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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, 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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VaserShape Device Contours Body Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 24, 2010

Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

Unlike other cellulite reduction systems, the VaserShape procedure uses two ultrasound heads positioned next to each other, and the ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin tissues to disrupt the fat cells. The power setting is low enough to cause minimal damage to the skin tissues, and most people see results right away.

Most patients will need to undergo at least five to seven treatments in order to see significant results, and many will require maintenance treatments every few weeks. Each treatment session is about 30 minutes long, and can be performed once per week. The VaserShape device is designed for those who are of average weight, but can be effective for those who are slightly overweight and are following a weight loss plan.

The painless procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no downtime involved. Patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure, and for many, it feels like a deep tissue, soothing massage. As of August 2010, the VaserShape treatment costs approximately $500 per treatment, and some doctors are offering discounts on treatment packages. Most packages cost between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on the number of sessions required and the doctor performing the procedure.

VaserShape offers a convenient, non-surgical alternative to liposuction and invasive cellulite removal treatments, and may soon be available at many medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery offices around the country.

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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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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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Universal Detection Technology Kits Used to Fight Black Market Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2010

People selling Botox injections on the black market may now be easier to catch thanks to new monitoring technologies and equipment that are designed to protect people from bioterrorism and other terrorist attacks. Universal Detection Technology has developed a set of bioweapons detection kits to seek out fake versions of Botox that have made their way out onto the black market, and these tools may make it easier for law enforcement personnel to control and regulate the production and distribution of counterfeit Botox around the United States.

According to Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, “The growing black market for counterfeit Botox, while a consumer protection issue, should be a major red flag for our national security. Universal Detection Technology is prepared to equip law enforcement, military, special forces and customs agents with the tools necessary to easily detect the lethal bioagent botulinum toxin, as well as a host of other deadly biohazards.” (Source:

The Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies can now use Universal Detection Technolgoy’s tools to detect lethal bioagents and fake botulinum toxins, along with a number of other biohazards that are frequently imported to and distributed around the United States.

The detection kits are designed to identify up to five separate threats using a single device. These kits are capable of detecting anthrax, rice, Y.pestis, Botox and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB). The total detection time is typically less than three minutes, and is a simple, easy-to-use device that provides rapid onsite detection. Results of a study conducted by Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies were published in the June issue of Scientific American¸ and indicate that the counterfeit products can pose a serious health threat because botulinum toxin is so toxic.

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UK Study Reports 1 in 10 Women Become Addicted to Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 20, 2010

While many women are good candidates for procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift surgery and rhinoplasty, not all patients are mentally ready to go under the knife.

A recent study by a UK cosmetic treatment review website found that 34 percent of women that have had some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery do go back for another procedure. Most of these women say that they want to get additional procedures to boost their confidence and 31 percent blame ‘vanity’ for going under the knife again.

1,218 women were surveyed for this study, and the results reveal that many have become “addicted” to changing their appearance through cosmetic or plastic surgery. More than 1 in 10 admitted that they were indeed “addicted” to cosmetic procedures.

Experts say some women may be influenced by the media, while others simply want to look like their favorite celebrity, or want more self-esteem. The UK’s Good Surgeon Guide commissioned this study, and also took a close look at the top celebrities that they think may be setting the “cosmetic surgery addiction trend”. According to their research, celebrities that may be addicted to cosmetic and plastic surgery include Katie Price, Heidi Montag, Dannii Minogue, Pamela Anderson and Sharon Osbourne.

54 percent of women who were surveyed during this study reported that they had had Botox, and 12 percent stated that they would “never stop” getting the injectable. Only 7 percent reported that they would never have Botox again. Researchers also found that weight loss surgery comes in second to being the most “addictive” surgery, behind Botox, with approximately 23 percent of women going to the doctor’s office for a second treatment. The “least addictive” surgery, according to the Good Surgeon Guide Study, was rhinoplasty, with just one percent of those surveyed reporting that they would undergo a second nose procedure.


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Cosmetic Surgery in China Increases with Desire to Achieve Western Ideal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 7, 2010

As the desire to maintain Caucasian looks continues to fuel many dreams in the Far East, cosmetic surgeons are noticing a steady increase in demand for cosmetic procedures that help young women, and even some men, achieve the “Western ideal” of beauty. A recent story in the Miami Herald summarizes the latest trends in China, pointing out that thousands of young Chinese women and men are undergoing extensive procedures including eyelid reconstruction, breast enlargement and nasal bridge augmentation in an effort to get a better job or attract a mate.

Many young adults in cosmopolitan cities including Shanghai have grown up around the Western ideal of beauty. The upscale retail and entertainment districts around the city feature several Western retailers, including H&M and Zara. A recent explosion of wealth in China has put plastic and cosmetic surgery within easy reach for many young professionals, and other residents of the city.

Dr. Yang Yunxia, director of the New Generation cosmetic surgery unit and a leading cosmetic surgeon, recently interviewed with the Miami Herald, and indicates that she and her team have performed approximately 40,000 procedures per year. Dr. Yunxia states that in many cases, the procedures are designed to correct perceived disfigurations, such as small eyes or a lack of a nasal bridge. Many women simply want bigger eyes and a straight nasal bridge, which right now, are currently the leading signs of beauty in Asia.

While these types of cosmetic procedures are readily available, not all cosmetic surgery centers meet safety standards and guidelines. Over 200,000 lawsuits have been filed to date for disfiguration after bad cosmetic or plastic surgery, and some patients have to undergo corrective procedures which cost thousands of dollars. Still, many patients are lucky enough to find a cosmetic or plastic surgery center that can complete a sought-after procedure successfully.

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Two Sisters Charged with Running Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Operation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 3, 2010

Two sisters from Sylmar have been arrested on suspicion of running an illegal cosmetic surgery operation from their home, according to a Los Angeles Police Department police report. The sisters had been injecting cosmetic fillers into patients that hardened into solid plastic. Neither one holds a license to perform injectable procedures, and they have been booked on charges of running an unauthorized medical practice on their property. Bail is posted at $20,000.

All prospective cosmetic and aesthetic surgery patients are advised to do research about their medical practitioner before undergoing cosmetic services, including minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox, dermal filler injections and other skin rejuvenation procedures. Red flags in this industry include discounted rates, extremely low pricing on packages, and discrete locations of the medical center.

Anyone who is administering Botox, injectables or offering various types of cosmetic procedures must hold a state license and have completed formal training. If the individual cannot provide proof of licensure, they are unlikely to have the authorization and training needed to perform cosmetic procedures.

Men and women undergoing more extensive procedures, such as liposuction, facelift surgery and other procedures can check for board-certification of their doctor online. Board-certified doctors are required to complete a certain number of years of training and maintain their credentials by taking continuing education classes and attending workshops and events. Board-certified plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and medical professionals are also qualified to perform revision surgery if the first procedure does not produce desired results.

The American Society for Plastic Surgeons advises all patients to work only with ASPS member surgeons, because these doctors have more than six years of surgical training and experience, and at least three years of training specifically in plastic surgery. Prospective patients can find an ASPS member surgeon here.

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