fat is then harvested before it is reinjected into the breasts.

This procedure is now called ‘natural breast enhancement’ because it helps to increase the breasts by up to one cup size or more, and the breasts look and feel completely natural because there are no artificial implants involved. Natural breast enhancement procedures are currently available at select cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country, and costs approximately $10,000.

According to Dr. Sydney Coleman of Tribeca Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons have been transplanting fat to the breast since 1995. However, only some physicians have the skills and experience to perform this procedure effectively. With the right technique, the breast can be sculpted and shaped, and there are very few incisions involved with the procedure.

Fat grafting to the breasts can be used to disguise breast implants that do not look natural, and also to create a set of plumper, more natural-looking breasts for individuals that want to enhance their appearance.  At Dr. Coleman’s clinic, the procedure costs between $20,000 to $30,000 and recovery time is approximately one week.

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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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Surgeon Says Replacing Saline with Silicone Gel Implants Takes Only 45 Minutes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2009

Many women are opting for silicone gel implants after reviewing the drawbacks and risks associated with saline. Silicone gel implants offer several advantages over saline implants, and may be most suitable for women who want to achieve natural looking results and have implants that feel like real breast tissue.

Plastic surgeon Allan Parungao says that women who already have saline breast implants can undergo a simple breast implant replacement procedure to make the switch to silicone.

Silicone gel breast implants were approved by the FDA in November 2006 and run a lower risk of implant ruptures and leaking. Dr. Parungao points out that, “Until the FDA approved the new silicone gel implants, women having breast augmentation surgery had only one choice: saline implants…but some women – especially those with very large implants – can experience telltale “rippling” around the edges of the implant.” This is why many women are good candidates for the breast implant replacement procedure, and in many cases, the procedure takes 45 minutes or less.

Dr. Parungao uses a special technique where the breast implant replacement is performed under local anesthesia and the patient experiences little or no discomfort. There is virtually no downtime, so the patient can return to work the next day.  (Source: PRWeb.com)

For some women, the cost of silicone gel implants may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty of the saline implants. If the saline implants have ruptured, the patient may be able to upgrade to silicone gel implants without having to pay several hundred dollars for the procedure.

The FDA has approved silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic surgery in women age 22 and older, and these implants are widely regarded as the most natural-looking option for breast augmentation. More information about silicone implants can be found here.

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“Ideal Implant” Combines Benefits of Saline and Silicone

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 1, 2009

The Ideal Breast Implant was launched in early 2006 to provide benefits of both silicone and saline gel implants, and produce natural-looking breasts.

After years of research and testing, the Ideal implant is become an attractive option for many plastic surgeons that want to provide quality results with their procedure.

Many women have chosen saline instead of silicone gel implants because of the natural tissue-like appearance that saline gel implants provide, but many are uncomfortable with the risk of a silent rupture.

The Ideal implant is a saline-filled implant that look a standard implant but the edges have been lowered to create a more contoured appearance. The implant is made with a series of implant shells that are nested together to create a more natural appearance, offering better control and reduces the ‘bounce’ effect that often makes breast implants look unnatural. Some plastic surgeons call this a “Hybrid™” breast implant because the implant combines many of the features of silicone and saline.

Currently, the Ideal Implant is being studied in an FDA-approved nationwide clinical trial of 500 participants. Individuals interested in participating in the study can contact a plastic surgeon in their area to find out if they qualify. All costs of the procedure are the participant’s responsibility, but participants will receive payment through a Trust Fund if they complete all of their follow-up visits over a 10-year period. The Ideal Implant deposit is $3,500 and goes directly into the Trust Fund, and this Trust Fund will invest in a stock and bond portfolio with an expectation of generating between $8,083 to $12,136 over the 10-year period. Individuals who miss any of the required follow up visits will be dropped from the study and lose their share of the Trust Fund monies.

More information about the Ideal Implant study participation and payment options can be found here.

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ASAPS Reports Demand for Breast Implants Greater than Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 28, 2009

For the first time in twelve years, the number of breast augmentation procedures performed over the year has outpaced the number of liposuction procedures.

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for women in the 18 to 35 age bracket, and even with the economic downturn, many cosmetic surgeons have seen a steady increase in demand for breast implants and breast enhancement procedures. The surgery typically costs between $4,500 to $5,000 and is not covered by insurance, but many women turn to patient financing or work with the surgeon to set up a private payment plan.

Surgeons report that demand for breast augmentation and procedures such as Botox, another in-demand procedure for the year, are sought from all socioeconomic classes, but the majority are middle class.

The price of many procedures have become more attractive to many because of increased competition – many cosmetic surgeons have introduced a lineup of enhancement procedures such as Botox, Dysport, Hydrelle fillers and non-invasive procedures such as Zerona laser fat removal to attract more patients to their practice. Once the patient becomes more comfortable with the surgeon and the clinic, they may be more likely to consider more expensive procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction or facelifts.

While there are still several risks involved with the breast augmentation procedure, there are now thousands of licensed and skilled surgeons who have extensive experience with saline and silicone implants. Other procedures that are coming into the spotlight include the ‘Botox breast lift’ and the fat transfer breast augmentation procedure which do not require the insertion of implants.

With these procedures, the doctor simply injects compounds directly into the skin and results are immediate. These less-invasive procedures may offer more benefits over implants in some patients who want to correct sagging breasts and improve their appearance, but research is still underway.

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