Sunday, July 31, 2011


Patients seeking rhinoplasty might have body dysmorphic disorder

About a third of patients seeking rhinoplasty showed possible signs of body dysmorphic disorder, an obsession with perceived defects in their appearance, according to a study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "Often patients who have this can't stop looking at themselves," said American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Dr. Phillip Haeck. Surgeons should not operate on patients with BDD because the patients will never be happy with the results, Haeck said. The New York Times

Sunday, July 10, 2011


■Immediate reconstruction doesn't delay diagnosis of recurrence

A study of 170 women with advanced breast cancer who had reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy found that breast cancer recurred in 15 of them, but immediate reconstruction caused no delay in diagnosis. "These findings make a strong argument for immediate reconstruction regardless of cancer stage," the researchers wrote. Dr. Christopher Crisera at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, led the study, which is published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. HealthDay News (7/1)


■Veterans express gratitude for Operation Mend

Dr. Timothy Miller, a veteran and the head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, leads Operation Mend, which provides free reconstructive surgeries for wounded troops. "I'm at a loss for words," said Marine Staff Sgt. Octavio Sanchez, whose nose, lips and cheeks were reconstructed after being burned by a roadside bomb. "How do you talk about somebody who has done so much for us and has taken his time, and given back to us and given us a little peace of mind," Sanchez said of Miller. KOLD-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (7/1)