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What is the difference between a facial plastic surgeon and a (general) plastic surgeon?
Not all surgeons are alike. Facial plastic surgeons have specialized training to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face, head, and neck regions only. After four years of medical school, their training includes one or two years of post-graduate training in general surgery residency and at least four additional years of specialty training in head and neck surgery (otolarynogology). A general plastic surgeon performs both face and body procedures. After medical school, their training includes three to five years in general surgery residency and two years of specialty training in all body areas.
Closure Medical Corporation received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its High Viscosity DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive, used to close wounds. This is an advanced, thicker formulation than the original Dermabond. It provides physicians with greater precision and control of application especially when used on curved areas of the body, such as around the eyes and nose. The High Viscosity DERMABOND is noted for its ease of use, broadness of applicability, and the nature of its antimicrobial barrier. The FDA approval is based in part on the findings of an 84-patient multicenter clinical study conducted at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island New York. Ask your facial plastic surgeon if you might benefit from this new product to hit the market.
Do you ever wish for more hours in a day? Does your list of things to do never seem any shorter? The solution is in practicing effective time management. Implement these time techniques so you may have a balanced professional and personal life with less stress and improved health.
- Prioritize work: Avoid rushing at the last minute to complete something by planning ahead and prioritizing your daily tasks.
- Build in breaks to relax and clear your mind: If you do not make time to relax you will eventually suffer burnout.
- Stay committed to what is important: Make sure you can clearly state what your 5-year, 10-year, etc. goals are so you can constantly measure if you are heading in the right direction.
- Schedule no-interruption times for your most difficult tasks: You need to set aside time when you are not going to answer the phone or talk to co-workers. Devote your full attention to a task and complete it.
- Eliminate time-wasting activities: Evaluate how you spend time in your personal and professional life. Eradicate those tasks that require much effort with little return. For example, are there chores you can delegate to your eight year old? What are you doing at work that is not part of your job description?