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Scarless Breast Reduction

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most satisfying procedures for women because it alleviates many of their symptoms immediately. Women who decise to undergo breast reduction surgery are so fed up with the symptoms and interference with activity that they are more than happy to accept the incisions that come with the procedure. In a previous blog entry I mentioned that the final scars ….

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Breast Reduction

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Breast augmentation surgery is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the US.  However, for some women, the opposite treatment is their goal. Large breasts can actually cause medical issues for women. Common symptoms include upper back and lower neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, rashes in the breast folds, and interfence with daily activities. Unfortunately there is no non-surgical way to reduce ….

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Tuberous Breast

Friday, September 21st, 2012

As a breast surgery specialist I come across many different types of breast conditions. One of these conditions is tuberous breast deformity. It occurs during breast development and can affect either one or both breasts. Typically the characteristics of tuberous breast deformity are: 1)      Constricted or narrow breast base 2)      Puffy enlarged areola 3)      High breast fold 4)      Ptotic, or droopy, nipples Women can exhibit ….

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Double Bubble

Friday, September 14th, 2012

One of the less frequent but more challenging problems in revision breast augmentation is the “double bubble”. The term double bubble refers to how the breast looks. Typically it looks like there are two breasts on one side, one being above the other. The causes of double bubble are varied as are the treatment options. In some patients, an implant is placed under the muscle ….

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Implant Malposition

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Breast implants need to be centered behind the breast mound in order to achieve the best results. However, in some cases implant malposition occurs. Sometimes this is a result of technical error, sometimes due to tissue characteristics, sometimes implant characteristics (implants that are too large), and sometimes a combination of all of the above. There are different types of implant malposition. Bottoming out and symmastia ….

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To Lift or Not to Lift

Friday, August 31st, 2012

As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery one of the hardest conversations to have is with a patient who comes in for breast augmentation, but who also needs a breast lift, or mastopexy. The main reason this conversation is difficult for the patient is because typically mastopexies involve additional incisions, which the patient may not be initially prepared to accept. In addition to this, ….

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Dr. Babak Dadvand Discusses Rippling With Breast Implants

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Breast implants can greatly enhance a woman’s figure as well as her confidence. Breast augmentation surgery is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the US. However, there are some less than satisfying effects of breast implants and in this post I will be discussing one of them: Rippling. Basically it is what it sounds like. Rippling is either palpable or visible implant edges and ….

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Dr. Babak Dadvand Discusses Breast Anatomy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. Many of the blogs discuss breast implants and issues related to them. In this blog the focus is on the actual breast…and more specifically, breast anatomy. Most people don’t know what a breast is made from, generally assuming that it is just fatty tissue. However breasts are much more than just fat. ….

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Dr. Babak Dadvand discusses Strattice Use in Breast Revision

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

As more and more women undergo breast augmentation, the number of breast revision surgeries will increase. Some revisions are straightforward, e.g. women who want to go bigger or smaller, or remove the implants all together. Other types of breast revision surgeries can be quite challenging, such as in women who have multiple capsular contractures, severe wrippling, or implant malposition. In some of these cases, using ….

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All Good Things to Those Who Wait

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States. As a breast specialist, I perform many breast augmentations. In the vast majority of these cases I elect to place the implants under the pectoralis major muscle. There are distinct advantages to placing the implants under the muscle as opposed to over the muscle (also referred to as ….

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Dr. Babak Dadvand Corrects Symmastia With Surgery

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Symmastia, also referred to as synmastia, is when there is no separation between the breasts.  This leads to the nipples positioned more on the outer part of the breasts.  Typically symmastia is due to a combination of making the medial pockets for the implants too close together and using implants that are too large for the patient’s frame.  Affectionately called the uniboob, it is a ….

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How To Correct Bottoming Out after Breast Augmentation

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Breast augmentation is a very common operation that can greatly enhance a woman’s life. But with all surgeries, there are complications that can occur. Bottoming out is a term seen on many breast implant forums and websites but what is it really, what causes it, and how can it be fixed? Bottoming out occurs when the implant sits below the natural breast position. This leads ….

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How To Get Rid of Mondor’s Chord

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the United States with over 300,000 procedures performed per year. For most women, the results improve their shape with very few to no drawbacks. In a very small percentage of women who undergo breast augmentation, they develop a firm, tender chord that travels along the bottom of the breast and onto the upper abdomen. This ….

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Capsular Contracture

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

One of the risks of breast augmentation is capsular contracture. So what is capsular contracture? Well let’s start by saying that developing a capsule around an implant is entirely normal. The body forms a capsule around any foreign object, whether it’s a breast implant, chin implant, or hip implant. It is just your natural immune response. However, in some women, the body continues to form ….

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Capsular Contracture: Part II

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

In a previous submission I talked about the causes of capsular contracture. Going into more detail, there is an entire grading system (called the Baker Grading System) for capsular contracture based on the severity. The system has 4 grades, from 1 to 4, with Grade 1 being normal and Grade 4 the most severe. The interesting thing is that there is no Grade 0. This ….

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Breast Massage

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I routinely use breast massage in all of my breast implant patients, whether it is a first time augmentation, a revision augmentation, or an augmentation with a breast lift. The advantage of breast massage, especially in primary breast augmentation, is two fold. One, it “stretches” the pectoralis muscle, allowing the implant to settle into its pocket more quickly. Initially, in subpectoral or under the muscle ….

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Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

One of the most important considerations in breast augmentation is whether to use saline or silicone implants. In some women, the difference is negligible, but in others it can be very important. So which one should you choose? Well like almost everything, the answer is….it depends. They both have advantages but before going into that let me give you a few basics on saline and ….

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Abdominoplasty or Full or Mini Tummy Tuck

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Full or Mini Tummy Tuck One of the most common questions I get from patients who are seeing me for a tummy tuck is, “Am I a candidate for a mini tummy tuck?” Basically the difference between the two surgeries has to do with the incision, the belly button, and the amount of dissection. In a traditional tummy tuck, the incision typically goes from hip ….

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Abdominoplasty

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Reason for Abdominoplasty: Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the stomach muscles as well as get rid of the excess skin and fat. The cause of the looseness is usually either from pregnancy or weight gain and loss. Our “6-pack” muscles are two long muscles that run next to each other from the ribcage to the pubic ….

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Top 5 Instructions After Your Tummy-Tuck Operation

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

For the first week it will be important to have three pillows behind your back and two pillows under your knees when sleeping and sitting. This takes the tension off of the incision. Also, for the first week, when walking, you should bend forward at the waist to take the tension off the incision. Walking is very important to reduce the risk of blood clots. ….

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Heidi Montag: Too Much Too Young?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The recent People Magazine cover featuring Heidi Montag and her plastic surgery obsession made for a lot of talk around the proverbial watercooler and filled fluff minutes on every daytime talk show…for about a week. But much like the “career” of this type of celebrity, the story soon begins to fade…until the next unbelievable demonstration of “self-improvement” and career-boosting. But it brings up several hot ….

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Liposuction versus Tummy-Tuck

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Liposuction versus Tummy-Tuck One of the more common things I see in my office is a patient who comes in for a consultation for liposuction of their belly, but really needs a tummy-tuck (the opposite of this also happens, but not as often). So how do you know if you are a candidate for liposuction or tummy tuck? These operations are dramatically different, from the ….

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Most Commonly Asked Breast Augmentation Questions

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Certain questions come up over and over again during consultations for breast augmentation. Because of this I decided to list five of the most frequent with their answers. They are in no particular order. 1. Q: Will implants affect my ability to breastfeed? A: The factor that may affect breast feeding after implants is whether major milk ducts or nerves were disrupted during the surgery. ….

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Top 5 Instructions After Your Liposuction Surgery

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

1. Swelling control is very important after liposuction surgery. If you had liposuction of your arms or legs, make sure to keep them elevated on pillows when laying down. 2. The compression garment should be worn for 6 weeks after surgery. This seems like a long time, and it is. However, as you slowly increase your activity, you will inevitably get more swelling and the ….

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