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Renewed interest in Gel Implants

PBS’ Frontline presented a very carefully researched article on the Chronology of Breast implants. This lengthy article is important for all patients considering gel-implants. 1940s Japanese prostitutes have their breasts injected with substances such as paraffin, sponges and non-medical grade silicone to enlarge their breasts, believing that American servicemen favor women with large breasts. 1960s The first silicone breast implants are developed by two plastic surgeons from Texas: Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin. 1962 Timmie Jean Lindsey becomes the first woman to receive silicone breast implants. 1976 The Food and Drug Administration enacts the Medical Devices Amendment to the Federal … Continue reading  

New Reality TV Programs Create Unhealthy, Unrealistic Expectations of Plastic Surgery

With the debut of MTV’s “I Want a Famous Face” and the soon-to-be-aired “The Swan” that culminates in a beauty contest, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) cautions the viewing public to have realistic expectations about cosmetic plastic surgery. “The new wave of plastic surgery reality television is a serious cause for concern,” said Rod Rohrich, MD, ASPS president. “Some patients on these shows have unrealistic and, frankly, unhealthy expectations about what plastic surgery can do for them.” Plastic surgery should not be viewed as an avenue to transform a person’s looks or life, according to Dr. Rohrich. Rather, … Continue reading  

Patients May Pay Heavy Price for "bargain" injectables

(December 3, 2004) — Patients may pay with their health and even their lives if they mistakenly choose unqualified and sometimes unscrupulous practitioners to administer wrinkle-fighting injectable treatments, says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS, the nation’s leading society of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery, says that four seriously ill people who were hospitalized following injections of an unidentified substance at a Fort Lauderdale clinic could be the latest victims of what has become an increasingly common problem — illegal and unsafe drugs administered as cosmetic treatments by practitioners without appropriate training and credentials. … Continue reading  

Plastic Surgery Wrapped with a Bow?

New York, NY (November 29, 2004) — The holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving, is when many people take time off from work for plastic surgery, determined to meet the New Year with a new attitude and a new look. In some cases, patients say their surgery is an early holiday “gift” from a husband or wife, “significant other” or parent. Cosmetic plastic surgery may be a welcome “gift” if plumper lips or a smoother forehead are on your loved-one’s holiday wish list, but there are some important things you should know first. “Regardless of who pays the bill, surgery must … Continue reading  

"Mesotherapy"–Fat-Melting Fad: Too Good to be True?

NEW YORK, NY (November 5, 2004) — The search for a nonsurgical method to get rid of unwanted fat is not new, and neither is “mesotherapy,” a technique developed in 1952 by a French physician which is claimed to dissolve fat cells by injection of a potent cocktail of homeopathic class drugs combined with various conventional medications. Current media attention and a growing number of practitioners actively promoting mesotherapy has raised the hopes of many that maybe there really is an easy way to banish fat. Does mesotherapy work, and is it really ready to challenge lipoplasty (liposuction) — the … Continue reading  

How to Find the "Right" Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Guidelines for Patients from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) New York, NY (June 16, 2004) — Deceptive advertisements and television programs promising total makeovers often give the impression that deciding to have cosmetic plastic surgery is as simple as buying a new shade of lipstick. The resulting confusion is understandable and alarming, according to Peter Fodor, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Fodor reminds prospective patients that undergoing surgery is a serious commitment and, he says, selecting the “right” surgeon and facility are the patient’s responsibilities. “Patients must do their homework … Continue reading  

Office Surgery Safety Documentation Breakthrough

NEW YORK, NY (April 19, 2004) – A major study documenting outcomes for more than 400,000 surgical procedures performed in accredited office-based surgery facilities provides solid data confirming an overall safety record comparable to that of surgeries performed in hospital surgery facilities. The study was previewed at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in Vancouver , BC . The analysis was based on data collected by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the nation’s largest organization for accreditation of office-based surgery centers, through its Internet-based Quality Improvement and Peer Review … Continue reading  

FDA revises silicone implant data needs

– Although an FDA advisory panel recommended market approval of Inamed’s silicone gel-filled breast implants in October, rather than accepting that panel’s advice, last night the FDA deferred a decision on Inamed’s implant, pending submission of additional information. Today, the agency also issued a new Guidance Document expanding the data needed from any manufacturers looking to get FDA market approval for such devices. The Guidance Document was issued to “more clearly define FDA’s recommendations for breast implant marketing applications and to reflect the availability of new information about the framework for assessing the safety and effectiveness of these products.” The … Continue reading  

Restylane approved by FDA

New York, NY (December 15 , 2003) – The list of cosmetic soft tissue fillers on the market and in the pipeline worldwide is growing rapidly. Many have been introduced with great fanfare; relatively few stand the test of regulatory or peer review – as well as the test of time. On December 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the wrinkle filler Restylane. On November 21, an FDA advisory panel recommended approval of Hylaform, an injectable gel like Restylane. Restylane is already approved in over 60 countries. Hylaform has been on the market in Europe since 1996 and … Continue reading  

FDA and Breast implants update October 2003

Breast Implant Patients Need Public Health Registry, Says American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery FDA Advisory Panel Recommendations on Silicone Gel Implants Emphasize Need for Additional Research NEW YORK, NY (October 15, 2003) – A national public health registry for breast implant patients would help to answer questions posed by the FDA advisory panel on silicone gel breast implants, according to Robert Bernard, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). “Regular and long-term tracking of a sufficient number of implant patients is key,” said Dr. Bernard, commenting on the panel’s October 14-15 hearings in Gaithersburg, MD, … Continue reading  

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Dr. Max Gouverne, MD
Cosmetic Surgery

5642 Esplanade Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78414

Phone (361) 993-2222 Monday–Thursday:
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.