Some experts have expressed concern about young women demanding plastic surgery to create a gap between their inner thighs. Plastic surgeon Michael Kelly says women are often concerned with how their thighs look.
Plastic surgeons say they often see an increase in the number of teachers seeking cosmetic procedures during the summer. Some patients say they are prompted by comments from younger teachers or from students. Though teachers come in for cosmetic treatments year-round, many prefer minimally invasive procedures during the school year and save more complicated surgeries for the summer, facial plastic surgeon James Marotta says.
A 17-year-old girl without eyes or a nose is nearing the end of many surgeries to prepare for and implant a new nose constructed by surgeons in the U.S. To create the bridge, doctors will take a bone from the girl's rib cage and affix it to her forehead bone. The nose will be covered in skin from her forehead.
Pediatric plastic surgeon John Van Aalst worked with veterinarian Kyle Mathews to repair a young Bernese mountain dog's cleft palate. North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine recorded the operation as a training resource.
In as many as one in seven post-mastectomy breast reconstruction patients, the skin over the reconstructed breast does not get enough blood and starts to die, resulting in infection or other complications. A device called the SPY Imaging System helps surgeons see blood flow so they can prevent complications. The system involves injecting a laser-activated dye during surgery and using a special camera to detect blood flow.