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In light of growing concerns regarding opioid abuse and concomitant government action on both the state and local level, a recent abstract by B. Kelly, MD, ( is quite timely. As a result, it has received significant mention in the lay press. The authors did a meta-analysis comparing the use of NSAID’s (e.g., ibuprofen) […]

When Do You Need Antibiotics Before Surgery?

One of the most common questions patient ask before surgery is whether or not they will require antibiotics. Antibiotics are important when indicated, but it is commonly aware that the overuse of antibiotics will leads to the development of resistant organisms. An article in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery addresses this question […]

Tobacco, Youth And E-Cigarettes

In spite of the public campaigns and all the restrictions against smoking in public such as the work place and restaurants, smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Nearly1 in 5 deaths (among smokers and non-smokers alike) is related to tobacco use. Of these deaths almost 50,000 deaths from […]

Beauty & The Beast: Plastic Surgery & Smoking

Plastic surgery comes with many perks. There are obvious physical rewards, emotional benefits and the satisfaction of achieving personal goals. As anyone knows, achievements don’t come without some responsibilities. And when it comes to your plastic surgery procedure, one major responsibility is smoking cessation. Although this proposes a challenge for any habitual smoker, your surgeon’s […]

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