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Dallas Plastic Surgeon, William P. Adams Jr. MD, Named New President Of The Aesthetic Society

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Aesthetic Society announced the election of William P. Adams Jr. MD, a plastic surgeon practicing in Dallas, TX as the new President of the 2,600-member organization dedicated to aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Adams and his leadership team will focus on evidenced based aesthetic education and advancing the robust curriculum The Aesthetic Society provides for plastic surgeons.

“It is an exceptional honor to assume the role of President of The Aesthetic Society. Our members go above and beyond the standards of plastic surgery—advancing the specialty while transforming lives,” said William P. Adams Jr. MD, President of The Aesthetic Society. “I look forward to working with my team this year to amplify our educational offerings and support the elite group of plastic surgeons The Aesthetic Society is known for.”

A member of the organization for 20 years, Dr. Adams has served on numerous committees and task forces in the last year including serving as The Aesthetic Society Education Commissioner, the Breast Implant Illness Task Force, the BIA-ALCL Task Force, the Aesthetic Training Committee and more. He is a past president of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) and has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The Aesthetic Society.

Dr. Adams spent his first 8 years in full-time practice at the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center before transitioning to part-time. He is currently in private practice, in order to devote more time to his clinical practice and developments and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in addition to the Program Director of the UTSW Aesthetic Fellowship Program.

Dr. Adams is a national and global authority on breast implant surgery and implant-related issues. He developed new irrigations for use in clinical breast implant surgery that makes breast enlargement and breast reconstruction safer and drastically minimizes exposure to bacteria. Dr. Adams is currently doing active research on Capsular Contracture, Implants, advancements in surgical techniques, Breast Implant Associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL), and Breast Implant Illness (BII). He has published numerous papers, articles, and scholarly textbooks; and presented hundreds of invited plastic surgery lectures on the international level. He is on the breast editorial board of The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the premier aesthetic journal of plastic surgery.

Other newly named Aesthetic Society officers serving on the Executive Committee are as follows:

President-Elect: Jennifer Walden, MD of Austin, TX has been a member of The Aesthetic Society since 2008. She is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Walden is the first female physician at The Aesthetic Society to ascend to the Executive Committee in a leadership role on the Board of Directors. She has served as the organization’s Communications Commissioner for four years and has served on a variety of committees and task forces. Dr. Walden has been recognized as one of Texas Super Doctors and since 2016, she has been one of Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors. Dr. Walden was honored to be selected for membership into the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, an invitation-only, all-star academic society described as “the highest medium of recognition in the field of plastic surgery as evidenced by the contribution of its individual members.” Dr. Walden operates her private practice, Walden Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center and maintains privileges at the Hospital at Westlake Medical Center. She owns and operates medical spas in both Austin, TX and New York City, NY.

Vice President: Melinda J. Haws, MD of Nashville, TN has been a member of the Society since 2006. She is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Haws established The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville with Mary Gingrass, MD in 2002. She is a member of the medical staff at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. During her tenure with The Aesthetic Society, Dr. Haws has most recently served on critical task forces including Chair of the Breast Implant Illness Task Force and Co-Chair of the FDA Breast Implant Hearing Task Force. She has also just been named The Aesthetic Society’s Communications Commissioner.

Treasurer: Kiya Movassaghi, MD, FACS has been a member of the Society since 2006. Based in Eugene, OR, Dr. Movassaghi came to Eugene in 2002 after 14 years in Boston where he completed his medical and surgical training at Harvard Medical School. His practice focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. A 1995 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Movassaghi completed a three-year plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Program. Prior to that training, he completed a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. He also received his DMD at Harvard Dental School, where he graduated magna cum laude. He followed this degree with a residency in maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Movassaghi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine in Portland. He is well versed in the latest techniques including Laser and Endoscopic Procedures with minimal scars and has authored numerous publications in leading scientific and plastic surgery journals.

Secretary: Tracy Pfeifer, MD is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery. She opened her Upper East Side Park Avenue practice, now on 5th Avenue, in 1999, fulfilling her dream of a boutique aesthetic surgery practice delivering personalized care and exceptional results, in order to help women feel their very best. Dr. Pfeifer was thrilled to open her second office location in the Hamptons in 2011.

About The Aesthetic Society:

The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. The Aesthetic Society is comprised of more than 2,600 members in North America and internationally; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements. The Aesthetic Society is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine globally.

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Why Texture Matters

Textured implants became a popular option for patients who wanted to avoid some of the aesthetic irregularities connected to smooth implants, like capsular contraction, or hardening of the breasts from tightening of the capsule. While the addition of texture reduced the risk of capsular contraction, it also created areas of inflammatory bacteria to grow. “We’ve discovered that implants with more texture, or macro-textures, allow for exponentially higher numbers of bacteria on the implant surface,” says co-chair of The Aesthetic Society’s FDA task force, Dallas plastic surgeon William P. Adams Jr. “It’s the bacteria living in all the little nooks and crannies, and not the implant, that causes the chronic inflammation.” Of those 573 cases of BIA-ALCL, a large majority of patients had BioCell implants, leading researchers to believe that the unique BioCell texture led to proportionally more cases compared to textured implants from other brands. 

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Surgical Site Irrigation in Plastic Surgery: What is Essential?

Bacteria are Bad and More Bacteria are Worse

This simple concept is critical to understand the nuances of device-associated infection, including capsular contracture and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

We are honored to discuss this paper on a topic that we have had a keen interest in for over 20 years.1 This topic has been important for all breast surgeons and has continued to be, especially with the recent confirmation of the role of bacteria in BIA-ALCL.2-9 The authors have done a nice analysis in this study, and I will attempt to highlight certain portions to emphasize and sometimes clarify.

The authors state, “Numerous studies and recommendations exist regarding the choice of intravenous antibiotics, timing, and duration of their administration. But the use of topical antibiotic prophylaxis agents in plastic surgery is not specified and nonstandardized.”1 We agree with this statement, but not because the details of standardization are not available. They have been readily avail-able for the past 15 to 20 years.10-13 The problem is with surgeons inaccurately implementing these practices. With the recent developments of BIA-ALCL and the role of bacteria, surgeons have a renewed interest in minimizing bacterial load, including breast pocket irrigations. This study brings up some salient aspects of breast pocket irrigation to which we hope surgeons will finally pay attention.

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What’s Your Micromort? A Patient-Oriented Analysis of BIA-ALCL

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) continues to be a rare and elusive malignancy. Because BIA-ALCL does not behave like traditional lymphomas, additional research needs to be conducted to further delineate the lymphoproliferative nature of BIA-ALCL. An estimated 35 million women worldwide have breast implants and the total reported deaths from BIA-ALCL is 12 to date. The term micromort was introduced in 1979 by Ronald Howard as a person’s risk of dying as 1 in a million. Drinking 0.5 L of wine or walking 17 miles all increase your risk of death by 1 micromort. Risk of death from BIA-ALCL is 0.4 micromorts for a woman having bilateral breast implants. This information is important for counseling new patients and those presenting with delayed onset seromas.

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