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2009-2010 AAOMS Officers And Trustees Installed At 91st Annual Meeting In Toronto

The officers and trustees of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' 2009- 2010 Board of Trustees were installed October 16, during the final session of the House of Delegates at the Association's 91st Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The officers and trustees of the incoming AAOMS Board of Trustees are: Ira D. Cheifetz, DMD, President. Dr. Cheifetz, Princeton Junction, NJ, is an AAOMS fellow and a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Prior to assuming the presidency, Dr. Cheifetz served one-year terms as President-Elect and Vice President of the AAOMS. In addition, he was elected to two terms as the association's Treasurer. Dr. Cheifetz spent several years as a delegate in the AAOMS House of Delegates. He is a past chair of the AAOMS Committee on Practice Management and Communication, and a former member of the Committee on OMS Professional Allied Staff. Dr. Cheifetz earned his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, which in 2008, established a scholarship in his honor.

Cosmetic Enhancement Center Of New England Acquires New Cutting Edge Facial Rejuvenation Laser Technology; Total FX UltraPulse By Lumenis

The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England announced that they have added one of the latest innovations in cosmetic treatment technologies to their clinic, the Lumenis® UltraPulse CO 2 fractional laser. The Total FX® UltraPulse treatment has been featured on 20/20, the Today Show, The Insider and several other programs as a new "secret weapon" to improve the texture, flexibility and appearance of cosmetic imperfections of the face, neck and chest [dГ colletage], including wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation, collagen enhancement, skin tightening, and scars from acne, burns or traumatic injuries. With the addition of the Lumenis® UltraPulse laser, the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England provides the widest, most up-to-date selection of lasers and aesthetic cosmetic treatment options available in New England including injectable fillers (Radiesse® , Juvederm® , Evolence® , and Sculptra® Aesthetic), Botox ® , facial resurfacing, scar and stretch mark reduction, hair and tattoo removal, skin tightening, fat reducing Laser Liposuction and Latisse®

Cleavage Rejuvenation, Do-It-Yourself Lasers, Botox reg; Breast Lift - Hype Or Reality?

Whether their effectiveness is fact or fiction, less invasive cosmetic procedures such as cleavage rejuvenation, do-it-yourself (DIY) cosmetic therapies, and using Botox ® to "lift" the breasts are making headlines, but are they safe? Plastic surgeons are discussing if these, and more, are cutting edge new discoveries or just "buyer beware" marketing hype at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2009 conference, Oct. 23 - 27, in Seattle. Cleavage rejuvenation involves injecting a non-allergenic filler into the cleavage to alleviate wrinkles. DYI cosmetic therapies include hair removal devices, lasers, even fillers that some patients are ordering off the Internet. With a Botox Breast Lift, the toxin is injected into the chest muscles, temporarily paralyzing them, and causing the back muscles to compensate. The patient, in turn, is forced to standup straighter, thereby creating a lifted appearance in the breasts. Plastic surgeons are concerned that these may be some of the procedures consumers are turning to in the weak economy.

News From Plastic Surgery 2009

Botox Takes a Shot at Pain No longer just a wrinkle fighter, Botox ® may have indications as a pain medication to fight Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), reports a new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2009 conference, Oct. 23-27, in Seattle. Between 5 and 26 people out of every 100, 000 have their lives significantly disrupted by some form of chronic pain. Traditionally, treatments for the nervous system-based pain disorder have included massage, physiotherapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and heat/cold therapy. Despite those, many patients often continue to experience disruptive pain. The study found injecting Botox into the area affected by pain provides significant pain control. Eight patients suffering from severe pain received an average of nine injections - one every four weeks. All of patients reported a significant improvement (31.25 percent) in their daily pain control that was maintained for up to 17 months.

More News Briefs From Plastic Surgery 2009

Face and Hand Transplants - Ready to Become Mainstream Medicine? Though once inconceivable, face and hand transplants are quickly making themselves more present, both in the operating room and in the media. The world's first hand transplant was performed more than a decade ago, and the first partial-face transplant performed in the United States (and most extensive procedure to date) was completed this year. However, the advances in composite tissue allotransplantation also presents a number of multi-faceted issues including donor availability, patient selection, social perception, ethics, and complications. Consider this: the first-ever hand transplant was amputated after the patient failed to follow his life-long immunosuppressive regimen. Members of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and other leading surgeons in the field of face and hand transplantation will discuss whether, at this point, face and hand transplants are ready to become "mainstream" medicine at the ASPS Plastic Surgery 2009 conference, Oct.

Senate Staff Raise Idea Of Taxing Indoor Tanning Salons

Roll Call : "The concept of an excise tax on tanning services, which could include salon walk-ins or tanning beds and sunlamps sold for residential use, was floated in a weekend Senate staff meeting on the health bill. Officials described the idea as preliminary and not being seriously considered at this time. But as senators continue to draft amendments to add spending or scale back other pay-fors, all bets could be off. It would also be in keeping with Senate Democrats' desire to keep any new revenue sources within the healthcare system. Indoor tanning has come under increasing fire of late for harmful health effects." Roll Call adds that "the Indoor Tanning Association, the trade group representing what it says is a $5 billion industry, could not be reached for comment Monday night" (Cohn, 12/8). This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with kind permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery at kaiserhealthnews.

Geisinger Physician To Present At National Convention

Alexander P. Moya, M.D., Director of the Center for Weight Loss Body Contouring and Assistant Director of the Geisinger Center for Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), will deliver an interactive video presentation on his corset trunkplasty surgery in April 2010. This presentation will be made to a group of board-certified plastic surgeons at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's annual Aesthetic Meeting in Washington, D.C. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my procedure and findings with such a distinguished group of peers, " Dr. Moya said. Corset trunkplasty surgery removes excessive skin, typically from patients who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery. The end result is comprehensive contouring of the abdominal region and waistline. The procedure is performed entirely with Harmonic ™ (Ethicon Endo-Surgery) ultrasonic technology, which decreases surrounding tissue injury and blood loss, thereby resulting in improved recovery with less swelling and pain.

News Briefs From Plastic Surgery 2009

Creating the Youthful Eye - Is Less Really More? Take a look at the latest issue of Marie Claire and you're sure to notice the fresh-faced beauty with youthful eyes on the cover. Many try to recapture this look through eyelid rejuvenation. However, when it comes to eyelid surgery, is it better to remove or reposition tissue in the upper eyelid? Plastic surgeons at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2009 conference, Oct. 23-27, in Seattle, are presenting differing perspectives on eyelid rejuvenation, comparing tradition, tried and true, versus novel approaches. The common use of fillers and muscle relaxants (botulinum toxins) around the eye has lead to a serious reconsideration on how to best enhance the appearance of the upper eyelid region. By the Numbers: More than 220, 000 eyelid surgeries were performed in 2008, making it the fourth most popular procedure, reports the ASPS. In 2008, more eyelid surgeries were performed in the Mountain and Pacific regions of the U.

In New Jersey, Cosmetic Surgery Tax Reaped Funds Far Below Projections

Bloomberg : "A tax on breast enhancements and other cosmetic care, similar to one proposed in the U.S. Senate's health-overhaul legislation, doesn't generate even a third of the $30 million a year originally projected for it in New Jersey, the only state with such a levy." That state's program, which began in 2004, "grossed about $9 million last year (far short of the $30 million it was supposed to raise per year), according to data from the state's legislative services office." That amount doesn't factor in the "cost of administering the 6 percent levy, which the office doesn't have figures on." An assemblyman in New Jersey who sponsored the legislation and now wants it repealed said the tax ended up discouraging cosmetic care in the state. "In the U.S., about 12 million people spent $10.3 billion in 2008 on cosmetic procedures and products, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, based in Arlington Heights, Illinois" (Gaouette, 12/7). This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.

American Society Of Plastic Surgeons Inducts UCLA Physician As New President

Michael McGuire, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, UCLA, was inducted as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), at Plastic Surgery 2009, the Society's annual scientific meeting. Dr. McGuire will lead the world's largest plastic surgery association and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for a one-year term. As ASPS President, Dr. McGuire will focus on increasing intra-specialty collegiality and cooperation, and providing worldwide resources through international outreach. "The plastic surgery community stretches beyond our borders, so we as ASPS Member Surgeons have a unique opportunity to reach out to our colleagues around the world and assist them in areas such as advocacy, education, and surgeon certification, " said Dr. McGuire. "An additional goal for my presidency is to explore the alternatives to solo practice here at home, by investigating opportunities that may be available to our membership through virtual groups or centers of excellence.

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