Category Archives: Reconstructive Surgery

Is Scarless Healing Possible for Humans?

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Is scarless healing and body part regeneration a possibility for humans? A study published in Nature this month headed by developmental biologist, Ashley Siefert from University of Florida in Gainesville has scientists pondering that question. Apparently there are two species of African spiny mouse have the ability to do what no other mammal has been known to duplicate – entirely regenerating their own damaged tissue.

The mice have skin that is brittle and easily torn, which must be a defense mechanism to help them escape predators. Most animals, humans included, grow scar tissue when their skin is damaged or injured, much to the disappointment of plastic surgeons and their patients….

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Through a full face transplant performed last month, Charla Nash, who was attacked by a chimp two years ago, may now regain much of her normal abilities, according to CNN.


While Nash is actually the third person to receive a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the nature of her injuries made the procedure much more involved.

Nash, who has been featured in Oprah, sustained her injuries in early 2009 when a chimpanzee owned by one of her friends violently attacked her. Though the attack…

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Early Surgery Is Key for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Early diagnosis and surgery can greatly improve a child’s quality of life if he or she is born with a cleft lip and palate, according to

A cleft lip and palate is the second most common birth defect and one that many plastic surgeons work to correct. Reconstructive surgery on a cleft lip and palate can greatly improve one’s quality of life. After surgery, improvements are made in speech and communication, eating and breathing, as well as in the aesthetic appearance of the patient.

Before a child is born, experts say taking steps to provide a prenatal diagnosis as well as preparing the parents for the…

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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…

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Cleft Lip and Palate Repair Organizations Join Forces

Posted on March 8, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

What were once two separate forces working to provide reconstructive services to children with cleft lips and palates—Operation Smile and Smile Train—are joining forces moving forward to become Operation Smile Train, according to Operation Smile.

“Our merged resources and knowledge will enhance educational and research programs, laying the foundation for long-term, locally-driven progress in cleft lip and cleft palate treatment,” the cofounders of both organizations said in a statement.

The organizations work to treat children in developing countries who struggle with cleft lip and palates—a condition that can cause difficulty with communication, breathing and eating.

In the surgery, which plastic surgeons working through the organizations will continue to provide to…

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Podcast Raises More than $27,000 to Repair Cleft Lips and Palates

Posted on December 10, 2010 by Dr. Ringler

This year, on his annual Pardcast-a-Thon 2010, podcast host Jimmy Pardo raised more than $27,000, which goes to helping Smile Train, a charity whose mission is to correct cleft lip and palates of children in developing countries.

While last year’s charitable haul of more than $16,000 was impressive, adding three hours to his nine-hour podcast helped Pardo handily exceed this year’s goal of $20,000. The podcast, which was held November 26 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. PT, featured appearances from celebrities.

Pardo and his celeb friends turned out to help Smile Train provide cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children in developing countries. Due to cleft…

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