Rise of medical tourism shows impact on cosmetic surgery market

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Would you consider traveling to Mexico or India for a less-expensive rhinoplasty or breast augmentation procedure? Many Americans are doing just that -- and the trend is having an impact on the market for cosmetic plastic surgery, according to an article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

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Conclusions: Satisfaction levels in rhinoplasty patients are not as high as in other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation. However, compared with baseline, satisfaction levels showed great improvement postoperatively. The Rhinoplasty Module seems useful in evaluating outcome of rhinoplasty. We encourage application of this clinical outcome of rhinoplasty in and among centers.
Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Gender affirmation surgeries in male-to-female transition patients include breast augmentation, genital construction, and facial feminization. Facial features serve an integral role in identifying an individual's gender, with certain characteristics perceived as feminine or masculine. The nose, as the centerpiece of the middle third of the face, is an important component of facial attractiveness and gender identity. Thus, reduction rhinoplasty is a mainstay of the facial feature remodeling (FFRS) and facial feminization surgery (FFS). The authors usually divide the surgery planning in 2 steps, obviously depending on each...
Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Bob Ensor didn’t see the boom swinging violently toward him as he cleaned a sailboat in dry dock on a spring day two years ago. But he heard the crack as it hit him in the face. He was transported by ambulance to an in-network hospital near his home in Middletown, N.J., where initial X-rays showed his nose was broken as were several bones of his left eye socket. The emergency physician summoned the on-call plastic surgeon, who admitted him to the hospital and scheduled him for surgery the next day. Shortly before surgery, the doctor introduced Ensor to a second plastic surgeon who would assist in the 90-minute proced...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare Source Type: news
“You are more than your thoughts, your body, or your feelings. You are a swirling vortex of limitless potential who is here to shake things up and create something new that the universe has never seen.” – Richard Bartlett It’s always tough to look in the mirror and dislike what you see. Whether you’re unhappy with how you look because of unsightly and uncomfortable bloat, belly fat that just won’t go away no matter how much you exercise, flabby arms, cellulite on your legs, a nose that’s too long, wide or misshapen, Rosacea, acne, breasts too small or too large or any other emotion...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Healthy Living Self-Esteem belly fat bloat Body Acceptance Body Dissatisfaction Body Dysmorphia dieting Source Type: news
Conclusion: Although the creation of our academic cosmetic ambulatory surgery center has greatly increased the overall volume of cosmetic surgery performed at the University of Wisconsin, the majority of surgical volume and revenue is reconstructive. As is seen nationwide, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures represent our most rapidly expanding revenue stream.
Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Special Topic Source Type: research
Be honest. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “plastic surgery?” Breast implants? Nose jobs? Or maybe you’ll think about one of the numerous television programs out there that have featured the discipline: “Nip/Tuck?” “Botched?” “Grey’s Anatomy?” If so, you aren’t alone. Plastic surgery as a discipline is poorly understood by many, including primary care physicians, nurses, medical students and the public. Plastic surgeons perform many different reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. Many aren’t always familiar with the...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Surgery Source Type: blogs
Authors: Slavin B, Beer J Abstract The psychosocial health of patients undergoing cosmetic procedures has often been linked to a host of pre-existing conditions, including the type of procedure being performed. Age, gender, and the psychological state of the patients also contribute to the perceived outcome. Specifically, the presence or absence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has been identified as an independent marker for unhappiness following cosmetic procedures.1 However, no study has, to our knowledge, identified a more precise indicator that is associated with higher rates of patient dissatisfaction from c...
Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Drugs Dermatol Source Type: research
Allergan (NYSE: AGN) said today its Allergan Sales subsidiary will acquire medical device developer Keller Medical for an undisclosed amount. Keller Medical is a privately held medical device company which developed the Keller Funnel, a cone-shaped, lubricated plastic funnel designed to reduce surgeon and patient contact during breast augmentation or reconstruction procedures. The device was originally launched in 2009, with a next-gen version released in 2014. “The purchase of Keller Medical demonstrates Allergan’s ongoing commitment to excellence in breast augmentation and reconstruction surgery. Th...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Cosmetic/Aesthetic Mergers & Acquisitions Women's Health Allergan Inc. Source Type: news
The post originally ran on Milliman, Inc. on July 28, 2016. Recently, the concept of gender identity and what it means from a health insurance coverage perspective has been receiving increased attention. This paper lays out recent trends, including recent federal and state laws affecting health insurance benefits for transgender individuals. We also examine health insurance clinical coverage policies related to gender reassignment surgery as well as prevalence estimates. Finally, we provide future considerations for healthcare payers, including appropriately capturing data relevant to the healthcare needs of the transgende...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Transgender Healthcare Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
This study from Poland describes the surgical methods used by the authors to correct CBP and the results of follow-up in a group of 52 children ranging in age from two to seven years. An evaluation of accessibility and content of microsurgery fellowship websites Microsurgery ranks among the most popular postresidency fellowship programs. However, in addition to the long and steep learning curve of this this subspecialty, prospective applicants must also carefully consider the residency and fellowship application processes. Although online resources have become a vital source of information for applicants in a variety of me...
Source: Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Source Type: research
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