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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery...In Brief
Date:11/23/2009

knowledge, has not been covered before. This study appears in the December 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:
- According to this study, 62% of surveyed plastic surgeons underwent at least one minimally invasive procedure and about 30% underwent at least one surgical procedure.
- More than 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.
- More than 245,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.
- More than 5 million Botox treatments were administered in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.

What Would Female Plastic Surgeons Choose, If Faced with Reconstruction?
Female plastic surgeons are well suited to make a personal choice regarding breast reconstruction options, based on their knowledge of the procedures and first-hand experience with the results. As such, researchers from Rochester, New York surveyed all board-certified female plastic surgeons in the US and Canada to determine this group's personal views on various modalities of breast reconstruction and to ascertain which types of reconstruction they would choose, if faced with such a decision.

Of the 143 returned responses, 66% chose implant-based reconstruction, 25% chose autologous reconstruction, and 9% chose no reconstruction. Those who chose autologous reconstruction most commonly cited cosmetic outcome as the most important factor in their decision, while those who chose either implant-based or no reconstruction most commonly cited invasiveness of the procedure/recovery time as the most important factor.

The authors contend that, because both autologous and implant-based procedures have been proven safe and effective, women often rely on surgeon advice and preference when making their reconstructive decisions. Therefore, they suggest that
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