Are Your Employees About to Quit?
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by Keri Stephens
3d ago
In the first installment of a two-part series, YellowTelescope President Jon Hoffenberg shares how data can uncover hidden insights in staff retention. By Jon Hoffenberg A recent poll from CNBC listed “15 Jobs People Most Want to Quit,” and five of the top 15 were medical professional positions. It’s evident from including roles like “Patient Care Coordinator,” “Patient Care Technician,” and “Patient Services Representative” on this list that many individuals in our industry are both underpaid and unhappy. Defining precise duties by job title might be unclear, but these entries highlight a wid ..read more
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ASPS Highlights Commitment to Patient Safety Amid Cosmetic Surgery Concerns
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by Keri Stephens
1w ago
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reaffirming its commitment to top-notch patient safety and ethical standards following concerns raised by a recent Los Angeles Times article titled “She died after liposuction by a pediatrician. Doctors warn of cosmetic surgery’s ‘Wild West.'” The article highlights the risks associated with physicians performing cosmetic procedures beyond their expertise, which can result in complications and, tragically, patient deaths. “Sad events such as this reinforce the importance of patient education and reinforce our commitment to messaging ..read more
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Social Media Use May Help to Empower Plastic Surgery Patients 
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by Keri Stephens
3w ago
Survey suggests positive effects on patient decision-making, reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. For patients considering or undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery (PRS) procedures, using social media to gather information and answer questions can enhance patient empowerment—potentially leading to increased autonomy and better decision-making, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). “Our study suggests that connecting to social media is associated with mea ..read more
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Parents’ Concerns on Posting Children’s Craniofacial Surgery Images
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by Keri Stephens
3w ago
Surgeons should seek consent from children as young as 9, suggests survey in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Parents voice strong concerns about social media sharing of images of children undergoing craniofacial surgery, reports a survey study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). “Pediatric plastic surgeons must understand that consent and assent are necessary before posting patient images online,” says senior author Kenneth L. Fan, MD, a plastic surgeon at Georgetown Univer ..read more
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The Aesthetic Society, The Aesthetic Foundation Launch ARISE: Breast Implant Registry
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
The Aesthetic Society and The Aesthetic Foundation have launched the American Registry for Breast Implant Surveillance (ARISE) through their Aesthetic One app, partnering with a U.S. FDA-recognized platform to transform breast implant registries. ARISE enables implant registration with manufacturers and contributes data to the registry, currently comprising over 45,000 registered implants, making it one of the nation’s most extensive breast implant registries. “ARISE represents a leap forward in patient safety, outcomes research, and overall quality improvement in breast implant procedures,” s ..read more
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Deep Plane Facelift Popular for Post-Weight Loss Skin Tightening
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
In a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 60% of facial plastic surgeons noted an uptick in patients exhibiting “Ozempic Face.” This condition, linked to the weight loss drug Semaglutide, manifests as facial deflation, laxity, and premature aging. Though 15% of facial plastic surgeons surveyed recommend treating Ozempic Face with filler, others caution that it may not be the best choice for patients who’ve lost a significant amount of weight. “When patients eventually stop taking Ozempic, the resulting weight gain can really distort the look of al ..read more
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New York Plastic Surgeon Unveils LevineLift Face and Neck Lift
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
Elie Levine, MD, a New York-based board-certified plastic surgeon and director of plastic surgery at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, has unveiled the LevineLift, a facial and neck rejuvenation procedure that combats aging and enhances natural beauty. “Unlike traditional methods, the LevineLift integrates multiple modalities to optimize results, ensuring a youthful, radiant complexion that stands the test of time,” says Levine. Levine, recognized annually as a New York Times Magazine “Super Doctor,” combines SMAS face treatment with muscle and skin therapy for the neck ..read more
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Weight Loss, Diabetes Drug Linked to Anesthesia Risks
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
Safety concerns for patients undergoing anesthesia who use glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs), which are medications approved for diabetes and weight management, were revealed in a UTHealth Houston study published in JAMA Surgery. The study was led by first author Sudipta Sen, MD, associate professor; and senior author Omonele Nwokolo, MD, professor, both in the department of anesthesiology, critical care and pain medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. “Our findings were quite surprising. More than half of the patients on a GLP-1 RA had signi ..read more
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The Case for Awake Surgery in Elective Procedures
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
By Kenneth Kim, MD Using general anesthesia has become so standard that patients often fail to weigh its risks for elective procedures. However, the truth is that in addition to several side effects, general anesthesia poses substantial medical risks to both the mind and body. While many are aware of the risk of blood clots during surgery, fewer know about the lesser-known risk of short-term memory loss or dementia. As a plastic surgeon, I make it my mission to fully inform patients about the side effects and risks linked to general anesthesia. I also make them aware of awake surgery, a safer ..read more
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High BMI Tied to Post-Autologous Breast Reconstruction Issues
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by Keri Stephens
1M ago
For women undergoing autologous breast reconstruction—reconstruction using the patient’s own tissues, rather than implants—the risks of overall and specific complications are increased at higher body mass index (BMI) levels, reports the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). “Our study clarifies the impact of high BMI as a risk factor for adverse outcomes of autologous breast reconstruction,” says senior author Merisa Piper, MD, a plastic and reconstruction surgeon at Univ ..read more
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