Category Archives: Patient Safety

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Saline Breast Implants and Deflation

Woman smiling at a purple balloon

“The Safe Implant” Years ago when patients said, “I want the safe breast implant,” my husband and I knew what they meant. Salines. Saline implants weren’t perfect. They rippled, they were heavy, and they felt like plastic bags filled with water (because they were). …
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Nicotine and Plastic Surgery

Woman about to cut a cake to demonastrate nicotine's effect on plastic surgery

Years ago I performed a breast reduction on a woman who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. At her initial consultation, I described the impact of cigarettes on both wound healing and tissue survival. In fact, I told her, I wouldn’t …
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10 Ways To Prepare for Your Plastic Surgery

Dr. Heather Furnas reviewing an upcoming plastic surgical procedure with a patient.

Preparing for plastic surgery can be scary, whether you’re the patient or the caregiver. The following 10 tips are meant to augment (not replace) your plastic surgeon’s information to make your surgery and recovery flow smoothly. The better prepared you are, the more …
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Local Anesthesia and Plastic Surgery

Anesthesiologist attending to a plastic surgery patient in an accredited operating room.

An increasing number patients ask to have their surgery done with local anesthesia “because it’s safer.” This correlates with the increasing number of doctors who aren’t plastic surgeons but who perform cosmetic surgery learned at weekend courses taught by other non-plastic surgeons. The main selling point for their …
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Plastic Surgery, Getting Started

Dr. Heather Furnas in surgical cap and gown

Good plastic surgical results require teamwork. You expect your plastic surgeon to assess, recommend, and explain the surgery, but if you don?t follow all the instructions, and if you don?t have realistic expectations, you are likely to be unhappy even with excellent results. Careful planning and preparing can make the difference between being forever happy and life-long regret.
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Plastic Surgery On The Cheap

The most important choice a patient ever makes prior to having cosmetic surgery is the plastic surgeon she chooses. Patients will sometimes intensively research the price of a procedure, when more emphasis should go to the surgeon?s results, experience, and qualifications.
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Minimizing Plastic Surgical Complications By a Team Approach

Lengthier operations in plastic surgery more frequently lead to complications. Minimizing operative time, often with a qualified assistant, is a worthy goal.
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The No-Drain Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks have long provided the solution to hanging skin, but cumbersome drains were part of the surgery, No more! Read about a tummy tuck without drains.
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How To Prepare For Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

What board is the doctor certified by? If you?re looking for a plastic surgeon, make sure he?s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; if you?re looking for a dermatologist, make sure he?s certified by the American Board of Dermatology.
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Safety and Plastic Surgery

How do you choose a plastic surgeon? Some people know the important things to look for, and others look for the wrong things. Read on to find out the right and wrong things to look for.
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