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From the American Society of Plastic Surgeons : Frequently asked questions about BIA-ALCL.

1. Do I need to have my implants removed? No, the FDA has specifically stated that implant removal is not necessary at this point unless you are diagnosed with BIA-ALCL. Having symptoms such as breast swelling, a lump in your breast or armpit, persistent breast pain, a rash or any change in your implants should …

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Timing of Surgery

There were several reports over the holidays about the numbers of cosmetic surgeries and even reconstructive surgeries going up.  Is this just a typical cycle or is this an indication that the economy is improving?   It is true that all hospital admissions went down during the past few years –  a direct result of the …

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Visitng Educator in Ecuador

I just returned from a trip to Porto Viejo Ecuador.  This was a Visiting Educator ( VE ) trip sponsored by Resurge( Interplast).   The purpose of this trip was to work alongside residents in Plastic Surgery from the University of Guayaquil and to help teach them techniques in cleft  lip and palate repairs.  Visiting educator …

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Numbers of Plastic Surgery procedures increases as Economy improves

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their statistics for 2010 yesterday.  The overall number of cosmetic procedures increased 5 % in 2010.  This may represent some pent-up demand as patients return who had put off cosmetic work when the economy was so unstable.  Reconstructive procedures also increased 2% in 2010 with breast reconstruction up …

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My Christmas Present

Dr Jorge Palacios just gave me the most wonderful Christmas present.  I was with Dr Palacios in Ecuador on a visiting educator trip where we were training young surgeons to do cleft lip and palate surgery.  One of the patients was a 45 year old woman with an unrepaired cleft lip.  Dr Palacios assigned her …

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