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A Year of Plastic Surgery News News

What a year it's been!

From the latest details about the Miss Plastic Surgery contest in China to drive-through plastic surgery in the U.S. to a South African procedure, "skin needling," that creates smoother facial skin, readers of News have been privy to some of the most the interesting and unusual news, people and developments in the field during the last year.

If you missed our first issue one year ago, we reported on an usual beauty contest in China in which only surgically enhanced women could enter. Skin needling explained a new way to resurface facial skin while the tongue-in-cheek report about drive-through plastic surgery told about a popular commercial in which fictitious characters ordered from the clinic's take out window a #7 Nip 'n Tuck for the wife plus an order of the Chiseled Abs for the husband.

Botox Parties

Patients and people interested in plastic surgery have seemingly had the most fun. Some organized Botox parties in which a physician attends a large gathering of the like-minded to administer Botox injections while others look on.

Among many contests in which plastic surgery is the prize, our readers learned about "Boob Camp," a contest organized by a California radio station. Judges selected not the most beautiful face, but the entrant most in need of breast augmentation. Yet another contest in Armenia - a nation that admires healthily sized

noses -- selected the bearer of the "Most Armenian Nose" for a slight rhinoplasty. We also told about one enterprising woman who organized her own contest by setting up a website and pleading her case ("help a gal fill a sweater") to Netizens worldwide who were asked to send in donations to pay for her procedure. She raised $4500 and paid for a breast augmentation. But when a professional Swedish model tried the same technique to boost her bustline, she - no pun intended - fell flat.

On Oprah

In yet another issue, we told about five women from one family who obviously liked the work of a Boston plastic surgeon especially well. So all five arranged to have their surgeries on successive days of one week. The reason? They wanted to be able to comfort each other while healing. The women and the surgeon also ended up on Oprah, The View and other television shows to tell their stories.

Cosmetic Surgery... on a Statue?Some unusual and seemingly stranger-than-fiction occurrences also happened during the last year. Plastic surgery on a statue was one. A town in Poland trying to keep up with the times wants to increase the modest bust size on the town symbol - a statue of a mermaid -while removing some excess weight around her stomach and flanks. In England, a group of plastic surgery providers thoughtfully developed cosmetic surgery vouchers for attentive husbands to bestow on wives at Christmas. And, driven by consumer demand, more plastic surgeons started providing foot and voice facelifts, hand makeovers and ankle liposuction. Moreover, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, their members remade the bellybuttons of 1,534 people during 2003, the most recent year for which statistics were available. News also told another tale of unintended consequences when it reported how many female weight lifters who had developed larger muscles also wound up with chests as flat as boards. The weight lifting women remedied the situation by seeking out plastic surgeons who placed implants under their rippling chest muscles.

Tsunami Disaster

NEW FACES, NEW LIVESPlastic and cosmetic surgeons themselves were not to be left out. Many donate their considerable skills and art to the victims of horrible burns, accidents, domestic violence and others in drastic need of surgical rejuvenation - but don't have the means to pay for it. Moreover, a handful of U.S. plastic surgeons volunteered their time to victims of the December, 2004, Tsunami disaster in Asia. Additionally, we profiled one big-hearted surgeon who provided -- without cost -- a new, natural looking nose for a Denver woman whose own had been destroyed by a rare disease. The procedures took a year and cost over $100,000.

On a lighter note, several cosmetic surgeons shared with us how and why they went under the knife for a few nips and tucks of their own. Rick Noodleman, M.D., for instance, a plastic surgeon in Silicon Valley, California, lamented that "about the time I was getting over my acne, I started losing my hair." So he had hair implants put into his increasingly hair-challenged skull. Other surgeons told about their own eyelid operations, liposuctions, Thermage treatments, rhinoplasties and tummy tucks and how the procedures helped them better understand the emotional peaks and valley traveled by plastic surgery patients.

Face Race

Many of the newer plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures and trends made their way onto the pages of News. For instance, one of the most sweeping vogues is the bride-to-be, the mother of the bride and others in the wedding party receiving some surgical rejuvenation and touch-ups. We also reported the latest in the "face race" - the rivalry among medical researchers in a handful of nations to be the first to transplant an entire face onto a living patient. Our readers also know when and where medical leeches (hint: they no longer come from swamps!) are used in plastic and cosmetic surgery. We explained how spray-on skin was developed in Australia and has since spread to wide usage in Europe. In Russia, our readers learned researchers are doing rhinoplasties by melting and then reshaping the nose. Several M.D.-plastic surgeons told how they perform acupuncture facelifts while researchers on the cutting edge of science are studying how to use stem cells taken from liposuction procedures for additional uses in plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgeons' Favorite Fat Sucking MusicOn yet another lighter note, a few surgeons share with us what type of music they listen to while doing various operations. Women plastic surgeons told our readers what special attributes they bring to the operating table. For instance, when the Association of Woman Surgeons surveyed their members for the most common characteristics of female surgeons, they found women worked more clinical hours and on call nights than did their male counterparts, did not experience as much stress, derived more satisfaction and had a higher personal income.

Will the next twelve issues of News be as action-and-information packed? There's only one way to find out: Keep reading and send this copy to a friend who may like to know about the plastic and cosmetic surgery news and events rarely reported elsewhere.

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