Plastic Surgery 2010 News Briefs -- Selected Research to be Presented on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2

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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) or in Toronto, Oct. 2-5 (416) 585-3870.


(Embargo for Release: Friday, October 1, 2010)

With the advent of the 24 hour a day news cycle, consumers have continuous access to the latest techniques in plastic surgery. But are emerging procedures like Cold Botox; heat-based cellulite busters; and trademarked, registered or franchise procedures like the Liquid Lift really viable options for patients? Plastic surgeons will discuss if these, and more, are cutting edge new discoveries or just “buyer beware" marketing hype at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1 – 5, in Toronto. Some physicians are referring to a new treatment that smoothes wrinkles by using cold to temporarily disrupt facial muscles, causing a similar effect to botulinum toxin type A, as “Cold Botox”. “Cold Botox” is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is currently in clinical trials. Although there is no cure for cellulite, using heat to tighten collagen within the skin, has been found to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In fact, a previous study has shown, 90 percent of women who’ve had the treatment saw an improvement. The device, known as the Accent, is FDA approved, but its use in treating cellulite is off-label. Lastly, cosmetic procedures that are marketed directly to consumers known as trademarked, registered or franchise procedures, will be revealed. Many of these procedures like the Liquid Lift, QuickLift™, Lifestyle Lift®, etc…are standard procedures that plastic surgeons perform everyday with only slight, if any, modifications. It is essential for consumers to understand what these modifications are and whether they offer real improvements.

By the Numbers:

  • More than 1.5 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2009, reports the ASPS.
  • Nearly 11 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed last year.

Special Program: “Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery” is being held Fri., Oct. 1, 1:00-6:00PM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Editor’s Note: Many of the procedures and technologies presented at Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery are currently under investigation and are presented for research and educational purposes. More scientific study is needed to determine efficacy and success rate. The ASPS and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation do not endorse the procedures or technologies presented in the panel and recommend that any reporting of the presented information be done responsibly with full disclosure of their unproven nature.


(Embargo for Release: Saturday, October 2, 2010)

The age that you are at the onset of migraine headaches has a lot to do with whether doctors can successfully treat them with surgery. A new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1-5, in Toronto, found that patients who were older at the onset of their migraines (25 years +/- 11.4 years) versus those younger (20.5 +/- 10.3 years) were more likely to experience a complete elimination of migraines after surgical treatment. The study examined 102 patients – 66 of whom had migraine surgery and experienced complete elimination of symptoms (success group) and 36 who had surgery and had less than a 50 percent reduction in frequency, intensity or duration of migraines (failure group). All patients had at least one year of post-operative follow-up. The surgical trigger sites treated included the forehead, temple, behind the eyes, and back of the head. The authors, members of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, also found treatment particularly successful in patients who had surgical correction for migraines trigged in the forehead and temple, as well as, patients who were treated in all four trigger sites.

Study: “Factors Contributing to Migraine Headache Surgery Failure and Success” is being presented Sat., Oct. 2, 10:40-10:45AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


(Embargo for Release: Saturday, October 2, 2010)

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. A new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1-5, in Toronto, reveals healthy children may be less critical of children’s appearances who have had cleft lip and palate repair than plastic surgeons and other children with facial deformities. In the study, 40 participants were asked to evaluate photographs of 10 children (ages 5-6) who’ve had reconstructive surgery to repair cleft lip and palate to see who would be most critical of outcomes. Participants were divided into four groups - 10 children with cleft lip and palate (ages 8-10); 10 children with a specific type of cranial defect (ages 4-6 and 8-9); 10 children with no facial defects (ages 6-9 and 8-13); and 10 plastic surgeons. Facial appearance was scored based upon lip, nose, and overall appearance. The authors, members of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, found both children with facial defects and plastic surgeons reported significantly lower facial aesthetic scores than children without facial defects. The repaired cleft lip appears to go more unnoticed in unaffected children.

By the Numbers:
-More than 31,000 birth defect reconstructions were performed in 2009, the ASPS reports.

Study: “Who is the Toughest Critic? Rating Aesthetic Outcomes of Cleft Lip Repair” is being presented Sat., Oct. 2, 10:50-10:55AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


(Embargo for Release: Saturday, October 2, 2010)

Tummy tucks may have just become less painful, according to a new study. Injecting a precise combination of nerve blocks and long-acting local anesthetics into nerve branches around the abdomen, before surgery, is allowing patients a near pain free recovery. In the study, presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2010 conference, Oct. 1 – 5, in Toronto, doctors reviewed the charts of patients undergoing tummy tuck (alone or in conjunction with other procedures) over a ten year period. Seventy-seven patients were treated with the numbing solution, which works by blocking pain impulses between the abdomen and brain, while 20 patients did not. The treatment group reported significantly less pain, less time in the recovery room, resumed driving and returned to their normal activities sooner. The authors note, patients are not only concerned with the cosmetic result, but also the level of pain and recovery associated with a procedure. This study will help to alleviate some of these concerns and the technique may be applied to other cosmetic surgical procedures like breast augmentation. Also, when pain is reduced patients can tolerate combined procedures more easily.

By the Numbers:
-Nearly 120,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2009, up 84 percent since 2000, according to ASPS statistics.
-Tummy tuck was the fifth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed last year.

Study: “Painless Abdominoplasty: The Efficacy of Combined Intercostal and Pararectus Blocks in Reducing Post-Op Pain and Recovery” is being presented Sat., Oct. 2, 9:00-9:05AM EDT, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


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