Author Archives: Michael Hakimi

‘Botox’ improves appearance of facial scars in reconstructive surgery

In patients undergoing reconstructive surgery of the face, treatment with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A, or ‘Botox’) can improve the final appearance of surgical scars, reports a clinical trial in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). “This study demonstrates that early post-surgical botulinum toxin injections can […]

New study evaluates facial feminization outcomes, benefits for transgender women

Study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports objective and subjective improvements after FFS May 27, 2020 – Previous studies have reported improved quality of life and mental health in transgender women undergoing facial feminization surgery (FFS) surgery to provide a more feminine facial appearance. But there is still limited evidence on these and other benefits of facial gender […]

Study explores satisfaction, quality of life after breast reconstruction

Women who received autologous breast reconstruction reported higher satisfaction, well-being than those who received implants Boston, MA — More than 60 percent of women who undergo a mastectomy to treat breast cancer choose breast reconstruction, and the demand for that surgery is rising. However, due to the previous lack of evidence-based, patient-centered data available about […]

Can facial plastic surgery make you more likeable?

WASHINGTON — Facial plastic surgery may do more than make you look youthful. It could change — for the better — how people perceive you. The first study of its kind to examine perception after plastic surgery finds that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, […]

America’s love affair with lips is leading to a boom in cosmetic procedures

A record number of patients are opting for lip implants, lip reductions — millions more use injections to get the perfect pucker CREDIT: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGEONS “We live in the age of the selfie, and because we see images of ourselves almost constantly on social media, we’re much more aware of how our […]

Cosmetic surgery may help patients quit smoking

If you’re a smoker considering cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon will likely require you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure. A long-term follow-up study finds that many patients receiving these instructions will quit smoking, or at least smoke less, in the years after cosmetic surgery, reports the September issue of Plastic […]

Stem cell treatments ‘go deep’ to regenerate sun-damaged skin

Injected stem cells rebuild the skin’s normal elastin network, reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® For a while now, some plastic surgeons have been using stem cells to treat aging, sun-damaged skin. But while they’ve been getting good results, it’s been unclear exactly how these treatments – using adult stem cells harvested from the patient’s own body […]

Tummy Tuck reduces back pain and incontinence

In addition to restoring the pre-pregnancy shape of the abdomen, abdominoplasty (‘tummy tuck’) surgery with muscle repair can improve back pain and urinary incontinence after childbearing, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Although abdominoplasty is classified as a cosmetic procedure, it […]

Hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatment can restore a more youthful pattern of facial expressiveness

January 29, 2020 – Used for facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers do more than just fill in wrinkles. According to a new study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), they also restore a more youthful pattern of facial movement and expressiveness. Using 3D digital stereophotogrammetry, the […]

More patients using their own fat to sculpt

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that Americans want to put their best face and body forward as their annual plastic surgery procedural statistics show a three percent growth in cosmetic procedures over the last year. According to ASPS statistics there were 17.1 million surgical […]