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A federal judge agreed with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, ruling that Seattle plastic surgery provider Allure Esthetic and its owner, Dr. Javad Sajan, illegally prevented patients from posting negative reviews about the business. Ferguson filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit against Allure and Sajan, asking the judge to rule ahead of trial on a key claim in the lawsuit. Specifically, that the clinic broke the law by requiring more than 10,000 patients to sign illegal non-disclosure agreements before receiving any treatment. In many cases, patients learned they had to sign only after paying Allure a nonrefundable…

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According to the new figures, 25,972 surgical procedures took place [in the UK] in 2023, a 16% fall from 2022. Women had 93% of all cosmetic procedures in 2023. The five most popular procedures for women were breast augmentation (down 26%), breast reduction (down 17%), abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck (down 19%) blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery (up 1%) and liposuction (down 17%). Face & Neck Lift surgery increased in popularity to 6th place in 2023. Men had 7% of all cosmetic surgery procedures, a fall of 20% from 2022. The five most popular procedures among men were rhinoplasty (down…

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Irvine, Calif., Apr. 2, 2024 –Sientra, Inc. (“Sientra” or the “Company”) announced that, following the completion of its Section 363 sales auction, Tiger Aesthetics Medical, LLC (“Tiger”) has been declared the successful bidder for certain of the assets of Sientra used in its breast reconstruction and augmentation business. As consideration for the acquisition, Tiger will pay a cash consideration of $42.5 million as well as assume certain liabilities of the Company, including up to $7 million in cure costs for certain assumed contracts, all the Company’s warranties for breast implants sold prior to the closing date, and all of the…

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Date Issued: February 20, 2024 — U.S. Food & Drug Administration The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding sponsors of device studies and manufacturers of devices (“device firms”) to carefully evaluate the third parties they engage to conduct performance testing and to independently verify all testing results before submitting to the FDA. It is the responsibility of device firms to qualify third parties that generate data and to ensure that all information submitted to the FDA is truthful and accurate. In recent years, the FDA has observed that an increasing number of entities that contract with device firms to…

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) (“Sientra” or the “Company”), a surgical aesthetics company developing and commercializing safe and innovative solutions for the best aesthetic outcomes, announced that it filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on February 12, 2024. The Company further disclosed that it intends to pursue a sale of its business under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, while continuing to support its customers during the Chapter 11 process. The Company seeks to execute an expedited sale process. Sientra will utilize existing…

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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, today released its 2023 member survey outcomes. With life finally returning to pre-pandemic levels of activity, facial plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments continue to boom in demand. Facelifts are back, and with the advancement of technology, facial ‘tweakments’ are as popular as ever because of accessibility and appeal to all ages. Fresh-Faced Facelifts Modern techniques like subcutaneous and deep plane facelifts are breathing new life into this age-old enhancement and drawing a younger crowd to the procedure. Since 2019, a striking 90…

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CLEARWATER, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apyx Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: APYX) (“Apyx Medical;” the “Company”), the manufacturer of a proprietary helium plasma and radiofrequency technology marketed and sold as Renuvion®, today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, which evaluated the use of Renuvion for contracting subcutaneous soft tissue following liposuction in multiple areas of the body. “We are excited to see the publication of this real-world 483-patient analysis, demonstrating Renuvion’s impressive safety when used after liposuction, which is now the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the world.,” said Charlie Goodwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of…

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PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — That’s exactly what’s happening as Viper Partners, a leading investment banking firm in the healthcare sector, announces its exclusive sell-side advisory role in the acquisition of Wave Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Laser Center (“Wave”). Nestled in the heart of California, Wave is far more than just another plastic surgery practice. Under the seasoned leadership of Dr. Peter Lee, it has risen to become one of the largest practices in the U.S. specializing in anti-aging procedures. Staffed by internationally recognized surgeons and equipped with top-tier facilities, Wave has emerged as the go-to destination for those seeking the…

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By: The Jamison Agency ATLANTA – Jan. 18, 2024 – PRLog — Atlanta, GA- Kelly Kellz (The Hole in The Wall), Aemeen Acy (Atlanta TV Series), Kelsey Delemar (The First Lady Of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story), Jhonni Blaze (Sin), Lil Zane (BMF) Alexis Andrews (Fatal Attraction) Shaunell Robinson Kennard (Botch) AlNuke (Super Fly) have been cast in the upcoming TUBI Drama/Thriller “Botch”. Written, directed, and produced by AlNuke “Botch” is executively produced by record producer Zaytoven (Super Fly) the movie is slated to premiere on TUBI Friday January 19, 2024. Amidst the glitzy allure of Sex and Glamour”, a sinister secret brewed as a seemingly benevolent woman offers the promise of perfect curves with her underground booty enhancement shots. Little do her clients know, the…

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A financial administrator who embezzled more than $1 million from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce [in Texas] pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced. “Prosecuting white-collar crime like this is an important priority because stealing from small businesses and nonprofits doesn’t just hurt the organization, it hurts the people those organizations are trying to help,” Ogg said. “The evidence our Public Corruption Division uncovered was so overwhelming that this defendant really had no choice but to take responsibility.” Jamie Huffar, 47, pleaded guilty Friday to two first-degree felonies, including theft…

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British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons — 13 Nov 2023 09:51: The number of people needing hospital treatment in the UK after getting cosmetic surgery abroad increased by 94 per cent in three years, with procedures carried out in Turkey accounting for more than three quarters of those in the past six months alone. New Data compiled by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveals a growing number of people are returning to the UK with complications ranging from wound healing problems to life-threatening sepsis. In some cases, since November last year, patients have needed intensive care treatment…

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company (NYSE: ABBV), embraces the immensely personal choice that patients experience when choosing breast surgery. The new Natrelle® campaign, “For Every BODY,” highlights patients and their diverse stories, leveraging new imagery and visual assets which can be seen at www.alookforeverybody.com. The campaign showcases how the Natrelle® breast implant portfolio can provide a customized look for every curve, for every shape, and for every BODY. “Our market research shows how important it is to consumers for breast implant brands to showcase a wide range of real, authentic women in marketing efforts,1*” said Carrie Strom, President, Global Allergan Aesthetics and…

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Washington, DC, (October 30, 2023) — The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) announces Sherard A. Tatum, MD, a New York-based international facial plastic and reconstructive surgery leader, as President of the organization. With an impressive background and tireless dedication to the field, Dr. Tatum formally assumed the role of AAFPRS President during the AAFPRS Annual Business Meeting which concluded this past weekend in Las Vegas. He will serve as president during the 2023-2024 term year. The AAFPRS is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The organization seeks to educate medical professionals, government and…

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AUSTIN, TX – Scot Bradley Glasberg, MD, FACS, has been named president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), an organization that supports the research and international activities of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Glasberg will serve as president of the foundation for one year. He took office at Plastic Surgery the Meeting, the Society’s annual scientific meeting, on Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas. “I’m honored to become president of The PSF, and I look forward to continuing the growth of the Foundation at a national and international level,” said Dr. Glasberg. “I plan to expand The PSF’s…

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AUSTIN, TX – Steven Williams, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin, Calif., was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Williams took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society’s annual scientific meeting, on Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Williams will serve in the position for one year. (See also: Plastic Surgery Society Names First-Ever African American President) “I am proud to lead ASPS as the first African American president of the organization,” said Dr. Williams. “During this next chapter, I…

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Alert Number: I-101723-PSAOctober 17, 2023 The FBI is warning the public about cybercriminals who target plastic surgery offices, surgeons thereof, and patients to harvest personally identifiable information and sensitive medical records, to include sensitive photographs in some instances. Once successful, cybercriminals use social engineering techniques to enhance the harvested data and extort individuals for cryptocurrency. THE SCAM Phase 1 – Data Harvesting Using technology to disguise their phone numbers and email addresses (“spoof”), cybercriminals use phishing to deploy malware to plastic surgery offices. Once successful, cybercriminals harvest electronically protected health information (ePHI), which includes sensitive information and photographs. Phase 2…

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British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons — 30 Sep 2023 15:21: Hyaluronic acid – the key compound in most fillers – has been found to block lymphatic channels, which help the body drain fluid and are a key part of the immune system that helps to fight disease. Research is now being planned to see if the treatment affects the risk of diseases including cancer. Fillers have also been linked to cysts, lumps, swelling and facial pain. A US research team unveiled the findings during the Annual Scientific conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in London which brings…

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U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California — Thursday, September 28, 2023: LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has charged a doctor who operated clinics in Westminster and Garden Grove with defrauding a COVID-19 program for uninsured patients by submitting more than a quarter billion dollars in claims – ultimately receiving about $150 million in payments – for services not covered under the program or simply not provided, the Justice Department announced today. Anthony Hao Dinh, 64, of Newport Coast – a licensed doctor of osteopathy who was an ear, nose and throat specialist, as well as a facial plastic surgeon…

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest plastic surgery organization, representing 92 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States, today released the 2022 results of the organization’s procedural research, along with partners, CosmetAssure and PatientNow. According to this data, there were 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed in the United States in 2022. More specifically, there has been a 19% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019. “This year’s study supports the larger trend of the public’s growing desire to look and feel better in their own skin,” said…

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PLANO, Texas, Aug. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — A newly formed subsidiary of Bimini Health Tech (“Bimini”) acquired substantially all of the assets of Ideal Implant, Inc., including intellectual property, regulatory approvals, product inventory, and certain manufacturing capacity. Accordingly, the Bimini Health Tech portfolio now includes a breast implant, an Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM), the Puregraft fat transfer technology, and the Healeon PRP family of products. “The Ideal Implant technology is unmatched in its safety and technological sophistication and possesses one of the few U.S. FDA Class III Regulatory Approvals for breast implants. Bimini will re-position the technology for the hospital setting, which…

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Aesthetic Society, the leading authority on aesthetic plastic surgery, has released its annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Databank report for 2022, highlighting significant trends in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. The data showcases a remarkable 14% increase in total aesthetic procedures, largely attributed to the soaring popularity of nonsurgical procedures, which witnessed a 23% jump last year. In an unprecedented milestone, the 2022 data was sourced from the same 200 plastic surgery practices across the United States, providing consistent quarterly data between 2019 and 2022. “The landscape of aesthetic plastic surgery is undergoing a…

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SEATTLE – August 4, 2023 – Bergman Oslund Udo Little (BOUL), a Pacific Northwest law firm with a focus on catastrophic injury cases, secured a $13 million verdict against Dr. Kristine Brecht and Aesthetic Rejuvenation & Spa on behalf of their clients, a former patient and her husband. Dr. Brecht, whose license has been suspended by the Washington Medical Commission, performed numerous cosmetic surgeries without screening the patient, who was a poor candidate and suffered devasting injuries. In a lawsuit filed on July 11, 2022, in the Superior Court of Washington, the patient accused Dr. Brecht and Aesthetic Rejuvenation & Spa…

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MIAMI, July 20, 2023 /PR Newswire/ — Florida’s House and Senate recently passed the state’s first plastic surgery bill, HB 1471, which mandates the use of ultrasound guidance during gluteal fat grafting procedures to protect patient safety. This bill was sent to the governor’s office who signed it into law. As of July 1, 2023, Florida physicians who perform gluteal fat grafting must use ultrasound guidance to clearly see that fat is injected only in the subcutaneous space and never into the muscle. When fat grafts have inadvertently been injected into the gluteal muscle, the fat has traveled to the heart, lungs, and brain…

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced a settlement with a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon accused of defrauding California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dr. Joel Aronowitz allegedly overbilled Medi-Cal for skin grafts and skin wound treatments over a six-year period, resulting in an estimated $248,809 in damages to California taxpayer funds. He will pay double that amount — $497,619 — to the state to resolve the allegations against him.  “The Medi-Cal system is a lifeline that provides access to free or affordable healthcare services for millions of Californians,” said Attorney General Bonta. “When bad actors abuse…

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A plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, along with his son, medical practices, and billing company, have agreed to pay $23.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting or causing the submission of false claims to both Medicare and Medicaid. The settlement announced today resolves allegations that Dr. Joel Aronowitz; Daniel Aronowitz; Joel A. Aronowitz, M.D., a medical corporation; Tower Multi-Specialty Medical Group; Tower Wound Care Center of Santa Monica, Inc.; Tower Outpatient Surgery Center, Inc.; and Tower Medical Billing Solutions (the settling parties) falsified the place of service for skin grafts and billed…

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