Plastic Surgery News Atlanta
Liposuction lowers triglyceride level in a study!
Patients who receive liposuction or liposuction with abdominoplasty might emerge from those procedures with metabolic profiles less attuned to cardiovascular disease and other complications, a recent study of 322 individuals who presented with a range of body mass indices has found.
According to Eric Swanson, MD, a plastic surgeon in Leawood, Kansas, decreases in circulating triglyceride levels and leukocyte counts in both men and women after fat-reduction surgery have a beneficial impact on the reduction of systemic inflammatory status, and might illuminate the role of subcutaneous fat relative to visceral fat in disease mechanisms and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Swanson presented data from his prospective study here at Plastic Surgery 2011: American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting.
“Patients with normal triglyceride levels experienced no significant change after liposuction,” he told Medscape Medical News. “However, patients with levels of greater than 150 mg/dL demonstrated a 43% reduction. In fact, 62% of these patients whose levels were at risk before liposuction had normal levels after liposuction.”
Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL have been associated with an elevated risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease. For more information, visit: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/750706?src=mp&spon=48
Tight job market contributes to demand for cosmetic procedures
Some plastic and cosmetic surgeons are reporting an uptick in patients seeking less-invasive procedures in hopes of gaining an edge when competing with younger counterparts for jobs. “Because of the loss of jobs there are a lot of older people who are entering the market, and they are saying they need to look younger if [they're] going to compete with some 30-year-olds,” said Dr. Arch Miller III of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Tulsa, Okla. Other specialists are careful to warn that such procedures are not permanent and may not lead to major improvements.
FDA approves fat-freezing laser
Erchonia said the FDA has approved its Zerona laser for fat reduction in the waist, hips and thighs. The laser breaks down fat cells using a low-level cooling energy. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (9/7)
Surgeons Nip and Tuck: But Cosmetic Procedures Won’t Shatter Body-Image Delusions
Plastic surgery is not often able to cure body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), according to a recent study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery. An estimated 7 percent to 8 percent of plastic surgery patients are believed to have BDD. Among the 200 BDD patients surveyed in the new study, 62 individuals sought out cosmetic surgery or a minimally invasive treatment, and 42 of those patients went through with them. Of about two-thirds of the individuals who received procedures, patients claimed that they felt absolutely no better about their treated body part. Just two percent of the patients showed fewer BDD symptoms, while the remainder were just as concerned about their bodies. The report’s authors note that people may express satisfaction with an individual procedure without feeling any better overall, possibly because early improvements in well-being can fade. In addition, some patients “switched their preoccupation to another body area.” The researchers advise that cosmetic surgeons use caution when deciding who to treat–possibly using a simple survey to identify any delusional ideas about body image.
Cosmetic Procedures Up Overall, Steady for Teens
WebMD Medical News (08/03/10) ; Woznicki, Katrina
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) recent report on 2009 statistics regarding cosmetic surgery found that while the number of total cosmetic procedures performed is rising, the percentage of people aged 18 and younger was largely unchanged in the past 10 years. The most popular cosmetic procedures for teenagers were rhinoplasty, followed by breast reduction, correction of breast asymmetry or gynecomastia, and chin augmentation. The most requested nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among teens were laser hair removal and chemical peels. In 2000, there were 145,094 procedures performed on people aged 18 and younger, representing 2.5 percent of the total procedures, while in 2009, there were 203,308 procedures performed, for 2 percent of the total number of procedures. Before permitting teens to undergo plastic surgery, ASAPS recommends that surgeons evaluate both the patient’s physical and emotional maturity.
Three Types of Incisions Used in Breast Augmentation Surgery
lonad (08/24/2010) ; Bush, Richards
There are three primary types of incisions used in breast augmentation surgery. The location of the incision may be determined by either patient breast size or by the type of breast augmentation surgery that is being performed. Each incision has advantages. For example, the inframammary incision, underneath the breast near the skin of the chest, is the most common incision location for most women who choose breast augmentation surgery. The inframammary incision is the best technique for helping to raise the position of the nipple. This incision should also have little effect on breastfeeding. The axillary incision is made in the armpit. This incision is hidden in creases in the skin under the arm. This armpit incision should decrease problems with patients concerned about breastfeeding. However, with sleeveless clothing, the incision may be noticeable. The armpit incision also leaves no scars on the breasts. Finally, the periareolar incision is made around the areola. With this technique, patients have a more conspicuous scar if a large breast implant is used. There is also a higher risk of losing sensation in the area and a well documented increase in infection risk due to interruption of the ducts of the breast. This method typically hinders breastfeeding when the milk ducts are cut.
Patients Hide Cosmetic Surgery, Study Finds
StyleList (08/24/10) ; Schweitzer, Lisa
A recent study conducted by Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group found that many patients may gravitate towards less invasive cosmetic procedures because they are easier to keep a secret. Seventy-two percent of women reported that they hide non-surgical procedures like Botox and lip fillers from their friends and family, and more than half conceal the treatments from their partners. The study also found that 81 percent of men admitted to keeping their treatments a secret. Liposuction was the procedure most often hidden. Some patients of both genders even said that they were so eager to hide procedures that they raised concerns about charges on bank statements, presumably to keep them from their significant other.
More Women Try the Botox Way to Stay Young
Daily Mail (UK) (07/30/10) ; Poulter, Sean
A recent report by Mintel found that the number of patients undergoing Botox injections and other anti-aging procedures increased 15 percent over the past year. The same survey showed that as many as 19 million people say they would have some form of cosmetic enhancement if they could afford it. Although Botox was the most popular procedure, according to the survey, the use of lip-fillers was also found to be rising. Separately, surgical procedures increased by nearly 9 percent between 2008 and 2010. Breast enlargement remained the most-requested of these procedures, followed by eyebag removal, neck and facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and brow lifts.
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