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High And Tight Breast Implants

Posted December 28, 2012

I hear this question at least a few times a week.  Yes, all breast implants start out too high and too tight.  And yes, they do relax, soften, and settle to a more natural position. What’s going on?  When implants are first placed, the skin and pectoralis muscle are placed under tension by the implants.  […]

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Editorial: Use of “Models” on Cosmetic Surgery Websites

Posted March 01, 2012

Nearly every cosmetic and plastic surgery website displays images of beautiful patients that showcase the surgeon’s talent.  My website does the same. However, many of these sites have a small disclaimer in the bottom right-hand corner of each photo.  Perhaps you should take a closer look: Yes, each of these photos clearly say “model.”  Translation: […]

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PIP Implants: a problem in America, not just in France

Posted February 03, 2012

Last week Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of now-defunct breast implant manufacturer PIP, was arrested by French authorities.  His company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), was closed in March 2010 amid controversy.  He is accused of manslaughter and involuntary injuries caused by ruptured silicone PIP implants, which were made from industrial-grade silicone (designed for use in mattresses), […]

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Fact or Fiction: Do breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years?

Posted January 06, 2012

Fiction!   I am not sure just how this urban myth got started, though I have a hunch.  Both FDA-approved US breast implant manufacturers, Allergan and Mentor, offer a 10-year limited warranty on their products.  Although the warranty expires after ten years, the implants do not.  (Assuming that you have a 36,000 mile warranty on your […]

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Sculpture and Surgery: a brief autobiography

Posted September 27, 2011

Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons routinely advertise that they can “sculpt” your features: your nose, your tummy, even your breasts.  Patients routinely request a “chiseled” jawline. Who would want to have liposuction when you can have liposculpture?The sad truth, however, is that most surgeons are not actually sculptors.  There are no art classes offered in […]

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