August 2017 • Volume 10, No. 8
From the Editor

According to the 2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (1), there were 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures in the US in 2015, up 4% from the year before.

Americans spent more than $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures in 2016, the most the US has ever spent. (2)

The top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures were breast augmentation (the top cosmetic surgical procedure since 2006), liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and face lift. Each of those categories showed increases between 2 and 6%.

In addition, some categories not part of the top 5 showed impressive increases versus 2015: Buttock augmentation with fat grafting (up 26%), lower body lift (up 34%) and labiaplasty (up 39%). The increased popularity of some of these procedures can be tied to cultural shifts as well as to scientific breakthroughs. (3)

In this issue, we bring you some news and an all-new crossword puzzle on plastic surgery.  Our Student in the Spotlight is S. Allison Fieder, ANP-BC, of Madison, IN.

Scroll down for jobs we’ve collected for you and NIFA’s favorite links.



Julie Lancaster, Editor

Plastic Surgery News

The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

“In recent years, the stigma surrounding plastic surgery has all but disappeared; what was once a dirty little secret is now a social media phenomenon,” writes Observer writer Margaret Abrams. “Millennials are flocking to plastic surgeons for noninvasive procedures in an effort to look like Instagram filters IRL [in real life], especially as celebrities speak out about ‘chin tweaks’ and doctors document the results on Snapchat.”

Read more . . .

More on some specific surgeries:

Another Variation on the Selfie: Get Ready for the Elfie
“Holly Black, an author of the best-selling ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ fantasy series, believes that everybody would look better with pointed ears like those on fairies and elves,” begins an Aug. 21 article in The New York Times. Ms. Black had her ears surgically pointed by Finnish body-modification artist Samppa Von Cyborg. It is clear that Von Cyborg is a tattoo artist, not a surgeon, but we couldn’t resist including the procedure here.

Read more . . .

Other News

Slug Slime Inspires Scientists to Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

A scientist with Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and his colleagues have used slug slime as a starting point to engineer a new adhesive for use in surgery. “The result is as sticky as super glue, stretchier than a rubber band, works on wet surfaces and isn’t toxic to human cells. Li says the material sticks as well to organs as cartilage does to bone,” writes Rae Ellen Bichell on The material would have to go through years of
testing before it might be available for use in humans, Bichell says, but in the future, for example, such an adhesive “might someday help surgeons patch a hole in a baby’s heart. Or it could help repair cartilage, which is impossible to suture.”
Read more . . .


Perioperative Puzzle: Plastic Surgery Crossword

Test your knowledge of plastic surgery with this month’s all-new crossword puzzle.

When you’re ready to check your answers, follow this link to see how well you did. Good luck!

Apps: PeriopSim

PRS Global Open. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open is an open access, peer reviewed, international journal focusing on global plastic and reconstructive surgery. The journal publishes on all areas of plastic and
reconstructive surgery, including basic science/experimental studies pertinent to the field and also clinical articles on such topics as: breast reconstruction, head and neck surgery, pediatric and craniofacial surgery, hand and microsurgery, wound healing, and cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. For iPad.

Student Spotlight:
S. Allison Fieder

Credentials:  ANP-BC

Student Status:  Current student

City & State:   Madison, IN

Current Position:  NP in orthopedics, working both outpatient and in surgery

Where did you get your RN degree, and do you have a specialty?
Indiana University, Adult Nurse Practitioner; my specialty is orthopedics.

Why did you choose perioperative nursing?
I am working with an orthopedist who asked me if I would be interested in going to the OR. The rest is history.

To date what is the funniest or scariest moment you’ve ever seen at the table?
The post on the Hana bed came loose and the RNFA I work with had to break scrub and go under the drape and secure it. There was no negative effect to the patient, fortunately.

What techniques or RNFA tricks did you learn from NIFA that you will use for life?
Suturing, of course, but the different types of suture and knots and how the instructors share their experiences to help us.

What advice would you give other perioperative nurses who wish to pursue RNFA?
Be a sponge. Absorb as much as you can from those who are there. Be a part of all the processes.


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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are strictly those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the views of NIFA. NIFA does not give any express or implied warranty as to the accuracy of statements made by our contributors and does not accept any liability for error or omission. It is the responsibility of all perioperative personnel to work within and adhere to their facility bylaws and individual scope of practice.