Sunday, January 27, 2008

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons Offer Patient Advisory for those Affected by Fig LipoDissolve Closures

New York, NY (December 14, 2007) — Responding to recent reports of the Fig LipoDissolve Centers going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) offers the following advice to patients currently in treatment there or suffering from unwanted outcomes. Although neither Society recommends the use of injection lipolysis for fat reduction until appropriate research has documented the safety and efficacy of this non-FDA-approved treatment information is available for those patients needing help.

  • If you are in the middle of lipolysis treatment and have concerns:
    Contact ASAPS

  • If you are in pain, have a complication such as swelling or bleeding or need immediate attention; please contact your nearest hospital emergency room.

  • If you are seeking body contouring or are considering your various options please remember the following:

  All procedures involving injecting pharmaceutical or other agents into the body are medical procedures and need to be conducted in an appropriate medical setting by a physician. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can help you weigh your options to achieve the optimal outcome you desire. The ASPS and ASAPS do not recommend that their patients undergo injection lipolysis treatments. All medical procedures have risks. If you decide a procedure is right for you, make sure you have done your homework, that the procedure has been fully explained by your healthcare provider and that you have thoroughly read and signed informed consent documents. “The proliferation of advertising of such treatments and the abrupt closing of Fig LipoDissolve Centers nationwide has raised many questions from both patients considering treatment, and those who have already been injected with the unproven medical treatments touted to reduce localized fat. Said Alan Gold, MD President – elect of the Anesthetic Society, "To date, injection lipolysis, LipoDissolve or any fat-melting injection has not gone through FDA sanctioned clinical trials or the research necessary to document the results claimed or clearly identify the potential underlying complications.” “Consumers should not ignore the proliferation of blogs and media that are reporting the ineffectiveness and the complications experienced by fat-melting injections,” said Richard A. D'Amico, ASPS President.” This mixture is not FDA approved nor has it been formally tested for predictable results or safety. That alone should steer consumers away from the marketing hype.”

New Study Shows Surgical Treatment on Breast Asymmetry Improves Quality of Life

New Study Shows Surgical Treatment on Breast Asymmetry Improves Quality of Life


New York, NY (December 17, 2007) – Findings from a study released today in the November/December issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that surgical treatment for breast asymmetry (disproportionate breast size) provides an improvement in the quality of life and self-esteem of patients. Breast asymmetry is not uncommon in women; in fact, few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts. “Breast shape and size irregularities can cause damaging physical and emotional consequences,” said Miguel Sabino Neto, MD, PhD, lead author of the study. “While plastic surgery of the breast can provide an aesthetically acceptable result with few complications, it is important to also consider the impact on the physical, social and psychological well-being of the patient.”Thirty-five patients with breast asymmetry were selected for the evaluation of the impact of breast asymmetry surgery on self-esteem and health-related quality of life. Patients that participated in the Brazilian study ranged from ages 16 to 50 years old.Patients completed the Brazilian version of the SF-36, a quality of life indicator that measures eight dimensions of health status, including physical function, role limitations caused by physical problems, pain, health perception, vitality, social function, role limitations caused by emotional problems, and mental health. Participating patients also completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, which evaluates quality of life based on responses to ten questions on the subject of self-esteem. Both were completed before and after surgery at three and six months post-operative follow-up.A progressive improvement in all dimensions of the SF-36 was observed, with scores that were significantly higher for emotional factors at three months after surgery and for pain, vitality and mental health six months after surgery. Self-esteem was also found to be statistically significant.“These findings underscore the positive effect that surgical treatment can have on patients with breast asymmetry,” said Foad Nahai, MD, Atlanta plastic surgeon, President of ASAPS and Associate Editor of ASJ. “The results of such surgery go far beyond aesthetics, more importantly improving the self-esteem and quality of life of these patients