David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Plastic Surgery Highlights of 2011: Our Top 5

describe the imageAnother year is just about in the books, and it’s been quite a nice year for us. I hope it has been a good one for you too. So, as a final blog post for 2011, I wanted to mention some of what, to us, have been some of the best things over the last year.

The ASPS “Do Your Homework” Campaign.
It seems that not a week goes by without a mention of some injury or calamity that has occurred at the hands of a non-plastic surgeon attempting to do plastic surgery. Some of these are not even doctors, let alone surgeons. This year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) had said enough is enough, and we have started a very aggressive campaign asking patients to do their homework prior to a consultation for plastic surgery. The right questions to ask are listed such as checking on board certification, making sure the doctor has privileges to do this operation in a hospital, and making sure the surgery is done in a licensed facility. We are trying to combat what has become known as “white coat confusion.” Anyone can wear a white coat, but not just anyone is a plastic surgeon. This campaign has been in print, on the radio, online, and on TV. We know it’s working because the non-plastic surgeons whom this is directed at, are all up in arms. Kudos for ASPS!

Greater Use of Silicone Breast Implants
I have been seeing what other plastic surgeons have been seeing nationally: more and more women are choosing silicone breast implants. The “comeback” of silicone has been strong and steady, and now represents about 75 to 80% of all the implants we are using. The reason for this is that women are becoming better educated about the benefits of silicone, and are less concerned with the sensationalism of false claims about their lack of safety. These implants have been studied more that any other implanted devices (like heart valves or replacement joints). And the data is conclusive: silicone is safe. If you have saline implants, don’t worry. These are great implants, too. But silicone implants are just a bit better and more and more women understand this. Way to go, girls — you rock!

Flexible Cannulas for Fillers
Any time I would go to a meeting and attend a session about fillers (like Juvederm, or Radiesse) the topic of using blunt flexible cannulas would come up for safety reasons. When using these, the injector is less likely to inject the filler into a small blood vessel which can be very dangerous (even though it was very rare). So, we — and by that, I mean our nurse injector– started to use these. And they’re great. Certainly they’re safe, but they also make the process much less painful and create much less bruising. Our patients love them. It’s way cool to use something for one reason (like safety) and finds that it’s even better than you expected. Yeah!

Oh My Gloss Skin Retexturing Cream by Real Medical Skincare
Gloss Cream is hands down the best new thing in skin care. Recently it was featured in the December 2011 Issue of Allure Magazine, so we’re not the only ones who like it. Why is this is so great? Glad you asked. This is the first preparation of TCA (trichloroacetic acid) which is used in many peels, for daily home use. And it’s combined with a powerful retinoid. And it contains our favorite anti-oxidants: Vitamins C and E, and Ferulic acid. And, it’s non-irritating. Pretty much everything but the kitchen sink for your face in a form that you can use without irritating the heck our of your face. This wonderful product has been brought to us by our good friends at RealMedicalSkincare.com (who are rapidly becoming our go-to skin product guys).

No, I’m not talking Rocky and Bullwinkle, you know — the wife of Boris Badenoff. I am talking about the newest member of our staff, Natasha. She has been with us only a few months, but you’d never know it. She has picked up the knowledge of the job in no time flat, and is a full-blooded member of our office family. We are really thrilled to have her on board as she is a great addition to a great staff. Three Cheers for Natasha and our staff!

Like I said, it’s been a good year. And as we say goodbye to 2011, we look forward to 2012. For new products or procedures, new patients who will become our friends, and new experiences with our existing friends and patients. We wish you all many blessings in the year ahead.

Happy New Year!
David B.



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