Archive for April, 2011:

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Does Not Interfere with Mammograms

Using a patient’s own fat stores for breast lipomodeling will not result in issues when later undergoing a mammogram, a study by the ASPS found.

The study, which was published in March, examined women who had undergone breast lipomodeling as an alternative to more traditional implant-based breast augmentation. It found that 16 months after the procedure, more than half of the women displayed no abnormalities that would cause an issue on a mammogram. Of the women who did show any abnormalities, they were minor issues like scarring or small calcifications.

The study also compared mammograms for women both before and after breast lipomodeling and found no significant differences in the mammogram results.

Breast lipomodeling was originally introduced as a means for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. In the cosmetic procedure, your plastic surgeon would use liposuction to remove excess fatty deposits from a donor site on your body, like the hips or thighs. After it has been purified, your plastic surgeon then uses lipomodeling techniques to inject the fat into your breasts, giving them volume and improving the shape.

While the results of the ASPS study are only preliminary, they bode well for the continued adoption of breast lipomodeling in the plastic surgery breast augmentation canon.

Archive for April, 2011:

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Does Not Interfere with Mammograms

A recent alert by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) announced that many of today’s consumers are not aware of the dangers and risks associated with aesthetic plastic surgery procedures being performed by unlicensed and unqualified practitioners. There have been recent reports from Nevada and Pennsylvania that document unsuspecting patients suffering disfigurement and, recently, two deaths when patients had their buttocks injected with unknown substances.

Injectable fillers including baby oil, silicone, and other substances with no known efficacy have been injected by unqualified practitioners into unsuspecting patients looking to enhance their face, breasts and body.

Do not let anyone inject anything into your body without knowing the qualifications of your practitioner. ASAPS suggests the following guidelines:

*Patients can check to see if the practitioner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery by checking with the Board at: http://www.abplsurg.org or by calling 1-866-ASK-ABMS. Referrals to qualified surgeons can be found online at www.surgery.org, the website for the Aesthetic Society

*Cosmetic procedures are safely performed in accredited facilities

*In most cases, cosmetic procedures offered in non-medical settings, such as homes, hotels and beauty salons are not performed by qualified individuals and may involve the use of illegal or unknown substances.

*Patients should never choose a doctor solely on the basis of lower cost.

Remember – when you’re seeking plastic surgery, seek a board certified plastic surgeon

Archive for April, 2011:

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Does Not Interfere with Mammograms

A new study published by the ASAPS shows that now, more than ever, Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery. The study, which was released this month, found that 51% of Americans regardless of income hold a favorable view of plastic surgery.

While the approval numbers vary somewhat between income levels—56% with an income above $75,000 approve while just 45% with an income between $50,000 to $75,000 approve—there is an overall 3% increase in approval from 2009.

ASAPS President Felmont F. Eaves III, MD credits society’s growing dedication to maintaining a good physical appearance and adds that, “As both traditional surgical procedures have been improved and refined, and new nonsurgical options have become available, aesthetic plastic surgeons have more to offer our patients.”

These popular surgical procedures include breast augmentations for women, eyelid surgery to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and rhinoplasty. Non-surgical treatments like Botox, injectable fillers and chemical peels, which all work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face, are also highly sought after.

The survey also found that 67% of Americans would not be embarrassed if their friends learned they had undergone a cosmetic surgery, while men and women 18 to 24 were the most likely to consider a cosmetic procedure for themselves.

Archive for April, 2011:

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Does Not Interfere with Mammograms

Early clinical trials are showing success in producing the same wrinkle-reducing effect as Botox and Dysport, without employing the use of the botulinum toxin, according to U.S. News.

Though both Botox and Dysport are hugely popular non-surgical options for diminishing many facial lines and wrinkles, new alternatives are often being researched. This treatment, which is called cryoneuromodulation, “appears to have the same clinical efficacy and safety comparable to the existing techniques,” according to Francis Palmer, director of facial plastic surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, who co-authored the study.

Rather than paralyzing the underlying muscle to smooth out the wrinkle as Botox and Dysport do, this new method freezes specific nerves in the forehead using small needles. This stops the nerve from communicating with the muscle, which causes it to relax. The smoothing effect is almost immediate and lasts about as long as botulinum toxin-based methods—three to four months.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete while the patient is under a local anesthetic. Patients said the level of discomfort was similar to that experienced with Botox.

Though you may want to jump at the chance to try this new wrinkle-fighting treatment, it is still in the early stages of trails and has only been tested on forehead wrinkles. In the meantime, Botox is known to beautifully treat forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.

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