Adding modern vein care to his cosmetic surgery practice was a synergistic move that helped Colin E. Bailey, M.D., maintain fiscal equilibrium even in the most unsettling economic times, he says.
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For some patients with tear trough deformity, autologous fat may be the best material to use for lower eyelid augmentation, according to Sherrell J. Aston, M.D.
A new platform for bipolar radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL; BodyTite, Invasix) is promising technology for performing body contouring in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. However, achieving safe and successful outcomes requires careful technique and patient selection, says Spero J. Theodorou, M.D.
Outcomes from 1,500 consecutive cases of office-based, laser-assisted liposuction using local anesthesia show it is a viable alternative to liposuction under traditional anesthesia for body contouring in appropriately selected patients, says Christopher T. Chia, M.D.
Preventing and treating complications in the lid-cheek junction demands a cautious approach, as well as the ability to match procedures to the underlying problem, says Michael P. Grant, M.D., Ph.D.
Endovenous laser therapy has revolutionized the treatment of varicose vein disease and has paved the way for such treatment's implementation into any full-service cosmetic surgery practice, said David A. Hendrick, M.D., at the 2012 scientific meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Being an expert witness in a medical legal battle could be a challenging experience for any physician who volunteers for this duty. Knowing the facts of the case in great detail and remaining truthful and ethical throughout the procedure are two principles that a physician must follow in order to complete the task with integrity and reputation intact, according to two physicians familiar with the process.
Participating in continuing education, attending medical symposia and keeping abreast of the latest research can help cosmetic surgeons arm themselves with the latest knowledge in their field. But there's another step that surgeons say is unparalleled when it comes to gaining perspective into their patents' experience and using it to make improvements in their treatment process: undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis highlight the limitations of research investigating methods for preventing seroma after abdominoplasty/abdominal lipectomy and fail to demonstrate superiority of any one technique. However, the findings support use of some method to attempt to reduce the risk, said Ali Izadpanah, M.D., C.M., M.Sc., at the 91st annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.
Most aesthetic surgeons would agree that injectable fillers have a role for rejuvenation of the aging face. However, consideration of patients with poor cosmetic results or frank complications after repeated filler injections and the cumulative costs and downtime associated with this practice reinforces the need for thoroughly reviewing the pros and cons of all options and remembering to be a doctor first.