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Evidence lacking about breast implant safety

A review of more than 30 studies seeking answers about silicone gel breast implant safety finds that the studies don’t provide definitive evidence. The new paper may help inspire improved analyses of existing data as well as a new registry to provide better data.

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When Africa smiles thanks to plastic surgery

Upon her arrival at the Mère-Enfant le Luxembourg Hospital in Bamako, little Kadiatou had a severe facial deformity. Her cleft lip ("harelip") is accompanied by a gap in the roof of her mouth under her nostrils (cleft palate), which not only causes eating and speech difficulties, but would also condemn her to hostile looks for the rest of her life.

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Decoding what Other People “See” in Faces After Plastic Surgery

Michael Reilly, MD, freely admits he loves faces. In his first year of medical school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he aced head and neck anatomy. “I got the best grade of the whole year in that course,” he says, adding that he is simply a “people person” who loves to communicate with others, “and the face is your window to the world.”

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Should breast implants come with a health warning?

Newspaper reports suggest that France may be considering health warnings – or even an outright ban – on breast implants, following a cancer scare. Should women be concerned? Dr Suzanne Turner from the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, looks at the truth behind the headlines.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports Americans Spent More Than 12 Billion in 2014; Procedures for Men Up 43% Over Five Year Period

NEW YORK, NY – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released its complete 18th annual multi-specialty statistical data today showing an aesthetic plastic surgery spend consistent with the figures for 2013, with Americans spending more than 12 billion dollars on surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the second year in a row.

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‘Shape-shifting’ material could help reconstruct faces

SAN FRANCISCO – Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person’s appearance. Researchers will report today that they have developed a “self-fitting” material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.

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Most Asian Patients Want to Improve Their Appearance While Maintaining Their Ethnicity, Says Report in PRS GO

Philadelphia -– As more Asian patients seek cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of their nose, plastic surgeons need to know about some important factors affecting the success of 'Asian rhinoplasty,' reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Teens and Plastic Surgery

Statistics gathered over the last several years indicate a decrease in the overall number of cosmetic (aesthetic) surgeries of teenagers (those 18 and younger) having cosmetic surgery.