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Can a Reconstructed Breast Get Cancer?

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October 19, 2020
Fast Facts: Breast cancer can return in certain cases, whether the breast has been reconstructed or not. Breast reconstruction does not increase or decrease the risk of recurrent breast cancer. Breast cancer treatment often requires a procedure called a mastectomy, in which part or all of one or both breasts is removed. Breast reconstruction rebuilds or reshapes one or both breasts following mastectomy to create a natural bust appearance. The term “recurrent breast cancer” describes the return of cancer to the same or opposite breast after time has passed in which cancer was not detected During a mastectomy or lumpectomy, all cancer that can be observed or felt is removed. However,… Read Full Post

Brow Lift – Coronal – Description and Recovery

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September 09, 2020
Fast Facts: A coronal brow lift or forehead lift gives your face a refreshed appearance by repositioning the tissues of the forehead. The procedure corrects sagging forehead skin, lifts heavy, sagging eyebrows, and smooths the forehead to give the upper part of the face a more youthful appearance. A coronal brow lift is best suited for women and men with thick hair. It is not recommended for men with male-pattern baldness or a receding hairline. What is a coronal brow lift? A coronal brow lift involves elevating the eyebrows through an incision along the top of the head, behind the hairline. How that’s done is basically an incision is made from ear-to-ear on the top of the head. The… Read Full Post

Botox vs. Juveau vs. Dysport vs. Xeomin

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September 09, 2020
Fast Facts: Botox, Juveau, Dysport and Xeomin are all neuromodulators or wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes or relaxes the facial muscles to smooth out dynamic wrinkles and give your face a more youthful appearance. Neuromodulator injections are used to treat dynamic wrinkles like frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. What is the difference between Botox vs. Juveau vs. Dysport vs. Xeomin? Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Juveau are all what we call neuromodulators. These neuromodulators function by weakening the muscles that we inject them into. By weakening those muscles temporarily, they improve the appearance of… Read Full Post

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty – Description & Recovery

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September 05, 2020
Fast Facts: Upper eyelid blepharoplasty or upper eyelid lift is performed to remove excess eyelid skin and correct droopy eyelids. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes less than hour to complete. Recovery time is usually 7-10 days (it’s mostly a social recovery).   What is an upper eyelid blepharoplasty? With time and aging, we all develop extra skin on our upper eyelids. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty or upper eyelid lift involves removing the extra skin of the upper eyelids to help them look crisper and more youthful and to make you look more awake and energetic. The goal is to create a centrally positioned eyelid without excess skin and excess fat pads and… Read Full Post

Are IPL and BBL the Same Thing?

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August 29, 2020
Fast Facts: IPL (intense pulsed light) and BBL (broadband light) are photorejuvenation or photofacial technologies. These technologies use bright light to rejuvenate the skin. IPL and BBL are used to treat a variety of skin problems such as sun damage, age spots, sun spots, rosacea, redness, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, broken blood vessels visible beneath the skin, large pores, freckles, and sagging skin. IPL (intense pulsed light) is a type of light that penetrates deep into the skin. The energy of the light pulse causes blood vessels under the skin surface to constrict, thereby reducing redness. It also smooths out wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen… Read Full Post

BBL Treatment to Face – Description and Recovery

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August 29, 2020
Fast Facts: BBL (broadband light) is a photorejuvenation technology that is used to treat sun damage including age spots and sun spots on the face. BBL treatment to the face is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment with no downtime. Broadband light (BBL) treatment to the face involves using a very bright light with different filters to treat unwanted red spots and brown spots on the face. It is a non-ablative laser, meaning it doesn’t burn the skin. There is no downtime from this treatment. How does BBL treatment to the face work? What BBL does is it selectively injures the underlying red spots and brown spots. The top layer of that pigment, whether it’s red or brown, is charred on… Read Full Post

What is Alloderm?

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August 18, 2020
Fast Facts: Alloderm is a brand of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) that is commonly used in breast reconstruction procedures. ADMs are pliable, versatile sheets of dehydrated tissue from which the cells have been removed. Acellular dermal matrix acts like a scaffolding and provides extra support during breast reconstructive surgery. What is an acellular dermal matrix? The most common place that an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) is used is in breast reconstruction. And the most common type or brand of ADM is Alloderm. Other brands that are used include Cortiva, DermACELL, and FlexHD. These are all different types of acellular dermal matrices. An ADM is a dehydrated sheet of sterile tissue… Read Full Post

What is the Best Type of Breast Reconstruction?

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August 18, 2020
Fast Facts: Breast cancer treatment often requires partial or total removal of one or both breasts. This surgery is called a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction involves reforming or reshaping one or both breasts after mastectomy to create a natural reconstruction of the breast(s). Breast reconstruction can greatly reduce the psychological impact of mastectomy.   There are two main options for breast reconstruction – placement of saline or silicone breast implants or autologous skin flap surgery that utilizes tissue from another part of the patient’s body. When a breast is reconstructed with implants, a saline or silicone implant is inserted under the skin of the breast in place of the… Read Full Post

Breast Reconstruction with a Tissue Expander - Recovery

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August 03, 2020
  After tissue expander breast reconstruction, my primary concern is keeping your skin alive. The most common complication following tissue expander breast reconstruction is mastectomy skin necrosis (death of the mastectomy skin). The early postoperative period is when the skin left behind after the mastectomies, which is your breast skin, can die. The reason it could die is because the blood flow to that skin is disrupted from the mastectomy. Most of the blood vessels that keep the skin alive travel through your breast tissue. And those vessels are cut when the breast tissue is removed. So, the blood flow to the overlying skin or the mastectomy skin is severely disrupted and reduced… Read Full Post

Breast Reconstruction with a Tissue Expander - Description

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August 03, 2020
  Fast Facts: After your surgery to remove your breast (mastectomy), I will start breast reconstruction using a tissue expander. A tissue expander is like an empty breast implant that can be gradually filled with normal saline (salt and water) over 6-8 weeks. I will leave the tissue expander in place in your chest until the tissue expansion is finished. You will then have a second surgery called tissue expander to implant exchange, during which I will remove the tissue expander and insert a permanent breast implant. If you decide to have nipple and areola (the colored circle around the nipple) reconstruction, this can be accomplished 2-4 months after I put in the permanent breast… Read Full Post