Botox FDA-Approved for Treatment of Overactive Bladder

Everyone knows that Botox injections are a great way of getting rid of wrinkles . . . but did you know that the botulinum toxin also has some pretty incredible non-cosmetic applications? Botox is already approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and chronic migraines—and on January 18, the FDA also approved it for use in treating overactive bladders. “Overactive bladder” is a condition that......
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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Plastic Surgeon

As you may recall, I wrote a post in December on the dangers of unaccredited plastic surgery practitioners; today, I’d like to discuss not what you shouldn’t do, but what you should do when you’re seeking out a cosmetic surgeon. To do so, I’m borrowing from a checklist created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to help patients achieve a successful partnership with......
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Can Tummy Tucks Lead to Long-Term Weight Loss?

Patients who get tummy tucks may experience long-term weight loss—especially if they were overweight or obese before their surgery—according to a pilot study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery authored by Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett of Alameda Hospital and colleagues. For their study, Dr. Moulton-Barrett and his associates evaluated short- and long-term weight loss in 20 women who had undergone a tummy......
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Breast Lift/Breast Augmentation Combination Surgeries Safe?

Many plastic surgeons perform breast lifts and breast augmentations together in one operation—but in the past, some concerns have been raised about whether combining the two procedures is safe. According to a report in this month’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, as long as plastic surgeons adhere to “appropriate patient selection and a carefully planned operative approach,” there’s no reason to divide the procedures into......
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The World’s Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery—with the participation of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery—recently conducted its third annual Global Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Performed to get a worldwide perspective on trends in plastic surgery. According to the results, liposuction is the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure in the world—it makes up 19.9 percent of total......
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A New Drug that Makes Botox Last Longer?

For many who get Botox injections on an ongoing basis, the biggest drawback of the treatments is how fast they wear off. For some the effects can last as long as six months; for others, however, they can fade away within only two to three months. For those who wish to extend the life of their Botox treatments, a new drug that just went on......
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A New, Better Design for Saline Implants?

Some women prefer the idea of saline breast implants over silicone ones, yet ultimately choose silicone implants because they offer less risk of folds and ripples and, many claim, feel more natural. But what if you could get a saline implant that offered those same benefits? According to the two-year results from a clinical study that’s still ongoing, a double-lumen, saline-filled breast implant called the......
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Even After 5 Years, Facelift Results Hold Strong

A long-term follow-up study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that even five years after their procedure, three quarters of facelift patients look younger than they did before their surgery. In order to reach this conclusion, study authors Dr. Barry M. Jones and Dr. Steven J. Lo analyzed before and after photographs of fifty different facelift patients using three sets of......
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Cosmetic Procedures following Bariatric Surgery Improve Quality of Life

A study published in the November issue of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that patients who undergo body contouring procedures after bariatric surgery experience a significantly improved quality of life. “Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity results in massive weight loss and improvement of health and quality of life,” write the study’s authors, but “a downside of the major......
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USA Today on the Dangers of Unaccredited Plastic Surgery Practitioners

USA Today posted an excellent article on their website this week, “Cosmetic surgery laws often aren’t enough,” about the dangers of getting plastic surgery procedures done at regular doctors’ offices and med spas—“salon-like medical facilities that have doctors on the premises and offer skin care treatments, such as Botox injections, facials and laser resurfacing.” Much has been written about “underground” or “backdoor” cosmetic surgery—procedures performed......
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