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February 2016 Briefing - Cosmetic Surgery

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Cosmetic Surgery for February 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

ASPS: Gluteal Augmentation Rising in Popularity in U.S.

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gluteal augmentation is now the fastest-growing type of plastic surgery in the United States, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Post-Rhinoplasty Taping Beneficial for Skin Envelope

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Post-rhinoplasty taping (PRT) can help the skin envelope to compress and is particularly useful in thick-skinned patients, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Suggestions for Optimizing Practice Feedback Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

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Botulinum Toxin Ups Physical, Mental Health in Hyperhidrosis

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hyperhidrosis, botulinum toxin treatment is associated with significant improvements in mental and physical health, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Many Med Schools Appear Unwelcoming Regarding Disability

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical schools need to post, update, or clarify technical standards (TSs), required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that detail what a school will do to accommodate a student with a disability, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Academic Medicine.

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Pulse Photodynamic Therapy for AK Cuts Side Effects

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pulse photodynamic therapy (pulse-PDT) and corticosteroid pulse-PDT reduce treatment-induced erythema in patients treated for actinic keratoses (AK), according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons in U.S. Down Since 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Physicians Concerned By Increasing Cost of Generics

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices, according to an article published by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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Dermal Autologous Micrograft May Be Effective Scar Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of exaggerated scars with dermal autologous micrografts appears effective, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Fat Repositioning in Lower Blepharoplasty Effective

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The fat repositioning technique in lower blepharoplasty improves pseudofat herniation and adds volume to the lower periorbital and cheek areas, according to research published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Chemodermabrasion Better Than Chemical Peels Alone

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chemodermabrasion is more effective than chemical peels alone in enhancing the skin barrier function, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

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AMA Highlights Issues Relating to Medical Liability Reform

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Microneedling Appears Promising in Darker Skin Types

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Microneedling represents a promising treatment modality for dermatologic conditions in darker skin, according to a review published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Doctors Offer Suggestions for Electronic Health Records

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Patients Pleased With Facial Feminization Surgery Outcomes

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patient satisfaction after facial feminization surgery is high, according to a study published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Seven Tips Provided for Optimizing Practice Revenue

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Business operations data represent a relatively untapped resource for optimizing practice revenue, and can indicate areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Video Games Offer Educational Methods for Med Students

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Patient-Centered System Recommended for Medical Billing

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Surgical Safety Checklist Linked to Drop in 90-Day Mortality

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a surgical safety checklist (SSC) correlated with a reduction in 90-day, but not 30-day, mortality among patients undergoing surgery, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in JAMA Surgery.

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Lipofilling of Breast Doesn't Up Breast Cancer Recurrence

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lipofilling seems safe for breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer, according to a study published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Tips Presented for Encouraging Treatment Adherence

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Ablative Fractionated Laser Tx Promising for Actinic Keratosis

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with actinic keratoses (AKs), one treatment with ablative fractionated laser (AFXL) produces a modest temporary reduction in AKs, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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