Surgical Aesthetics

JAN-FEB 2014

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International Breast Registry in Progress In an effort to improve patient safety through data collection, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) met with its global leadership partners on Sept. 7, 2013, to discuss establishing an international breast registry. The meeting brought plastic surgeons from across the globe together to work toward the common goal of using data collection to enhance patient safety as it relates to breast reconstruction. Countries represented at the meeting included Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. Gregory Evans, MD, FACS, past-president of ASPS and chief surgeon at UC Irvine's Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Institute, noted that a registry is the best way to collect the large amounts of data needed to identify trends. "Our goal is to follow patients with breast reconstruction and track outcomes," he said. "If we're able to get the numbers from the national registry we've developed to interact with an international registry for breast reconstruction, the data will allow plastic surgeons to determine the best options for reconstruction with the least risk to our patients." Breast Augmentation Patients Report High Satisfaction With 3D Imaging Simulated three-dimensional visual imaging offers patients a very accurate prediction of actual outcomes in breast augmentation, according to a new study published in the October 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. For "Three-Dimensional Simulated Images in Breast Augmentation Surgery: An Investigation of Patients' Satisfaction and the Correlation Between Prediction and Actual Outcome," Andrea Donfrancesco, MD, et al, reviewed a prospective series of 150 patients who underwent breast augmentation following consultations that included the use of three-dimensional simulation images. The patients completed a questionnaire six months following surgery. In addition, an independent panel of investigators compared, evaluated and graded January/February 2014 ❘ surgicalaestheticsmagazine.com 33

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