Monthly Archives: October 2010

Facelift Study Shows High Satisfaction in Over 90 Patients

Patients who undergo facelift surgery achieve a significant reduction in apparent age, as well as an improvement in self-esteem and quality of life, according to a study appearing in the next Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal.

“Patient satisfaction and the effects of surgery on quality of life are the most important determinants of surgical success,” writes plastic surgeon Eric Swanson M.D.  To evaluate these outcomes, the doctor interviewed 93 patients during a follow-up appointment one month after facial rejuvenation.

All patients had a deep plane facelift, but part of the group had also undergone brow lift, endoscopic brow lift and blepharoplasty during the same operation. The group ranged in age from 35 – 52 years.

After patient interviews, the doctor evaluated the results and published the following positive statistics:

  • 96.7 percent said they looked younger after surgery (average 11.9 years younger) and the results met their expectations (40 percent said it exceeded expectations).
  • 93.5 percent said they would recommend facial rejuvenation to others
  • 82.8 percent reported improved self-esteem and 69.6 percent reported improved quality of life.

An abstract of this study is available on Pub Med or through the ASPS journal.

Botox Receives FDA Clearance for Chronic Migraine Prevention

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration announced approval for Botox to be used as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine headaches. The approval means that therapeutic treatments with Botox could begin to surpass the number of cosmetic treatments.

People suffering from chronic migraines regularly experience an intense throbbing pain in one area of the head, a condition that’s often very debilitating. To help prevent migraines, Botox injections are administered every 12 weeks around the head and neck. The injections are only intended for treating severe headaches that occur more than 14 days in one month. Neurologists believe Botox migraine treatments may work by disrupting the transmission of pain signals to the nerve endings.

Some analysts say Botox sales will dramatically increase, while others remain unconvinced. According to an article in the New York Times, some argue that “minimal” effectiveness and high cost will prevent Botox from being embraced by most doctors and patients.

Read the FDA press release

Biggest Loser Contestant Undergoes Body Contouring from “The Doctors”

Danny Cahill, a contestant on The Biggest Loser, lost over 230 lbs through exercise and watching his calories. After such a dramatic transformation, he could not fully enjoy the results because he had a large amount of excess skin on his body.

On a recent episode of The Doctors television show, he found a resolution to the problem, a series of plastic surgery procedures commonly called “body contouring after weight loss.” With the help of plastic surgeons Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra, Cahill was able to remove about 15 pounds of skin from his tummy, chest and back.

Tuesday’s episode of The Doctors featured Danny Cahill once again, fully recovered from surgery, revealing his new body.  “I really feel like I can take my shirt off in public now and not be embarrassed about it,” said the patient.

After massive weight loss, plastic surgeons can perform several procedures to help patients with excess skin. Body contouring procedures like the body lift, arm lift, thigh lift and other procedures may be recommended by your plastic surgeon. As you may remember, Dr. Genter of Philadelphia was chosen by one of the former Biggest Loser contestants to perform the same type of body contouring procedures.

Read more about this story in USA Today