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Breast implant concerns spur legal action from South Americansupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 07:12:00

More than 1,000 South American women who have breast implants made by a bankrupt French company are taking legal action to get money for replacement surgery, attorneys said Tuesday.

UK breast implant victims want answersupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 02:42:00

When Rowena Macintosh was deciding on whether or not to get breast implants, she told the operating surgeon that she was concerned about leaking silicone from the implants.

Defective implant victims want answersupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 02:42:00

CNN's Atika Shubert reports on one woman's ordeal after receiving defective breast implants.

France to pay for breast implant removalupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 09:52:00

French government to pay for the removal of potentially defective breast implants if the surgery was for reconstruction.

France to pay for breast implant removal over cancer fearupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 17:15:00

The French government will pay for tens of thousands of women to have silicone breast implants removed over concerns about a possible link to a rare form of cancer, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

FDA panels put silicone breast implants back under microscopeupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 14:09:00

Makers of silicone breast implants have not followed up on thousands of women who received them as required by the Food and Drug Administration as a condition of approval, agency advisers said Wednesday.

FDA: New concerns with breast implantsupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 14:09:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks a new FDA report that says breast implants are safe, but will likely require additional surgery.

Chimp attack victim gets face transplantupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 18:09:00

Chimp attack victim Charla Nash receives a full face transplant, but her hand transplant fails.

CNNMoney: Plastic surgery rebounds as job seekers try to look youngerupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 05:43:00

As the U.S. economy gets a lift, so do faces.

Lebanon emerges as Mideast's 'mecca' for cosmetic surgeryupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 08:34:00

While the search for inner beauty is this month drawing Muslims to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage, a different kind of search -- this time for beauty of a more obvious kind -- is drawing many from the Middle East to another location.

Brides compete for surgery on new showupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 15:04:00

CNN's Brooke Anderson explains a new reality show that pits bride-to-be against bride-to-be for plastic surgery.

'Bridalplasty': Double-edged sword for reality TV?updated: Wed Nov 10 2010 15:04:00

Money, husbands, record deals or a free stay at a celebrity sober living house.

Celeb lookalike surgery requests raise red flagsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 05:37:00

Nicole Kidman's nose. Angelina Jolie's lips. Plastic surgeons say they get these very specific requests regularly and usually oblige.

Plastic surgery Kim Kardashian clone?updated: Tue Jul 27 2010 05:37:00

Kim Kardashian pleads with a fan to not get plastic surgery to look like her.

Face transplant recipient makes first public appearanceupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 15:51:00

The world's first full face transplant recipient appeared in public for the first time Monday. The patient, identified only as Oscar, appeared at a press conference at University Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain.

Will antidepressants make your nose job look better?updated: Mon May 17 2010 16:22:00

Thinking about having a nose job or facelift? You may be more pleased with the results if you're older--or if you're being treated for depression, a new study suggests.

Donda West law won't boost patient safety, docs sayupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 08:52:00

A new California law named for rapper Kanye West's late mother requiring a physical exam and medical history before cosmetic surgeries isn't likely to lead to better patient safety, some cosmetic surgeons said.

Heidi Montag 'obsessed' with plastic surgeryupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 12:26:00

Fans will be forgiven if they don't recognize Heidi Montag.

Model's death highlights plastic surgery risksupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 07:42:00

Following the death of a former Miss Argentina after complications arising from plastic surgery, questions are being raised about the risks of cosmetic surgery.

People.com: Wendy Williams's Son Finds Out About Mom's Breast Implants from Talk Showupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 21:34:00

The talk host reveals how she sat down with her 9-year-old son to discuss plastic surgery

What really killed the beauty queen?updated: Thu Dec 10 2009 12:58:00

When Argentine beauty queen Solange Magnano approached Dr. Guillermo Blugerman in 2004 about helping her achieve a flatter stomach, the plastic surgeon says, he obliged with liposuction. But when she returned five years later requesting silicone injections for a higher, firmer rear end, he turned her away.

Cosmetic surgery boom revamps doctors' officesupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 17:22:00

The recent death of former Miss Argentina and model Solange Magnano is raising a lot of questions about the risks of cosmetic surgery. But even non-surgical beauty procedures can carry with them serious risks -- especially if the doctor performing them isn't a specialist.

Plastic surgery in Argentinaupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 10:37:00

CNN's Brian Byrnes explains why Argentina has become a magnet for cosmetic surgery tourism.

Nip and tuck on a budget in Argentinaupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 10:37:00

James Brandon is concerned about getting old and looking older. So the 44-year-old events planner from Canada decided on plastic surgery to help bring his boyish looks back.

New face for gunshot victimupdated: Sun May 10 2009 19:35:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why the 22 hour face transplant is so extraordinary.

How gunshot survivor became first to receive face transplantupdated: Sun May 10 2009 19:35:00

Doctors chose a woman who survived a shotgun wound to her face as the first recipient of a face transplant after treating her for nearly four years.

First U.S. face transplant recipient offers thanksupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:12:00

In 2004, a bullet ripped away Connie Culp's nose, cheeks and upper jaw. Metal fragments sprayed into her skull and stripped her face away, leaving nothing except for her eyes, her chin and forehead.

Giving compliments in the age of Botoxupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 10:32:00

Annabel Newell has grown used to people complimenting her breasts.

People.com: INSIDE STORY: How Tameka Raymond's Plastic Surgery Went Wrongupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 14:29:00

Usher's wife went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia for liposuction, a Brazilian surgeon confirms to PEOPLE

People.com: No Botox, Boob Job or Baby for Anna Kournikovaupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 11:16:00

The former tennis phenom enjoys being out of the limelight – and with Enrique Iglesias

Time.com: The Young and Plastic Surgery Hungryupdated: Wed May 07 2008 12:00:00

Plastic surgery, once the domain of the well-to-do female in her fifties, has become the obsession of the least affluent segment of younger Internet users

People.com: Ashley Tisdale Vows No More Plastic Surgeryupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 13:23:00

She calls claims she had a second nose job and breast augmentation "ridiculous"

Outrage over bimbo gameupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 17:54:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on Miss Bimbo, an online game for young girls that has triggered outrage in Britain.

Alarm as dolls get breast implants in 'Miss Bimbo' gameupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 17:54:00

A Web site that encourages girls as young as seven to give virtual dolls breast implants and put them on crash diets has caused concern among parents and children's activists.

CNNMoney: Cosmetic surgery market stands firmupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 16:08:00

The current economic downturn could give a nip and tuck to the $10 billion cosmetic surgery market, but simple consumer vanity may outweigh recession fears.

The dangers of legal drugsupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 16:08:00

The death of Heath Ledger has drawn attention to the dangers of legal prescription drugs. CNN's Alina Cho has more.

Fortune: A wrinkle in the Botox storyupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 04:10:00

The Food and Drug Administration may have caused pandemonium on Park Avenue and Rodeo Drive with its announcemenet late last week of a safety review of the famed cosmetic therapy, Botox. But on Wall Street at least a few financial analysts are advising investors to buy shares of Botox maker Allergan while they're cheap.

CNNMoney: Allergan stock dives on Botox warningupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 16:00:00

Allergan's stock took a dive on Friday after the Food and Drug Administration said its Botox had been linked to severe side-effects, including death in children being treated for cerebral palsy.

People.com: Donda West's Doc: Her Death 'Almost Destroyed' My Businessupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 11:43:00

Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed liposuction and breast reduction surgery on Kanye West's mom one day before her Nov. 10 death, says the repercussions have nearly ruined his practice.

Time.com: How Not to Look Old: Author Charla Kruppupdated: Thu Jan 03 2008 12:00:00

TIME's Andrea Sachs talks with the style-and-fashion authority about her new book

Face lift, luxury safari -- bargain priceupdated: Thu Jan 03 2008 08:57:00

Colleen Hiltbrunner spent two years researching her dream trip to South Africa. But she wasn't looking for the perfect safari lodge. She was hunting for the right cosmetic surgeon.

5 tips for picking a good plastic surgeon updated: Wed Jan 02 2008 18:06:00

Michele Trobaugh regrets the day she heard a radio advertisement for Dr. Jan Adams.

People.com: Ashley Tisdale Reveals Her New Look in New York Cityupdated: Mon Dec 17 2007 12:02:00

Ashley Tisdale made her first public appearance Friday night since undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure on Nov. 30.

People.com: High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale Gets Nose Jobupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 17:03:00

High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale had a rhinoplasty procedure on Friday in Los Angeles, the actress confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Not everyone's a good plastic surgery candidateupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 17:16:00

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is." Remember that axiom if you're considering cosmetic surgery. A nose job, tummy tuck or breast lift may change your appearance, but it probably won't fundamentally change your life.

Deciding on plastic surgeryupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 17:16:00

Know what you're getting into before you choose plastic surgery. CNN's Judy Fortin explains.

Donda West's plastic surgeon walks off 'Larry King Live'updated: Wed Nov 21 2007 11:41:00

The plastic surgeon who operated on hip-hop star Kanye West's mother the day before she died abruptly walked off the set of CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday, saying he was honoring a request from her family.

People.com: Report: Kanye West Pulls Out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Showupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 13:02:00

Kanye West has pulled out of performing at the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, due to the death of his mother, Donda West, Entertainment Tonight reports.

West's surgeon faces scrutinyupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 11:17:00

Doctor for Kanye West's mother great on camera, but what about the operating room? CNN's David Mattingly reports

Donda West's surgeon faced malpractice suits, records show updated: Wed Nov 14 2007 11:17:00

The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West's mother a day before she died is in trouble with the Medical Board of California over several DUI cases and has had judgments against him in at least two malpractice cases, according to legal documents filed in California.

Donda West briefingupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 20:58:00

Capt. Ed Winter of the L.A. County coroner's office has the latest in the investigation into the death Kanye West's mom.

Kanye mourns mother's deathupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 20:58:00

CNN's Brooke Anderson has the latest on the death of Kanye West's mother Donda.

Coroner awaits toxicology test results in death of Donda Westupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 20:58:00

An autopsy on the body of Donda West, mother of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, was inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said Tuesday.

Money Magazine: Forever Youngupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 00:01:00

AH, VANITY, THY NAME IS...BOOMER?

Botox faster than face-lift, but requires maintenanceupdated: Mon Feb 19 2007 12:00:00

It's been around for years, but Botox is still one of the most popular anti-wrinkle products on the market. Its manufacturer reports more than 3 million procedures were performed in 2005. CNN Medical Correspondent Judy Fortin found out how it works from Dr. Harold Brody, a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia.

Money Magazine: Forever Youngupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 10:48:00

With, oh, maybe a little touch-up around the edges, you can be the30-year-old you still think you are. (Well, almost.) Here's what it will cost.

CNNMoney: A new wrinkle for face filler makerupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 11:57:00

Seekers of eternal youth get collagen injections every few months, but the newly public company Artes Medical has a longer-lasting wrinkle remover in the works.

FSB: Lunch-hour liposuctionupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 07:21:00

Vacuuming fat from more than 455,000 patients - and some $1.2 billion out of their wallets - made liposuction the No. 1 cosmetic-surgery procedure in the U.S. in 2005. Like many operations, standar...

A Day in the Life: Dr. Anna Wongupdated: Thu Nov 23 2006 23:57:00

Two very handsome male cosmetic surgeons slice and dice up a female client on an operating table as classical music drifts from an expensive sound system.

CNNMoney: Breast implant stocks surgeupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 16:11:00

Stock prices for breast implant makers surged on Monday, following the FDA's decision on Friday to approve silicone implants, ending a 14-year ban for most women.

FDA allows silicone breast implants back on marketupdated: Fri Nov 17 2006 16:44:00

The FDA is allowing silicone breast implants to be sold again, 14 years after they were removed from the market by the same agency over questions of safety.

CNNMoney: Silicone implants are backupdated: Fri Nov 17 2006 16:43:00

FDA approved silicone implants Friday, ending America's 14-year hiatus.

Fortune: The Bonnie and Clyde of mortgage fraudupdated: Sat Nov 04 2006 07:56:00

In December 2004, Dr. Bruce Brown and his wife, Bridget, got a call around seven in the evening from a man who had seen the sales listing for their Columbia, S.C., house. He asked if he could come ...

CNNMoney: Hotly contested market for wrinkle removersupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 09:45:00

The market for injectable wrinkle removers is about to get bigger, but it's also about to get crowded.

Fortune: Give me some skinupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 15:00:00

Imagine having had the good fortune to buy Stryker shares in 1990, before artificial joints became the standard of care for worn-out hips and knees and the stock soared 20-fold over ten years. Well...

CNNMoney: Silicone breast implants may soon be backupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 09:06:00

For the first time since 1992 - the year Bill Clinton was elected, John Gotti was convicted and Los Angeles spiraled into riots - silicone breast implants may once again be available in America.

CNNMoney: The wrinkle wars heat upupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 10:42:00

The market for wrinkle-removing drugs is about to get more competitive, as Allergan prepares to launch a product in the U.S. that could threaten Medicis' dominance.

CNNMoney: Plenty of smooth sailing ahead for Botoxupdated: Mon Apr 03 2006 11:41:00

Allergan, a California biotech, is lucky enough to have a wide-open U.S. playing field free of immediate competitors for its blockbuster drug: the wrinkle remover Botox.

Report: Nearly 4 million Botox treatments in 2005updated: Fri Mar 17 2006 10:31:00

The number of cosmetic procedures climbed to more than 10.2 million last year, most of them office-based, minimally invasive cosmetic fixes such as Botox injections.

Business 2.0: The new skin tradeupdated: Sun Feb 05 2006 12:02:00

Last year, Cheri Isabell decided to do something about the years of sun worship and stress that were starting to show on her face.

CNNMoney: Wrinkle fillers could face off in '06updated: Wed Jan 11 2006 12:36:00

Restylane, an injectable facial drug from Medicis that makes wrinkles disappear, could face some wrinkles of its own in 2006.

CNNMoney: Inamed gets silicone implant green lightupdated: Wed Sep 21 2005 08:17:00

Breast implant maker Inamed Corp. said Wednesday it received an approvable letter from the Food and Drug Administration, clearing a regulatory hurdle on its path to selling silicone implants in the United States.

CNNMoney: Breast implant competition heats upupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 12:41:00

As they prepare to make the jump to silicone, Mentor and Inamed have the American breast implant market all to themselves, but they could soon face competition from an industry legend unnoticed by many investors.

CNNMoney: A better breast implantupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 12:33:00

The market dynamic for breast implants could swing dramatically over the next year, and it has a lot to do with a new implant with a consistency that's been compared to Gummy Bears.

FDA moves toward silicone implant OKupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 21:09:00

Silicone gel-filled breast implants moved a step closer to the U.S. market after the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued an "approvable" letter to Mentor Corp. for its implants.

CNNMoney: Did Mentor hide defective implants?updated: Mon May 23 2005 07:27:00

Two former employees of silicone breast implants manufacturer Mentor Corp. said the company made defective implants that were prone to rupture and hid the information from customers and federal regulators, according to the New York Times.

CNNMoney: Who wins if FDA ok's silicone implantsupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 12:18:00

The breast implant industry could face a radical shift in coming months if the FDA follows a panel recommendation favoring one company's implant over its rival's.

Lawmakers look to tax faceliftsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2005 18:51:00

Nip, tuck and ... tax?

Botox suspected in 4 botulism casesupdated: Thu Dec 02 2004 07:04:00

Health officials in Florida and New Jersey are investigating whether four people -- hospitalized in those two states -- may have contracted botulism from Botox injections.

New breast implant set for trialsupdated: Fri Oct 29 2004 08:27:00

A British firm has announced plans to develop breast implants using a synthetic biomaterial which it claims will make them safer and feel more natural.

FSB: Body Shopupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 00:01:00

Brian Eichenberg is a plastic surgeon with a plan. From his practice in Temecula, Calif., the doctor sees exploding national demand for all manner of cosmetic procedures, from Botox treatments to l...

Doctor uses metal in breast implantsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2004 07:22:00

A German cosmetic surgeon has developed a new procedure for breast implantation using titanium.

CNNMoney: Radical chicupdated: Fri Apr 16 2004 09:51:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Makeover fever pervades the television landscape. From three-bedroom houses to sloppy straight guys, metamorphosis is the prime time name of the game.

FDA rejects silicone breast implant requestupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 08:29:00

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a manufacturer's application asking to restore silicone breast implants to the market, the firm said in a statement Thursday.

Fortune: Shop, Then Drop In For Surgeryupdated: Mon Nov 10 2003 00:01:00

Coming soon to a mall near you: tummy tucks, boob jobs, and booty lifts. With extreme makeovers more popular than ever, plastic surgeons are going retail. The ritziest new entrant: Rodeo Drive Plas...

Business 2.0: Here Comes the One-Hour Face-Liftupdated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

In the fight against wrinkles and aging, Americans spent $7.7 billion on cosmetic medical procedures last year. Next year they'll undergo 12 million nips, tucks, peels, and plumps of one sort or an...

Fortune: Facelift in a Bottle Allergan, the drug company that makes Botox, has a fresh glow.updated: Mon Jun 24 2002 00:01:00

It started in the late '90s as a rumor, then became a whisper, then a buzz. By last year every cosmetically correct woman on both coasts knew the secret. When you inject Botox--an obscure drug norm...

Fortune: Live Nude Cosmetic Surgery!updated: Mon Feb 01 1999 00:01:00

It sounds like business as usual for online pornography peddler Internet Entertainment Group: Hot live flesh on the Web! Amateurs take it all off! But trust us: You've never seen hot live subcutane...

Fortune: THE REVERSAL OF FORTUNE ON BREAST IMPLANTSupdated: Mon Sep 29 1997 00:01:00

DOW CHEMICAL DECEIVED WOMEN ON BREAST IMPLANTS, JURY DECIDES, screamed the Aug. 19 headline on the front page of the New York Times--and if you thought to yourself, "Here we go again," you could ha...

Fortune: YOU'RE SO VAIN I BET YOU THINK THIS STORY'S ABOUT YOU AMERICAN MEN, REFUSING TO AGE GRACEFULLY, ARE SPENDING $9.5 updated: Mon Sep 09 1996 00:01:00

Saddam Hussein has a HAIRY BACK," reads an ad for depilatories in Muscle & Fitness magazine, "but you don't have to!" Indeed not. No man need suffer any longer the indignities inflicted on him by a...

Fortune: FATAL LITIGATION, PART II: DOW CORNING SUCCUMBSupdated: Mon Oct 30 1995 00:01:00

BY THE SPRING of 1993, the small handful of companies that had once manufactured and sold silicone breast implants were in a bad way. For more than a year, they had been ensnared in a web of litiga...

Fortune: FATAL LITIGATIONupdated: Mon Oct 16 1995 00:01:00

It usually begins slowly, almost imperceptibly, the first faint gust of wind that signals the coming storm. Somewhere in America, a plaintiffs lawyer files a lawsuit alleging that a familiar and wi...

Fortune: MEN GIVING PLASTIC SURGERY A NEW LOOKupdated: Mon Oct 02 1995 00:01:00

Allegations concerning faulty breast implants may have sent Dow Corning into bankruptcy, facing $2 billion in claims, but the cosmetic surgery business is still looking as good as ever-particularly...

Fortune: BEAUTY AND THE MANAGERIAL BEAST Good looks seem to boost a male's career but may hinder a woman's. Plastic surgery, anyone?updated: Mon Nov 10 1986 00:01:00

A few common misconceptions: Beauty is only skin deep. One's physical assets and liabilities don't count all that much in a managerial career. A woman should always try to look her best. Over the l...

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