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Long-Term Weight Loss after Tummy Tuck

Most Overweight Patients Show Lasting Weight Loss One Year after Abdominoplasty

Undergoing abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck") may lead to significant and lasting weight loss for many patients-especially those who were overweight or obese before surgery, reports a pilot study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Long-term weight loss after abdominoplasty may be related to increased satiety-feeling full after eating-according to the study by ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett of Alameda Hospital and colleagues. The researchers discuss possible "neuroendocrine mechanisms" that may promote weight loss after abdominoplasty.

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Surgical Cure for Migraines

To say that surgery can cure migraines is a bold statement.  Recent studies from Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown University, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have pointed out a mechanical reason for migraines and have shown that surgery can indeed provide a cure for the majority of migraine patients.  I want to take a few moments of your time and discuss the evolution and rational for these treatments.

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The "Laser"

I chuckle to myself when I think about lasers.  I expect Austin Powers to put air quotes around the word when I say it.  I find that many people use the term as if it was a magical device that can do anything - including make a scarless incision.  It can't.  Lasers are just a way to apply energy to a spot.  All you can change is the size of the spot, the length of time the laser is on, and the color (and thereby the energy) of the laser.  That's pretty much it.  (Physicists have a term called fluence that measures the amount of energy delivered per unit area.  Higher fluence = more energy.  Don't remember that or people will think you are a geek.)

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