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How Young Is TOO Young For Cosmetic Surgery? UK

A national survey carried out by Girl Guiding UK, today revealed that 24% of girls aged 16-21 would consider having cosmetic surgery. The researchers found the turning point was around the age of 10 when it came to worrying about appearances. Between the ages of 7 to 11-year-olds, 2% were not happy with their appearance but this increased to 11% in 11 to 16-year-olds. According to Dai Davies, Consultant Plastic Surgeon for Plastic Surgery Partners: "Girls are under so much pressure to conform to society's view of what is beautiful, that it's no wonder they are considering plastic surgery so young." Dai has performed rhinoplasty on a patient of 13 and prominent ear surgery on children as young as 7 years old. Dai explains that not only is parental consent needed at these ages but more importantly the patient's consent. Even at such a young age the children must have a clear understanding of what is happening and agree to the procedure, it's not enough for the parents to believe it should be done.

Replacing Amalgam In Fillings

Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body because it's made almost entirely of minerals. As tough as it may be, however, enamel can be broken down by bacteria, forming cavities and eventually destroying the tooth. That's why dentists repair cavities by filling them with a material to replace the lost enamel. The most common such restorative is a material invented in the 19th-century known as amalgam -- the classic silver-black fillings many people have. Amalgam works well because it is very durable, easy to use, and cheap. The dark fillings are sometimes unsightly, however, and they contain mercury. Because of the mercury, amalgam has raised health and environmental questions -- though according to the American Dental Association, the scientific consensus is that the material poses no health hazards. Dentists would love to have a perfectly white material that mimics natural enamel for repairing cavities in teeth, but for the most part, they still use amalgam. Other filling materials have been developed in recent years, but they often have problems with shrinkage or durability.

New York Plastic Surgeon Eases Common Fear Of Rhinoplasty Surgery By Eliminating Traditional Packing And Painful Removal

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, has revolutionized the rhinoplasty procedure by eliminating traditional packing and subsequent painful removal. The pain associated with the post-operative removal of nasal packing is a well-known and commonly cited fear among rhinoplasty candidates. Slupchynskyj, a rhinoplasty specialist, has alleviated this fear by utilizing recent advancements in packing material. Using state-of-the-art, plant-based biopolymer materials which absorb overtime, Slupchynskyj is able to retain the clot promoting effects of conventional packing while eradicating the irritating and painful removal. "Rhinoplasty can be performed with minimal or no bleeding post-operatively, therefore with a majority of my patients, I don't use nasal packing, " reports Slupchynskyj. He continues, "if it is necessary, I use a dissolvable packing which is much more comfortable for the patient and disintegrates over 24-hours." Slupchynskyj's development is the latest of many contributions that he has made in the improvement of rhinoplasty procedures.

BJOG Release: Study Raises Concerns About Cosmetic Labial Surgery

New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reviews the available literature on cosmetic labial surgery and underlines the striking lack of evidence on the safety and long-term consequences of such procedures. The authors caution that medically nonessential surgery to the labia is being promoted to women, while no data on clinical effectiveness exist. Increasing numbers of healthy women are seeking surgery to change the shape and size of their normal vulva. Once considered the special domain of glamour models, female genital cosmetic surgery is becoming more common in economically affluent nations. Many procedures exist in the medical and marketing literature, including vaginal rejuvenation, designer vaginoplasty, G spot amplification and revirginisation. A popular request is partial excision of the labia minora. In this study, the researchers sought to investigate the quality and content of published reports relating to labial surgery for healthy women.

Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons Among First Responders To Fort Hood Shootings

Before news of the November 12, Fort Hood shootings reached the public, oral and maxillofacial surgeons Major Mark E. Ranschaert, DMD and Major Joseph Dylan Bowles, DDS were in Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center emergency room working to save the lives of the shooter's victims. Arriving in the ER to help treat the influx of patients, Majors Ranschaert and Bowles found 30 injured soldiers awaiting treatment and the operating rooms already full. They immediately turned their attention to a patient with a penetrating neck wound. Assisted by two staff members, the surgeons intubated the patient, inserted an IV and a central line, and gave him two units of blood. "The patient was bleeding constantly, " says Bowles. "We were concerned he wasn't going to make it. Without care, he definitely would have expired." Ranchaert and Bowles were able to stabilize the patient and accompanied him to the helipad where he was transferred to Scott and White University Medical Hospital for further treatment.

Cosmetic Surgery Patients At More Risk Than Ever

A special edition of the journal, Clinical Risk, published by the Royal Society of Medicine, looks at how the combination of an under-regulated market, "professional greed", increased marketing and overwhelming media hype have created a "perfect storm" that threatens patients and practitioners alike. The journal's editor argues that cosmetic surgery patients in the UK are at more risk than ever before. Dr Harvey Marcovitch, who commissioned leading experts in the field to write for this special issue said, "Patient safety is this journal's main aim and there can be no area of medicine where patients in the UK are more in need of protection. We need tight control of advertising of cosmetic surgery - including internet advertising. We need proper regulation of the industry and we need both surgeons and GPs to manage patient expectation." In one paper, entitled 'Clinical Risk in Aesthetic Surgery', Nigel Mercer, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) argues: "We have reached a stage where public expectation, driven by media hype and, dare one say, professional greed, has brought us to a 'perfect storm' in the cosmetic surgical market.

Advanced BioMedical Technologies Inc. Begins Phase II Animal Test On PA Miniscrews And Plates

Advanced BioMedical Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ABMT) announced that the Company's subsidiary, Shenzhen Changhua Biomedical Engineering Co., Ltd. ("ABT-CHANGHUA"), has signed a cooperative agreement with The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University ("GDPU Hospital") in Guangzhou. Under this cooperative agreement, both parties will join efforts in conducting research and animal tests on Cranio-Maxillofacial Fracture Treatment and Craniofacial Reconstruction utilizing ABT-CHANGHUA's novel patented PA (Polyamide) bio-absorbable material. ABT-CHANGHUA will produce sample PA bio-absorbable miniscrews and plates for research and animal test; GDPU Hospital will conduct research and animal testing, and a Phase II clinical trial for this new indication. The program will provide safety and efficacy data and provide further validation for the application of PA bio-degradable miniscrews and plates in Cranio-Maxillofacial Fracture Treatment, Craniofacial Restoration and Cosmetic Surgery.

Physician Teaches Miami Plastic Surgeons Via Tele-Surgery

Alexander P. Moya, M.D., director, Center for Weight Loss Body Contouring at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), performed his newly developed corset trunkplasty surgery for board-certified plastic surgeons at the University of Miami School of Medicine live via televised feed as he worked at an operating room at GMC in Danville on Nov 13. "It was a tremendous opportunity to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with colleagues as far away as Miami, " said Dr. Moya. "By utilizing new technologies, we can communicate information and processes much farther than we could before, and hopefully we can continue to promote the quality practices that have worked for us at Geisinger to new venues." Corset trunkplasty surgery removes redundant skin, typically from patients who have previously undergone bariatric weight loss surgery, resulting in 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.

SafeStitch Medical, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance To Market The AMID StaplerTM For Hernia Repairs

SafeStitch Medical, Inc. (OTCBB:SFES) announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") to market its AMID StaplerTM in the U.S. with the intended use in general surgery procedures for fixation of mesh, in the repair of hernia defects and in other surgical specialties for the approximation of tissues, including skin. The AMID Stapler™ is the first surgical stapler designed specifically for use in inguinal hernia repairs using the Lichtenstein method, in which mesh is implanted to reinforce the groin floor. The Company has also applied for clearance to market the AMID StaplerTM in the European Economic Community and other areas outside of the U.S. SafeStitch designed the stapler in collaboration with Dr. Parviz Amid, an early pioneer and world-renowned teacher of the Lichtenstein repair. Dr. Charles J. Filipi, SafeStitch's Medical Director and former President of the American Hernia Society, noted that "approximately one million hernia repairs are performed in the U.

Dermatologists Now Offer Non Invasive Skin Tightening

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Dermatology is offering a new non-surgical, needle-free skin-tightening procedure that doctors say smoothes wrinkles, firms up baggy or loose skin and improves body contours. The outpatient cosmetic procedure is performed with Thermage® , a device that contours skin all over the body face, eyelids, neck, abdomen, arms, legs and more using focused radio waves. "Thermage emits radio waves that travel very deeply into the skin and the subcutaneous tissue to promote collagen remodeling and help tighten skin, " says Marian Northington, M.D., a UAB assistant professor of dermatology and expert in cosmetic skin procedures. "Thermage works well on patients who want a younger appearance and improved skin tone without relying on surgery, injections or chemical applications, " Northington says. "It is safe for all skin types, light skin and dark skin, and it works well for all body areas. "You get some immediate tightening that occurs after treatment, and then the skin continues to improve subtly over time by getting tighter and firmer for up to four to six months.

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