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Study Shows Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise as Safety and Efficacy of Procedures Increase

Monday, September 24, 2007 General News J E 4
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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 24 Cosmetic procedures, both surgical andnonsurgical, have risen in popularity as evidenced by makeovers seen on"Oprah" and reality shows such as "Extreme Makeover." And, of course, wecannot overlook the success of the television series, "Nip/Tuck."

Nearly 11.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the UnitedStates in 2006, according to the American Society for Aesthetic PlasticSurgery (ASAPS).

Statistics show an increase in procedures that transfer one's own fat fromone part of the body to another using an instrument called a cannula, aclosed-end tubular device made from stainless steel. It looks much like alarge needle and is commonly used to extract tissue during liposuction andfat-transfer procedures. Tulip Biomed, Inc. makes a disposable cannula thecompany says is more effective and safer than non-disposable devices.

"Industry statistics, as well as our own research, show that whilenonsurgical procedures are on the rise, so are the number of plastic surgeonseager to obtain instrumentation that fit their medical needs, improveprocedural outcome, decrease post-trauma effect and, at the same time, reduceliability concerns," said Richard Burgoon, COO, Tulip Biomed, Inc.

Americans spent just under $12.2 billion on cosmetic procedures; $7.6billion for surgical procedures, such as liposuction and breast augmentation;and $4.5 billion for nonsurgical procedures, such as transferable fatinjections and Botox.

James Stuzin, MD, President, ASAPS, commented, "...Furthermore, as thesafety and efficacy of the nonsurgical procedures on the market continue toimprove, the number of those procedures performed by board-certified plasticsurgeons continues to rise year after year."

The overall number of procedures increased 446 percent since ASAPS firstbegan collecting data in 1997. Contributing to this rise are the aging BabyBoomers who are acutely aware of wrinkles and bulges, spending millions ofdollars on maintaining a youthful appearance.

Industry professionals will be able to view these devices at sixprofessional meetings: American Academy for Facial Plastic and ReconstructiveSurgery, Complementary Facial Fat Grafting and Purse String Facelifting,Practical Anatomy Workshop and Surgical Education, Association of PlasticSurgery Assistants, Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The AmericanSociety for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, QMP Third Aesthetic Surgery Symposium.

SOURCE Tulip Biomed, Inc.
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