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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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Drew Barrymore Considers Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 14, 2010

Drew Barrymore recently interviewed with Elle magazine, and says that she is open to going under the knife. The 35-year old Hollywood starlet says that she is keeping her options open when it comes to getting plastic surgery, stating, “I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything, but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reasons to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”

Many of today’s most popular actors and actresses have already gone under the knife to either transform or enhance their looks. Popular celebrity cosmetic procedures include rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction and Botox. Drew Barrymore is among the younger Hollywood actresses who is considering plastic surgery, and many younger Hollywood starlets have either already gone under the knife, or are also considering it. Heidi Montag, Jessica Simpson and even Jessica Biel have had some form of cosmetic or plastic surgery in order to maintain their youthful looks.

Even though many celebs have the means to work with the nation’s top plastic and cosmetic surgeons, they are still at risk for a “botched” procedure. In recent years, many celebrities including Tara Reid, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson and Tori Spelling were put under the media spotlight because of a bad procedure. Fortunately, many of the effects of bad plastic or cosmetic surgery can be reversed, but the celebrity still has to live with the side effects of the procedure for several weeks or months after surgery so that the tissues can heal.

Many people who wish to look like their favorite celebrity also consider getting plastic surgery, booking appointments for procedures such as the buttock lift, lip augmentation, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and liposuction. Some celebrities are very open about the types of procedures they have had, while others prefer to keep their secret to looking beautiful under wraps.

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Study Shows Surgery Band-Aid Can Help Heal Post-Operative Tissue

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 10, 2010

Results of a recent study published by surgeons from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, as well as biomedical engineers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York show that certain compounds in sunless tanning spray can help to heal wounds after surgery.

According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a sticky gel made with polyethylene glycol and polycarbonate of dihydroxyacetone (MPEG-pDHA) can help to seal up wounds after surgery.

Many types of surgery, including plastic and cosmetic procedures, leave a hollow space that fills up with seroma fluid, and must be drained by a temporary implanted drain. This is an unavoidable side effect of surgery and can be unpleasant. One of the effects is a deep wound that can take several weeks to heal completely. The MPEG-pDHA gel can be used in several types of reconstructive surgeries to prevent seroma formation.

According to Dr. Jason Spector, co-author of the study and plastic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the new substance works as a glue to fill up the hole left behind and actually prevents seroma buildup.

DHA contains compounds called amines that stick to the skin and can act as a powerful glue to hold the skin tissues together. It is naturally produced by the body, and can be metabolized and safely removed by the body over time.

Dr. David Putnam, senior author of the study and biomedical engineer from Cornell University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is working on creating safe, synthetic compounds that include DHA. The engineers are able to bind the monomers together to form a polymer, and can then inject the polymer gel through a syringe. The gel form of this substance can be used as an “internal Band-Aid”, and can significantly lower seroma formation.

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Kim Kardashian Admits Getting Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 3, 2010

While many celebrities skirt the issue of whether they have had, or would have plastic surgery, others are very outspoken on the subject and are ready to share their nips and tucks with the world. Kim Kardashian and her sisters have faced many rumors about whether they have had plastic or cosmetic surgery, but Kim claims that most are “grossly exaggerated.”

Kim Kardashian and sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, and mother Kris Jenner, interviewed with ABC News’ Nightline later last month and shared the types of procedures they have had – and what they haven’t. Kim admitted that even though she’s not against plastic surgery, she has tried Botox. The rumors about Kim having breast implants or nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty) simply aren’t true. Mom Kris Jenner reports that she has never had her nose done, despite the rumors.

Kim also admits that there is a lot of pressure to be skinny, especially when she was modeling for Playboy. She states, “I was on the fence about it. Do I want to be viewed this way or do I want to show women that, hey, I am curvy. I’m not like all these stick-skinny models that I see on the cover of all those magazines, including Playboy.” As a result, Kim has not had liposuction but has had VelaShape body contouring treatments that help to tighten, tone and firm the skin.

ABC News reports that the entire family is a tabloid sensation, and have to deal with constantly being photographed and even criticized publicly about their appearance. Still, the family’s fan base continues to grow and the Kardashians have built a business empire that includes a fashion line, diet supplements and fragrances.

Among the most popular celebrity plastic surgeries are breast augmentation, lip augmentation, facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. Still, celebrities aren’t immune to the occasional plastic surgery disaster. In fact, Bruce Jenner, step dad of the Kardashians,  himself experienced a bad cosmetic surgery experience when he underwent a face lift in the 80’s and nose job that ended up in a disaster. He has since had facelift revision surgery to correct the problem.

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Surgeon Publishes Book on Benefits of Local Anesthesia

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 19, 2010

Many people avoid going under the knife for plastic or cosmetic surgery because of the risks involved with general anesthesia. However, general anesthesia does offer a number of benefits to both the patient and the doctor.

A board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon has published a book that encourages patients and doctors to transition from general to local anesthesia, because general anesthesia can be so dangerous.

Dr. David Rahmi has published the book, Please Don’t Die Trying to Be Beautiful: A Surgeon’s Plea, exposing the risks of general anesthesia in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, and also explains how many procedures can be completed successfully with only local anesthesia.

WebMD reports that certain medical conditions such as nervous system problems and poor circulation can increase the risk of complications from anesthesia. When an anesthetic is injected close to a nerve, or a bundle of nerves, some people may experience persistent numbness, weakness and pain in the treated area, as well as extensive nerve damage. Because general anesthesia suppresses the throat reflexes that prevent swallowing and coughing, surgeons must take extra steps to minimize the risk of aspiration – a situation when an object or liquid is inhaled into the respiratory tract. Other risks associated with general anesthesia include changes in blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

The book is currently available on Amazon.com, and is geared towards both consumers and doctors. The book covers a brief history of anesthesia, and also explains how different procedures such as tumescent liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion and the Tuliplift™ facelift can be performed under local anesthesia. He advises patients to book a consultation to learn as much as possible about the procedure, and to consider all of the pros and cons of undergoing plastic or cosmetic procedures with local anesthesia.

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Doctor’s Before and After Photos for Advertising Banned in New Zealand

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 17, 2010

Plastic surgeons around the globe use before and after photos to promote the results of popular procedures, including liposuction, facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. In some cases, the photos have been photoshopped and do not accurately represent the results of a procedure. Plastic surgeons and doctors in New Zealand are now unable to use any type of before-and-after photo advertising on their websites, print marketing materials, or in their office advertising.

The Medical Council in New Zealand has issued new guidelines that state, “You may use before and after photos during consultations, but you must not use them in advertisements.” Dr. John Adams of the New Zealand Medical Council, says that many photos are simply misleading. In many cases, the pictures do not accurately portray the doctor’s talent, skills, or truly represent the patient’s results.

Plastic surgeons say that the before and after photos play an important role when attracting patients before the consultation. Reviewing before and after photos is part of the decision-making process, and plastic and cosmetic surgeons continue to update their in-office photo collections and websites to showcase the latest procedures.

However, New Zealand’s Medical Council states that these photos often foster false expectations about the procedure. A representative from the Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that many patients are upset about the decision, because reviewing these pictures is important when making choices about surgery.

Since the council and other agencies cannot determine whether a photograph has been photoshopped or modified in any way, they have simply issued guidelines that no before and after photos can be used in any type of patient advertising.

These guidelines only pertain to New Zealand plastic and cosmetic surgeons. Physicians in the United States are still permitted to use before and after photos in their advertising within North America, and in some countries overseas.

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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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ASAPS Survey Says Almost 50% of Americans Approve of Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 22, 2010

Results of a recent study commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and conducted by Syonvate, an independent research firm, shows that almost half (48%) of all Americans, regardless of their income level, approve of cosmetic or plastic surgery and would consider a procedure for themselves.

The February 2010 report showed that 48% of respondents with an income of under $25K would approve of cosmetic surgery, and that 52% of respondents with an income between $25K and $50K would approve of surgery. About 23% of respondents that earned under $25K would consider cosmetic surgery themselves.

Renalto Salz, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), made the following statement after the study, “twenty years ago, people thought only movie stars and rich women had plastic surgery; now people in every income bracket know someone who has had a plastic surgery procedure or would consider plastic surgery for themselves. Even in this difficult economic time, people are willing to invest in the things that improve their quality of life… feeling good about the way they look is high on the list of priorities for many Americans.”

In addition to the higher-than-expected approval rates across all income levels, the study found that among all Americans, 73% of women and 66% of men said they would not be embarrassed if others knew they had cosmetic surgery. Out of all the age groups, men and women between the ages of 35 and 40 years of age are most likely to consider plastic surgery for themselves now or in the future, and more men than women are interested in having a procedure and/or approving of any type of procedure for themselves, a significant other, friends and family members.

In 2009, more than 9 million cosmetic procedures were performed on women and approximately 900,000 procedures were performed on men. The complete statistic s report for 2009 can be found here.

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