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Steps in Cosmetic Surgery: Closure

September 17th, 2012

13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  There are four universal steps to follow for all cosmetic procedure involving surgery.   As I have previously discussed so far, step one is incision, followed by dissection and sculpting.   This brings us to discussion of the final step, which is wound closure.

In elective cosmetic surgery cases, taking extra time to do an aesthetic closure is possible.  The first phase in wound closure is suturing (sewing) the skin and deeper tissues back together, also known as tissue approximation.   How well this is done will determine the physical appearance of the scar.  

 

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Dr. Bashioum’s Friday Photos: Hiking the Alps

September 13th, 2012

My wife, Lindsay, took this photo while we were hiking in the beautiful Austrian Alps with our friends.  While Peter and Patricia Kitchak had been there before, it was our first time to enjoy hiking up through the high mountain pastures with them.  We had a great time, beginning each morning with a hearty Austrian breakfast at lovely Villa Angela in the charming town of  Mayrhofen, before heading out for our daily treks.

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