Monthly Archives: April 2010

Revision Rhinoplasty Discussed at ASAPS Annual Meeting

While the majority of rhinoplasty procedures performed by plastic surgeons are successful, some patients require a second operation to correct complications or unsatisfying results. The intricate nature of this procedure, commonly known as revision rhinoplasty, was a topic of discussion last weekend during the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

During the meeting, a panel of plastic surgeons held two discussions on the topic, covering aspects such as:

  • Correcting a short or crooked nose
  • Using grafts or sutures to shape the nasal tip
  • Alternative treatment methods
  • Treating nasal, nostril and alar base deformities
  • Correction of suboptimal rhinoplasty results

Read more about these panel discussions on www.surgery.org

Scientists Solve Problem of Stem Cell Fragility

Scientists working with the Scripps Research Institute say they have solved the problem of stem cell fragility, a major hurdle that has long-hindered the progress of stem cell research.

During the culture process, stem cells frequently die unless scientists take very meticulous, labor-intensive steps to keep them alive.  By introducing two compounds called Thiazovivin and Pyrintegrin, the cells are protected, increasing their survival rate significantly.

Developments in stem cell research, though a subject of debate, offer hope for revolutionary therapeutic purposes, including treatment of injuries, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and aging.   The regenerative properties of pluripotent stem cells could facilitate tissue repair in a variety of applications – even cosmetic treatments.

[Link: Scripps Research Institute]