We read with interest the article titled “Bioengineered Breast: Concept, Technique, and Preliminary Results” by Maxwell and Gabriel. The concept of “bioengineering” the breast using acellular dermal matrix and fat grafting has revolutionized prosthetic-based reconstruction; the authors’ contribution to the literature in this field is significant. The authors detail their method using acellular dermal matrix and fat grafting to augment the soft-tissue envelope in breast reconstruction during the second stage of breast reconstruction.
I am pleased to announce that our practice has received Institutional Review Board approval to conduct a study to see if we can help improve abdominal pain after abdominoplasty. Participation in the study is completely optional.
Dysport is a medication similar to Botox in that it helps to weaken muscles temporarily. We are hoping that an injection of Dysport at the time of surgery will help the muscle spasm and tightness that patients usually feel after this surgery for several weeks to months. The dose given will not be enough to interfere with normal activities or exercise.
We have used Dysport on a few patients, and because we were so impressed with their decreased pain, decided to embark on this study. Patients will be randomized, which means they will either receive the Dysport or not. The Dysport injection is about a $500 value and will be given at no cost to the patient. All patients will be asked to keep a pain log for several months, and then we will see if we can detect a difference in the patients who received the Dysport with those who did not.
We are very excited about this research opportunity, but if it is not something you are interested in, you do not need to participate in the study.
Dr. Blanchet has recently published an article on nipple sparing mastectomy in PRS Global Open Online, an international plastic surgery publication .
The surgical delay procedure helps blood flow to the nipple and helps to prevent wound healing problems.
SUMMARY: As nipple-sparing mastectomy gains increasing popularity, minimizing the risk of nipple necrosis continues to be of critical importance to patients and surgeons. Patients with large or ptotic breasts, scars from previous cosmetic and/or oncologic breast surgery, or previous irradiation have often been denied nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM) because of increased risk of nipple necrosis. A variety of interventions have been suggested to minimize the ischemic insult to the nipple–areolar complex (NAC). This article presents our experience in 26 high-risk patients with surgical delay of the NAC.
(Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016;4:e760; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000716; Published online 28 June 2016.)
Dr. Nadia Blanchet’s practice now offers “Ideal” implants which is a saline implant which has more of a silicone feel.
We are pleased to announce that the IDEAL IMPLANT website has been updated to include all of the media coverage we have received since the implants became available. We are delighted to share that in the past 8 months IDEAL IMPLANT has been featured in newspapers including The NewYork Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, there has been IDEAL coverage on popular news sites like Yahoo and Refinery 29 and women’s magazines including Elle and Allure and IDEAL has appeared in numerous TV segments including the nationally syndicated daytime show The Doctors.
IDEAL Implant News: http://www.idealimplant.com/news/
Dr. Blanchet is now offering Kybella injectables to reduce moderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a “double chin.”
Dr. Nadia Blanchet was recently voted as the Best Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgery in Richmond Magazine. Blanchet was also honored with the recognition of Bedside Manner Award in the Our Health Magazine.
The no-touch technique of breast implant insertion is a well-described method to minimize skin contamination, which is thought to be a significant cause of capsular contracture
after implant-based breast augmentation. Studies have detected bacterial growth in 76% to 89% of contracted implants, and the presence of biofilms has also been shown to increase the risk of capsular contracture in a porcine model. The original no-touch technique was described by Mladick in 1993. In the original iteration, several assistants held retractors to keep the skin incision open and avoid skin contact while the implant was inserted. Here, we describe the simple modification of a disposable, sterile light-handle glove into a sleeve for insertion of a saline prosthesis….
Dr. Nadia Blanchet was recently voted as One of the Best Plastic Surgeon in both – Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Richmond Magazine. Blanchet was also honored with the recognition of One of Virginia’s Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice” in Virginia Living Magazine.