March 27, 2011 |
"Trout pout" ? overly plumped lips that are ubiquitous on Hollywood's red carpets ? can afflict any woman who has tried to enhance naturally thin lips. But a technique from Europe that's rolling out across cosmetic surgery practices in Beverly Hills and beyond aims to counteract the billowy, bee-stung lips that are the result of having fillers, collagen and fat injected into the area. PermaLip, an Food and Drug Administration-approved implant that looks like a clear-colored piece of elastic, is now being used in practices in Florida, Texas, New York and California.
March 24, 2011 |
February 10, 2011 |
Prenatal surgery for the most severe form of the birth defect spina bifida doubled the number of children who were able to walk unassisted by the age of 30 months and halved the percentage who had to have shunts implanted after birth to remove water from the brain, researchers reported Wednesday. The surgery, however, presented some risks to both children and mothers: Infants were more likely to be born preterm and mothers suffered a thinning of the uterine wall that would require all future births to end in a caesarean section.
February 7, 2011 |
First breast implants, now jaw implants. The implant news just keeps on coming. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday ordered three manufacturers of temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, implants to study the length of time these jaw implants remain effective before they are removed or replaced because of pain or other reasons. The federal agency reviewed what it called "TMJ implant-related adverse event reports" and found that a substantial number of patients had implants replaced within three years or less.
February 4, 2011 |
For years, Michell Anne Kimball of San Diego considered breast augmentation but worried about the health risks. Three years ago, the 47-year-old decided the time was right, consulted with a plastic surgeon and, after four more months of pondering, received silicone implants. She loves them, she said. And she continues to agonize over them. "Are these things safe or not? Are we ever really going to know?" Though modern breast implants have been around for decades, questions of safety continue to plague augmentation even as the artificially enhanced bosom has become common.
February 3, 2011 |
Breast implants made news recently when the Food and Drug Administration said they might be linked to a rare form of cancer in a very small number of women. The risk is extremely small, but women who have them likely have some questions. This plastic surgeon can help sort it out. Dr. Seth Thaller, a surgery professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami medical school, will be the guest on a live Web chat Friday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST, 10 a.m. PST)
January 28, 2011 |
You've no doubt heard about the Food and Drug Administration ’s investigation of the "possible association" between breast implants and a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL. And you've heard the media reaction (and possibly concerned friends or relatives or coworkers or...) Now let's hear from the folks who implant those implants. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery had this to say in a statement released Friday. "Due to the extremely low incidence and some conflicting evidence, the FDA is recommending routine medical care and follow-up for women with breast implants.
January 27, 2011 |
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It's likely most people are unfamiliar with this rare type of cancer, but that's about to change. The disease has now been linked to breast implants, raising questions not just about the potential connection but ALCL itself. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it was investigating a possible connection between both saline and silicone implants and the risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is not -- repeat not -- a form of breast cancer.
January 26, 2011 |
The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has begun investigating the possible connection between breast implants and an increased risk of a rare form of cancer. Though the number of women who may develop the disease is small, there is apparently no way to identify those who are likely to develop it — making it a source of potential concern to all women with the implants. Among women who do not have implants, the cancer — anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL — develops in the breast tissue of about 3 out of 100 million women nationwide.
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January 25, 2011 |
The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets should be placed on five years' probation rather than have his license revoked, a judge has recommended to the Medical Board of California. The recommendation, released Monday, came more than a year after medical board officials first moved to revoke the medical license of Dr. Michael Kamrava . The state medical board is expected to consider the judge's proposal when it meets Thursday in Burlingame, according to Jennifer Simoes, a board spokeswoman.