Plastic Surgery 2010 News Briefs -- Selected Research to be Presented on Sunday, October 3 and Monday, October 4

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Note: All news briefs are embargoed until the date listed beneath each headline.

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.

  •      RADIATION AFTER IMMEDIATE FREE FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION DOES NOT PREVENT SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

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

Traditionally, autologous breast reconstruction, using a patient’s own skin and tissue, may be delayed in patients likely to have radiation therapy. However, undergoing radiation after autologous breast reconstruction does not result in any greater complications or revision rates, reports a new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1-5, in Toronto. The study examined 46 patients who had immediate free flap breast reconstruction and subsequent radiation therapy and 115 non-irradiated patients. Breast reconstruction patients who had radiation were more likely to experience volume loss, fat necrosis, and delayed wound healing of the reconstructed breast. However, rates of complications such as contour deformity, wound infection, hematoma, and seroma were not significantly different between the groups.

By the Numbers:
-More than 86,000 breast reconstructions were performed in 2009, up 9 percent since 2008 and up 10 percent since 2000, the ASPS reports.
-1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Susan G. Komen.

Study: “Does Post-Operative Radiation Increase Complications or the Need for Revision Surgery in Patients Undergoing Immediate Free Flap Breast Reconstruction?” is being presented Sun., Oct. 3, 9:50-9:55AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  •     COSMETIC SURGERY IMPROVES OUTCOMES IN FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION

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

There exists the view that reconstructive surgery solely restores the “damaged” to normal and cosmetic surgery only elevates the “normal” to beautiful. However, plastic surgeons are now applying techniques from cosmetic surgery to improve outcomes in head and neck reconstructive surgery. Members of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons will examine the concept of “facial restoration,” which is the marriage cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference in Toronto. Surgeons are using cosmetic surgery techniques such as fat grafting, implants and soft tissue fillers combined with skeletal reconstruction to better treat victims of traumatic illness or injury.

By the Numbers:
-More than 90,000 maxillofacial surgeries were performed in 2009, up 14 percent since 2000, reports the ASPS.
-Nearly 5.2 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2009, up 5 percent since 2008.

Panel: “Improving Craniofacial Surgery: Lessons from Cosmetic Surgery” is being held Sun., Oct. 3, 3:15 – 4:00 PM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  •     SUCCESS FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION USING PATIENTS’ OWN FAT IS POSSIBLE, NEW STUDY FINDS

(Embargo for Release: Monday, October 4, 2010)

Using fat injections for cosmetic breast augmentation has gone from an obscure procedure to one of substantial interest. A new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1 – 5, in Toronto, is adding validation to recent reports that fat grafting for cosmetic breast augmentation is effective and produces long term results. The study examined 25 patients who had breast augmentation using liposuctioned fat taken from their body. To help make room for the injected fat and to test whether it would increase the grafts' survival rate, patients wore an external tissue expander device for 3 weeks prior to surgery. Fat grafting ranged from 220-650 cc per breast. Patients were photographed and had other breast imaging tests conducted before expansion, and six months after receiving fat injections to their breasts. All patients demonstrated visible breast volume increase at 6 months after surgery, with a mean volume increase of 250 cc per breast. The study concludes that external pre-expansion of the breasts is an important variable in the success of the procedure. Furthermore, the study authors say this technique can be performed in a time efficient manner with reproducible, long lasting results.]

Although this procedure is gaining scientific validity and traction among plastic surgeons, it is not the same as having breast enlargement with implants.

By the Numbers:
-Nearly 290,000 breast augmentations were performed last year, up 36 percent since 2000, reports the ASPS.
-Breast Augmentation was the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedure in 2009.

Study: “Breast Augmentation with Autologous Fat Grafting – A Clinical Radiological Study” is being presented Mon., Oct. 4, 9:30-9:35AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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