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Plastic Surgeons Gather This Weekend for Annual Scientific Meeting

Friday will kick off the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Held in Toronto, Ontario, the October 1-5 conference will be attended by plastic surgeonsand physicians from all around the world.

Presentations will focus on the hottest plastic surgery topics, technologies and current research. Attendance could surpass 5,000 plastic surgeons, along with other doctors, nurses, exhibitors and professionals involved in the plastic surgery field.

“Plastic Surgery 2010 is the complete plastic surgery experience featuring the latest information on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques,” said ASPS President Michael McGuire, MD.

The meeting will serve as a first ‘congress of plastic surgery’ whereby international and U.S. physicians can easily come together to investigate and refine new techniques, review the safety and effectiveness of devices and procedures, and explore emerging trends in plastic surgery, ” adds Dr. McGuire.

A roundtable event will feature plastic surgeons sharing their experiences in Haiti, as they volunteered during relief efforts after the January 2010 earthquake. According to the ASPS, many plastic surgeons are still actively engaged in the Haiti relief effort.

Archive for September, 2010:

Plastic Surgeons Gather This Weekend for Annual Scientific Meeting

By 2017, the market for cosmetic surgery, aesthetic services, and laser treatments may exceed 3 billion dollars in revenue, according to medical research firm iData Research.

Fueled by the introduction of new botulinum toxin drugs, facial fillers, laser treatments and light based aesthetic treatments, the market could nearly double in size within a few years. Competition between pharmaceutical companies will intensify and drive growth further as new companies enter the market, say researchers.

Allergan, maker of Botox®, Juvederm and Latisse, will no longer have a monopoly on botulinum toxin, as Dysport® and the new PurTox® claim a greater share of the U.S. aesthetics market.

You can read more about the report, “Markets for Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetics and Medical Laser Devices 2011″ from or in the official press release.

Archive for September, 2010:

Plastic Surgeons Gather This Weekend for Annual Scientific Meeting

New technologies in liposuction are being developed continually, creating more choices for patients and more effective tools for plastic surgeons. One of these recent developments is laser-assisted liposuction, a body slimming technique that liquefies fat prior to removal. The main benefits touted for the procedure include greater precision and reduced trauma to surrounding tissues.

Skin tightening is another benefit of the laser being mentioned more frequently as of late. Loose, sagging skin is a concern for liposuction patients, as simple fat removal can’t address poor skin elasticity in older patients. In order to achieve good results with liposuction, the skin must contract to a satisfactory degree after the procedure.

Makers of laser liposuction platforms claim that their systems can produce noticeable skin tightening after liposuction – but are these claims supported by any clinical evidence?

Dr. Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in New Jersey, recently published a study that evaluates the skin tightening effects of laser liposuction. The study, which appears in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, compares SmartLipo MPX to traditional liposuction. The doctor enrolled 10 subjects who presented both unwanted abdominal fat and a mild to moderate degree of loose skin. Each subject underwent liposuction alone or laser assisted liposuction on a randomly selected side of the body.

When patients were evaluated 1 month and 3 months post-operatively, Dr. DiBernardo found noticeable differences in skin shrinkage and skin tightening. “The mean skin shrinkage ratios were significantly higher on the laser-treated side than on the suction side,” he noted.

When seeking a liposuction procedure, the most important factor to consider is always the operator. A qualified surgeon will provide the best results in the safest manner. Dr. Ringler provides several advanced liposuction techniques in his Grand Rapids plastic surgery office. Contact us to learn more about how one of these techniques can improve your liposuction results.


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