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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

Tissue Expander to Implant Exchange - Description and Recovery

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August 01, 2020
Fast Facts: Tissue expansion is the process of gradually stretching the skin of your chest to make room for future reconstruction with an implant or your own tissue. Once the tissue has expanded adequately, I perform a second surgery to remove the tissue expander and replace it with a permanent breast implant. Tissue expander to implant exchange involves removing the existing tissue expander and replacing it with a silicone implant, but could be a saline implant. So, we’re getting rid of the tissue expander and replacing it with a more permanent implant. This procedure is generally done through the same scar or incision as the initial mastectomies. Meaning, it doesn’t add any scars to… Read Full Post

Revision of DIEP Flap Reconstruction and Recovery

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August 01, 2020
Fast Facts: DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) flap is a technique in which skin and fat (no muscle) are used to reconstruct a breast. The breast is reconstructed entirely with your own tissue, so you don’t have to deal with implants. Your breasts look and feel natural and I’ll make them as symmetric as possible. DIEP flap reconstruction involves taking skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Patients like the “tummy tuck” it provides. DIEP flap revision is a second surgery performed to achieve the final breast contour. During this stage of the reconstruction, we can address any issues you have with your new breast and improve the aesthetic appearance compared to your… Read Full Post

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Recovery

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July 21, 2020
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Recovery   Recovery from lower eyelid blepharoplasty usually takes 10-14 days. It is more of a social recovery, i.e., most of my patients feel fine but might avoid certain social situations because they “look rough.” Knowing what to expect after blepharoplasty is important so you don’t feel overwhelmed. This blog explains what you should understand about lower eyelid blepharoplasty recovery.   Keep your eyes moist It can be a little scary to wake up from surgery and find that your vision is blurry. This is not something to worry about. It does not mean the surgery was unsuccessful. You vision is blurry because we apply a thick layer of ointment to prevent… Read Full Post

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

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July 21, 2020
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty   Fast Facts: Lower eyelid blepharoplasty or eye bag surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the undereye area. It addresses lower eyelid bags, tear troughs, sagging skin and wrinkles in the lower eye area. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia and takes less than an hour to perform. Recovery time is usually 10-14 days.  The recovery is primarily a social recovery.  Most people feel ok, but they look rough during the recovery.   What is lower eyelid blepharoplasty? Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed to rejuvenate the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery treats loose skin, excess fat, and… Read Full Post

Does Breast Tissue Grow Back after a Mastectomy?

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July 16, 2020
A mastectomy is one of the most common treatments for breast cancer. During this procedure, the entire breast is removed in order to get rid of all cancerous cells in the region. There are several different mastectomy techniques. Depending on the severity of your breast cancer, your oncologist may recommend: Total mastectomy – The entire breast, including the skin, areola and nipple, are removed. Skin-sparing mastectomy – The breast tissue, nipple and areola are removed, but most of the skin is left intact. Nipple-sparing mastectomy – The breast tissue is removed, but the nipple and skin are left intact. Modified radical mastectomy – The entire breast is removed as with a total… Read Full Post