Posts Tagged ‘ FDA ’

FDA Approves New Natrelle 410 “Gummy Bear” Breast Implant

This is a very big deal in the field of plastic surgery.  Today the FDA approved the Natrelle (Allergan) Style 410 “Gummy Bear” silicone breast implant.  This is a true “form-stable” implant, with silicone that literally feels like a gummy bear, hence the name.  Plastic surgeons have been predicting the FDA approval of these devices for over […]


Belviq – New FDA Approved Drug For Weight Loss

This is a segment I did on HLN’s new Evening Express news program. We discuss the new FDA approved weight loss drug Belviq. It’s the first weight loss drug approved by the FDA in 13 years. Although it’s mechanism of action is similar to the controversial FenFen, there is no evidence that Belviq causes heart […]


Thank The FDA For Your Breast Implants

Last month 30,000 French women were urged by their government to have their PIP breast implants removed. The French Ministry of Health fears that the implants’ industrial-strength silicone filler, originally made for mattresses, could leak and cause serious health problems. So what should American women with breast implants do? Thank the Food and Drug Administration. […]


FDA Affirms Safety of Breast Implants

From the New York Times: After two days of discussion and testimony about silicone breast implants, a top government health official said he had heard nothing to shake his faith in the safety of the widely used implants. The official, Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices, said […]


FDA Panels Put Silicone Implants Under Microscope

Silicone breast implants are back under the FDA’s microscope.  Silicone implants were under original widespread use in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Fears of silicone implants causing various diseases like lupus and arthritis prompted the FDA to ban the use of them in 1992.  After analyzing studies by the two major breast implant manufacturers (Mentor and […]



FDA Issues Communication Regarding a Possible Link Between Breast Implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)

The FDA has issued a statement alerting physicians and patients to a possible link between breast implants and a rare type of cancer.   Although ALCL is extremely rare, the FDA believes that women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing the condition.   ALCL in the presence of breast implants has […]


FDA Warns Spas Against Fat-Melting Claims of Lipodissolve

Is Lipodissolve or mesotherapy safe? The FDA has recently issued a warning to six medical spas for making false or misleading statements that their fat melting injections are safe and effective, despite the fact that they’ve never been appropriately studied or approved by the FDA for this purpose. According to the US News and World […]


Sculptra is FDA-approved for cosmetic use

I’ve been waiting for this for a couple years. The FDA has finally approved Sculptra for the correction of facial wrinkles. It will now go by the name Sculptra Aesthetic. Sculptra is the best injectable filler (poly-L-lactic acid) to return volume to the face. It has been approved for treatment of HIV-related facial wasting since […]