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Doctors Grow Full-Sized Human Ear
A team of doctors led by a physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston were able to grow an artificial ear a bit earlier this year. The doctors involved in the laboratory work used structural tissue and cells from animals to "create" the full-sized ear. When completed, the ear looked and felt real, just as if it were a normal human ear that developed naturally prior to and at birth. Importantly, the doctors involved in the development of the artificial ear were able to say that it distorted only minimally during regular growth because of the incorporation of a thin wire frame that was used to help the ear retain its shape under all conditions. When asked about their remarkable achievement, the doctors who were involved in the development of the artificial ear said they hoped that in the not-too-distant future they, or other doctors, would be able to apply the very same techniques to create an artificial ear using human tissue and cells. What is interesting and [Read more]
Chin Surgeries Are On The Rise
Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that chin augmentation surgery is one of the fastest growing plastic or cosmetic surgery treatments in the United States among all major demographics. That means, of course, that this special type of surgery is extremely popular with all racial groups, all ethnic groups, both sexes and people of all ages. In fact, in the recent past chin augmentation surgery grew more than breast augmentation, BOTOX® injections and liposuction combined. That impressive showing occurred as recently as 2011, just about two years ago. The popularity of this relatively new procedure seems to be rooted in the fact that aging baby boomers, after looking in the mirror, develop an urgent need to restore a youthful appearance for themselves. It is, for these older Americans, probably part vanity and, perhaps more importantly, a desire to recapture and hold on to fading youth. And, while chin augmentation has clearly capture [Read more]
Implants Can Hinder Breast Cancer Survival
A new, but small, study has reached a conclusion that cosmetic breast implants may hinder survival in women who contract breast cancer later in life. It's a shocking discovery because many women, especially young women, opt to get breast augmentation, strictly for cosmetic purposes and that, if this study is correct, can lead to life threatening concerns if breast cancer ever strikes. The study was published in the journal BMW. Researchers conducting the study followed twelve women very closely over a period of time and determined that breast implants, as noted above, can hinder breast cancer survival. The reason for the problem caused by implants is surprisingly simple. According to the medical professionals that did the research, breast implants make it much more difficult to detect breast cancer at an early stage because the implants produce shadows on mammograms. Unfortunately for women who have had implant surgery and then get breast cancer, it needs to be detected early to in [Read more]
FDA Approves New Breast Implant
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new gel-filled silicone breast implant called the Natrelle 410. It is a highly cohesive anatomically-shaped silicone gel product that is used to increase breast size in women who are age twenty two or older and to rebuild tissue, after surgery, in women of all ages. The product is manufactured by Allergen, Inc. and is now available for use by plastic and cosmetic surgeons because the Food and Drug Administration analyzed data from nine hundred forty one females and determined that Natrelle 410 is both safe and effective. Physicians offering this product have been using it on patients for breast reconstruction, primarily necessary after mastectomies due to cancer and for simple, straightforward breast augmentations. That is, of course, for women who are determined to alter and improve their physical appearance. Natrelle 410 has been rapidly growing in popularity since it received approval from the FDA and, as a resul [Read more]
Medicare Is Now Paying for
The public health insurance program for people age 65 and over (also known as Medicare) usually does not cover cosmetic surgery because it is considered an elective and unnecessary procedure. However, in cases where sagging eye lids affect vision, Medicare has been paying for "eye lifts." Interestingly, in recent years, the proliferation of the procedure, that is the rapidly increasing number of operations for "eye lifts," has led many medical professionals and members of the federal government involved in health care to question whether the stated need -- and the operation it leads to -- is on the up-and-up or, put differently, legitimate. Known as blephamoplasty, the cost to Medicare, a program that is already in financial distress, has run into millions and millons of dollars. Government oversight of this program and its viability as a necessary medical procedure has been lax at best. But that may be changing because so many operations have been performed in just the past couple [Read more]
FDA Approves Firmer Silicone Gel Implants
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an approval for the use of firmer MemoryShape Breast Implants for breast augmentation procedures for women who are age twenty two or older and for other adult females that require post-surgical breast reconstruction. The manufacturer of this newly-approved product is Mentor Worldwide LLC, a company located in Santa Barbara, California. The FDA examined six years of data covering the experiences of nine hundred fifty five females that received the MemoryShape Breast Implants and determined that the use of the product is both safe and effective. In fact, the federal agency reported that MemoryShape Breast Implants are no more dangerous than more traditional breast implant products and procedures that have been in use for several years. The FDA approval frees Plastic Surgeons all across the United States to begin using this latest innovation in breast augmentation and reconstruction. It is believed that many phsyicians wi [Read more]
The New Way to Treat Cellulite
A newly-developed treatment for Cellulite, called Cellulaze, can "banish Cellulite in a single visit to your doctor's office. The treatment is costly, it can set you back a few thousand dollars, but by all accounts it is effective. If you opt to have this procedure, it will be done as outpatient surgery right in your doctor's office. He will begin by injecting anesthesia into your thighs or whatever part of your body that needs the treatment. The next step requires that your physician make several very small incisions on the body part that is being targeted. And then, the work really begins. Cellulaze requires that a special laser gun be employed to correct and eliminate your cellulite problem. Your doctor will "aim" his or her laser gun at the "fat globules" -- or bubbles -- that are the cause of your unsightly condition. The laser rays will then "pop" the fat bubbles, destroying them and, as a result, restoring your thighs or other affected body part to its original trim and slim [Read more]
How to Deal With Your Patient's High Expectations
When it comes to cosmetic or plastic surgery and people's expectations about results, it is best for you, as the practicing physician, to be realistic and to tell your patient "the truth." It will come as no surprise to you to learn that far too many patients have unrealistically high expectations which can never be met, certainly not by you. For such people, the reality rarely, if ever, matches up to the dream. It is that way because cosmetic or plastic surgery, while effective, is still somewhat limited. And patients who opt for these elective treatments want to end up with the physical appearance of professional models. Your job as a skilled and capable physician is to give your patient the best possible treatment so that he or she can enjoy the benefits of great results. But, before you even begin surgery, it is vitally important that you spend time in consultation with your new client. Educate your client with doses of reality that dispel unreasonable dreams. Importantly, peop [Read more]
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