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More Medical Doctors Encouraging Patients to Pursue Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 31, 2010

Would you get Botox injections if your family doctor suggested it? According to a recent report in USA Today, many doctors are suggesting cosmetic surgery to their patients as an “extra” procedure for their next visit. Many dentists and doctors are certified to perform several simple cosmetic procedures, including Botox, dermal injections and skin tightening treatments. When meeting patients for a checkup or other procedure, some doctors are recommending other procedures and services to make an extra profit.

Unfortunately, this approach may not always be in the patient’s best financial interests. Many of today’s popular cosmetic enhancements, including Botox, dental veneers, injectables and facial rejuvenation procedures cost between $400 to $2,000 or more, and are not covered by health insurance. This means that the patient will not only be responsible for paying their co-pay for their visit, but will also be responsible for paying the high costs of a cosmetic procedure out of pocket.

According to Olivia Mellan, psychotherapist and “money coach” who interviewed with USA Today, “people mistakenly think that doctors and people in positions of authority are the voice of truth…consumers have to learn to be their own advocates.”

The increased demand for minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections, dermal fillers and non-invasive facelifts is encouraging for the plastic and cosmetic surgery industry after the peak of the recession. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for Botox injections increased over 500% from 2000 to 2009, and the demand was linked to the decreased demand for pricey surgical procedures, but ongoing need to maintain a youthful look. Many minimally-invasive procedures allow patients to maintain their youthful appearance for an affordable price.

Still, experts warn consumers to consider the total cost of their procedure, and make sure that they are not relying solely on the doctor’s recommendation when making their decision to undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery. Not all procedures are suitable for everyone, and a consultation with several cosmetic surgery specialists can help the consumer make the most informed decision.

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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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AAFPRS Launches Medical Protective Insurance Program

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 25, 2010

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has developed the AAFPRS Medical Protective Insurance Program to underwrite members who are performing more than 20% facial plastic surgery in their class.

Mark Wittel, VP of Agency Sales of Medical Protective, states, “As the nation’s leading healthcare liability insurer – with three times the longevity of our nearest competitor – Medical Protective looks forward to working with AAFPRS members and continuing to deliver the nation’s strongest defense of assets and reputation…not only for today, but for the long-to-resolve claims that arise years down the road.”

Members who qualify within their class receive a 5% credit, and members who are also certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery board receive another 5% credit on services and products.

By teaming up with Medical Protective, facial plastic surgeons may be able to enjoy more efficient insurance claims processing, and also ensure patient safety education.

Medical Protective is the leading company for medical malpractice insurance and the country’s strongest medmal carrier. The company offers several types of insurance coverage programs for physicians, hospitals and plastic surgeons, along with a suite of services, including risk management, practice software and provider enrollment and credentialing services. The company serves over 70,000 healthcare providers nationwide, and is owned by General Electric.

The MedMal coverage program offers several solutions for healthcare professionals, including plastic surgeons, who are looking for independent coverage options. Some of the benefits of this program include more control over the coverage selection with expanded coverage options and  a defense attorney that represents the insured healthcare professional. The company creates customized, tailored programs for different organizations, agencies and entities. The partnership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery means that the members can enjoy several insurance coverage benefits while maintaining the organization’s high standards.

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Bra Line Back Lift Helps Eliminate Excess Fat on the Back

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 23, 2010

Many women who eat healthy, exercise regularly and are otherwise in great shape still have a few extra pounds and inches located under the bra line and around the back. Those extra few ounces and pounds of body fat can be eliminated completely with the help of the bra line back lift procedure, an innovative plastic surgery procedure that helps eliminate the unsightly rolls of fat and skin underneath the bra line to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

The bra line back lift is designed to remove extra folds of skin on the back and is performed by a plastic surgeon. The entire procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and requires making a small incision along the bra line before extracting the localized fatty deposits. The surgeon can then remove any excess skin and tissues around the back area, and reconnect the surrounding tissue using with a set of stitches. The entire procedure typically takes about an hour, and can cost up to $10,000 depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, and the location of the plastic surgeon’s office.

The bra line back lift is a specialized procedure, and not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons may have extensive experience performing it. It is important for patients to look at before and after photos of patients who have undergone the procedure, and ensure that they are aware of the risks and side effects associated with the procedure. The best candidates for this procedure are women who are in reasonably good shape and of good health, and who have sagging skin and excess body fat located right underneath their bra line. Some men who want a shapelier appearance and more contoured silhouette may also be good candidates for the procedure.

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Bone Marrow Stem Cells Show Promise for Repairing Skin

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 21, 2010

Individuals with a rare skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) can improve their condition with the transfer of bone marrow stem cells. A team of medical researchers has found that bone marrow stem cells can effectively treat the disease and help to repair the skin and speed up the healing process. This skin disease cannot be treated with conventional dermatology procedures.

The results of a recent study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the middle of August 2010, and until now, there ha s not been any treatment or chance of a cure for RDEB. The study is the first of its kind that shows how bone marrow stem cells can adapt to the skin tissues and upper gastrointestinal tract, and help to slow down the progression of the disease.

Dr. John E. Wagner of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and director or pediatric blood and marrow transplantation, as well as the clinical director of the Stem Cell Institute, states, “whether the stem cells from marrow could repair tissues other than itself has been quite controversial…but in 2007, we found a rare subpopulation of marrow stem cells that could repair the skin in laboratory models. This astounding finding compelled us to test these stem cells in humans. This has never been done before.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

The stem cells found in bone marrow are capable of traveling to the areas of injured skin, which in turn helps to trigger collagen production. Collagen production is necessary to strengthen the skin, and is particularly valuable for patients who have been diagnosed with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Patients who have this disease can now be cured with a bone marrow transplant and stem cell transfers.

Researchers concluded that further studies need to be done to test the efficacy of stem cell transfer and to assess the long-term risks involved with the treatment. Still, this recent discovery is showing very promising results.

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Oral and Topical Agents Can Prevent UV-Induced Skin Cancer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 19, 2010

Topical agents, diet and certain medicines presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago is showing promise for preventing UV-induced skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, and dermatologists are now encouraging the public to be conscientious about the amount of sun they are exposed to, and taking extra steps to use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis.

Still, incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer continue to rise, and researchers are investigating the effects of certain foods, vitamins and medicines that may prevent skin cancer.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shared the results of some of the latest research initiatives that showcase the benefits of medicine and diet in preventing UV-induced skin cancer. According to dermatologist Craig A. Elmets, MD, FAAD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology and Director of the Skin Diseases Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Based on the research conducted thus far, it appears that several different agents have the potential to be effective in providing enhanced sun protection and preventing non-melanoma skin cancers…while the way these agents work are different, we have seen encouraging results with both oral and topical agents, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), eflornithine and certain types of natural antioxidants.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Dr. Elmets explained that oral medication can be effective at preventing basal cell nevus syndrome, a genetic defect that triggers the development of basal cell carcinoma at a very early age. Other drugs can be injected into the skin to inhibit cancer cell formation. A number of antioxidants were also evaluated for their chemopreventive properties, and some were found to destroy free radicals and compounds in the body that damage the DNA. Several clinical studies suggest that polyphenols in grape seed extract and green tea can help to prevent the growth of certain types of skin tumors.

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ISAPS Releases Global Plastic Surgery Statistics

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 18, 2010

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is a global leader in plastic surgery and has recently published the results of its ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™ for the first time. The survey includes information about plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions representing 75% of all procedures performed around the globe in 2009. This is the most reliable source of plastic surgery data and statistics, and provides several insights about the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures around the globe.

According to the ISAPS survey, the top ten countries with the most surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures include the United States, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Turkey and Spain. The United States continues to dominate in this field, but many countries that are not always considered to be popular destinations for cosmetic procedures still made the top 25 list. Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Portugal and Thailand are among the world’s top destinations for plastic and cosmetic surgery.

The ISAPS Global Survey also reveals that liposuction is among the most sought-after surgical procedures around the globe, followed by breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty. Certain procedures were more popular in countries including Brazil, China, Mexico and Japan, and the number of non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons around the globe is higher than the number of surgical procedures.

The top five, most sought-after non-surgical procedures include Botox and Dysport, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, autologous fat injections, and IPL treatments. Many of the non-surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, and there is little to no downtime involved.

The survey was conducted through a professional survey company, and results were compiled, tabulated and analyzed by an independent research firm in Columbus, Ohio. Representatives from National Societies provided the counts for over 75 percent of the 31,000 total estimated plastic surgeons participating in the survey.

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Trend for Cosmetic Surgery After Divorce or Break Ups on the Rise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 9, 2010

Many men and women who are going through a divorce are now turning to plastic and cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves and obtain a new outlook on life.  According to a recent story in UK’s StyleList, those who are looking for a fresh start in their lives, and those who wish to seek revenge against their former mates, are heading to the cosmetic or plastic surgeon’s office for a pick-me-up makeover.

New York plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Freund indicates that many women head to the surgeon’s office when the breakup gets very ugly, or when the husband gets abusive. Women who are in a distressing situation will often turn to a cosmetic surgery makeover for a boost of self-esteem, and to increase their confidence.

The most popular procedures among divorcees include facial and neck rejuvenation, breast implants, laser skin resurfacing and other minimally-invasive procedures. Those who have won a settlement from the divorce often spend a significant amount of money to improve their looks. Those who cannot afford plastic surgery out of pocket may have the option to sign up for a payment plan or obtain patient financing to cover the costs of the procedure.

Both men and women can enjoy both the physical benefits and the emotional benefits of undergoing this type of procedure. Many feel like this the procedure provides them with a new beginning and gives them a “second shot” to find someone else.

Even those who are contemplating a divorce or a separation head to the plastic surgeon’s office to learn about different procedures so that they can build some self-confidence. The most popular procedures for women who are about to go through a divorce include breast augmentation, breast lifts and abdominoplasty, according to StyleList.

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Survey Says Minorities Choosing Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 5, 2010

According to a recent survey released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, more than 50 percent of respondents believed that demand for cosmetic surgery amongst minorities has increased significantly within the last five years.

Mark Berman, MD, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery states, “Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are…feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture.”

Survey results show that among all of the racial or ethnic groups, Asians were the most popular candidates, accounting for about 31 percent of respondents. Hispanics accounted for about 27 percent of candidates, and African Americans accounted for about 19 percent of cosmetic surgery candidates. Approximately one quarter of respondents surveyed indicated that they knew someone from a racial or ethnic group who had received cosmetic surgery.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical society comprised of dermatologic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery. The organization conducts several surveys throughout the year to monitor trends and learn about the top procedures that are in demand each season.

Some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among minorities include the facelift, liposuction, tummy tucks, fat injections, Botox, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and chemical peels. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that over 30 percent of those surveyed would seek out a cosmetic surgeon of the same race or ethnicity as themselves.

Patients of certain ethnicities may not be good candidates for surgery if they are of a certain skin type. The cosmetic or plastic surgeon needs to conduct a complete consultation to make sure that candidate is in good health for the procedure, and if there may be any contraindications associated with the procedure.

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Cosmetic Foot Surgery Deemed a “Cinderella” Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 4, 2010

Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.

The cosmetic procedure has been deemed a “Cinderella” procedure by England’s the Daily Mail, and is now becoming a popular procedure both in Europe and in the United States.

The “Cinderella” procedure is a preventive bunion correction procedure, and can include a toe-shortening operation, and fat injections to create a cushion under the feet. The procedure can be performed by cosmetic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and may be able to correct certain foot deformities and reduce pain.

Some cosmetic surgeons also administer Botox injections to the feet. Botox injections can help to reduce sweating, inhibit fungal growth and also improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Some women prefer to simply have their toes trimmed or lengthened.

Those who aren’t quite ready to go under the knife do have some alternative treatment options. Physical therapy can help to increase the range of motion in the joints and also reduce swelling and pain. Prescription orthotics-molded inserts can help to correct foot abnormalities and redistribute weight so that there is less pain or friction. Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections serve as an anti-inflammatory medication and can help to treat Achilles tendons, pain the heels and toes.

Interest in cosmetic foot surgery has increased slowly since the 1980s, and can help to address a number of problems with the foot. Many problems associated with high heels can be prevented, but women who have been wearing heels for several years and are now suffering from pain or the inability to wear heels without pain have several options.

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