Posts Tagged ‘American Society of Plastic Surgeons’


Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

In an age of selfies and constant social media sharing, a growing number of teenagers are undergoing plastic surgery to alter their appearance. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) about 229,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients aged 13 to 19 in 2017.  Currently, teenagers account for about four percent of all cosmetic surgery procedures, with the most common procedures among teens being nose reshaping, male breast reduction and ear surgery. Adolescents also account for a small percentage of total nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, such as laser hair removal, skin resurfacing and Botox injections.

“While a rhinoplasty or ear surgery can be performed safely by a board-certified surgeon and are, in many cases, appropriate for an adolescent, other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction or injectables are typically not recommended for minors for several reasons, including lack of research,” said Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich. “It’s concerning that there has been a surge in the use of injectables in young patients to achieve augmented cheeks and lips when there is no evidence that these procedures are safe for adolescents.” (more…)


Sunday, August 5th, 2018

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Recent deaths and serious complications associated with the popular Brazilian Buttock Lift Procedure (BBL) have prompted five of the world’s top plastic and cosmetic surgery-related organizations to come together to form an Inter-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force. The Task Force was formed to examine the causes behind these tragic incidences to try to prevent them from occurring through a variety of physician and patient safety education measures.  Task Force members come from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgeons, and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, who recognized that the death rate for BBL Procedures (approximately 1/3,000) is the highest for any aesthetic procedure and accordingly, action must be taken now in order to prevent further tragedies from occurring.  In fact, last year there were three deaths in the state of Florida alone from the BBL procedure.

“We believe that it is essential for our organizations to come together to address the complication and death rate associated with an increasingly popular aesthetic procedure in order to change the course of these adverse events as much as is possible in the name of patient safety,” states W. Grant Stevens, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  The Task Force has identified factors that added additional risk to the procedure as well as those that proved to be protective and/or preventative. (more…)


Sunday, February 4th, 2018

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It seems like a simple question. “Is breast reduction surgery covered by health insurance?” But the answer can be very complicated and involve many variables. It is typically considered a cosmetic procedure until the patient can show an adequate number of related health issues and attempted remediation prior to undergoing corrective surgery.  Once the threshold has been reached, the insurance company may then consider breast reduction a reconstructive procedure. The problem is that the threshold can be different for every insurance company reviewer.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a corrective treatment of symptomatic macromastia (large breasts). Symptoms related to macromastia are neck, shoulder and back pain and may include breast pain and dermatitis or rashes beneath the breasts.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported more than 100,000 women received breast reduction surgerywhile almost 28,000 men received gynecomastia surgery in 2016.

“Patients are often referred to plastic surgeons by other physicians recommending evaluation for breast reduction due to symptoms like persistent neck, back and shoulder discomfort, as well as bra strap grooving and intertriginous moisture and rashes that have failed medical management,” said Jeffrey Janis, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Chief of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Unfortunately, the patient can be under the mistaken impression that because she received a referral, that the surgery is automatically covered by her insurance plan.”  For many procedures, a lack of treatment history might not be an issue. However, for breast reduction, which can be considered cosmetic or reconstructive, depending on the patient – and the insurer’s review – the lack of history could prove problematic.