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What You Need to Know About Breast Grafting

Breast augmentation is a big business in the United States. Women who are unhappy with their physical appearance and those who are recovering from cancer surgery are all potential clients, their self esteem and self confidence at stake. As a practicing Plastic Surgeon, you know that the search for the "perfect" breast implant material has gone on seemingly forever and has resulted in a variety of interesting choices, everything from soy oil to paraffin. But those materials have never felt natural to women who have had augmentation surgery and, like so many other materials, have become "failed experiments." The current use of silicone implants is in vogue, in part because they have a high safety profile and because they produce the desired results -- larger and more shapely breasts. However, many women do not like the idea of putting something "foreign" in their bodies, a substance that feels unnatural to them. As a result, "fat grafting" has begun to grow in popularity among Plasti ...

The Facts About Artefil

It is a well known fact that many plastic surgeons in the United States refuse to use Artefil, a widely circulated filler, because of their fears about long term complications that may result from its use. The filler, which had been heavily used when it was first introduced, actually went "off the market" for quite some time after its manufacturer, Artes Medical, went bankrupt. The product reappeared when a new company, Suneda, began offering it for sale. Today, many plastic surgeons continue to use this filler product without concerns because it does not produce granuloma, does not produce migration, does not produce lumps (all concerns associated with Artefil in the past), but does help in the completion of a successful cosmetic restoration. That is the story about Artefil in the United States. There has been a much different result in Europe. Doctors in Western Europe have, for the most part, discontinued using Artefil because of a variety of problems associated with its use. In ...

The Issue of Buyer's Remorse

Medical professionals, in particular Plastic Surgeons, know that there is often Buyer's Remorse from patients, especially after an operation has taken place. The patient, in post-operative discomfort, often wonders why he or she has agreed to subject himself or herself to so much pain and expense, feelings that occupy a patient's mind while recovery is occurring. In your role as a Plastic Surgeon, you know that the vast majority of the surgeries you perrform are elective and not necessary. They are done for cosmetic reasons and have little or nothing to do with a patient's health and well-being. People who submit to elective surgery often have doubts about the wisdom of their decisions. You can help dispel those doubts by acting as a kind of resident psychologist, the wise physician who reminds the patient just why he or she agreed to the surgery. Tell such people that their decisions were wise and sensible and then point out the many benefits that can now be enjoyed after the surg ...