Britons appear to be tightening their belts in more ways than one: 2011 audit figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed on Monday that the number of men undergoing tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) was 15% higher than in 2010. However, although the percentage rise is large, the numbers are relatively small compared to women: while male tummy tucks rose from 108 to 124, female ones rose from 3, 039 in 2010 to 3, 251 in 2011 (a rise of 7%). And the austere financial climate does not appear to have eroded Britons' belief in cosmetic surgery in other areas either. Not one area of cosmetic surgery fell in popularity in the UK last year. Across the board the number of procedures carried out by BAAPS members in 2011 was 43, 069, which is 5.8% higher than in 2010, matching a similar rise as from 2009 to 2010.
The scandal of the faulty, badly made breast implants from French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) continues with the arrest of Jean-Claude Mas, 72, who according to police has been held at his home in Six-Fours-les-Plages in the South of France. Up to 400, 000 thousand women are believed to have been given the implants and the problem extends across some 65 countries, with England and France amongst others assuring those involved that the public health system will cover the cost of removing or replacing the implants. The French banned the implants in 2010, with concerns of possible ruptures and leaks, after discovering the manufacturer had not been using the approved material. Mr. Mas stayed in his home, while police made a search of the premises, and he was then taken to the national police station in Marseilles.
Human skin is the body's first line of defense and often mirrors the health, nutritional status and age of a person. Over time, skin shows signs of aging due to the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin. However, skin can be rebuilt and made healthier no matter one's age. Natural supplement Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, was found to improve skin hydration and elasticity in women in a clinical trial published this month in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. The study was conducted at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) in Dusseldorf, Germany and examined 20 healthy women, aged 55 - 68 years. Participants were given 75 mg of Pycnogenol® per day, over a period of 12 weeks.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is calling on the UK government to ban cosmetic surgery advertising and tighten up industry regulations, including carrying annual checks on surgeons. The association has long voiced its objection to the use of "marketing gimmicks" to promote cosmetic surgery and what it sees as the lax regulation of the industry. It says people acquire unrealistic expectations from exposure to reality shows and competitions that feature cosmetic surgery "makeovers" and "body overhauls". BAAPS president Fazel Fatah told the BBC: "In no other area of surgery would one encounter Christmas vouchers and two-for-one offers - the pendulum has swung too far, and it is time for change." "Over the last decade the BAAPS has worked tirelessly to educate the public on the many aggressive marketing gimmicks that not only trivialise surgery but endanger the patient, " said Fatah.
As the number of surgical procedures performed outside hospitals continues to increase, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) need to develop policies for managing malignant hyperthermia, a rare but serious reaction to anesthetics, according to an expert panel report in the January issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The report includes a guide for ASCs to follow in developing specific plans for transferring patients with malignant hyperthermia (MH) to a nearby hospital for advanced care. The lead author of the expert panel report was Dr Marilyn Green Larach of Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa. ASCs Must Have a Plan for Managing Rare Complication Malignant hyperthermia is a rare condition in which genetically susceptible people develop rapid increases in body temperature and muscle rigidity in response to certain anesthetics and other drugs.