Plastic surgery

Orthopedic Study Supports a Reduction in Post-Surgery Opioid Use

Prescribing physician

A new study that compared length of opioid use post-surgery found that longer term use did not improve disability during recovery or patient satisfaction with pain management, suggesting that physicians can reduce opioid intake without sacrificing patient care or comfort. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht in the The Netherlands, and University of Texas at Austin, enrolled 102 adults undergoing open reduction and internal fixation of ankle fractures.

Demand for Medical Cosmetic Procedures Increasing Worldwide

ISAPS Annual Statistics

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released the results of its annual Global Aesthetic Survey for 2016. The United States ranks No. 1 for total number of cosmetic procedures performed followed by Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The top five countries account for 41.4% of cosmetic procedures performed worldwide.

Demand for surgical procedures increased 8% from 2015 to 2016 and demand for non-surgical cosmetic enhancement increased 10%. The top five non-surgical treatments in 2016 were:

Gender Confirmation Surgeries Up 20% in 2016

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reporting that after two years of collecting data on gender confirmation surgeries, the procedures have already increased by 20% with more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries performed in 2016. The procedures can include anything from facial and body contouring to gender reassignment surgeries.

The ASPS posits that increased access to gender confirmation procedures helped fuel the increase from 2015 to 2016.

Faith in Science

Compassion, trust and a thirst for knowledge are the guiding principles at Vanek Plastic Surgery.
MedEsthetics May/June 2017 Cover Profile

PLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young age. When he was 8 years old his father suffered a traumatic brain injury, which gave Dr. Vanek a unique perspective on the care that physicians provide. “The doctors who took care of my father and comforted my mother really had that ability to make people feel better, even though it was a very out of control situation,” he recalls. “It was that experience that led me into medicine.”

Emotional Impact of Labiaplasty

In an article published in Aesthetic Surgery (March 2017), researchers Marika Tiggemann, PhD, Julie Mattiske, PhD, and Gemma Sharp conducted a retrospective study in which they examined the psychological outcomes of the increasingly popular labiaplasty procedure. Their goal was to examine the effect of the surgery on patients’ sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being, as well as to identify patient characteristics that may predict surgical satisfaction.

Standing Out In the Lone Star State

Ten years ago, prominent plastic surgeon Paul Vitenas Jr., MD, decided to focus on aesthetics full time, and business is booming.
Standing Out In the Lone Star State

“To be a good aesthetic plastic surgeon you have to have three things: The tongue of a politician, the eye of an artist and the hands of a watchmaker. And you have to have them in almost equal amounts. It truly is a unique skill set,” says Paul Vitenas Jr., MD, FACS, founder of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique and the Houston Surgery Center in Texas.

What Patients Want

What Patients Want

Results from a survey published online September 20, 2016, in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal revealed that prospective patients valued testimonials and before and after photos over a surgeon’s years of practice. The study’s objectives were to determine the most important provider attributes to breast augmentation, combined breast/abdominal surgery, and facelift patients using conjoint analysis; and to test the conjoint using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk), an internet crowdsourcing service.