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Breform Internal Bra Helps Women Maintain Youthful Silhouette

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2010

Many women find that wearing a bra is very constricting and can have difficulty finding a bra that fits them properly. Those who undergo plastic surgery to get breast implants or have their breast size reduced also find it challenging to find a bra that provides the support and comfort they need. Cosmetic surgeons have  now developed an innovative breast lift procedure that may reduce the need for wearing a bra altogether.

The “breform” procedure works as an internal bra to support the breast tissue and keep it in place. This bra is placed under the skin layer of the breasts to act as an internal support system. It is made of a polyester material and is inserted right into the tissue without risk of breaking down. The internal bra is inserted into the tissue after a small incision is made around the areola. The cup is designed to cover the fat and tissue of the breasts completely, and then is sutured in place to create a smooth look.

The breform procedure works as a permanent bra, and can reduce the need to be completely dependent on wearing a real bra for support. The material used to create the bra in this procedure is safe to use as an implant and poses few hazards and side effects for the patient. It is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, but some surgeons may recommend general anesthesia depending on the size of the breast tissue and the health of the patient.

This innovative breast lift procedure is designed for women who have sagging breasts, but may not be effective for women with very large breasts. Women who are a C cup, D cup or larger may need to undergo breast reduction surgery before they are suitable candidates for the breform procedure.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Introduces Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 12, 2010

Many women considering breast implants or breast enhancement procedures are hesitant to go under the knife because of the long recovery process and pain associated with the procedure.

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has developed the flash recovery breast augmentation procedure as an alternative to traditional breast implant and revision procedures.  Dr. Ashkan Ghavami has developed this trademarked procedure that involves less trauma and promises speedy recovery.

According to Dr. Ghavami, “The goal of the Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation is to give my patients a rapid, painless recovery, with the least amount of trauma on the body possible…this procedure is superior to traditional breast augmentations in almost every way imaginable and I am conducting a prospective study to analyze its unique benefits.”

The reason why this procedure offers better results and a faster recovery time than conventional breast augmentation procedures is because it involves dissecting the breast tissue in a very precise way, and reduces damage to the surrounding tissue. The surgeon can develop a small breast pocket to hold the implant and thereby minimizes trauma to the tissues, muscles and rib cage. The entire procedure can usually be performed in under an hour, and in some cases, in under 30 minutes. The process involves cauterization of some of the tissue, which reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue and ensures that the implant is secured permanently in place.

Patients undergoing this procedure do not even need to take prescription pain medication, and there is no draining, binding or wrapping of the breast and chest tissue required. Most patients will be required to wear a surgical bra after the procedure. The bra helps to support the breast tissue during the healing process, and also helps to speed up recovery. In order to maintain results with Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation, patients need to maintain a consistent exercise and stretching program.

(Source: American Health and Beauty)

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Cytori Gets Approval for Stem Cell Device for Breast Reconstruction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 10, 2010

Cytori Therapeutics, a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, has received the European approval CE mark for an innovative stem cell device. The Celution® System is a unique medical device that extracts and separates stem cells and regenerative cells from the patient’s fat tissue. This process is helpful for fat transfer procedures and can help with breast reconstruction. The Celution System may be very effective for repairing soft tissue defects, facilitating the wound healing process, and also for repairing the effects of Crohn’s disease.

Clinical data from Cytori’s RESTORE 2 breast reconstruction trial in Europe and several other wound repair clinical studies show that the previously-approved indications for use in the Celution® Steym are still active and unchanged. The system can be used to perform a number of different procedures, and may soon be marketed to clinics and hospitals in the United States.

The new indications covering the Celution® System for the digestion of adipose tissue can be used to prepare and implant autologous cell-enriched fat grafts for breast reconstruction procedures, and also deliver the Celution® System cellular output to facilitate healing of rectal and vaginal wounds resulting from Crohn’s disease.

According to Marc H. Hedrick, M.D., president of Cytori, “The expanded indications improve our ability to provide the Celution® System to European hospitals in addition to the private-pay plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics…these claims, coupled with our expanded focus on reimbursement, will make this technology more broadly available, not just for a wider range of procedures but to a greater population of patients.” (Source: MarketWatch.com)

Over 370,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Europe each year and the majority of these patients need to undergo some form of breast reconstruction procedure. The Cytori stem cell device may help many of these women undergo a successful procedure.

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Summer Season Means Increased Demand for Breast and Body Enhancements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 13, 2010

With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast enhancement procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

Dr. Niccole reports, “Many of the patients requesting breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction explain to me that they need to have surgery before summer weddings, beach parties and vacations begin. Unfortunately, if they don’t plan far enough in advance, they panic when they find it difficult to fit surgery into their schedule between work, family obligations and summer activities.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons  2009 survey reports that breast augmentation and liposuction have been among the top cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, along with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, encourage patients to thoroughly evaluate the background of the plastic surgeon before booking their appointment, and ask for proof of board-certification and other credentials to determine if the doctor has a significant amount of experience performing these types of procedures.

Women who find that they do not have enough time to make an appointment and plan for downtime associated with surgery, may consider a non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedure instead. Skin tightening procedures such as Thermage, and cellulite reduction treatments such as VelaShape and SmoothShapes can help to improve the tone and texture of the skin without surgery. These procedures also  demand very little downtime, so patients can resume regular activities – including heading to the beach – within a day after their procedure.

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Stem Cell Breast Augmentation Offers Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 24, 2010

Even though fat transfer for breast augmentation has been available since the 1980s, the procedure was eventually banned because of safety reasons. Today, the ban has been lifted and many plastic surgeons around the country are offering autologous fat transfer options for breast enlargement, and the latest stem cell technologies are making it easier for many women to achieve natural-looking breasts with their own fat cells.

Dr. Todd Malan is the first doctor in the United States to perform the stem cell breast augmentation procedure, and recently interviewed with American Health and Beauty to discuss the benefits and process of the procedure.

Dr. Malan uses a combination of body jet water liposuction and traditional liposuction to remove the fat and reduce the risk of tearing the surrounding tissues. As long as the fat transfer involves pure, uncontaminated fat, Dr. Malan is able to separate the fat cells from the regenerative stem cells, and then create a concentrated stem cell injection that will be injected directly into the breasts.

Once these cells are injected into the breasts, the breast tissues grow new blood vessels to feed the fat, and an anti-inflammatory substance is produced to help with the healing process. Within a few days and weeks, the skin over the breast tissues begins to tighten and the breasts appear firmer, larger and more sculpted.

Results are permanent, and most patients can go up at least two breast sizes shortly after the surgery. Dr. Malan states, “At its inception in the U.S., fat transfer was only effective 50% or less of the time and was fraught with many complications which eventually led to the procedure being abandoned…a patient may want to remove fat from stubborn areas because even with diet and exercise, it’s the last place they lose weight and the first place they gain weight.”

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Natural Breast Enhancement Offers Attractive Alternative to Implants

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 5, 2010

For the thousands of women considering breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants, going under the knife can be an intimidating process and presents a significant number of risks and complications. Surgeons in the United States are now experimenting with a new fat transfer technique that allows the physician to remove unwanted body fat from the hips, thighs and stomach and transfer it directly into the breasts with  a simple procedure.

Many women who have had children or simply want to improve their silhouette may be good candidates for this type of procedure because it presents very few risks and results are immediate. The physician performs a simple laser liposuction procedure to remove body fat from the thighs, buttocks or stomach, and the fat is then harvested before it is reinjected into the breasts.

This procedure is now called ‘natural breast enhancement’ because it helps to increase the breasts by up to one cup size or more, and the breasts look and feel completely natural because there are no artificial implants involved. Natural breast enhancement procedures are currently available at select cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country, and costs approximately $10,000.

According to Dr. Sydney Coleman of Tribeca Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons have been transplanting fat to the breast since 1995. However, only some physicians have the skills and experience to perform this procedure effectively. With the right technique, the breast can be sculpted and shaped, and there are very few incisions involved with the procedure.

Fat grafting to the breasts can be used to disguise breast implants that do not look natural, and also to create a set of plumper, more natural-looking breasts for individuals that want to enhance their appearance.  At Dr. Coleman’s clinic, the procedure costs between $20,000 to $30,000 and recovery time is approximately one week.

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First Stem Cell Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed in Boca Raton

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2010

Earlier this month, Stem Cell Assurance, Incorporated announced that Arthur Handal, MD, F.A.C.S., has performed the first ever regenerative cell breast augmentation procedure through the Stem Cell Assurance physician network. The procedure was successfully performed at the Handal Plastic Surgery clinic in Boca Raton, Florida.

The goal of the procedure was to increase the patient’s breast size by one cup. Fat was extracted from the patient’s hips and thighs through a conventional tumescent liposuction procedure, and transplanted into the breast tissues for assimilation.

Shortly after the procedure, Dr. Handal stated that, “Today is a defining moment in breast augmentation surgery. The offering of this pioneering procedure through a collaborative national physician network is an important milestone that marks major improvement on current technology and the way in which it is delivered to the patient.”

Dr. Handal was able to create a natural-looking set of breasts using certain techniques that would insure the breast tissues would adapt to the introduction of the fat and regenerative cells. Since the procedure does not involve introducing a foreign implant, there was no risk that the body would reject it. According to a press release from the Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. network, the fat volume retention rate is approximately 80% or more compared to the 30-50% survival rate of fat retention in other fat grafting procedures.

Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. is the first U.S.-based company to offer adult stem cells for physician use. The company offers several services including adult stem cell research, stem cell collection, cryogenic storage and cosmetic therapies.

Dr. Handal is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is dedicated to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. The patient that underwent the procedure has been monitored closely with scheduled follow up visits with Dr. Handal, and more information about the outcomes of the procedure will be posted on the Stem Cell Assurance website.

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MakeMeHeal.com Announces Best Celebrity Breast Augmentations of 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 12, 2010

MakeMeHeal.com, a site dedicated to the latest celebrity plastic surgery news and gossip, has announced its list of “Best Celebrity Breast Augmentations of 2009”. The list is comprised of both rumors and confirmed reports of surgeries that took place this past year, and includes celebrities as young as 22 years old.

At the top of the list is Ashley Greene, the 22-year old rising star of Twilight. Jenny McCarthy also made the top of the list this year, and Make Me Heal believes that Jenny’s saline implants were replaced with “more natural-looking” silicone implants some time in 2009.

Supermodel Bar Rafaeli, a Sports Illisturated star who underwent breast augmentation this past year, is number three on the list, followed by 47-year old Ann Coulter who appeared on the front cover of Playboy in 2009. Miss California Carrie Prejean, another 22-year old who had breast implants this year is followed by Lady Gaga who hasn’t been shy about showing off her breast enhancement procedure.

Other celebrities that made the top of the list for 2009 include: Anna Faris, Ashley Dupre, Jayde Nicole, and Sophie Monk.

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures among women in the United States, and more patients are turning to both silicone and saline implants to achieve their ideal figure. Doctors are now using several innovative techniques including liposuction to transfer fat directly into the breasts, and creating an “internal bra” that helps to lift and firm up the breasts without any type of implants. Some women can also benefit from skin tightening treatments that help to firm and tone up the breast area, while others are better suited for breast lift procedures that involve minimal incisions.

More information about the latest breast augmentation techniques and procedures can be found here.

(Photo courtesy of MakeMeHeal.com)

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Unique Liposuction Procedure Helps Increase Bust Size

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 11, 2010

If you’ve been thinking about getting silicone or saline breast implants, you may be a good candidate for a procedure that promises to increase your bust size by up to two sizes without implants. Dr. Thomas Young, a plastic surgeon, has been working on developing an innovative breast enhancement procedure that involves transferring fat from the hips, thighs or abdomen directly to the breasts.

Dr. Young calls it a “natural breast enhancement” procedure because the fat is removed using water-assisted liposuction and then transferred into the breast tissue using about 100 syringes. He states that, “It’s permanent, it’s safe, it’s your own tissue. You’re not getting something foreign put in that’s gonna cause a scar that’s going to need to be replaced.” (Source: WOAI.com)

Dr. Young reports that women are still able to breastfeed after the fat transfer, and that the doctor needs to use a special technique to ensure that the fat cells survive throughout the procedure.

Many aesthetic surgeons around the country have already been using fat injections to increase breast size, but few have used the patient’s own fat for the process. However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that this process can be potentially dangerous. According to TheBreastSite.com, the ASAPS states, “Fat cells that are removed from one body site and injected into another frequently do not survive. Fat injected into the breast may be absorbed by the body, may become liquid and drain from the injection site or may calcify, becoming a scarred mass within the tissues. Massive calcification of injected fat can mask or mimic the presence of breast cancer. Seven to 14 ounces of fat injected into the breast, the amount required for an average enlargement, could make accurate detection of cancer by mammography extremely difficult.”

Further research is needed to determine if a simple liposuction procedure can help to increase bust size permanently and successfully, but patients may soon have several options beyond implants for breast augmentation.

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Washington State Cosmetic Surgeon Botches Teen’s Breast Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 31, 2009

A cosmetic surgeon from Moses Lake, Washington has been accused of unprofessional conduct for a recent breast reduction and liposuction procedure performed on a 15-year old girl.

Dr. Thomas Laney reportedly lacked the education and training needed to perform both procedures and ended up botching the breast reduction procedure. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission reports that the patient’s breasts “now have an aesthetically odd and unnatural appearance” and the doctor should not have agreed to perform liposuction on the 15-year old girl.

The girl sued the doctor three years after the surgery was performed, and a complaint was submitted to the state board in late 2008. However, the Medical Quality Assurance Commission only just recently proceeded with filing charges.

According to Steven Fitzer, the doctor’s attorney, the patient had received permission from her parents to go ahead with the surgery. “She had sought out care from a number of plastic surgeons…she went through an elaborate evaluation and consent process. The parents were fully advised of the situation and signed multiple consent forms acknowledging the risks, benefit and alternatives to the procedure.” (Source: FoxNews.com)

The doctor holds a medical degree from the University of Nebraska and a dentistry degree from Creighton University of Nebraska. He is also certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery continues to advise patients to do as much research as possible about the procedure and the surgeon before pursuing treatment. The organization points out that even when a doctor is board-certified, they may not have the experience and knowledge needed to perform certain types of surgery.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dr. Laney had been sued 10 times by patients and their families in 2005.

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