Monthly Archives: November 2010

Botox and Fillers Require a Trained Hand for Safe Treatment

The prevalence and frequency of the use of facial injectables has influenced some individuals to believe they can administer these drugs themselves—without a Ph.D. While wrinkle and facial fillers like Botox can be safely administered by a doctor, some untrained people have found ways to procure the drugs online and are choosing unwisely to take matters into their own hands in an effort to save a little money.

According to the Courier Post Online, Lynn Tibbets, a woman from New Jersey ordered Restylane treatments online from Canada and Switzerland over the course of two years. While she initially performed the injections herself without major issue, on one occasion she injected too much Restylane, which resulted in a large donut-shaped accumulation on her face. Continue reading

Tattoo Techniques May Help Breast Reconstruction Patients

After many breast reconstruction surgeries, patients will often turn to a somewhat unconventional alternative when reconstructing a nipple and areola—having the nipple color created through the process of intradermal tattooing. This is done through a traditional tattoo machine or a surgical pigmenting pen. An article in the Syracuse Post Standard documents the story of one woman who brought her unique art to breast cancer patients in the later stages of reconstructive surgery.

Tattoo artist and former nurse, Kim Leach provides patients with tattoos to cover surgery scars and has seen the positive effect the tattoos have on her clients, even those who may have previously been averse to tattoos. 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