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Archive for September, 2009

Choices in breast reconstruction

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

A few years ago I surveyed a group of female plastic surgeons as to what they would choose for reconstruction if they were faced with the diagnosis of breast cancer.,  My thinking was that this group of doctors had an unique perspective on breast reconstruction options -  they were very well informed as to  not only the options available but also to the risks and outcomes of each reconstructive option .  The results were interesting.,  A total of 54 female plastic surgeons were surveyed.  Ninety one percent stated that they would opt for mastectomy over breast conservation .  Most   (87%) choosing a mastectomy would opt for reconstruction.  For their reconstructive procedure 54% would choose tissue expansion with implant reconstruction and, 28% would choose a Tram flap and only 5% would choose a latissimus flap.  For the women choosing implant reconstruction 79% would choose a silicone implant , 24% would choose a saline implant and one respondent felt that either choice would be acceptable.  The most frequently chosen reconstruction then was tissue expansion followed by a silicone implant (43%).  Interesting  and food for thought!

Liposuction Facts

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Liposuction has been the most common plastic surgical procedure done in the United States.  In 2007 over 450,000  patients underwent liposuction.  Liposuction is best used to reduce pockets of fat which have been unresponsive to weight loss.  Liposuction removes fat only and does not remove skin.  For this reason it is usually only used as an adjunct to skin removal for patients who have lost a lot of weight.  There are several methods of liposuction available  including traditional liposuction, Vaser or ultrasonic liposuction (UAL) and power assisted liposuction (PAL).  A plastic surgeon may use one or more of these techniques in treating a patient depending on the areas being treated.  For example fibrous areas such as the back or male chest are usually treated with either Vaser or PAL rather than traditional liposuction.