Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. My wife and I spent the weekend in Baltimore, where I attended part of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. I presented a talk on “Lunchtime” facelift surgery at the “Hot Topics” seminar, which covers new and emerging trends in plastic surgery. Some of the other interesting topics included:

1. Mesotherapy and Injection Lipolysis – separating the hype (a lot) from the science (pretty little). Most physicians agreed that practitioners who are performing these treatments on patients were basically conducting their own human experimentation, since these substances are not standardized nor are they approved by the FDA for this purpose. More on this later.
2. Smart Lipo – no scientific evidence was presented that it actually VISIBLY tightened up skin, in contrast to some misleading advertising. I prefer VASER LipoSelection.
3. Stem cell advances – the wave of the future. The Distant future.
4. Fat grafting to the breast – very controversial, as it may create calcifications which can mimic breast cancer on mammograms. Often used in breast cancer reconstruction, though, after the breast tissue is removed via a mastectomy.
5. Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Therapy for postoperative pain – by Ivivi Technologies – has some promise. I used the Actipatch in the past and didn’t notice any change. However, Ivivi is a different product and a different company, so there can definitely be some merit here. A friend of mine, Dr. Rob Oliver, has some good information about it. Check Plastic Surgery 101 for more info.
6. “Lunchtime” Facelifts – This trend often involves misleading advertising and deceptive marketing tactics. In contrast to what many of these companies will tell you, the procedures are not innovative or new, and in fact have been around for decades. Most of these types of “mini-surgeries” have been long abandoned by reputable plastic surgeons since they just don’t work very well. A mini facelift has mini results.
7. GFX – Radiofrequency waves which ablate nerves, thereby reducing wrinkles. Nicknamed “the permanent Botox,” this treatment has potential to do what Botox does, but permanently. Not FDA approved yet.

These are just a few of the many very interesting ‘hot’ topics in plastic surgery today. Thanks to renowned plastic surgeons Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz, Dr. Bill Adams, and Dr. V. Leroy Young for inviting me to be a presenter.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.

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  1. just curious – what types of procedures are they intending to use stem cells for?

    hope you enjoyed baltimore. i spent about 7 years of my life there!

    Comment by Anonymous on October 29, 2007 at 11:44 pm

  2. Stem cells may end of being useful for treating for a variety of conditions, including reconstruction of missing limbs (far off future).

    Comment by Dr. Tony Youn on October 31, 2007 at 9:56 pm

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