Scientific Breakthroughs & Discoveries in Plastic Surgery
Some People Have Surgery To Resemble Favorite Celebrity
Those of us who are fans of The Twilight Zone remember the episode where the plain faced girl was forced by her mother to undergo plastic surgery. She ended up looking just like her nurse.
Well, now some people are willingly undergoing surgery to look like their favorite celebrity. Read the story from teh New York Times:
Looking Like A Star
A Breast Cancer Gene Can Be PATENTED? Yes.
"The reason [the BRACAnalysis predictive test] is 3000 dollars is because the gene is patented by a company, Myriad Genetics. That patent has recently been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union in the Supreme Court, and we don't know the outcome of that. I think that the notion of patenting genes is very problematic morally, because these are genes that are in all of our bodies."
Read more: HealthCanal.com
Angelina Jolie: Preventative Mastectomy
By now everyone knows that Angelina Jolie chose to have a prophylactic (preventative) double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene. Her risk for developing breast cancer in her lifetime was up to 87%, and for ovarian cancer 50%. According to Ms. Jolie's article in the OP/ED of the May 14, 2013 New York Times, her risk of breast cancer is now at about 5%.
A test for the BRCA1 gene is available for approximately $3000.00. (Myriad Genetics holds the patent on this gene).
Read the information we have republished from the National Cancer Institute on preventative mastectomy.
You will be SHOCKED to find out what does, and DOES NOT, need the United States Food and Drug Administration's approval.
2012 Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Statistics and Trends
What were the most popular minimally-invasive and surgical plastic surgery procedures in 2012?
Gregory Evans, M.D., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, recently announced that 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2012.
There was a significant rise in minimally invasive procedures, while some other surgical procedures went down.
Read more: 2012 Plastic Surgery Procedures.
FDA: Mercury Poisoning Linked To Skin Products
(Information provided by FDA.gov)
Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury.
The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, says Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments, adds Coody. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states.
The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States - often in shops in Latino, Asian, African or Middle Eastern neighborhoods and online. Consumers may also have bought them in another country and brought them back to the U.S. for personal use.
A compilation of articles about plastic and cosmetic surgery:
The New York Times ~ Plastic Surgery News
Is Social Networking Causing A Rise In Plastic Surgery?
Read this interesting article from Yahoo! News: Cosmetic Surgery and Social Networking
Fat Derived Stem Cells Show Promise
There appears to be promise in using stem cells derived from fat for regenerative medicine. Still, caution is urged until more longstanding research in complelted. Fat / Stem Cells
State Laws Regarding Facilities Accreditation
Only 20 U.S. states have laws regarding the accreditation of where cosmetic surgery can be performed.
Is your state one of them?
States - Cosmetic Surgery Facility Accreditation
BOTOX, Surgery: Effective Migraine Therapy?
Botox (Allergan) is popular because of it's cosmetic purpose. But it's been approved by the FDA for use in treating migraines. Research by Dr. Jeffrey Janis, a plastic surgeon at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, helped develop a technique that uses Botox
to help identify potential peripheral nerve trigger points that may contribute to migraine pain.
Botox For Migraine
Scientists Unveil New Method For Growing Synthetic Collagen
- September 9, 2011: Discovery by Rice University scientists is a significant advance for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
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