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Plastic Surgeons Respond to USA TODAY Investigation

Surgeons Explain the Distinction Between Hospitals and Outpatient Cosmetic Surgery Facilities

Last week, USA TODAY ran a front-page story and series of articles that explored risks of cosmetic surgery performed at “low cost, high volume” clinics.

A quote from the article titled “Cosmetic Surgery Gets Cheaper, Faster, Scarier

“While these centers typically employ board-certified plastic surgeons, some don’t have privileges to treat patients at hospitals, leaving patients to fend for themselves at emergency rooms. Soto says she now wishes she had her procedure performed at a hospital rather than an outpatient surgical center “so that if anything happened I was already there.”

But is a hospital the answer to all safety concerns? We asked several respected plastic surgeons to respond to this question. Continue reading

Evaluating the Role of Computer Imaging in Plastic Surgery

A growing number of plastic surgeons are using preoperative computer imaging during patient consultations. These systems can be especially useful for procedures like rhinoplasty or breast augmentation, when patients are eager to visualize the expected outcome.

One popular computer imaging system (the Vectra 3D) captures 6 patient photos simultaneously. The computer then creates a three dimensional image that can be rotated and viewed from multiple angles. The surgeon can even overlay a ghost image of the expected outcome over the first patient photo to visually compare the differences. Continue reading

Surgeons Measure First Impressions After Restylane Injection

Can wrinkle correction change the image you project to the world? Surgeons at the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery sought to answer that question in a recent paper published in Dermatologic Surgery.

While many studies have documented the physical results achieved with dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, few, if any, studies have documented how others perceive your appearance after such a treatment. Continue reading