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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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GARDEN GROVE, Calif., April 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) announced the election of Caroline Glicksman, MD, MSJ, a plastic surgeon practicing in Sea Girt, NJ as its new President. Dr. Glicksman is an aesthetic plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of The Aesthetic Society. As President, Dr. Glicksman plans to lead ASERF in its pursuit to advance aesthetic surgery through research and deploying emerging technologies such as SETA, the only optimized software platform for aesthetic medicine research. “I am honored to lead ASERF in the year ahead because I…

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif., April 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Aesthetic Society announced the election of Melinda Haws, MD a plastic surgeon practicing in Nashville, TN as the new President of the 2,600 Active Member organization dedicated to aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Haws’ leadership team will focus on advancing The Aesthetic Society’s technology strategy and expanding membership and positioning the society for the future. “I am thrilled to serve as President of this well-loved organization with a long history of dedicated membership and partners,” says Dr. Haws. “My goal in leading The Aesthetic Society is to build on the achievements of…

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(Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) — It is anticipated that a new ‘endorsement’ training model will shortly be introduced into Australia by Ahpra and the federal Department of Health, creating a dangerous system where the benchmark in skills and capabilities required to perform cosmetic surgery will be lower than that required for other forms of surgery.This has alarmed the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), as well as surgical specialty societies, including the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Society, General Surgeons Australia, Breast Surgeons of Australia…

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(Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey) — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that the State Board of Medical Examiners has temporarily suspended Dr. Peter V. Driscoll’s medical license over allegations of solicitation of and engagement in sexual contact with a patient as well as other forms of misconduct. Driscoll is a plastic surgeon who practiced at My Goals Solutions (“Goals”) surgical center in Ridgefield, NJ, from August 2021 until June 2022. He is accused of engaging in sexual contact with one patient while performing surgery on her. Other allegations included watching pornography prior to surgeries and leaving…

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(Business Wire; Feb. 7. 2023) — Athenix, one of the leading plastic surgery practices in the U.S., has acquired Marina Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, a world renowned cosmetic surgery center and medspa located in Marina Del Rey, California. Representing the first of a line of future strategic acquisitions, Athenix founder and CEO James Haefner identified Marina Plastic Surgery early on as the ideal inaugural partner in their rapid expansion plan. His decision was in large part due to Dr. Grant Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.S, Marina Plastic Surgery Founder, widely known as one of the world’s most prominent and sought after plastic surgeons. “Our shared values,…

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A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City, Utah returned an indictment on January 11, 2023 charging a Utah plastic surgeon, his medical corporation, and three co-defendants, including his neighbor, with conspiracy to defraud the United States by issuing fake CDC COVID-19 vaccination record cards to fraudulent vaccine card seekers. According to court documents, Dr. Michael Kirk Moore Jr., 58, of Salt Lake County, Utah and his co-defendants, listed below including his neighbor, ran a scheme out of Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah Inc. to defraud the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The defendants…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec 29 2022 Olympia, Washington — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a federal lawsuit against Allure Esthetic, a major plastic surgery provider in Seattle, and its owner, Dr. Javad Sajan, for falsely and illegally inflating its ratings on online rating platforms such as Yelp and Google. The company intimidated patients into removing negative reviews, and ordered its employees to post fake positive reviews. Ferguson’s lawsuit asserts Allure and its owner broke the law in numerous ways, including by: Ferguson filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. “Threatening and bribing customers…

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(Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) — The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has continually raised this issue in meetings with the federal and state and territory governments, as well as in written communication, submissions and through the media.  The Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited training programs for the various surgery subspecialty fields, as well as ophthalmology and obstetrics and gynaecology are five or six years at a minimum, on top of a primary medical degree. In September, RACS met with the Commonwealth Minister for Health & Aged Care to discuss restricting the title surgeon, as well as other issues…

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London, England, 8 October 2022—(British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) In 2018 the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.baaps.org.uk) dissuaded all its members from performing Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL) surgery, until more data could be collated. The decision was taken due to the high death rate associated with the procedure. Now, following an extensive four-year review of clinical data, new technology and techniques, BAAPS has published its Gluteal Fat Grafting (GFG) guidelines. Gluteal fat grafting is currently the procedure with the biggest growth rate in plastic surgery worldwide, with an increase of around 20% year-on-year (2)(3). It has become…

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On 8 September 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication informing patients and providers about reports of squamous cell carcinoma and various lymphomas located in the capsule or scar tissue around breast implants. The risk of squamous cell carcinoma and other lymphomas occurring in the tissue around breast implants appears to be extremely rare. These emerging reports of cancers in scar tissue and capsule are different from Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). More information on BIA-ALCL can be found on the TGA Breast Implant Hub. At this time, there is not enough information to…

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Source: Renuvion (PRNewswire / Clearwater, Fla.) — Apyx Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: APYX) (the “Company”), the manufacturer of a proprietary helium plasma and radiofrequency technology marketed and sold as Renuvion®, today announced the release of a new surgeon testimonial video featuring its Renuvion Helium Plasma Technology.  Leading plastic surgeons across the country are sharing the transformative results they’ve achieved using Renuvion, a proprietary helium plasma and radiofrequency technology, on patients for cosmetic procedures in their practices. In a video featuring celebrity plastic surgeon and co-host of the hit television series, ‘Botched’ Dr. Paul Nassif, New York City facial surgeon Dr. Tabasum…

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For Immediate Release: September 08, 2022 Statement From: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication informing patients and providers about reports of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas located in the capsule or scar tissue around breast implants. After an initial extensive review, we currently believe that the risk of SCC and other lymphomas occurring in the tissue around breast implants is rare. However, in this case, and when safety risks with medical devices are identified, we wanted to provide clear and understandable information to the public as quickly as possible.  In some reported cases, patients were…

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 7, 2022 — (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa) Dr. Ronald Bergman and his medical practice, Bergman Cosmetic Surgery, P.C., of Des Moines, Iowa, have agreed to pay $800,000 to the United States and the State of Iowa to resolve allegations that Bergman wrongfully billed Medicare and Medicaid for services rendered by others and billed Medicare for medically unnecessary and unreasonable applications of skin substitute products. Specifically, the government alleged that from 2013 to 2020, Bergman submitted inappropriate claims for payment to government healthcare programs in three ways. First, the government alleged that Bergman submitted…

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APPROVED CLAIMANTS MUST PROVIDE CURRENT ADDRESS TO RECEIVE PAYMENT DOW CORNING BREAST IMPLANT SETTLEMENT SEEKS TO DISTRIBUTE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN UNPAID AWARDS TO 13,000 WOMEN Houston, Texas, July 29, 2022–(Claimants’ Advisory Committee) Women who had Dow Corning breast implants (and their heirs if the claimant is deceased) and who were approved for either a Rupture and/or Disease claim are eligible to receive a final “Premium Payment” from the bankruptcy settlement. Women are urged to contact the claims office by the deadline of September 17th, 2022. Call Toll Free: 866 874 6099 or email at info@sfdct.com to check eligibility. Names of claimants…

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February 27, 2023 – UPDATE: On February 23, 2023, the FDA cleared the Renuvion APR Handpiece for the delivery of radiofrequency energy and/or helium plasma where coagulation/contraction of soft tissue is needed. Soft tissue includes subcutaneous tissue.The FDA recommendations provided below have not changed. The FDA will keep the public informed if significant new information becomes available. Date Issued: July 21, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing another update on the Renuvion/J-Plasma device system by Apyx Medical about use of the device for certain aesthetic skin procedures. Today, we are informing consumers and health care providers about a Renuvion/J-Plasma…

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) (“Sientra” or the “Company”) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Low Plus Profile Projection Breast Implant for breast augmentation in women at least 22 years old, and for women of all ages undergoing breast reconstruction. This product will be commercially available for board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeons in the United States in late July 2022. More than 500,0001 women in the U.S. chose to have a breast augmentation or revision procedure last year and, according to recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,…

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July 21, 2022 – UPDATE: The FDA provided an update to this safety communication. Read “Use of Renuvion/J-Plasma Device for Certain Aesthetic Procedures: FDA Safety Communication” for the latest information. Date Issued: June 2, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating our safety communication issued in March 2022 to inform consumers and health care providers about a new handpiece for the Apyx Renuvion/J-Plasma device system that can be used for certain aesthetic skin procedures. On May 25, 2022, the FDA cleared the Renuvion Dermal Handpiece to be used with the Apyx Medical Helium Plasma Generator for the treatment of moderate to severe…

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Garden Grove, Calif., April 25, 2022–(PRNewswire) The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) announced the election of Bruce Van Natta, MD, a plastic surgeon practicing in Indianapolis, IN as its new President. Dr. Van Natta is an aesthetic plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of The Aesthetic Society. As President of ASERF, Dr. Van Natta plans to lead ASERF in its pursuit to advance aesthetic surgery through research and education.   Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bruce Van Natta has been a practicing plastic surgeon in Indianapolis for over 33…

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Ideal Implant Incorporated, the leader with structured saline breast implants, is introducing a refined Generation 2 implant to give women the natural feel they want. The Generation 2 structured saline implants are fabricated to extremely precise standards. Shells are made on an advanced state-of-the-art robotic machine for more uniform thicknesses, giving the Gen 2 IDEAL IMPLANT the same natural feel as silicone gel implants. In addition, there is no wrinkling or rippling when the implant is held upright, even at the minimum fill volume. The unique implant design combines a series of shells and two chambers that hold the saline…

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The FDA has provided updates to this safety communication:July 21, 2022 – UPDATE: Use of Renuvion/J-Plasma Device for Certain Aesthetic Procedures: FDA Safety CommunicationJune 2, 2022 – UPDATE: FDA Updates Recommendations for the Use of Renuvion/J-Plasma Device for Certain Aesthetic Procedures: FDA Safety Communication Date Issued: March 14, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care providers against the use of the Renuvion/J-Plasma device by Apyx Medical for certain aesthetic procedures. Specifically, the FDA is warning against the use for procedures intended to improve the appearance of the skin through dermal resurfacing (a procedure on the skin to…

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Washington, DC, – February 10, 2022 – The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic surgeons, today released its 2021 member survey outcomes. Despite lingering pandemic concerns, 2021 saw catapulting demand for facial plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures as in-person events and face-to-face socialization resumed. After almost two years of canceled plans, minimal makeup and over analyzing their reflections on ZOOM, men and women are ready to regain confidence and shake off the sense of languishing dread that has dominated the collective consciousness throughout the pandemic. This sentiment is apparent in the newly…

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PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In 2017 Viper Equity Partners saw plastic surgery as the next big private equity target. They began signing up marquee offices nation wide and courting buyers to pay attention. Since then, they have closed 200m in transactions which they consider to be only the beginning of a 10-year run. “The first couple years were tough trying to gain interest from our PE partners,” stated David C. Branch, Viper’s founder. “We knew it would be huge once it started but, in those days, it was deal by deal,” stated Branch. Fast forward to 2022, the market is extremely…

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