Plastic Surgery 2010 News Briefs -- Selected Research to be Presented on Sunday, October 3

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Plastic Surgery 2010 News Briefs are designed to keep you up-to-date on embargoed studies and other news being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) held October 1-5 in Toronto. All briefs are embargoed until the date they are presented. To obtain an advance copy of study abstracts, for media registration, or to arrange interviews with presenters, please contact ASPS Public Relations at (847) 228-9900, media (at) plasticsurgery.org or in Toronto, Oct. 2-5 (416) 585-3870.

  •     “TEAM APPROACH” IMPROVES OUTCOMES AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

(Embargo for Release: Sunday, October 3, 2010)

A new field is emerging in the treatment of breast cancer called oncoplastic surgery. It involves a team of healthcare specialists working together, at the onset of diagnosis, who perform breast conservation therapy and subsequent breast reconstruction to achieve optimal aesthetic results. A new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1 – 5, in Toronto, evaluated patient outcomes and complication rates following oncoplastic surgery. Forty-five breast cancer patients who had either immediate oncoplastic reconstruction following tumor removal, delayed-immediate oncoplastic reconstruction (9 to 73 days after tumor removal), or delayed oncoplastic reconstruction (following completion of radiation) were evaluated. The study found oncoplastic surgery to be safe, as there were no local recurrences of breast cancer, and women undergoing immediate reconstruction had the fewest complications. An oncoplastic team consists of a plastic surgeon, oncologist, pathologist and radiologist who plan a course of treatment that best suits the patient’s needs and desires. According to the authors, optimal care is less likely delivered by an individual surgeon or surgeons who are not working in concert.

By the Numbers:
-Nearly 86,500 breast reconstructions were performed in 2009, according to the ASPS.

Study: “Optimizing Delivery of Breast Conservation Therapy: A multidisciplinary Approach to Oncoplastic Surgery” is being presented Sun., Oct. 3, 9:30-9:35AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  •     REJUVENATING UPPER EYELIDS WITH YOUR OWN FAT

(Embargo for Release: Sunday, October 3, 2010)

Researchers have used cadavers to demonstrate rejuvenating the upper eyelid with fat injections
can be safe and reproducible when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with meticulous technique and knowledge of the critical anatomy, reports a new study presented at the ASPS Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1-5, in Toronto. Fat grafting has been used to correct what is described as a sunken eyeball; however, fat injections in the eyelid are associated with a higher risk of fat embolus. To refine this approach, doctors injected fat into the upper eyelids of the cadavers, and then examined the area to determine the anatomical fate of the fat after injection. Cadaver dissection uniformly demonstrated that injected fat was deposited evenly and appropriately, without migration or the presence of emboli. The authors then successfully injected fat into the upper eyelids of twenty-one consecutive (living) female patients to treat deepened upper eyelids. Mean age was 56.6 years, and volumes injected were 0.20 to 2.30 cc per eyelid. The only complication reported was under-grafting in several patients, which was treated with repeat fat grafting or soft-tissue fillers.

By the Numbers:
-More than 200,000 eyelid surgeries were performed in 2009, according to ASPS statistics.
-Eyelid surgery was the third most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed last year.

Study: “Safe and Effective Autologous Fat Graft Augmentation of the Upper Lid Sulcus: An Anatomic and Clinical Approach to Rejuvenation” is being presented Sun., Oct. 3, 9:55-10:00AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  •     CHEEK AUGMENTATION WITH OWN FAT OFFERS LASTING, NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO IMPLANTS, STUDY FINDS

(Embargo for Release: Sunday, October 3, 2010)

Restoring check volume, as we age, is now recognized as a critical part of facial rejuvenation. Even celebrities are augmenting their cheeks in an attempt to turn back the clock, with some being criticized for adding too much volume. However until now, there have been no studies to confirm whether any injectable filler is effective at achieving long lasting results for volumizing cheeks. A new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1-5, in Toronto, found using fat injections to augment cheeks produced a significant increase in volume and may offer patients a long lasting, natural alternative to commercial fillers or implants. Five patients, who had a facelift in combination with fat injections to their cheeks, with fat taken from their abdomen, were examined using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which quantitatively measured changes in cheek volume. An MRI was taken before surgery and at intervals up to 6 months, and in one patient, one year post surgery. The authors found that cheek volume was significantly increased one month after surgery. Volume was maintained at 6 months and one year (in one patient) after surgery.

By the Numbers:
-Nearly 9,000 cheek augmentation procedures using an implant were performed in 2009, according to the ASPS.
-More than 100,000 facelifts were performed in 2009, making it the sixth most popular surgical cosmetic procedure.

Study: “Malar Augmentation Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients after Facelift and Fat Injection” is being presented Sun., Oct. 3, 10:00-10:05AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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