Botulinum toxin reduces chronic migraine attacks, compared to placebo
A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of botulinum toxin injections in reducing the frequency of chronic migraine headaches, concludes an updated review and analysis.
'Bionic face' experiments could lead to new treatment approach for facial paralysis
An implantable neuroprosthetic device may one day provide a new approach to restoring more natural facial movement in patients with one-sided facial paralysis (hemifacial palsy), suggests a new study.
5 natural ways to reduce breast size
Breast tissue is largely made up of fatty materials. Losing body fat is one effective way to reduce breast size naturally. In this article, we look at five methods people can use to reduce breast size, or the appearance of breasts.
Surgeons successfully perform full face transplant
With the help of innovative techniques, surgeons at New York University Langone Health have successfully conducted a full face transplant.
Functional nasal surgery relieves chronic headache for some patients
Nasal surgery to relieve obstructed breathing can reduce or eliminate chronic headaches in selected patients, reports a new article.
Views of ideal female appearance in China are changing
A researcher found that young women in China, living in a rapidly changing society with more personal independence, disposable income and exposure to Western media than ever before, are also altering their views of female beauty. Her research aims to determine whether these factors are leading to increasing body image concerns such as eating disorders and weight and shape concerns that have been reported in Asia.
Botulinum toxin shows promise in trials to reduce post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) in cardiac surgery patients
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common complication, affecting one quarter to one half of all patients following cardiac surgery. It can result in heart failure, stroke, and longer hospital stays, resulting in an increased cost of care. A new study reports promising results from two clinical trials using botulinum toxin (BTX) injections to suppress POAF.
What to know about hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation occurs when a person develops darker patches on the skin, such as age spots or melasma. Learn about the causes, types, and treatments for hyperpigmentation here.
The long-term outcomes of breast implants studied
A recent analysis on existing data unearths information about the rare but serious long-term risks associated with silicone breast implants.
What is melasma?
Melasma causes dark patches to appear on the skin. It is a pigmentation disorder that is more common in women. Learn about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatments here.
Skin ages when the main cells in the dermis lose their identity and function
A study in mice explains that dermal fibroblasts lose their cell identify over time and with it their capacity to produce and secrete collagen and other proteins.
Are egg white face masks good for your skin?
Many people use egg white face masks as a way to boost the health of both oily and dry skin. However, there is little to no evidence to support the suggested benefits of these masks. We take a closer look at these alleged benefits and explain how to make an egg white face mask.
How do you stop unwanted hair growth?
Unwanted hair growth on the body or face has a range of causes linked to hormones. Some growth is typical and has no links to conditions that cause hirsutism. Natural treatments include diet changes and weight management. Medical treatments can also help. Learn more about excessive or unwanted hair in women here.
A fully human system to cultivate skin cells for grafting
Researchers have, for the first time, successfully cultured skin cells from human tissue-proteins to produce skin grafts for safer treatment of severe burns. The new technique could potentially replace the decades-old method of culturing skin grafts from combined human and animal biological material -- the latter is considered high-risk under pharmaceutical GMP standards and the resulting 'xenografts' are limited to the treatment of severe burns or for compassionate use.
CRISPR gene editing will find applications in plastic and reconstructive surgery
The CRISPR genome editing technique promises to be a 'transformative leap' in genetic engineering and therapy, affecting almost every area of medicine. That includes plastic surgery, with potential advances ranging from prevention of craniofacial malformations, to therapeutic skin grafts, to new types of rejection-free transplants, according to a new article.
Facial asymmetry increases with age
Asymmetry between the two sides of the face increases steadily with aging -- a finding with important implications for facial rejuvenation and reconstructive procedures.
What to know about microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure, during which a dermatologist removes the top layer of skin. The aim is to create a more youthful, even complexion. Learn more here.
How do you treat a droopy eyelid?
Ptosis refers to a droopy eyelid, where the upper eye area lowers downward. Causes include genetics, eye surgery, and excessive rubbing. Treatment can involve surgery, but usually for cosmetic reasons only. Prevention is harder due to genes playing a role. Learn more about this manageable condition here.
Simple, cost effective treatment following failed back surgery shows promise
Failed back surgery (continued low back and leg pain after surgery) is relatively common. With each reoperation, success, as defined by pain reduction, becomes less likely and most patients do not improve. However, preliminary studies using a simple procedure to remove scar tissue or adhesions suggests a new treatment could help those with post-surgical, chronic low back pain.
What to know about age spots (liver spots)
Age spots, or liver spots, are common and harmless. They do not require treatment, but people can get rid of them with creams and cosmetic procedures. Age spots can resemble certain forms of skin cancer, and anyone concerned about an age spot should speak with a doctor.
Silicone breast implants linked to increased risk of some rare harms
Women receiving silicone breast implants may be at increased risk of several rare adverse outcomes compared to the general population.
What are the best exercises for bat wings?
Strengthening the arms can help improve the muscles and promote fat loss. This can help to improve the shape of the arms and reduce excess and drooping skin that is there. This excess skin is sometimes known as "bat wings" or "bingo wings." Learn more about how to get rid of bat wings.
Hair loss: Scientists test wearable regrowth device
A study investigating ways to promote hair regrowth takes a look at micro LEDs. The scientists believe that they could be used as a wearable solution.
Facial plastic surgeons call for reduction of opioid prescriptions after rhinoplasty
A team of surgeons found that, of 173 patients undergoing rhinoplasty, a common procedure performed in the facial plastic and reconstructive surgery field, only two refilled their opioid prescriptions after the procedure -- with some patients not filling their initial opioid prescription at all.
Deep forehead wrinkles may signal a higher risk for cardiovascular mortality
According to a new study, people who have lots of deep forehead wrinkles, more than is typical for their age, may have a higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
YouTube is source of misinformation on plastic surgery
In the first study to evaluate YouTube videos on facial plastic surgery procedures, researchers found that most are misleading marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals.
14 ways to lose weight without diet or exercise
Strict diets can be challenging to follow, and people may not always have the time or ability to exercise. However, a variety of simple lifestyle changes can help people lose weight and improve their health. These include taking probiotics, getting enough sleep, and thoroughly chewing food. Learn more here.
What is labial hypertrophy and is it normal?
Each person's vagina and vulva are unique, and there is wide variation between people. Labial hypertrophy is when one or both vaginal lips, or labia, are larger than usual. This is normal and not a cause for concern. Some people choose to have surgery for cosmetic reasons. Learn more about vaginal hypertrophy here.
A new reality for beauty standards: How selfies and filters affect body image
With the spread of photo-editing technology through applications like Snapchat and Facetune, the level of physical 'perfection' previously seen only on celebrity or beauty magazines is now all over social media. As these images become the norm, people's perceptions of beauty worldwide are changing, which can take a toll on a person's self-esteem and can trigger body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), argue researchers.
'Vaginal rejuvenation' devices 'have serious risks,' warn FDA
Some women may opt for a 'vaginal rejuvenation' procedure to improve vaginal tone or pelvic function. This can bring 'serious' health risks, say the FDA.
Implants made by computer-aided design provide good results in patients with rare chest muscle deformity
For patients with Poland syndrome -- a rare congenital condition affecting the chest muscle -- computer-aided design (CAD) techniques can be used to create custom-made silicone implants for reconstructive surgery of the chest.
Patients opt for 3D simulation for breast augmentation -- but it doesn't improve outcomes
Three-dimensional image simulation is popular among women planning breast augmentation surgery. But while this evolving technology may enhance communication, it doesn't improve patient satisfaction with the results of the procedure.
Weight loss surgery may affect the risk of cancer
A new analysis indicates that weight loss surgery may affect an individual's risk of developing cancer.
Six natural ways to whiten teeth
Teeth inevitably begin to yellow with age, but a range of strategies can slow the process and even reverse it. In this article, learn how to whiten teeth naturally at home using baking soda, oil pulling, hydrogen peroxide, and other techniques. We also look at which strategies to avoid to prevent damage to the teeth.
Researcher uses HPV vaccine to treat patient with skin cancer
In 2017, a case report by Dr. Anna Nichols showed the HPV vaccine Gardasil reduced the number of new basal and squamous cell skin cancers in two patients. Tim Ioannides, M.D., a voluntary faculty member at UM, suggested using the vaccine as an off-label treatment by directly injecting it into the tumors.
Complication of 'fat freezing' procedure may be more common than thought
Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that eliminates excess fat by freezing it. But a complication called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) -- a hardened area of localized fat developing after cryolipolysis -- may be more common than previously thought, suggests an article.
Tips for dyeing hair when you have psoriasis
People with psoriasis can dye their hair safely. However, there are factors to consider before, during, and after applying the dye. In this article, learn about the risks, and seven tips developed to help people with psoriasis to dye their hair safely. We also describe how to prevent flare-ups on the scalp.
Which treatments work for stretch marks?
Stretch marks are common during periods of sudden growth. While they often fade over time, they can be permanent. Some people try to reduce the appearance of these marks at home using creams or lotions, herbal remedies, self-tanner, or hyaluronic acid. Here, we explore the evidence behind popular methods.
What causes webbed toes in humans?
Some people are born with extra skin between their toes. This is called webbing, and it can be a genetic condition, although sometimes the cause is unknown. The treatment to correct webbed toes usually involves surgery to remove the extra skin. In this article, learn more about webbed toes and how to treat them.
How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser hair removal is a popular long-term option for removing unwanted body hair. But is laser hair removal permanent, and how long would it take for hair to regrow? In this article, we look at how long laser hair removal lasts, the chances of regrowth, plus the costs and side effects of laser hair removal procedures.
Face transplantation: An established option to improve quality of life in patients with severe facial trauma
Thirteen years after the first successful face transplant, US trauma surgeons should be aware of the current role of facial transplantation for patients with severe facial disfigurement -- including evidence that the final appearance and functioning are superior to that provided by conventional reconstructive surgery.
Does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure to reduce stubborn areas of fat using cold temperatures. Plastic surgeons make bold claims about its benefits, but does it really work? In this article, we take a close look at what the research says about how effective and safe CoolSculpting is for removing body fat.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
Removing unwanted hair from the body and face is usually done safely and effectively using laser hair removal therapy. Some people may experience mild redness, swelling, and irritation of the treated area. Here, we look at how safe laser hair removal is, possible side effects, and some of the myths about the process.
Can you use Botox under your eyes?
Botox is often used to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Can it also reduce dark circles or bags under the eyes? Using Botox under the eyes is not approved in the U.S. and researchers are unsure how well it may work and what side effects may occur. Here, learn about the procedure and its alternatives.
Do eyelashes grow back? What you need to know
Losing a few eyelashes from time to time is normal. However, sometimes a person loses many or all of their eyelashes, perhaps as a result of a burn, a medical therapy, or a health condition. In this article, learn how quickly the eyelashes grow back, as well as treatments and home remedies to help the process.
How do I stop my hair from being dry?
Many people have problems with their hair becoming brittle or dry. Medical conditions may be the cause, but it is often down to lifestyle or personal hygiene habits. Potential remedies are diverse and often simple, and we give 12 here, including oils and plant products that make good conditioners and hair masks.
What causes a piercing rejection to occur?
Sometimes, the body will reject a piercing. Piercing rejection happens when the immune system sees the jewelry as a foreign object and tries to push it back out. This can cause discomfort and scarring. In this article, we look at how to spot a piercing rejection, prevention tips, and stopping the process of rejection.
Which essential oils help get rid of wrinkles?
There are many lotions and creams that claim to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but some people may prefer a natural alternative. Many essential oils, including sandalwood, lavender, and rosemary, are believed to help. We look at the evidence for 10 essential oils that could help keep the skin looking young.
Can you remove a skin tag yourself?
Skin tags are harmless, but some people choose to eliminate large or noticeable tags for cosmetic reasons. There are many simple methods of removal, including creams and freezing kits. In this article, we describe how to get rid of skin tags at home and when to see a doctor for professional removal.
Be wary of cosmetic surgeons' online reviews
Consumers consider online reviews important for choosing physicians, but they should be wary of using those ratings to choose plastic surgeons. The reviews tend to be polarized, and some are written by people whom consulted with the doctor but never had surgery, reports a new study.
What are the risks of breast implant surgery?
As with many medical procedures, breast implant surgery has a range of risks and complications for people to be aware of beforehand. These can include pain, swelling, infection, and visual changes. In this article, we identify the risks of this surgery, along with early signs and symptoms to be aware of afterward.
Can avocado oil strengthen my hair?
Oils play an important role in the health of a person’s hair. Avocado oil may have specific benefits due to its vitamin and mineral composition. When the hair’s natural oil balance is uneven, or the environment has damaged the hair, using oils on the scalp or hair may moisturize it and prevent further damage.
World's first penis and scrotum transplant complete
The first total penis and scrotum transplant has now been performed by a team of Johns Hopkins surgeons. The recipient, they say, 'is recovering well.'
First total penis and scrotum transplant
Many soldiers returning from combat bear visible scars, or even lost limbs, caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. However, some servicemen also return with debilitating hidden injuries -- the loss of all or part of their genitals. Now, the reconstructive surgery team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior has successfully performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world.
How do you prevent pimples?
Several factors can cause acne, but simple hygiene techniques and lifestyle changes can often prevent pimples from forming. Washing regularly and reducing stress are some of the best ways to ward off this common skin issue. Here, learn more about effective methods of prevention and treatment.
How to treat whiteheads on the nose
Whiteheads are stubborn acne lesions that develop just under the skin. The nose is a common site for whiteheads to form, as this part of the face produces a lot of oil and is touched frequently throughout the day. We look at several ways to treat whiteheads on the nose, as well as how to prevent them in the future.
Patients who travel abroad for plastic surgery can bring home serious complications
With the promise of inexpensive procedures luring patients to travel abroad for plastic surgery, medical tourism has become an expanding, multi-billion-dollar industry. But while the initial procedure may be cheap, it can place a significant burden on US public health systems when patients return from abroad with complications. A new study describes the magnitude of medical complications that can result from plastic surgery abroad.
Surgeons transform static 'Mona Lisa' smiles to joyous ones
By modifying a muscle transplant operation, surgeons report they are able to restore authentic facial expressions of joy -- wide and even smiles -- to selected patients with one-sided facial muscle paralysis due to birth defects, stroke, tumors or Bell's palsy.
Dermatology scale validates quality of life
Can having a skin condition impact the quality of your life? Absolutely, claim researchers who have set out to find the best tool to measure the impact on patients.
Transgender surgery can improve life for most, study confirms
A first-of-its kind study uses a transgender-specific questionnaire to assess the quality of life of those choosing gender reassignment surgery.
How to get rid of blood-filled pimples
Blood-filled pimples occur after someone picks, squeezes, or pops a regular pimple. Learn about how to treat and prevent them here.
Can I get rid of a mole by myself?
Some people use home remedies to get rid of their moles. However, these remedies have not been proven to be safe or effective. Read on to find out more.
More than just a cosmetic procedure -- 'tummy tuck' reduces back pain and incontinence
In addition to restoring the pre-pregnancy shape of the abdomen, abdominoplasty ('tummy tuck') surgery with muscle repair can improve back pain and urinary incontinence after childbearing, reports a new study.
'Botox' improves appearance of facial scars in reconstructive surgery
In patients undergoing reconstructive surgery of the face, treatment with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A, or 'Botox') can improve the final appearance of surgical scars.
Going skin deep to explore what causes wrinkles
The prospects – and consequences – of ageing are of concern to us all, especially when considering the likelihood of developing wrinkles. They are not only a hallmark of ageing but also play a fundamental role in how we physically interact with many products and devices, from moisturiser cream and make up to razor and the fabrics of our clothes.
How to get rid of a hard pimple
This article discusses how to get rid of hard pimples. It also looks at different kinds of pimples, their causes, and how to prevent them.
Fifteen new genes identified that shape our face
Researchers have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features.
How can I get rid of milia?
Is it possible to remove milia? We look at home remedies, medical treatments, and ways to prevent these small, white bumps from occurring.
Causes and treatments for nasolabial folds
Nasolabial folds are the lines on either side of the mouth that extend from the edge of the nose to the mouth's outer corners. Learn more here.
How to prevent a tragus piercing becoming infected
A look at infected tragus piercings, a condition where a small part of the ear develops an infection. Included is detail on avoiding infection and risks.
How to prevent and improve crepey skin
A look at crepey skin, a common complaint where the skin looks thin and wrinkled. Included is detail on prevention and the role of nutrition.
Augmented reality helps surgeons to 'see through' tissue and reconnect blood vessels
Using augmented reality in the operating theatre could help surgeons to improve the outcome of reconstructive surgery for patients.
How do dermarollers work?
Learn all about how to use dermarollers, and what effects they could have on the skin. We also look at things to consider when dermarolling.
Short-course radiation treatment is safe and effective for skin cancer
A recent physician’s study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers.
Is it safe to get Botox while breast-feeding?
A look at Botox and breast-feeding safety. Included is detail on how Botox affects the body and other side effects that are important for mothers to know.
What you should know about third nipples
A look a third (sometimes called supernumary) nipples, a rare condition where a person has an extra one. Included is detail on causes and diagnosis.
Can you get a tattoo while pregnant or breast-feeding?
In this article, learn about the risks of getting a tattoo while pregnant or breast-feeding. How can you identify and prevent an infection?
What you should know about alopecia universalis
A look at alopecia universalis, a condition resulting in hair loss across the entire body. Included is detail on diagnosis and the relationship to stress.
Could Botox stop teeth grinding?
If, like me, you grind your teeth when you sleep, you might be interested in this study. It claims that Botox could help to treat bruxism.
Traction alopecia: Symptoms and prevention
Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by tight hairstyles. Caught early, it is fully reversible and the hair can regrow. Learn more about treatment.
Statins to help prevent scar tissue in the eye?
According to a new study, statin medication seems to reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo a vitrectomy to treat a detached retina. The researchers believe that statins might prevent the formation of scar tissue inside the eye.
Sex and self-confidence: Do genital enhancements help?
What is genital cosmetic surgery, what are your options, and what should you look out for? We give you an overview based on specialist insights.
New source of world’s deadliest toxin discovered
Researchers have identified genes encoding a previously undiscovered version of the botulinum neurotoxin in bacteria from a cow’s gut.
Pockmarks: Treatments and home remedies
There are a number of treatments and home remedies that may help reduce the appearance of the scars and improve the look and feel of the skin.
What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?
We compare Botox and dermal fillers, examining their uses, costs, and possible side effects. Learn more about the differences between them here.
What you should know about alopecia totalis
A look at alopecia totalis, a condition resulting in the loss of all the hair on the scalp. Included is detail on causes and the recovery rate.
Facial exercises help middle-aged women appear more youthful
A 30-minute daily or alternate-day facial exercise program sustained over 20 weeks improved the facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller and firmer upper and lower cheeks, reports a new study. This is the first scientific study to test the premise of facial exercise improving appearance. The exercises enlarged facial muscles so face had more volume. Women looked an average of three years younger after 20 weeks of exercises, as rated by dermatologists.
Migraine surgery produces 'dramatic improvements' in functioning, study finds
In addition to reducing headache frequency and severity, surgical treatment for migraine leads to significant improvements in everyday functioning and coping ability, according to a new study.
What is Botox for hair and what does it do?
Botox for hair may refer to a topical cream or scalp injections, both with the aim of improving the look and health of hair. Learn more about them here.
All you need to know about varicose vein pain
A look at varicose vein pain, a condition where swollen veins become painful. Included is detail on prevention, potential causes, and when to see a doctor.
What you should know about laser hair removal versus electrolysis
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‘Safe’ tanners who use sprays and lotions less likely to get tattoos and piercings than frequent sunbathers and tanning bed users
People who often sunbathe or use tanning beds are more likely to try risky weight-loss methods and have cosmetic surgery, as well as get tattoos and piercings. But while people who seldom tan also may try unsafe diets and cosmetic surgery, they rarely opt for tattoos or piercings, according to a new study.
All you need to know about microblading
A look at microblading, a technique for filling in thin eyebrows. Learn more about what to expect from the procedure and the recovery time here.
Expression of certain genes may be key to more youthful looking skin
Some individuals' skin appears more youthful than their chronologic age. Although many people try to achieve this with creams, lotions, injections, and surgeries, new research indicates that increased expression of certain genes may be the key to intrinsically younger looking -- and younger behaving -- skin.
What are the costs involved with a hair transplant?
In this article, we look at how hair transplants work and how much they tend to cost. We also examine other considerations and options for hair loss.
What are the risks of CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical method of removing fat from the body, but does it have any risks? Learn more about possible risks and side effects here.
All you should know about sunken eyes
A look at the condition of sunken eyes, where the eyes seem deep set and darkened. Included is detail on home remedies and when to see a doctor.
What you need to know about PRP
A look at PRP, a process used to reduce inflammation. Included is detail on costs and the side effects, plus conditions it can help.
How to get rid of a nose piercing bump
Even with the best aftercare, a bump may form around a nose piercing. In this article, learn how to treat and prevent a nose piercing bump.
Tattoo aftercare tips
Proper tattoo aftercare is essential for keeping the design looking good and preventing infection. Learn more about how to care for a new tattoo.
How to tell if a tattoo is infected
Learn all about the signs and symptoms of tattoo infection, the different types, what causes them to occur, and what can be done to treat them.
'Protect your eyes while on the slopes,' scientists warn
Snow fanatics are no doubt aware of the risk of getting sunburnt on the slopes, but a new study shows that it is more than a red face that skiers and snowboarders should be concerned about.
How to get thicker hair
Many people want to help their hair look thick and full without chemical treatments. We look at several natural hair treatments, from eggs to castor oil.
Should you wash your hair everyday?
For some people, frequent washing can damage hair and cause a dry, itchy scalp. How often should you wash your hair with shampoo?
Does rhinoplasty change perceptions of attractiveness, success, health?
Participants in a web-based survey who viewed pictures of patients before and after rhinoplasty rated patients after surgery as more attractive, successful and overall healthier, research shows.
Timing of melanoma diagnosis, treatment critical to survival
A new study underscores the importance of early detection and treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The research indicates that the sooner patients were treated, the better their survival, particularly for stage I melanoma.
Kojic acid: Side effects and benefits
Learn about kojic acid, a substance found in skin-lightening cosmetic products. We look at its effects, uses, and possible side effects.
Scars: Are they preventable?
While many scars do not hamper everyday life, some cause life-long problems. Find out how scars form and why it is so difficult to prevent them.
Breast reconstruction surgery: Options and what to expect
In this article, we look at the process of breast reconstruction surgery, the reasons for choosing this surgery, alternative options, and recovery outlook.
Barbers, hair salons market cosmetic surgery on Instagram
The majority of providers advertising aesthetic surgery services on Instagram are not board certified-plastic surgeons, so patients who respond to the ads are putting themselves at risk, suggests new research. Social media has become the leading destination for consumers -- especially young people -- seeking information about plastic surgery. The ads particularly affect young people, who increasingly want to improve their appearance for social media channels, but often do not understand who is qualified to perform procedures.
Cosmetic surgery may help patients quit smoking
If you're a smoker considering cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon will likely require you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure. A long-term follow-up study finds that many patients receiving these instructions will quit smoking, or at least smoke less, in the years after cosmetic surgery.
Augmented reality technology may help guide plastic and reconstructive surgery
A plastic surgery research group has developed an augmented reality system that enables them to create 3D simulations of the desired results of facial reconstructive procedures and project them over the patient's face during surgery.
Scientist finds alcohol-free solution works
Antiseptic solutions are routinely applied to clean the skin prior to surgery. They kill or prevent the growth of microorganisms and prevent wound infections. One of the most common antiseptic solutions is chlorhexidine, which can be dissolved in water or alcohol before being applied to the skin. Now a researcher is reporting that a new discovery will make life easier for surgery patients and their surgeon.
Repairing damaged nerves, tissue, with spider threads
The golden orb-weaver spider from Tanzania spins such strong webs that Tanzanian fishermen use them for fishing. Their spider silk is more tear-resistant than nylon and four times more elastic than steel, is heat-stable up to 250° C, extremely waterproof and, on top of that, has antibacterial properties. These characteristics also make it attractive from the point of view of biomedical research.
MKTP surgery has long-term benefit for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients
Skin transplant surgery has long-term benefit for restoring skin pigmentation caused by the skin disease vitiligo, new research shows. In a retrospective study, researchers found that a majority of areas of the skin treated with surgery still had 'very good to excellent' color match pigmentation five years later.
Some women may benefit from delaying breast reconstruction following mastectomy
Some patients with a combination of risk factors, such as being obese and having diabetes or being a smoker, may benefit from delayed rather than immediate breast implant reconstruction after a...
Is mental health associated with perception of nasal function?
A study of preoperative patients for rhinoplasty suggests poor mental well-being and low self-esteem were associated with poorer perceptions of nasal function, according to a new study.
Patient receives 3-D printed skull after traumatic brain injury
After two months in a coma, Chris Cahill woke up confused about where he was and what had happened to him. Cahill was found unconscious from unknown trauma resulting in severe injuries to his frontal lobe, with brain swelling so dramatic it was life threatening. Physicians performed emergent surgery to relieve the brain swelling with the intent of replacing the skull after the swelling subsided. However, the patient's own skull was infected and as a result was unusable. At that point, the doctors decided the best solution to replace the missing skull bone was to use 3-D printing to create a custom cranial skull implant.
Eye freckles? Dark spots on iris may be caused by sun exposure
In a study well-timed for summer, vision scientists have found that eye freckles, dark spots on the colored part of the eye (iris), are more frequently found in people with higher lifetime exposure to sunlight. While not malignant, eye freckles could indicate the presence or risk of sunlight-triggered eye diseases like cataract or macular degeneration.
Black light helps diagnose common skin problem found in pregnant women
Using a black light, or Wood's light, helps dermatologists determine disease extent of melasma, a hyperpigmentation condition that causes brown and gray patches to appear on the face, researchers have found.
Deviated septum: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
It is quite common for people to not have a straight septum. What is a deviated septum, what causes it, and how is a deviated septum diagnosed?
Melanin-linked skin conditions: Breakthrough
Spots resulting from too much sun exposure and other effects of dysfunctional melanin production may become a thing of the past. Scientists have solved the structure of one of the three enzymes that generate melanin in humans, opening doors to the design of whitening compounds to remove discolorations of the skin.
Three things I wish I'd known: Looking back at residency life
What do young doctors wish they had known before starting residency, the notoriously tough specialty training? One plastic surgeon shares his experience.
Double chin: Causes and how to get rid of one
Excess fat under the chin can be caused by a number of factors, including age, weight, and genetics. Learn how to reduce the appearance of a double chin.
Study examines use of fat grafting for postmastectomy breast reconstruction
The use of fat grafting as a tool for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy may improve breast satisfaction, psychosocial well-being, and sexual well-being in patients, according to a study.
Ingredient found in soap can alter 'wettability' of your skin
It's possible to alter the wettability of your skin using an ingredient commonly found in cosmetic cleaners, according to new research.
How many adverse events are reported to FDA for cosmetics, personal care?
A new study examines adverse events for cosmetics and personal care products in the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Adverse Event Reporting System (CFSAN), a repository made publically available in 2016.
Breast implants may cause false ECG diagnosis of heart attack
A new study suggests that ECG recordings, which are used to diagnose heart attack and other disorders, can be abnormal in patients with breast implants.
Study examines facial fractures from recreational activity in adults 55 and older
Aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities are encouraged for older adults but there are implications for injury patterns and prevention, warns a new report.
Body contouring is only for the rich and insured
Only a small percentage of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to help them control their weight follow up this procedure with further plastic surgery to reshape their bodies and remove excess rolls of skin. Such body contouring surgery is generally only affordable to patients with adequate insurance and income.
Common antioxidant could slow symptoms of aging in human skin
New work suggests that a common, inexpensive and safe chemical could slow the aging of human skin. The researchers found evidence that the chemical -- an antioxidant called methylene blue -- could slow or reverse several well-known signs of aging when tested in cultured human skin cells and simulated skin tissue.
Simple copper complex shuts down botulinum neurotoxin poisoning
Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, which produces one of the most potent toxins on earth and is classified as a potential bioterrorism threat. While no cure exists -- and botulism treatment options are limited -- a serendipitous discovery may provide a new therapy that can stop the neurotoxin even in its more severe, advanced stages of action.
Tracking cancer's signaling pathways
Malignant melanoma is one of the most common and dangerous types of cancer. Researchers have investigated how and why brown pigmented moles turn into malignant melanoma using innovative robot technology. The insights gained can simplify methods of diagnosis in the future; furthermore, they suggest that certain cosmetic products and creams should be avoided.
Innovative 'Smart Scar-Care' pad to create a 'scar-less' world
An innovative "Smart Scar-Care" pad which serves the dual functions of reinforcing pressure and occlusion has been designed by researchers to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries and trauma.
Bullies and their victims more likely to want plastic surgery
School bullies and their victims are more likely to want plastic surgery than other teens, according to new research. 11.5% of bullying victims have extreme desire to have cosmetic surgery, as well as 3.4% of bullies and 8.8% of teenagers who both bully and are bullied, compared with less than 1% of those who are unaffected by bullying, the study concludes.
For many women, body image and sex life may suffer after episiotomy
Women who have episiotomies after childbirth reported having poorer body image and less satisfying sex lives than women who tear and heal naturally.
More than $16 billion spent on cosmetic plastic surgery in 2016
Americans spent more than ever before -- $16 billion -- on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures in 2016, concludes new research. The new report also breaks down the national average cost of surgical and minimally invasive procedures.
Laser-based dermatological procedures could be revolutionized with new technique
Clinicians and dermatologists have seen a rise in demand for minimally invasive laser-based treatments, including tattoo removal. However, it is difficult for the laser light to be perfectly and selectively absorbed by only the targeted birthmark or tattoo. Now, researchers have developed instruments that transmit laser light into the tissue through direct contact. The techniques developed will reduce safety concerns in laser dermatology by improving laser transmission.
Laser-based dermatological procedures could be revolutionized with new technique
The first laser treatments used to treat skin conditions such as benign vascular birthmarks and port-wine stains were developed more than 40 years ago. Since then, clinicians and dermatologists have seen a rise in demand for minimally invasive laser-based treatments, including tattoo removal. However, it is difficult for the laser light, which is held at a distance from the skin, to be perfectly and selectively absorbed by only the targeted birthmark or tattoo. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed instruments that transmit laser light into the tissue through direct contact. The techniques developed by the interdisciplinary team can be used by dermatologists and will reduce safety concerns in laser dermatology by improving laser transmission through surface layers of the skin.
5 cosmetic procedures you can get in Atlanta on your lunch break
You could grab a bite to eat during your lunch hour or run an errand, but why not use the time to treat yourself to a cosmetic procedure? Here are five you can have in Atlanta while on your midday break: Chemical peels involve having a chemical solution applied to your skin, which makes it eventually peel off. It can be used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, freckles and mild scars. It's used on the face, neck or hands. If you're going back to work after your peel, you may want to ask for a light concentration. A peel may make your skin temporarily red, but that's less likely if the solution is relatively mild. Laser teeth whitening. Laser whitening utilizes a bleaching agent that's painted onto your teeth, and a laser or light is then used to activate the whitening. The process usually produces highly effective results in a single treatment, making your teeth look whiter in about an hour. The results will last from six months to a year in most cases. If you have this done during lunch, you'll want to skip the cup of coffee on the way back to work since it can stain your teeth.
Try These New High Tech Beauty Treatments
Increasingly sophisticated technology is making it easier than ever to get the body you've always dreamed of—with less risk, pain, and scarring.As the technology used by dentists and cosmetic surgeons improves, the results seen by patients can grow ever more impressive. Here’s a peek at some of the most recent DC breakthroughs. Scar Reduction Takes Off. There were 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2015, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and undoubtedly many patients were concerned about scarring. That’s why board-certified plastic surgeon Kirit Bhatt, MD, of Rejuve Plastic Surgery (6801 Whittier Ave., Ste. 301, McLean, 703-832-4000), helped develop Embrace, a scar therapy technology, while a clinical fellow at Stanford University in 2009. “Embrace is an advanced dressing that significantly reduces the appearance of scars after surgery,” he says. Now available commercially, the treatment “can be used on any incision on the body after cosmetic surgery [and] works by relieving the pulling on surgical incisions.”
Repeated eye injections for age-related macular degeneration associated with increased risk for glaucoma
Patients with age-related macular degeneration who received seven or more eye injections of the drug bevacizumab annually had a higher risk of having glaucoma surgery, according to a study.
Topical curcumin gel effective in treating burns and scalds
What is the effect of Topical Curcumin Gel for treating burns and scalds? In a recent research paper, investigators stress that use of topical curcumin gel for treating skin problems, like burns and scalds, is very different and appears to work more effectively, when compared to taking curcumin tablets by mouth for other conditions.
Penn physician pioneers new reconstructive surgery for female genital mutilation
There is new hope for the hundreds of millions of women worldwide who have been subjected to genital mutilation.
Slow the signs of aging with sun protection
While some individuals may believe tanning makes them more beautiful, this habit can actually damage their skin in the long run. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds can not only increase one’s skin cancer risk but...
Facelifts are making a comeback
The facelift is back! After falling out of favor among aging Americans the last few years, the number of facelift operations last year grew 4 percent, to 131,106, statistics released Thursday by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal. The number of facelifts performed in the US, at $15,000 to $25,000 per face, had fallen in 2015 and 2014 as patients opted instead for less invasive and expensive procedures like Botox injections. Botox can run someone $300 an area. “You can turn the clock back a bit with Botox — but it keeps on ticking,” said ASPS President Debra Johnson. “Ultimately, nothing rejuvenates the face like a facelift from a board-certified plastic surgeon.”
New plastic surgery statistics reveal focus on face and fat
According to ASPS statistics there were 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2016. The data also shows new cosmetic trends in both facelifts and fat.
Nonsurgical treatment can correct congenital ear malformations in infants
For infants with congenital malformations of the ear, a treatment system called EarWell can gently reshape the ear, avoiding the pain and cost of later surgery, reports a study.
Rare Toe-to-Thumb Transplant Lets Young Patient Resume An Active Life
Cary Ramey has the word Carpe tattooed on the underside of his right wrist and Diem tattooed on the left. He loves extreme sports, especially mountain biking and "rock climbing without the ropes." He is in one word fearless. The life of the energetic 24-year-old from Sneed, in Northeast Alabama, almost ended two summers ago in an August car crash. Ramey was left lying on his stomach in his upside-down car; his left hand was outside the vehicle, pinned under the roof. He didn't know his thumb was crushed and half his index finger was gone. Ramey was rushed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, but his thumb was not salvageable.
3D Imaging May Be The Secret to Perfect Skin
With self-driving cars, phones that control your lights, speakers that order your favorite things, and headsets that can take you on a virtual journey, we are living in the future. So of course the beauty industry, which is always on the cutting edge, has one foot in this new world. P re-treatment 3D imaging lets you virtually try on a look before you commit to a treatment. Double board certified plastic surgeon to the rich and famous Dr. David Shafer, who was one of the first doctors to start using this technology for his patients in New York City, gives us the scoop on this ground breaking technique as he takes me through the process.
By the numbers: What are the most attractive female lips?
What dimensions might create the most attractive lips in women? A new study used focus groups and morphed computed images to try to find out because established guidelines may help achieve optimal outcomes in lip augmentation.
Older women may not be offered breast reconstruction after mastectomy
A national study from England indicates that older women are often not offered immediate breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, even though guidelines state that surgeons should discuss...
See the results of a non-surgical eye lift
Eye lift: Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. The aim is to improve hooded or droopy eyelids or eye bags. Surgery on the upper eyelids generally involves: making an incision along the eyelid crease in the natural skin fold of the eyelid, removing excess skin, fat or muscle and closing up the incision - the scar will be hidden in the natural fold of the eyelid. Marie had a Cleopatra eye lift which is an extended one. NOTE: Before you go ahead, be sure about your reasons for wanting eyelid surgery. Bear in mind the cost, the risks, and the fact the results can't be guaranteed! A blepharoplasty can be done under local anaesthetic with sedation or under general anaesthetic. NOTE: The surgeon would need to know about any medicine you may be taking to reduce your risk of blood clots, such as aspirin or warfarin. It's a good idea to discuss your plans with your GP first. There might be a medical condition affecting your eyelids or a reason why the operation isn't appropriate for you. It's advisable to take about a week off work to recover from eyelid surgery.
Lifestyle & Health : Woman wants to restore sagging breasts
Theresa M. is a 34-year-old woman with four children. She writes because she says that breastfeeding and pregnancy have changed her breasts forever Her breasts are less full than they used to be and sag a bit. She even sees slight stretch marks near the nipples and at her upper chest area. Now that she has finished bearing children, she wants to know if there are any remedies to improve breast firmness, short of breast surgery. Her breasts are one of her best assets! Well, to be realistic, breast surgery is the only real method to permanently correct the changes that occur in a woman's breasts over a lifetime of childbearing, breastfeeding, weight gains and losses, and hormonal changes. With breast augmentation or reduction surgery, breast tissue is removed or replaced, as needed, and restores that bounce and lift, which is so desired and missed as we age. Some steps that can be taken to naturally restore sagging breasts are:
Approach removes thyroid gland with no neck scar or need for special equipment
A surgical approach to perform thryroidectomies without scarring the neck appears to be just as successful using standard surgery. Originally, using robotics and endoscopic technology, surgeons made an incision behind the ear instead of in the neck. A new study shows that the same approach can be employed using standard surgical equipment and techniques.
Body dysmorphic disorder may be under-diagnosed in patients seeking cosmetic procedures
Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic professionals are familiar with the challenges posed by patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seeking cosmetic procedures, reports a survey study in...
Who is appropriately qualified to perform cosmetic surgery? 'Confusing jargon' contributes to misperceptions
Do you know what makes a 'plastic surgeon' different from a 'cosmetic surgeon'? If you're considering surgery to improve your appearance, the answer has important implications for choosing an appropriately qualified physician, according to a report.
Body dysmorphic disorder may be under-diagnosed in patients seeking cosmetic procedures
Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic professionals are familiar with the challenges posed by patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seeking cosmetic procedures, reports a survey study.
Experts develop evidence-based clinical practice guideline on rhinoplasty
The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation addresses the limited literature and availability of multi-disciplinary clinical practice guidelines accessible to clinicians and patients regarding rhinoplasty, with the development of the Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty.
What It Costs to Be Ageless
A series investigating the effects of gravity on the female form. “Growing up, I was always a pretty girl,” says Christina (not her real name). “That almost makes it harder as you age.” A divorced mother of two, Christina lives in Los Angeles; she’s worked as a casting director and a stylist. (More recently, “people have called me a socialite, but I don’t like that term.”) “I’m 51 and I’m very transparent about my age,” she says. “Once you start aging, the difference between 35 and 50 is huge. If I have money in my pocket, I’d rather get skin care than a handbag. I’d rather people say ‘Your skin looks amazing’ than ‘I like your handbag.’” It’s a quest that’s taken her to a facialist, a nutritionist, and a host of doctors. “I go to different people for different parts of the face. Some of them get a little testy when they see that something has been done by someone else, but I don’t care. It’s my face.” “What’s next?” she says. “Well, my facialist told me about filler in the vagina. Haven’t done that one yet. She said it changed her life and how she feels about herself. She’s 45.” Here, Christina’s breakdown of what she pays to stay ageless. (Expenses marked with asterisks are one-time only.)
How to keep your skin looking younger and boost collagen production
© Provided by Mirror Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity. When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself. But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south. Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production...
Thumbay's ‘same-day surgeries’ offer cure at affordable cost
Mirroring a global trend aimed at making medical services more accessible, with high-quality care and reduced hospitalisation hours for patients, Thumbay Hospital’s recently launched daycare services concept is fast catching-up in the UAE. A host of factors, including improved anesthetic and surgical techniques, better patient education, convenience of recuperating at home, state-of-art infrastructure and round-the-clock access to skilled doctors and nursing staff have largely contributed in making the Thumbay Hospital Daycare, Rolla, Sharjah, a sought-after destination for healthcare services, said the hospital. Alia, a Pakistani national, who was suffering from a breast lump had been postponing the surgery for lack of medical leave. ...
3D Systems Expands its Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®) Service to Include Cranial Applications
ROCK HILL, S.C., Jan. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the expansion of its groundbreaking Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®) service to include VSP Cranial for cranial and craniofacial procedures. VSP Cranial is 510(k) cleared for use in the operating room and enables surgeons to create a virtual pre-surgical plan that can be instrumented with sterilizable, patient-specific 3D printed anatomical models, guides and templates. The use of VSP Cranial on these complex and sensitive procedures enables doctors to plan around and become familiar with a patient’s specific anatomy, and is intended to facilitate the pre-surgical planning process as well as the transfer of that plan to the operating room. By supplying surgeons with informative digital tools and accurate 3D printed surgical guides, VSP Cranial is designed to help doctors deliver improved surgical outcomes. 3D Systems’ VSP service combines medical image processing, surgical simulation and 3D printing to deliver patient-specific surgical plans under the direction of the presiding doctor. Using patient CT scans, 3D Systems’ engineers extract 3D anatomical data and transform them into 3D images. This information is then used as the foundation for a digital surgical plan, enabling surgeons to better visualize the upcoming procedure. In an online meeting with the surgeon, 3D Systems' engineers assist the surgical team in creating a virtual surgical plan in which a range of age matched normative data can be digitally overlaid to help establish a normal reference contour for these challenging patients. Based on the plan, patient-specific tools including marking guides, positioning guides, and anatomical models can be 3D printed using 3D Systems' stereolithography (SLA) printers in white and clear materials with selective coloration options for distinguishing critical structures such as vasculature and nerves.
An approach to caring about the way we look
The Youth Corridor refers to that period in adult life when one looks and feels one’s youthful best. The purpose of the Youth Corridor, and the book of the same name, is to help readers extend that period for decades. It is about an approach to living, self-help, and decoding the often confusing world of beauty, skin care, exercise, diet and even cosmetic surgery. In other words, it’s about you. Whether or not we like to admit it, all of us do care about the way we look. If you are someone looking to try to control your weight, concerned with keeping fit and following a healthy diet, use any amount of skin care and care about how you look and age, then there is something here for you. Not every topic will interest every reader. But what I hope you will find is a common-sense approach to being your best. The Youth Corridor is a scientific call to action for anti-aging based on my philosophy of Prevention, Maintenance and Correction. For those in their 20s, the objective is to prevent accelerating aging. For the rest of us, it is about maintaining youth and vitality, and even correcting signs of aging that one may find unpleasant. In no way do I mean to imply that a 55-year-old could follow these routines and look 25.
Skin closure options for cesarean delivery: Glue vs. subcuticular sutures
Cesarean delivery rates have increased during the last few decades and it has become the most common surgery during a woman's reproductive years. There is currently no definite evidence regarding the best method for skin closure after a cesarean surgery. Safety of the operation, healing and cosmetic outcomes are important and should influence the physician's choice of skin closure methodology.
Aesthetic nurses to take stand on Botox being administered by beauticians
An emergency motion condemning the injection of Botox and dermal fillers by non-health professionals, such as beauty therapists and hairdressers, is to be proposed at this year's 6th National...
Cosmetic Procedures and the Brow Lift
A forehead lift corrects sagging in the skin of the f orehe ad, upper eyelids, and eyebrows. Some people get one at the same time they get a face lift or cosmetic surgery on their nose.There are two methods to lift your forehead and eyebrow areas:
Own Stem Cells Help Boy With Rare Condition Grow New Cheekbones
In a groundbreaking tissue engineering procedure, doctors in the US used the patient's own stem cells to help a 14-year old boy with a rare rare genetic condition that left him with underdeveloped and partly missing cheekbones grow new facial bone. They say the successful operation vastly increases the reconstructive surgery options available to patients with facial bone disfigurements, including those who have been in car accidents, soldiers injured in battle, and also patients with inherited diseases. Doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center took stem cells from Brad Guilkey's fat tissue and combined them with growth protein and donor tissue to help him grow viable cheek bones. Brad, who is now 15, underwent the main surgical part of the procedure earlier this year on 28 May.
Advances in reconstruction of congenital deformities of the ear
Ear reconstruction for microtia, or underdeveloped ears, remains a clinical challenge for plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
Hong Kong government unveils plan to regulate use of medical devices in beauty clinics
Beauticians will be banned from operating common beauty devices such as skin lasers without the supervision of a doctor under a new government proposal. The Food and Health Bureau said in a paper submitted to lawmakers that they wanted to eliminate unscrupulous practices in the beauty sector by classifying medical devices into four categories according to risk. Beauticians will be banned from operating common beauty devices such as skin lasers without the supervision of a doctor under a new government proposal. The Food and Health Bureau said in a paper submitted to lawmakers that they wanted to eliminate unscrupulous practices in the beauty sector by classifying medical devices into four categories according to risk. Devices defined as high-risk can only be operated by a doctor or under a doctor’s supervision.They include devices providing popular beauty treatments such as skin lasers, robotic hair restoration and high-intensity focused ultrasound....
Using fat to help wounds heal without scars
Doctors have found a way to manipulate wounds to heal as regenerated skin rather than scar tissue. The method involves transforming the most common type of cells found in wounds into fat cells -- something that was previously thought to be impossible in humans.
Round or 'shaped' breast implants? Even plastic surgeons can't tell the difference
Looking at before-and-after photos, plastic surgeons and nurses can't tell whether breast augmentation surgery was done using conventional round implants or newer anatomically shaped implants...
Is patient satisfaction relevant? Plastic surgeons call for better rating tools
Patient satisfaction has become an important quality measure in the US healthcare system.
Cosmetic Procedures and Wrinkles
With age, skin cells divide more slowly, and the skin's inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin. That starts to undo skin's stretchiness and structure.Aging skin also starts to lose its ability to hold on to moisture, makes less oil, and is slower to heal. That all contributes to the wrinkling process.
The 5 Most Surprising Facts About Rhinoplasty
There's a reason the humble nose job is still one of the most popular procedures out there: It has a way of subtly enhancing the entire face. San Diego rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Richard Chaffoo says changing the shape of the nose is one of the best ways to bring facial proportions in balance.But there's also more to it than that. Here are 5 of our favorite facts.
Round or 'shaped' breast implants? Even plastic surgeons can't tell the difference
Looking at before-and-after photos, plastic surgeons and nurses can't tell whether breast augmentation surgery was done using conventional round implants or newer anatomically shaped implants, reports a new study.
Technology Trends to Watch in Women’s Health
Technology Trends to Watch in Women’s HealthHere are the most innovative medical devices, tests, and treatments for women that could reach consumers in the next few years. The past year was not a great one for women’s health technology. First there was the Bluetooth-enabled “smart tampon” that raised eyebrows with its clunky and impractical design. Then came security concerns that hackers might be able to access private health data from mobile apps designed to help women track their menstrual cycles and fertility.We’re hoping 2017 is better. Luckily, more startups are realizing that women and men have different health needs. As a result, more companies than ever are developing new products and services to address childbirth, contraception, and medical conditions specific to women. Here are some of the most interesting women’s health technologies in the pipeline.
KOREAN TL PLASTIC SURGERY, Everyone Has the Right to Look Beautiful; Useful Advice by TL PLASTIC SURGERY for Your Smooth Skin and Skin Elasticity
TL's SMAS LIFTING is the best beauty treatment procedure to restore your youth. The difficult-to-erase sign of aging disturbs women to create a perfect look and makes them less confident. If you've longed for the beauty you used to have when you were young although you reckon aging means you have more experiences and precious memories in your life, you will find a right solution by having a consultation with Dr. Jung YeonHo at TL Plastic Surgery. The increasing number of the international patients from US, UK, Indonesia, etc. have visited Korea to see Dr. Jung for their sagging skin. For the middle-aged women, it is necessary to make sure that they choose professional and effective procedures in order to improve the wrinkles. And POWER PULL SMAS LIFTING is the right solution to tightly lift SMAS layer up, which is designed to lift not only the layer but also the skin surface.SMAS is a layer of tissue deep within the skin between the subcutaneous layer and muscular coat; which means it can be regarded as a root of the skin. SMAS LIFTING entails a minimal incision to lift SMAS with a special medical thread; and the thread is used to tighten the skin twice through the scalp. Dr. Jung's expertise enables the patients to have a tiny incision along the back of the ear as well as the semi-permanent effect. It is more effective and lasts longer than the preexisting wrinkle-treatment procedures; furthermore, as no implant is used, the face looks natural without the feeling of irritation. The safety of SMAS LIFTING is guaranteed by Dr. Jung who always adheres to using the certified products because he prioritizes the safety.To restore your youth, you would rather not consider the wrinkles the natural sign of the time but look after yourself by having SMAS LIFTING that brings you back to your late 20's along you're your confidence. Remember SMAS LIFTING at TL Plastic Surgery is the most effective and right solution for your beauty.
Older women with breast cancer report better cosmetic satisfaction with less radiation, less surgery
In the first study evaluating patient-reported cosmetic outcomes in a population-based cohort of older women with breast cancer, researchers found that less radiation was associated with improved cosmetic satisfaction long-term.
Safety in darkness: Team lays bare melanin's DNA guarding mechanism
With a little help from chickens and video cameras, scientists have captured live the moment when skin gets darker. In a new study, a team has filmed and demystified the process by which melanin -- molecules that give skin its color -- are carried to the epidermis.
3D Technology re-builds child's ear - BBC News
A Scottish hospital is using 3D scanning technology to create new ears for children. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is using a scanner and printer in a process which creates a perfect template.This is then used as a model by a plastic surgeon as a replacement ear is carved out of the child's rib cartilage. In many cases, the procedure can help restore hearing. When Anya Storie was born nine years ago, it quickly became obvious there was something wrong. As she puts it herself, she has an "odd ear". Her left one is perfectly fine but her right ear has not developed. She says some people tease her about it but the overriding problem is that it affects her hearing. With only a little prompting from her mum Aurea, Anya can even tell you the correct medical term: Microtia. That's when the pinnea - the external part of the ear - is underdeveloped. Anya is not alone: some children are born with deformed or missing ears, others damage them in accidents. Happily in many cases plastic surgery can restore both their appearance and hearing.That is why Anya is attending the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where plastic surgeon Dr Ken Stewart is an expert at rebuilding or creating young ears. In Anya's case, that means three operations: one to fit the structure of a new ear, carved from her rib cartilage, beneath the skin on the side of her head. After the skin has conformed to that, a second op will move the replacement ear into position. Only after that can the third procedure begin: to open the ear canal which has been closed since Anya was born. New technology is helping create Anya's replacement right ear.
Patients should stop using e-cigarettes before plastic surgery, experts conclude
Cigarette smokers are at increased risk of complications after plastic surgery. Could e-cigarette users face a similar risk? Evidence and recommendations related to e-cigarette use by plastic surgery patients are discussed in a new paper.
Can facial plastic surgeons correctly estimate age from a photograph?
The lack of scientific tools to translate perceptions - such as more beautiful or rejuvenated - into numbers that can be analyzed is a challenge in the field of facial plastic surgery and it can get in the way of producing high-quality scientific publications, say experts.
How brain surgery eliminates seizures in epilepsy patients
Surgery is an option for patients who do not respond to medications and have epileptic scar tissue that can be removed safely. In 60 to 70 percent of surgery patients, seizures are completely eliminated, and the success rate likely will improve as imaging and surgical techniques improve.
What's the best way to match the implant to the breast? Evidence on implant size selection systems reviewed
How should plastic surgeons choose the best implant type and size for women undergoing breast augmentation surgery?
What's the best way to match the implant to the breast?
How should plastic surgeons choose the best implant type and size for women undergoing breast augmentation surgery? Implant size selection systems based on breast tissue measurements may provide better outcomes, suggests a research.
Older and younger women benefit equally from breast reconstruction after mastectomy
The most comprehensive study of its kind to date found that older women enjoy the same benefits from breast reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer as younger women without a...
New approach to gallbladder surgery, smallest reported incision
A surgical team has completed the first series of operations with a novel surgical system that can remove a diseased gallbladder through a single incision hidden in the belly button.
'Advances and Refinements' in Neuromodulators for Facial Rejuvenation
Plastic surgeons have a range of effective products and minimally invasive techniques for patients seeking to reverse the signs of facial aging. A review and update on facial rejuvenation using botulinum toxin "neuromodulators" has now been completed.
Researchers uncover the skin barrier
Researchers can now explain how the properties of the skin change depending on the environment. The new findings explain, among other things, why people don’t dehydrate in dry air. The research results can also be used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry to make substances penetrate the skin more effectively.
Medical tattooing improves perception of scar/graft appearance, quality of life
Medical tattooing, also known as dermatography, is routinely used by plastic surgeons for nipple reconstruction after mastectomy.
Anticellulite Creams: Are They Worth Your Money?
The idea of being able to reduce cellulite with an over-the-counter cream is an attractive one, but do they work? Find out about them and other treatments.
New method to predict skin stretchiness could help burn victims grow new skin
A method to measure the limit to which human skin can be stretched has been developed by researchers, which could help to grow new skin for burn victims.
Receding Gums: Treatment Options and Causes
Gingival recession is when the gum tissue covering the root of the tooth is pushed back. Learn about its causes and forms of treatment with this article.
Stretch Mark Removal: Treatments and Home Remedies
Stretch marks are a common problem affecting men and women of nearly all ages and skin types. Learn about the treatments and home remedies for them here.
Should I Worry About Seroma?
A seroma is a buildup of fluid where tissue has been removed, often occurring as after surgery or an injury. Learn about them and their treatment here.
Concerns over glutathione skin bleaching in the UK
Skin bleaching with the use of glutathione is on the rise, despite the potential ethical issues and adverse side effects associated with the practice, warns a doctor from England.
Men perceived as younger, more attractive after hair transplant for baldness
Does how much hair a man has matter in how he is perceived? The answer is yes, according to a new article, and this reality can play a role in workplace and social success, say the authors of a new report.
Heroic firefighter who underwent most extensive face transplant is thriving
The severely burned Mississippi firefighter, who captivated the world when he successfully underwent the most extensive face transplant ever performed, is thriving one year after his historic surgery, according to his medical team at NYU Langone Medical Center.
The next frontier in facial plastic, reconstructive surgery
Is regenerative medicine the next frontier in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery?Matthew Q. Miller, M.D.
The next frontier in facial plastic, reconstructive surgery
Is regenerative medicine the next frontier in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery? Researchers explored that question in a new review article.
Scar treatments can improve patients' quality of life
Scarring can have a profound impact on patients. Fortunately, dermatologists have developed an improved understanding of the biology of scarring, allowing them to provide more effective treatment that can improve the appearance of scars.
Evidence insufficient to make recommendation regarding visual skin examination by a clinician
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in asymptomatic adults.
Americans worried about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood
Many in the general public think scientific and technological innovations bring helpful change to society, but they are more concerned than excited when it comes to the potential use of emerging technologies to make people's minds sharper, their bodies stronger and healthier than ever before, according to a new survey. A majority of Americans would be 'very' or 'somewhat' worried about gene editing (68%); brain chips (69%); and synthetic blood (63%), while no more than half say they would be enthusiastic about each of these developments. While some people say they would be both enthusiastic and worried, overall, concern outpaces excitement.
Airbags, Seat Belts Associated with Reduced Likelihood of Facial Fractures
Nearly 11 percent of patients examined at trauma centers following motor vehicle collisions had at least one facial fracture, and airbags and seat belts were associated with reduced likelihood of...
Many top selling sunscreens don't offer adequate protection
About 40 percent of top selling sunscreens don't meet AAD guidelines, largely due to a lack of water resistance. The study also found consumers spend up to 3,000 percent more for products that provide the same sunscreen protection as lower- cost sunscreens. Dermatologists wanted to identify high performing products that are affordable and popular to know what to recommend to their patients and increase the likelihood of their using it.
Review article compared over-the-counter nasal dilators
The narrowest area of the nose is the internal nasal valve and obstruction can cause airflow trouble. A review article compares over-the-counter mechanical nasal dilators for their efficacy in dilating the internal nasal valve to improve nasal airflow.
Wearable technology gets good ratings from plastic surgeons
Plastic surgeons see some clear advantages of using Google Glass in the operating room, reports a new survey.
Total face transplant in patient with severe burns: Team outlines surgical approach
Last year, the most extensive clinical face transplant to date was successfully carried out. A complete report on this procedure -- including the extensive organizational and training program created to prepare for it -- has just been published.
Shorter radiation course recommended for early-stage breast cancer patients
Early-stage breast cancer patients receiving a shorter course of whole breast radiation with higher radiation doses per fraction reported equivalent cosmetic, functional and pain outcomes over time as those receiving a longer, lower-dose per fraction course of treatment, according to researchers.
Topical skin creams effective to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common cancers and its incidence is increasing worldwide, putting a significant burden on health services. Topical treatments are available for superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC) but there has a lack of long-term follow-up data to guide treatment decisions. A three-year randomized controlled clinical trial has found that two topical creams are effective in most primary, low-risk superficial BCC, comparing favorably with photodynamic therapy (PDT).
First-of-its-kind procedure combines scalp, skull, kidney and pancreas transplant
Simultaneous transplantation of a "composite" skull and scalp flap plus a kidney and pancreas -- all from the same donor -- provided excellent outcomes for a patient with a non-healing scalp defect and declining organ kidney and pancreas function, according to a report.
Full-incision facelift superior to short-scar in neck region, study in multiples shows
Novel research on identical twins and triplets indicates 'turkey wattle' comes back in those who undergo short-incision technique.
Full-incision facelift superior to short-scar in neck region, study in multiples shows
Facelift patients who wish to avoid the dreaded 'turkey wattle' neckline years later should undergo a full-incision surgical technique instead of a short-scar method, according to novel new research who performed the procedure on identical twins and triplets.
Emotions in the age of Botox
Aesthetic treatments based on botulin toxin affect the perception of emotions, new research shows. The consequence of having Botox injected, scientists explain, depends on a temporary block of proprioceptive feedback, a process that helps us understand other people's emotions by reproducing them on our own bodies.
Burn injuries: Better methods of treatment using soluble factors from irradiated white blood cells
Extensive burn injuries are usually treated by transplanting layers of skin from other parts of the body. Although this is a commonly used method, the wounds do not always heal completely. A research group has been able to show that soluble factors from white blood cells improve tissue healing following skin grafting.
Math, not skin, may be a better way to help researchers test consumer products, study shows
Researchers are presenting collaborative research on the use of mathematical methods for understanding the transportation of chemical compounds in biological tissues, like the skin. This could lead to better ways of testing cosmetic or consumer products without harming humans or animals.
'Second skin': New material temporarily tightens skin
Scientists have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.
Phallic reconstruction shows promise for achieving functional sexual organ
Procedure for Constructing a Penis Shows Benefit in Trans Men and Survivors of Penile Trauma.
Staging system to explain complexity, manage expectations in revision rhinoplasty
Can a staging system -- much like one used to classify cancerous tumors -- help facial plastic surgery patients understand the complexity of their revision rhinoplasty and help to manage their expectations? A new article looks into the issue.
Staging system to explain complexity, manage expectations in revision rhinoplasty
Can a staging system - much like one used to classify cancerous tumors - help facial plastic surgery patients understand the complexity of their revision rhinoplasty and help to manage their...
'Machine learning' may contribute to new advances in plastic surgery
With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning--a subfield of artificial intelligence--to improve...
Good long-term quality of life after 'DIEP flap' breast reconstruction
For women who have undergone mastectomy for breast cancer, breast reconstruction using the abdominal "DIEP flap" provides good long-term quality of life (QOL)--similar to that of women without breast...
'Machine learning' may contribute to new advances in plastic surgery
With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning -- a subfield of artificial intelligence -- to improve medical care and patient outcomes.
Surgery for chronic temporal headaches: Simplified approach shows good results
A modified surgical technique may provide a simpler approach to the surgical treatment for one type of chronic headache, according to new research.
Facial grading systems for patients with facial paralysis
When patients have facial paralysis, many rehabilitation specialists and facial reanimation surgeons use the time-tested Sunnybrook Facial Grading System (FGS) to measure and look for changes in facial function. A new electronic and digitally graded facial measurement scale called eFace was recently created to provide similar information to the Sunnybrook FGS.
Facial grading systems for patients with facial paralysis
When patients have facial paralysis, many rehabilitation specialists and facial reanimation surgeons use the time-tested Sunnybrook Facial Grading System (FGS) to measure and look for changes in...
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Learn about body dysmorphic disorder, an under-recognized psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation with a minor or imagined physical defect.
UTSW surgeons develop innovative technique for reconstructing breast after mastectomy
UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons have developed a new breast reconstruction technique that combines advantages of two different types of microsurgical procedures using abdominal and...
Surgeons develop innovative technique for reconstructing breast after mastectomy
Plastic surgeons have developed a new breast reconstruction technique that combines advantages of two different types of microsurgical procedures using abdominal and other tissue to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy.
Protective mastectomies that preserve nipple safe for women at high breast cancer risk
Protective mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin prevent breast cancer as effectively as more invasive surgeries for women with a genetic mutation called BRCA that raises their risk of developing breast cancer, a multi-institution study has found.
Inflammatory factors cause damage to back of eye following keratoprosthesis implantation
Researchers have identified inflammatory factors that contribute to optic nerve damage following keratoprosthesis implantation in a mouse model, a new report outlines.
Experience in Afghanistan highlights plastic surgeons' role in combat trauma surgery
Especially with improved chances of survival from severe combat trauma, plastic surgeons play a critical role in managing injuries sustained in modern warfare, suggest researchers with experience at a combat hospital in Afghanistan.
Ibuprofen doesn't increase bleeding risk after plastic surgery
Patients are often instructed not to take ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before or after surgery because of increased bleeding risk. But available evidence suggests that ibuprofen does not increase the risk of bleeding after plastic surgery procedures.
Study examines patients' willingness to pay to fix facial deformities
How much would you be willing to pay to fix a facial defect? A new study published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery examined that question.
Study examines patients' willingness to pay to fix facial deformities
How much would you be willing to pay to fix a facial defect? A new study has examined that question, and found that observers placed a premium on repairing large and central facial defects and were willing to pay less to repair small and peripheral facial defects.
3-D printing could one day help fix damaged cartilage in knees, noses and ears
Athletes, the elderly and others who suffer from injuries and arthritis can lose cartilage and experience a lot of pain. Researchers are now reporting, however, that they have found a way to produce cartilage tissue by 3-D bioprinting an ink containing human cells, and they have successfully tested it in an in vivo mouse model.
Ultrasonic surgery reduces pain and swelling after chin surgery
For patients undergoing plastic surgery of the chin (genioplasty), the use of ultrasonic "piezosurgery" equipment reduces trauma, pain, and swelling, compared to traditional surgical drills, reports a study in the The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. "Piezosurgery may be a viable alternative to traditional osteotomy [bone-cutting] technique, as it reduces the degree of inflammation, pain, swelling, and morbidity, improving satisfaction and patient comfort," according to the report by Dr. Gilberto Sammartino of University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and colleagues. Piezosurgery versus Traditional Instruments for Genioplasty. The researchers compared complications after genioplasty performed using piezosurgery devices or traditional rotating drills. Genioplasty, sometimes called mentoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure done to reshape the chin--for example, augmenting or reducing it--for cosmetic and/or functional reasons. Piezosurgery is a relatively new approach that uses ultrasonic energy, rather than conventional surgical instruments, for cutting of bone. "Several studies have demonstrated that bone healing using piezosurgery is more rapid than other techniques using drills or burs, thanks to a lower inflammatory bone response," Dr. Sammartino and coauthors write.
Ultrasonic surgery reduces pain, swelling after chin surgery
For patients undergoing plastic surgery of the chin (genioplasty), the use of ultrasonic 'piezosurgery' equipment reduces trauma, pain, and swelling, compared to traditional surgical drills, reports a study.
Revision rates, patient characteristics in those undergoing septorhinoplasty
The overall revision rate for septorhinoplasty (a surgical procedure to fix the nose and nasal septum) was low at 3.3 percent although certain patient characteristics were associated with an increased rate of revision, according to an article.
Dermatology: Patients have many reasons to love lasers
From removing birthmarks to reducing wrinkles, dermatologists can use laser treatments to help patients in more ways than ever. Thanks to recent advances in laser technology, experienced practitioners can offer more effective treatments with less downtime for patients.
Scientists make significant anti-aging breakthrough
A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-aging treatments. A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-ageing treatments. For the first time, scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have identified that the activity of a key metabolic enzyme found in the batteries of human skin cells declines with age. A study, published online in the
Good cosmetic outcomes, improved quality of life with full facial feminization surgery
For patients with gender dysphoria undergoing male-to-female transformation, a stepwise approach to facial feminization surgery (FFS) leads to good cosmetic outcomes along with psychological, social, and functional benefits, according to a new study. Dr. Tommaso Agostini and colleagues of the Face Surgery Center in Parma, Italy, report high patient satisfaction rates using their standardized protocol for male-to-female FFS. "The reduction of gender dysphoria has psychological and social benefits and significantly impacts patient outcomes," the researchers write.