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Archive for June, 2009

Mentor Breast implants are guaranteed for your lifetime

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I was just asked about the expected lifetime of breast implants. All patients with Mentor MemoryGel breast implants are automatically eligible for the Mentor Lifetime Product Replacement Policy.    Just to show how much implant companies stand by their products -Mentor Corporation is offering a limited time Premier Advantage breast implant warranty  which includes: in addition to lifetime product replacement - 10 years of financial assistance from the date of implant of up to $3,500 in surgical assistance, free contralateral implant rep[lacement and non -cancelable terms.This definitely is a long term commitment from Mentor!     I have told many patients that the products must be made well or the company could not offer this sort of warranty.  This additional warranty is free but this offer is only available for surgeries done between May 1st, 2009 and December 31, 2009.  After that time the optional  warranty coverage will again be $2400 and cost $100.

Nutrition, Post Bariatric Patients and Plastic Surgery

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A recent article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ( the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) highlights the nutritional problems which can occur after bariatric surgery and can then lead to healing difficulties after plastic surgery.  Not all patients who have undergone bariatric surgery will have nutritional problems but without good care some will and these nutritional problems can lead to  increased complications and poor wound healing.   Patients who have undergone a Lap band procedure usually do not have nutritional problems as this procedure encourages weight loss by a restriction on the size of the stomach.  Patients who have undergone either a Roux-en-Y or Duodenal switch procedure   , if they do not take their vitamins and are not vigilant about their protein intake , may have nutritional deficiencies.  In my practice I like to see labs early on in the consultation process so that any deficiencies can be identified and corrected before the date of surgery.  A lot of patients will benefit from supplementation , both protein and vitamins in the postoperative period, to help with the increased demands on their bodies as they heal.  There are a huge number of protein supplements available and nowadays they even taste good!