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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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High Performance Engineering Used to Design Facial Bone Replacements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 22, 2010

The same technology used to create high-performance aircraft is now being used to create 3-D models for the replacement of facial bones that are often lost during cancer surgery, an accident or other types of trauma. Researchers published the results of a recent project in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in early July 2010. The research was completed at the Ohio State University research center, in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

The U.S. Department of Defense has declared its interest in improving facial reconstruction by establishing the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine in 2008. Currently, plastic surgeons and facial reconstruction surgeons uses various plastic surgery techniques that use the patient’s own bone to restore the bone structure.

The difference between conventional facial reconstruction procedures and the high-performance engineering techniques is that the new engineering techniques can create a patient-specific design, instead of just a generic shape. Researchers used a special 3D computational modeling system and the same processes used to create multifunctional, high-performance materials used in aircraft such as space shuttles.

According to Alok Sutradhar, a postdoctoral researcher in plastic surgery at Ohio State who was trained as an engineer, “The purpose is to find the most optimized macrostructure to replace the missing bone. It would contain the minimum amount of tissue positioned in three-dimensional space and supported upon remaining uninjured portions of the facial skeleton.”

In addition to remodeling the bone structures, researchers were able to review and create soft tissues for transplantation. Many plastic surgeons have been looking for ways to grow new bone tissue and find ways to assimilate the bone and soft tissues into the skeletal system. The current research provides new opportunities and options for bone reconstruction specialists, and is supported by a National Science Foundation grant from the Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program.

(Source: Ohio State University)

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Facial Plastic Surgeons Report Increase in Demand for Less-Invasive Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 30, 2010

According to a new survey released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the number of non-invasive cosmetic procedures rose approximately 47 percent last year, a significant increase when compared to the demand for non-invasive procedures in previous years.

Many plastic and cosmetic surgeons agree that the economy played a key role in what types of procedures consumers were willing to pay for out of pocket, and for some people, job security and staying competitive in the work place was the primary reason to head to the doctor’s office.

The AAFPRS reports that the increase in non-invasive procedures administered by facial plastic surgeons included an increased demand for poly-l-lactic acid treatments, chemical peels, hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox. The survey also reports that about 77 percent of physicians found that patients are becoming more educated about their plastic surgery options, and that they are now taking the time to research different treatment options and meet with several surgeons before making their final decision.

Daniel Russo, MD and President of the AAFPRS, states “We are excited to see patients making educated choices. They are now open to newer, novel treatments and are making smart decisions that are tailored to their needs…the overall rise in these procedures also shows that more patients are trusting their face to facial plastic surgeons who are trained and focus solely on the face and neck. Because of this, patients are seeing better outcomes.”

Women continue to be the prime candidates for facial plastic surgery procedures, accounting for about 84 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face and neck. Procedures with the largest increases in 2009 were ablative skin resurfacing and facelifts. Procedures that had a decrease in demand were lip augmentation and rhinoplasty.

Another interesting finding of the physician survey was that many physicians expressed concern over procedures performed at a medical spa. Over 75 percent of facial plastic surgeons said that they knew of medical directors that were not actually on site for certain types of medical treatments, including cosmetic procedures.

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First U.S. Transplant Reported in ASPS Journal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 28, 2010

The January issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, contains a report about the first facial transplantation procedure performed in the United States.

Facial transplantation involves an extensive facial tissue grafting and transplant process that is different from traditional facial implants. The procedure is designed to correct disfigurement after severe injuries.

Dr. Maria Z. Siemionow and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic report that, “we are pleased to report an excellent functional, psychological and social outcome for our patient at 8 months following transplantation.”

The facial transplantation procedure was performed in December 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic, but physicians, plastic surgeons, bioethicists and psychiatrists had initiated the research process as early as 2003. This team of experts worked with several organ procurement organizations and developed an informed consent procedure that received approval by 2004.

The patient selected for the procedure was a 45-year-old woman who had suffered severe facial injuries from a short-range shotgun blast. She was left with severe disabilities and had explored several reconstructive facial surgery options, but none of them had produced a desirable outcome. The patient underwent a 22-hour procedure to replace over 80 percent of her facial anatomy. The tissues were prepared from a deceased donor, and the operation included a rehabilitation and physical therapy program so that the patient could adjust to her new face.

According to the ASPS journal’s report, “The patient has recovered well, with no serious complications through eight months of follow-up. With true dedication to her recovery, the patient has regained most facial functions, including sense of smell, speech, and the ability to eat solid foods and drink from a cup.”

To date, nine facial transplants have been performed successfully worldwide, and Dr. Sieminow is enthusiastic about future surgeries that could help disfigured patients enjoy much more favorable outcomes than conventional reconstructive surgery procedures.

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Near Total Face Transplant Performed in the U.S

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 27, 2008

A woman who had suffered from severe facial trauma recently underwent a near full facial transplant that restored all key facial compartments in her face and helped reconstruct her facial profile.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on an extensive facial transplant surgery that took place at a Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, helping to replace 80 percent of the patient’s face using a number of reconstructive and facial plastic surgery techniques.

The entire surgery took 22 hours to complete, and involved removing several parts of the face from a donor.  The donor’s nose, nasal sinuses, upper jaw, mid-facial muscles and skin were removed and attached to the woman’s face within 8-9 hours.  The surgeons then reattached the blood vessels so that blood flow could be restored.  The layers of the face were then repositioned and left to heal as the tissues began to reform.

According to Medical News Today, “The procedure was the largest and most complex face transplant “in the world” said a press statement from the Cleveland Clinic. It brought together different working parts of the face like the nose and lower eyelids, as well as different types of tissue such as skin, muscle, bone, blood vessels and nerves.”

The patient had undergone severe facial trauma that left her face completely disfigured.  Thie facial transplant has allowed here to achieve a normal and attractive facial profile and hopefully, enjoy a better quality of life with all of her facial features intact. The patient will be undergoing physiotherapy to ensure that she can smile, blink and breathe properly.

Victims of fire and burn accidents, physical assault and other serious accidents that result in disfigurement have options for restoring their face with facial transplants and a number of dermatology procedures. The near total face transplant performed for the woman in this case was the first of its kind to be performed in the United States.

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