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Choosing Your Breast Enhancement Surgeon

Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a big decision, and choosing the right surgeon is imperative in order to maximize the probability of having a safe and effective procedure. Unfortunately, any licensed medical doctor, such as an internist or gynecologist, can call himself or herself a “cosmetic surgeon” and legally perform plastic surgery with patient …

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The Best Bra for After Breast Surgery

Breast surgery, whether it is an augmentation, reduction, lift, revision, or reconstruction, usually results in improved self-esteem and quality of life. However, as with all surgeries, a period of recovery is needed to allow for desirable healing. After the procedure, the breasts will be bandaged, and it is important that they have the proper support …

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Do Breast Implants Have Warranties?

  When most people think about breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, implant warranty is the last thing on their minds. But considering that breast implants are not lifetime devices and may need to be replaced at some point, implant warranties can be very beneficial if breast revision surgery is needed. I perform breast augmentation and …

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“Gummy Bear” Silicone Breast Implants Just Approved by the FDA for Usage

After waiting years for approval of the widespread usage in the United States of the so called “gummy bear” silicone breast implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday finally announced their formal approval to the manufacturer of this implant, Allergan, Inc. This implant will be officially known by the marketing name Natrelle® 410 …

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Can One’s Body Really “Swallow” a Breast Implant?

A few days ago, there were countless headlines and stories in the media about a woman whose breast implant was “swallowed” by her body while doing Pilates. These were in response to a medical report documenting an unusual case that was just published in the Dec. 15th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. …

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Silicone Breast Implants and the Cost Effectiveness and Accuracy of MRI’s to Screen for Rupture

As a result of research and technological advancements, there have been fundamental improvements in the design and construction of silicone breast implants over the years. These have translated into breast implants filled with a cohesive gel (like taffy) that are stronger, far more durable and resistant to a multitude of forces and factors and which …

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What’s the Story on the “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants?

The term “gummy bear” breast implants has been used in the public realm for several years now yet most people know little about them. What they have heard is that they are the latest type of silicone breast implant and something that they may just want to have for their breast augmentation or breast reconstruction. …

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Silicone Breast Implants Are The Overwhelming Implant Preference of Women

For any breast procedure requiring the placement of breast implants, my patients are offered the option of using either silicone or saline implants. This would include women who are considering breast augmentation, breast lift with implants, breast implant exchange and breast reconstruction. I thoroughly discuss with them all the important and relevant information about these …

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Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery and Smoking

It is universally accepted that smoking is bad for you and your health. Not only is it unequivocally associated with premature aging, both physiologically and in appearance, but also with an increased incidence of numerous diseases and cancers as well as a reduced quality of life. Smoking also significantly elevates the rate of complications and …

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The Effects of Previous Unilateral Breast Radiation Treatments On Bilateral Breast Reconstruction Using Tissue Expanders

Women who undergo bilateral breast reconstruction have the best possible chance of obtaining relatively symmetrical results. This would be independent of the technique employed, whether it is immediate insertion of implants, utilization of tissue expanders or flap procedures such as a TRAM flap. A significant exception to this would be unilateral radiation treatments as adjunct …

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A Small Percentage of Breast Reduction Specimens Contain Cancer Not Detected By Mammogram

Most patients undergoing a breast reduction should have a fairly recent mammogram prior to surgery if they are past a certain age. The reason for this is that if any abnormal findings are detected that need further delineation, they should be pursued before proceeding with the planned breast reduction. A finding of breast cancer would …

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Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction Can Be Challenging In Women With Previous Radiation Therapy

Though radiation therapy is important in many situations for the treatment of breast cancer, it does present a challenge for breast reconstruction. Its permanent effects on the tissues of the chest can be significant and will have some impact on the reconstructive results. The ionizing radiation injures and destroys healthy cells leading to scarring, thickening …

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