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It is much safer to get breast implants today than it was even five years ago. Technology has significantly improved, creating better implant shells, with sturdier and more natural constructions, to make them more durable and less likely to rupture once they are in the body. Though implant construction has improved greatly, there is still a risk of implant failure. Implant failure does not typically pose significant...Read More

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Women that require a mastectomy and are seeking to undergo breast reconstruction may be curious about the techniques regarding reconstruction of the nipple and areola. Many options are available and should be discussed with the plastic surgeon.

Nipple-sparing Mastectomies

Some women are eligible for nipple-sparing mastectomies. This means all the breast tissue, except for the nipple, and sometimes the...Read More

Traditional tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove excess abdominal skin. The main difference between a traditional and extended tummy tuck is that, with an extended tummy tuck, the incision goes around each hip so that the surgeon may access the patient’s sides and back to contour their waist and flanks, as well as the abdomen. This does result in a longer scar.

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As with a normal tummy tuck, the skin...Read More

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Breast Implant RipplingNovember 21, 2013

Breast augmentation is an effective way to increase the size and reshape the breasts. Though the surgery generally produces excellent results, complications can occur. One complication associated with breast implants is rippling. The rippling that occurs with breast implants has two primary causes.

  • Traction rippling occurs when the breast implant is too large. The connective and breast...Read More

Symmastia is a rare condition marked by the apparent fusion of the breasts. This can make it appear as though the breasts have merged with one another. Women who have symmastia can schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to have the condition corrected.

Causes of Symmastia

Symmastia occurs when the breasts converge. It can be caused by a congenital condition or, more commonly, as a side effect of...Read More

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Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, the implants will sit very high on the patient’s chest, especially if the implants are placed under the muscle. This is due to the initial swelling and the fact that gravity has not had a chance to influence their final position. Depending on the individual and her lifestyle, it can take up to six months for the breasts to sink a bit and look more natural, though in most...Read More

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Clotting, or coagulation, is a part of hemostasis, and occurs anytime there is trauma to blood vessels. It is an immune response wherein platelets and fibrin in the blood stream gather and clump together at the site of trauma. This is how the body prevents excessive bleeding while it repairs the broken blood vessels. Some clotting is good. Scabbing is an example of this. However, a large clot can break off and travel through the blood stream and inhibit the function of an...Read More

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Mini Tummy TuckOctober 31, 2013

Candidates for a mini tummy tuck, also called a partial abdominoplasty, have excess fat and skin or lax muscles below the navel. To be considered an ideal candidate for the procedure, patients should:

  • Be in good overall health.
  • Be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking. Smoking must be ceased for at least two weeks before and after the procedure to ensure proper circulation and healing.  Exposure to nicotine...Read More
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One of the most noticeable signs of aging is the appearance of fine lines around the outer corner of the eyes. These are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. These fine lines can contribute to an older, more tired appearance to the face. However, there are some cosmetic options to lessen the appearance of crow’s feet and make the face appear more youthful, fresh, and rejuvenated.

Sunscreen

A high quality sunscreen is really the first and best defense against crow’s...Read More

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Whether due to chronic lack of sleep, illness, or aging, dark circles or bags under the eyes can make a person’s face appear tired and old. The eyes may also begin to look sunken in and hollowed out. Fortunately, there are now a variety of methods to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes.

What Can Cause Dark Circles or Bags Under the Eyes?

As the body ages, the delicate skin under the eyes may become thinner, dry out, lose elasticity, or change color....Read More

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