A team of plastic surgeons and material scientists has made an important advance in treating the common clinical problem of soft tissue loss. They have invented a synthetic soft tissue substitute that is well tolerated and encourages the growth of soft tissue and blood vessels.
Just as women can turn to a suite of procedures, known as the “Mommy Makeover,” more men are embracing their own set of treatments, the “Daddy-Do-Over,” to boost their confidence and improve their physical appearance.
There is new hope for the hundreds of millions of women worldwide who have been subjected to genital mutilation. A surgeon in Penn Medicine’s Center for Human Appearance has developed a reconstructive procedure that can increase sexual function and, patients’ early experiences suggest, help heal the emotional and psychological wounds associated with the mutilation.
Dr. Wang and his colleagues from the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University in Yunnan, China presented their ten-year experience with 166 ear reconstructions for microtia, published in the journal Plastic and Aesthetic Research.
The survey of 1,996 men and women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 57 found that 47% of respondents reported being bothered by the appearance of the area underneath their chin, according to a press release from Allergan, which commissioned the survey.