Body Contouring Pioneer To Receive Namesake Award At Asaps Annual Meeting

NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2005) – Plastic surgeon Ted E. Lockwood, MD, a pioneer in body contouring surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for almost 20 years, is the first recipient of a new award that bears his name. The Ted Lockwood Award for Excellence in Body Contouring will be presented at the Annual Meetingof theAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), April 29 - May 4, in New Orleans.

The redesign of body lifts over the past 15 years, making them safer and more effective, has been largely based on Dr. Lockwood's pioneering research and methodical scientific testing. Dr. Lockwood studied and analyzed the anatomical basis of the "hard body" look of youth, noting the effects of aging, weight change, pregnancy and sun damage. His research identified the important role of the superficial fascial system (SFS), a fibrous structural meshwork that encases the fat beneath the skin, in the anatomy of the youthful body. Based on this new understanding, lifts of the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and arms were redesigned, and the new techniques advanced by Dr. Lockwood have become state-of-the-art in aesthetic surgery.

Today, aesthetic contouring following massive weight loss, using many of Dr. Lockwood's techniques, is increasingly popular. According to ASAPS 2004 statistics, there were over 15,000 lower body lifts performed last year, an increase of 38 percent since 2003 and 610 percent since 1997; patients frequently seek this type of surgery to treat the loose, hanging tissue and skin that result from massive weight reduction. The number of upper arm lifts, buttock lifts and tummy tucks also have increased significantly in recent years due to the advances in technique that have increased safety and improved results.

Dr. Lockwood's career in plastic surgery spans a quarter century, and his achievements in clinical plastic surgery and research related to body contouring are recognized internationally. In addition to his busy clinical practice, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical School.

The Ted Lockwood Award is sponsored by ETHICON, INC., a global medical device company that manufactures surgical sutures (stitches). “ETHICON is sponsoring this new ASAP award because we recognize Dr. Lockwood as a visionary whose contributions to plastic surgery and patient care are truly extraordinary,” says Rodrigo Bianchi, Worldwide President of ETHICON Products. “We hope by honoring Dr. Lockwood, the next generation of plastic surgeons will strive for the sort of innovation he did.”

“Dr. Lockwood has raised the bar for all of us in so many areas, including clinical excellence, patient safety and innovative procedures,” says Peter Fodor, MD, ASAPS President. “I can think of no more deserving individual to receive this kind of recognition.”

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; 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.

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