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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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Dr. Phillip Chang Introduces Scar Reduction Technique for Breast Implant Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 1, 2010

For many men and women undergoing breast augmentation, dealing with scars can be a challenge. Plastic surgeons typically need to make several incisions around the breast bone to insert the breast implant, and some are able to use certain techniques to reduce postoperative pain and minimize the appearance of scars.

Dr. Phillip Chang of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is one of the first plastic surgeons to use the Keller Funnel technique in breast augmentation, which helps to minimize scars and reduces the risk of implant trauma. He perfected the Keller Funnel technique for breast augmentation and breast lift procedures, and currently has offices in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Northern Virginia. The Keller Funnel device was recently introduced at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr. Chang has perfected the technique, and recommends this procedure instead of traditional breast augmentation, because it minimizes the length of the scar, reduces the trauma of the implant in the surgical pocket, and reduces the amount of bacterial contamination. In order for the surgeon to take a patient with an A-cup breast to a C-cup, he or she must make a scar that is about seven to nine centimeters in length. With the Keller Funnel technique, the incision needs to be only about five centimeters in length. During this procedure, the implant never touches the patient’s skin or the surgeon’s gloves, which in turn reduces the risk of infection and capsular contracture.

The Keller Funnel procedure has now been performed on dozens of patients and with great success. Dr. Chang reports that patients who are comparing the surgical scars with girlfriends who have had traditional breast augmentation procedures say they have much smaller incisions and are satisfied with the results.

More information about the Keller Funnel technique can be found here.

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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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Keller Funnel No Touch Technique Helps Create Natural Looking Breasts

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 11, 2010

The majority of cosmetic and plastic surgeons in the United States recommend silicone breast implants over saline implants because the gel helps create a more natural-looking breast. However, not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons have the skills and experience to insert silicone breast implants effectively. For many, inserting the pre-filled implant in the breast through a small incision can be challenging, and presents a high risk of the ‘double bubble’ and other complications.

The Keller Funnel No Touch Technique is a new technique in breast implant surgery, and involves making an incision wide enough for a narrow tip of a small bag that looks similar to an icing bag. The implant is placed into the Keller Funnel, and the narrow end of the funnel is placed directly into the incision. The surgeon then squeezes the bag to insert the implant directly into the breast cavity, and pushes the implant slowly through the funnel until it is properly positioned into the breast.

The technique was recently presented on The Doctors show. Dr. Drew Ordon points out that this technique may help with capsular contracture, a common problem incurred by breast implant patients where a hardened shell of tissue forms around the implant. It is still not clear why capsular contracture occurs, but some experts suggest that it could be the result of an infection or debris left on the doctor’s gloves during the procedure. In most cases, the physician must apply a significant amount of pressure to break up the hardened shell of tissue around the implant.

The Keller No Funnel No Touch Technique may now be an attractive alternative to popular breast augmentation and breast reconstruction techniques, and does present a lower risk for infections because the physician does not every actually touch the implant.

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Breast Implant “Bandit” Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 8, 2010

Yvonne Jean Pampellone of Laguna Niguel was charged with breast implant fraud In late 2009 after opening up a line of credit under someone else’s name and pursuing liposuction and breast implant surgery at a Huntington Beach plastic surgery center.

The staff at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery reportedly became suspicious of Ms. Pampellone’s activities when she came into the center for surgery in 2008, but then stopped coming in for her follow up appointments.

Ms. Pampellone wanted to undergo additional surgery, and returned to the same treatment center under a different name a year later. She stole the ID of another woman and set up a new patient profile at the center. Her real identity was later traced by tracking the numbers on her first implants, and the staff identified her through a photo lineup. She turned herself in to police the following day.

Yvonne Pampellone has now been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. She reportedly attempted to purchase $12,000-worth of cosmetic surgery at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. She pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft. In the state of California, second-degree burglary is also called commercial burglary, which means the individual entered a place of business with the intent to commit a felony. It can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Grand theft in California is defined as a committing a crime when the money, labor or real or personal property is of a value exceeding four hundred dollars.

When Yvonne Pampellone was arrested in the spring of 2009, her defense attorney Paul Wallin tated that the facts would eventually show that his client was not guilty.

In addition to serving jail time and probation, Ms. Pampellone has been ordered to pay back the money she used to get the breast implants.

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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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