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October 3, 2014

We are saddened to learn of another death at a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul. According to Korea Bizwire, a South Korean woman in her 50's died on September 27 during abdominal liposuction operation at a cosmetic clinic in the Gangnam district of Seoul.

While such disasters can happen by qualified plastic surgeons, one imagines that the risk is higher by lesser trained surgeons. From what I can surmise, the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery does not require board certification in plastic surgery or have rigorous operating room standards.

The only international society of plastic surgery that counts is ISAPS – the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery also has a large number of international members. All members of these two groups are board certified and go through a rigorous approval process. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon abroad, you should look at these websites.

September 30, 2014

September 28, 2014 was Brigitte Bardot’s 80th birthday. In my mind she had some of the most elegant and beautiful facial features of the last century. Check out this cool video and read the wonderful bio on Jezebel.

It is at once interesting and sad. She had such big eyes, full cheeks, and wonderful lips. Those are the way full lips should look – not the ridiculous overstuffed Juvederm lips of our generation. What a beauty!

September 16, 2014

For a piece published August 20, 2014, Dr. Teitelbaum was interviewed by the New York Times for a controversial piece about using saline injections to temporarily enlarge the breasts for 24 hours.

Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica, Calif., and an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, called the saline solution unnecessary. “Between good bras and chicken cutlets, you can always look good in clothes,” he said.

As for its use in gauging implant size, he added: “The feel of saline is sharply dissimilar from an implant, and the appearance is different because the edges diffuse and feather, which an implant does not.” Three-dimensional imaging, which has become a viable option for projecting surgical outcomes, would be a more accurate prediction of size and shape, he said. (Indeed, a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that 3-D imaging was more than 90 percent accurate in predicting postoperative breast volume and surface contour.)

Read the full article in the New York Times: What a Difference a Day Makes

March 5, 2014

 

We are accustomed to having scientists using man made technologies to fix human bodies. 

 

Here is an example of the opposite: using something unique from the body to improve the quality of man made products.

 

We’ve all heard that spider silk is stronger than steel.  Human bone is also amazingly strong for its weight.  Scientists have studied the microscopic make up of human bone, and have used 3D printers to create manmade materials that are lightweight and are the strongest materials ever made.

 

This is absolutely fascinating and this article is a fun read:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-bone-architecture-3d-printing-bioinspired-20140203,0,3396906.story#axzz2tbibZ1hm

March 5, 2014

On February 10, a surgeon at Washington University performed surgery wearing a special pair of glasses that made cancer cells blue! This allowed the surgeon to distinguish the normal tissue from the cancerous tissue. Normally tissue needs to be removed and sent to pathology for a “frozen section.” But oftentimes healthy tissue is removed and sometimes bits of cancer remain behind. If this really works as touted, it may be one of the most important advances for oncologic surgery in decades. Wow!

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