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Bioengineered Breast: Concept, Technique, and Preliminary Results

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.

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Abdominoplasty Pain Study

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.

Surgical Delay of the Nipple-Areolar Complex in High-risk Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Reconstruction

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.)

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Ideal Implants


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.

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