Lisette Hilton
Lisette Hilton is a writer in Boca Raton, Fla., who heads up her company, Words Come Alive.
5 principles
At a time when it's fashionable to call the "doctor-patient" relationship a "doctor-consumer" relationship, cosmetic surgeons have to stop and think about the human side of their interactions with patients, claims Liz Crocker, coauthor of Privileged Presence: Personal Stories of Connections in Health Care. The bond stemming from such interactions does not have to do with surgical skill or impressive technology; rather, it results from showing patients respect, a spirit of collaboration, empathy, a willingness to communicate and kindness.
Compliance cost
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that women take several things into consideration when deciding whether or not to select silicone gel-filled breast implants. One of those recommendations is that a woman should have her first MRI examination three years after her implant surgery and every two years thereafter because it is the "best way to determine whether or not" a silicone gel-filled implant has ruptured, FDA spokesperson Heidi Rebello tells Cosmetic Surgery Times.
Shape of things to come
In 2003, Jeremy Mao, D.D.S., Ph.D., began conducting research on how to use a patient's own stem cells to generate adipose tissue or grafts in specific shapes and dimensions, which he could then use to augment or reconstruct breasts. Now, he's pursuing the launch of human trials employing this novel approach.
Wrinkle wars: New dermal filler gets FDA nod: Lidocaine, smaller gauge needle differentiate Anika's CTA from HLA competitors
Anika Therapeutics will soon launch its recently approved soft tissue filler, interimly named cosmetic tissue augmentation (CTA). The company is touting the filler as one that will compete in the burgeoning dermal filler market in terms of durability, reduced pain and extrusion force.
Spa line: A medspa menu of branded products can mean profit for physicians who know their stuff
Selling cosmeceuticals can be either financially rewarding or a practice liability depending on various factors — especially a physician's understanding of what he or she is selling.
Imaging with implants: No matter how you look at it, breast implants obscure mammography
Breast implants — whether silicone gel or saline filled, textured or smooth, placed behind the muscle or in front of it — significantly decrease mammography screening sensitivity, radiology experts tell Cosmetic Surgery Times.
Call him 'Coach': Operating from a wheelchair? Just another day at the office for this plastic surgeon and Little League dad
Maui plastic surgeon Peter A. Galpin, M.D., doesn't know what all the fuss is about, but he's been getting a lot of media attention lately. Last October, he was honored with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services' Highest Recognition Award as part of National Disability Awareness Month. As it turns out, Dr. Galpin is the world's only paraplegic surgeon. "You'd think there are at least 30 of us out there," he deadpans.
Intuitive Hawkeye: Healing occurs at the junction of humor and empathy
Mark A. Price, M.D., was drawn to medicine at a young age. He was fascinated by the character, Hawkeye Pierce, portrayed by Alan Alda on the television show M*A*S*H*, who handled trauma and dealt with potential devastation by bringing levity to life-altering events. But it would be his love for creating art and his desire for variety that would sway him to plastic surgery.
The consumer-patient: To savvy surgery shoppers, outcomes talk
The traditional medical patient — one who puts medical decisions and trust in the doctor's hands — is becoming the consumer-patient, an empowered decision-maker with demands for safe, quality, evidence-based outcomes, service and more.
View from 'The Street' Tech-driven with ample upside
The cosmetic surgery arena became one of the darlings of Wall Street in 2002 when Botox (Allergan medical) hit the market with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's cosmetic nod of approval.

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