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New barbed sutures save time in the operating room.

Surgery on patients who have lost a lot of weight can take a lot of time.  This is a problem for many reasons .  The risk of complications can go up with a patient on the operating room table for an extended period of time  –  risks of wound infection, healing issues, risk of DVT […]

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Choices in breast reconstruction

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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 […]

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Liposuction Facts

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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 […]

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Breast Lift or Breast Reduction?

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Patients who have lost significant amounts of weight often are concerned about the appearance of their breasts.  For many patients they are unclear if the best procedure for them would be a breast reduction or a breast lift.  A breast lift (also called a  Mastopexy) repositions the breast on the chest wall but does not […]

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What is a Brachioplasty or Arm Lift?

Loose skin of the upper arms is of great concern for many women after weight loss.  An arm lift (Brachioplasty) can remove the excess skin but it does leave a scar.  The scar extends from the armpit to the elbow and may even extend onto the forearm if the excess skin extends there as well.  […]

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Tummy Tuck or Lower Body Lift ?

For most patients after a large weight loss their abdominal area is of the most concern.  For these patients an abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is the first procedure they consider.  If the patient also has a lot of loose skin on their thighs and buttocks they may consider a belt Lipectomy or Lower Body Lift […]

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Planning Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

Plastic surgery after weight loss can involve several stages and the question patients often ask – is how many procedures can be done at the same time?  Several procedures can be done at the same time.  For safety sake most plastic surgeons try to plan for what can be accomplished in a time period of […]

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Mentor Breast implants are guaranteed for your lifetime

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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 […]

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Nutrition, Post Bariatric Patients and Plastic Surgery

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 […]

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A major advance in breast reconstruction.

There has been a major advance in breast reconstruction with the use of acellular dermis.  Tissue expansion and implant reconstruction have  produced good results for many patients but there have been problems for some.  Now there is a new advance which can help patients with certain problems and even for some women allow them to […]

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