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Advantages of Being Married to a Physician

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Physicians tend to marry later and their marriages last longer even as they face the challenges, like others with demanding professions, of giving time and attention to their partners and families. The University of Michigan Medical School interviewed physicians and spouses to learn how “medical marriages” succeed and the resulting report […]

Claims About Cosmetic Stem Cell Procedures Are Dubious

Authors cite ‘unsubstantiated, sometimes fraudulent claims’ for cosmetic procedures using stem cells July 29, 2014 – Advertising claims for cosmetic procedures using stem cells are running far ahead of the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness, according to a review in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the […]

‘Selfie’ Phenomenon Drives Growth in Facial Plastic Surgery

Happy sexy blonde in bikini taking a self picture on a beautiful sunny beach

WASHINGTON, – The rise of ‘selfies’ is having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry according to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The annual poll studies a select group of the organization’s 2,700 members to uncover the latest trends in facial plastic surgery. The study revealed […]

Injection Cosmetics Can Open the Door to Bacteria


Many people have ‘fillers’ injected into their facial tissue to give them ‘bee-stung lips’ or to smooth out their wrinkles. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic treatment customers experience unpleasant side effects in the form of tender subcutaneous lumps that are difficult to treat and which – in isolated cases – have led to lesions that […]

New Technique Creates Large Skin Flaps for Full-face Resurfacing

Philadelphia, Pa. (February 4, 2014) – Patients with massive burns causing complete loss of the facial skin pose a difficult challenge for reconstructive surgeons. Now a group of surgeons in China have developed an innovative technique for creating a one-piece skin flap large enough to perform full-face resurfacing, reports The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, published […]

New 3-D Imaging Technique Helps with Liquid Facelift Complications

In this image the cosmetic filler (green) is shown blocking a major vein in a mouse ear. This scenario can happen in human faces during facelift procedures.

Credit: Siavash Yousefi, U of Washington

  Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts” and are said to be minimally invasive. It’s rare, but sometimes things go wrong. In a matter of minutes, patients’ skin can turn […]

New Antioxidant Tiron Offers Protection Against Sun Damage

Newcastle University researchers have identified an antioxidant Tiron, which offers total protection against some types of sun damage and may ultimately help our skin stay looking younger for longer. Publishing in The FASEB Journal, the authors describe how in laboratory tests, they compared the protection offered against either UVA radiation or free radical stress by […]

Women’s Perception of Normal Genitalia Influenced by Modified Images

Women’s perceptions of what is considered normal and desirable female genitalia may be influenced by exposure to modified images, suggests a new study published today (20 December) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Requests for labiaplasty (reducing and making the labia minora symmetrical) has become the most widely performed female genital cosmetic […]

Laser Therapy Shown to Be Highly Effective For Scar Prevention and Treatment

Philadelphia, Pa. (November 27, 2013) – Current laser therapy approaches are effective for treating excessive scars resulting from abnormal wound healing, concludes a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The review by Dr. Qingfeng Li and colleagues […]

Ethics of Facial Transplantation is Evolving

Philadelphia, Pa. – Once viewed as an “outlandish morally objectionable” concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a “feasible and necessary treatment” for severely disfigured patients. The evolving ethical debate over face transplantation is analyzed in a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical […]

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