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November 15, 2016

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Are you specially trained in microsurgery? Breast reconstruction surgery using perforator flaps, such as a DIEP flap, requires extensive microsurgical training to accomplish safely and reliably. All of our surgeons are experienced in microsurgery.  Our surgeons focus their practice on advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction, and care for hundreds of patients per year. How many ofRead More…

October 30, 2016

I Have Been Diagnosed With The BRCA Gene. What Are My Options?

Evidence that identifiable genetic mutations could increase woman’s risk of developing breast cancer was first demonstrated in 1990 in Berkeley, California. This discovery led to the concept of hereditary breast–ovarian cancer syndrome with, in the case of a BRCA gene mutation, approximately a five times greater than normal risk of developing breast cancer and aRead More…

October 15, 2016

Choosing Between DIEP Flap and Implant Breast Reconstruction

Choosing what manner of reconstruction to undergo after mastectomy, DIEP flap or implant breast reconstruction, is a personal and sometimes difficult choice. Sometimes, your doctor will shepherd you towards one selection and sometimes you will be good candidate for multiple choices. Natural tissue reconstruction like the DIEP flap requires an additional incision at the donorRead More…

September 29, 2016

Understanding Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

All patients are concerned with how long their plastic surgery recovery will take. The three main facets of recovery are healing, activity level, and the final aesthetic appearance. Plastic surgery recovery is measured in both medical and aesthetic terms. Plastic surgery results often look good by the time you resume your usual routine, and they willRead More…

September 15, 2016

Things to Avoid Before and After Plastic Surgery

Most important: Avoid all sources of nicotine The most important thing to avoid before and after plastic surgery is exposure to nicotine. Smoking or vaporizing nicotine during the weeks before and after surgery is very dangerous as it dramatically reduces your body’s ability to heal. Nicotine causes constriction of blood vessels and impairs your immuneRead More…

April 13, 2016

Four-Week Nutritional Preoperative Boot Camp

Nutrition has a profound impact on the wound healing process. To prepare your body for surgery avoid nicotine-containing products, stay hydrated, and consume plenty of the nutrients your body will need for healing: Boost your protein intake: Drink a protein shake twice daily using protein powder such as ProCare MD* or a less expensive wheyRead More…