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Who should perform breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation with implants remains one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery. Unfortunately, there are doctors who are capitalizing on the continued interest in breast enlargement but who are not properly trained to do the procedure.  Many will …
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Breast Implant Comparison: Round vs Shaped

Woman running on beach to illustrate upper breast curve..

Factors Impacting Breast Augmentation Results There are many factors that impact the final look and shape of augmented breasts: original breast size, breast shape, thickness of tissue, elasticity of tissue, symmetry, rib contours, history of pregnancy, history of weight loss, …
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Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

The most important step in successful breast augmentation is your choice of a plastic surgeon.  Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are uniquely qualified in performing breast augmentation. Consulting with a couple of board-certified plastic surgeons ensures …
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1.Is your surgeon a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon? Once you have decided to proceed with breast augmentation, your choice of surgeon is probably the most important decision you will make. The answer to the above question should be a short, definite …
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Plastic Surgery, Right or Wrong?

Nurse checking patient in before surgery

A 23-year-old woman who’d wanted a breast augmentation for years was upset because her parents opposed her surgery. “I wish you loved your body the way it is,” “That’s so superficial,”  “You’ll regret it!” they said. She was living with them while …
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Why Scars Blush

A red scar fades with the tincture of time

A scar is nature’s zipper. It closes up rents in the skin with a waterproof closure. A Scar Is Born Plastic surgeons create scars every time they do invasive surgery, though part of their art is to hide them in folds, …
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Surgery on Tissue Paper Won’t Create Lycra

Francisco Canales, MD and Heather Furnas, MD in surgery with scrub tech, Carrie, all with sterile gowns, gloves and surgical masks and caps

The quality of a plastic surgical result is impacted by two major factors: the surgeon’s skills the patient, specifically her anatomy, tissue tone, genetic scar potential, age’s effect on tissue atropy, health, and compliance with instructions. The patient’s satisfaction with the …
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Would Shakespeare Have Gotten Botox?

Nip. Tuck. Or Else.That’s what a recent Time magazine cover story declared. You will get a cosmetic procedure–perhaps a facelift or perhaps just a few units of Botox. It’s inevitable. (Even if you’re resistant.) Cosmetic Procedures Doubled OK, so the premise may be a …
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A Breast Augmentation Patient’s Experience

Patient after breast augmentation showing thumb's up sign

What is it like to go through a breast augmentation? One of my patients, a woman in her twenties, generously offered to share her experience. Below is her story in italics and some comments of my own. “Why I Wanted a Breast …
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When Family Objects to Plastic Surgery

Woman in a patient gown as Plastic Surgery Patient

Plastic Surgery: Right or Wrong A 23-year-old woman who wanted a breast augmentation recently wrote Dear Abby(1). She’d wanted surgery for years and could finally afford it. As a teacher, she planned to have the surgery during the summer. The …
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