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Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD Blog

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Botox Eases Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors

Plastic surgeon Dr. Allen Gabriel recently completed clinical trials to determine whether Botox injections could provide relief for breast cancer survivors suffering from post-operative pain following mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Not only did the muscle-relaxing injections prove to make trial participants more comfortable, Chris Durst, a 58-year-old breast cancer survivor and one of Dr. Gabriel’s …

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Mastectomies Performed Outside Hospitals Spark Controversy

Some plastic surgeons are making headlines for allowing breast cancer patients to forego hospital stays by having their mastectomies and lumpectomies performed as in-office procedures. Due to privacy concerns, pop star Anastacia recently had a lumpectomy and breast reduction surgery performed in a Manhattan plastic surgery office. Once word got out about the success of …

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Facial Rejuvenation Showdown: Laser vs. IPL for Asian Skin

A recent study published by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that both laser treatment and IPL can safely and effectively improve skin tone and reduce signs of photoaging in patients with Asian skin. However, the study also revealed that the number of treatments needed and level of correction possible may differ between the …

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New Uses For Botox Discovered By British Scientists

A new refinement technique that improves Botox and expands its uses for pain management and treatment of neurological diseases was recently discovered by British scientists at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology. The technique, which essentially involves joining and rebuilding Botox molecules, may also improve the production process for Botox-based medicines, including the …

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Radiation Therapy After Breast Reconstruction Causes Higher Complication Rate, Study Finds

The September issue of Archives of Surgery featured two recent studies performed at American universities that offer helpful insight to mastectomy patients considering breast reconstruction in Houston. The study found that complications more likely to occur in patients who undergo breast reconstruction immediately following mastectomy, and radiation treatment for breast cancer following breast reconstruction can …

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Survey Explores What Women Want from Skincare Products

Harris Interactive and Neutrogena conducted an online survey last month, which “explores the complex relationship women have with their cosmetics.” 1,018 women over the age of 18 responded to the survey, answering questions about their priorities and needs when it comes to skin care and cosmetics. Women’s Skincare Needs, Quantified 58 % said if they …

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Surgeons Impact Breast Reconstruction Rate In Mastectomy Patients, Study Finds

The medical journal Medical Care recently published a study performed by researchers at the Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT), which found that mastectomy patients whose breast cancer treatment teams included a plastic surgeon were more likely to undergo breast reconstruction than mastectomy patients whose treatment teams did not collaborate with plastic surgeons. Houston …

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Botox Helps Reduce Post Operative Pain of Breast Reconstruction

Botox may be used to minimize post-operative pain for breast reconstruction patients, according to plastic surgeon Allen Gabriel M.D., who presented about the topic at the recent International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Congress. The doctor conducted a 30-patient clinical trial for this off-label application, demonstrating that botulinum toxin type A can address post-operative pain. …

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Post Bariatric Patients Have Special Nutritional Concerns

A new free article on the website of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is about a study of the nutritional status ofplastic surgeon. As the bariatric surgery patient rapidly loses body weight, he or she may become prone to nutrient deficiencies. In this study of 98 gastric bypass patients and 2 lap band patients, nearly 18 …

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U.S. Plastic Surgeons Perform Millions of Body Contouring Procedures In 2009

Global plastic surgery statistics recently released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery suggest that last year, U.S. plastic surgeons performed more surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures than plastic surgeons in any other country. In 2009, plastic surgeons in the U.S., Brazil and China performed more than 1 million procedures each, with U.S. plastic …

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Xeomin To Join Botox, Dysport In U.S. Doctors’ Offices

A new injectable wrinkle relaxer called Xeomin was recently FDA-approved and is expected to arrive at doctors’ offices across the U.S. by late September 2010. What is Xeomin? Developed by German pharmaceutical company Merz, Xeomin is a new formulation of the botulinum type A neurotoxin that has been used to treat neuromuscular conditions, as well …

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Buyer Beware: Dangerous Discount Cosmetic Procedures

Two cautionary tales illustrating the dangers of seeking discount cosmetic surgery and injectable treatments have recently surfaced in the media, reminding consumers that when prices seem too good to be true, they probably are. Plastic surgery performed by non-plastic surgeons The first story, featured by CBS Atlanta, described the near-fatal experience of Kenyatta Brown, an …

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Is Plastic Surgery A Satisfying Career? ASPS Survey Says Yes

An article just posted online ahead of print in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery includes survey data about career satisfaction among ASPS plastic surgeons. The survey was mailed to 708 plastic surgeons who are members of the ASPS, half of them male and the other half female. Doctors were asked question about career satisfaction such as: …

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Revision Surgery Recommended For Defective PIP Breast Implants

After an inquiry by the French Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons revealed safety issues with Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) breast implants, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons issued a guidance warning the estimated 50,000 British women who have the implants to check for ruptures within the next six months. PIP breast …

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“Connecting the Docs” to Give Breast Cancer Reconstruction Patients the Best Possible Care

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has joined forces with the American Society of Breast Surgeons on behalf of female breast cancer patients. By advocating the inclusion of plastic surgeons in the treatment planning process, it is hoped that breast cancer patients will get better care and surgical outcomes. A recent meeting in NYC brought …

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Study of Breast Cancer Treatment Shows Racial Disparities

A new study shows that black women have to wait longer for breast cancer treatment and diagnosis, regardless of their health insurance coverage. Records of 581 breast cancer patients were studied by researchers at the George Washington University Cancer Institute. Patients were treated at 7 hospitals and clinics between 1997 and 2009. Diagnosis: To get …

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Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Sought by More Patients

Microsurgical breast reconstruction is now being sought by an increasing number of breast cancer patients, according to research published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The authors surveyed more than 300 women who had undergone breast reconstruction at a single institution. Information was gathered about their age and background as well as their …

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New Lip Implant Made With Neck Tissue and Muscle

Grafts taken from the sternocleidomastoid muscle and its adjacent tissues can be used to reduce the appearance of aging lips, says a recent study in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. The muscle and tissue creates as an implant that can increase lip projection and fullness. Twenty-five participants in the study saw an average increase of …

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Would You Use Botox as a Migraine Treatment?

The popular wrinkle treatment Botox Cosmetic could be prescribed as a headache treatment in the future. New research published in Archives of Dermatology shares information about the recent clinical studies of Botox as a headache treatment, finding that certain patients experienced less frequent migraine attacks: “Patients who responded to Botox reported their migraines were reduced …

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How Can a Mommy Makeover Improve My Body Shape?

At my plastic surgery centers in Cypress and Houston, TX, I perform 1 to 2 mommy makeover procedures every week. The women who elect to have this comprehensive surgery usually want to improve the shape of their breasts and their abdomen, and the mommy makeover provides a great solution to do both things at once. …

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What is the tumescent liposuction technique?

With all the marketing out there for different liposuction platforms, it’s easy to get mixed up about the different techniques. First, all liposuction techniques are surgical procedures. Therefore, for your safety, it is critical to check the credentials of your surgeon and their board certification status. Now, the liposuction performed by most plastic surgeons involves …

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What is a lower body lift?

Plastic surgeons will often use different terms for the same procedure, causing confusion for prospective patients. We’ve seen terms such as body lift, lower body lift, belt lipectomy, and circumferential body lift interchangeably used. Usually, for my patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, the first choice is a circumferential body lift = …

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