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Dr. Constance Chen is a leader in microsurgical breast reconstruction.  She specializes in DIEP, SIEA, PAP, TDAP, ALNT techniques. 

News & Media

Andrea Smith, Practice Manager for Constance M Chen, MD, PC, was published in Third Age

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Breast Reconstruction: Why Going Out-of-Network Might Work for You

by Andrea Smith, February 2018

A diagnosis of breast cancer turns a woman’s life upside down. Despite roiling emotions, she must make crucial decisions about treatment and figure out how to manage her life in the face of a new reality. Not least among her concerns are the financial ramifications of her illness, particularly if she will need a mastectomy. Will her insurance cover reconstruction? The surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the hospital, the lab? Procedures on the healthy breast to ensure symmetry? What if she elects to have reconstruction at a later date? What if her preferred surgeon is not in her insurer’s network? I have worked with multiple in-network and out-of-network plastic surgeons in the past and I.m currently Practice Manager for Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. I believe that the most important information is that all insurance policies will cover – in fact, must cover – breast reconstruction if it covers mastectomy.

Click HERE for the full article on Third Age. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in US News & World Report

Melissa Chefec

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The Future of Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Promising new therapies and approaches to managing late-stage disease offer hope.

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor, Feb. 5, 2018

Breast cancer may begin in the breast as the name implies, but as it progresses, it can spread its damage to other parts of the body and establish new strongholds in other organs. Breastcancer.org reports that “cancer cells can break away from the original tumor in the breast and travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, which is a large network of nodes and vessels that works to remove bacteria, viruses, and cellular waste products.” When this happens, the disease has reached stage 4 and is called metastatic breast cancer.

Click HERE for the full article on US News & World Report. 
 

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge

Melissa Chefec

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Rejuvenating Your Breasts: Is Restorative Surgery Right for You?

Posted by Constance M. Chen, MD, MPH, January 26, 2018

Pregnancy and breastfeeding take a toll on women’s breasts. So does extreme weight gain and loss, smoking, aging, and excessive sun exposure or eating a nutrient-poor, high-fat diet. Extreme fluctuations in breast size due to pregnancy and weight changes combined with the natural effects of gravity over time, however, are the primary culprits in causing breasts to lose their youthful appearance. Breast tissue is made up of collagen and elastin, which break down as we age. The skin loses elasticity, sometimes stretches irreversibly, and the remaining breast tissue falls to the bottom of the breast, leaving the top looking flat and deflated. No cream, bra, or exercise can correct droopy breasts, but there are surgical options that can restore lift and fullness and create a more youthful contour.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAge. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Mental Floss

Melissa Chefec

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11 Amazing Facts About the Nipple

BY JORDAN ROSENFELD, JANUARY 23, 2018

The human body is an amazing thing. For each one of us, it's the most intimate object we know. And yet most of us don't know enough about it: its features, functions, quirks, and mysteries. Our series The Body explores human anatomy, part by part. Think of it as a mini digital encyclopedia with a dose of wow.

Despite its relatively small size on the human body, the nipple gets a lot of attention. Biologically, the nipple serves two key functions: In women, nipples deliver milk out of the ducts within the breast to babies, and for women and men, they serve as erogenous zones. Check out our list of fascinating facts about this often-misunderstood body part.

Click HERE for the full article on Mental Floss. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Zwivel

Melissa Chefec

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"Saline vs Silicone: Choosing the Breast Implant That's Best for You"

Zwivel Team, January 15, 2018

Saline or silicone? It’s one of the most important choices a woman must make before undergoing breast augmentation surgery. While both implant types are safe and effective, they have different benefits and potential drawbacks.

Factors such as the look and feel, durability, price, and other considerations need to be weighed before deciding which implant type is best for you.

With this in mind, here is our guide to making this all-important decision, along with some insight and tips from the experts.

Click HERE for the full article on Zwivel. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Playboy

Melissa Chefec

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“More Studies Add to Hormonal Birth Control’s Bad Rap”

By Kenya Foy, January 2, 2018

"For those of you who aren’t quite audacious enough to adopt Bella Thorne’s all-natural approach to birth control (read: skipping it altogether), you’ll want to pay close attention to a new study that found a link between  and a slightly increased chance of developing breast cancer, which clashes with a general belief among researchers that these birth control methods would actually eliminate said risks. A team of researchers from Denmark spent an 11-year-period observing 1.8 million women from ages 15 to 49, comparing changes in a group who took hormonal contraceptives to those experienced by subjects who used non-hormonal methods such as condoms, copper intrauterine devices or diaphragms. The study was also able to detect how the women were impacted by the patch, hormonal IUDs, contraceptive implants and the vaginal ring."

Click HERE for the full article on Playboy.com.

Dr. Chen was quoted in Everyday Health

Melissa Chefec

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"5 Ways to Replace Nipples After Breast Cancer Surgery"

"Mastectomies remove nipples as well as breasts, leaving women with breast cancer to ponder not only whether and what kind of reconstruction they want, but how they want to address the missing nipples. Fortunately, there are several options. Which one is best for you?"

By Sheryl Kraft, December 20, 2017

Click HERE for the full article on Everyday Health

Dr. Chen was quoted in Zwivel

Melissa Chefec

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"The Most Common Breast Augmentation Complications"

Zwivel Team, December 8, 2017
    
"Most breast augmentation procedures go smoothly, with very few — if any — complications or side effects. However, as with any plastic surgery, complications with breast augmentation are always a possibility. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), potential complications of breast augmentation include infection, bleeding, issues with anesthesia, bleeding, hematoma (blood pooling), rippling and poor scarring."

Click HERE for the full article on Zwivel. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Women's Health

Melissa Chefec

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"“Thighlighting” Is Apparently The Latest Trend In Plastic Surgery. Please make it stop."

by Georgia Thomas, DEC 2017

"There’s no doubt that plenty of us look at the likes (and legs) of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner and wish we had their pins. But that’s usually as far as the fantasy goes, we have more important things to worry about than the size and shape of our thighs.

However, it turns out that some people are going to extreme measures in a bid to replicate the limbs they’re seeing on the runway. Experts have told the Hollywood Reporter that “thighlighting” is a growing trend plastic surgery."

Click HERE for the full article in Women's Health. 

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge

Melissa Chefec

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"Nipple-sparing Surgery Is Safe for Women with Harmful BRCA Mutations"

By Constance M Chen, MD, MPH, December 2017

According to the National Cancer Institute, the risk of breast cancer is approximately 12% for women in the general population, which means that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. But the risk is considerably greater for women who inherit a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene that prevents the gene from performing its proper function, which is to produce proteins that help suppress tumors. That risk is 60% for those with a BRCA1 mutation and 45% for those with a BRCA2 mutation. As more women become aware of these risks, those who test positive for the harmful mutations face the difficult decision of whether to reduce their risk by undergoing bilateral prophylactic mastectomy – preventive removal of both breasts.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAge. 

Dr. Chen provided commentary to HEALTH

Melissa Chefec

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"It's Not Enough to Have a Thigh Gap Anymore. Here's Why 'Thighlighting' Has Become the Latest Trend"  

By Jessica Migala, December 08, 2017

"If you’ve heard any of the buzz about thighlighting, you may have assumed it involved shimmery lotion or leg makeup for leaner-looking stems. But this trend takes things up a notch—or 10."

Click HERE for the full article on Health.com. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

Melissa Chefec

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"Removing and Downsizing Breast Implants" 

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of women in the United States receive breast implants, either to reconstruct a breast lost to cancer or for cosmetic purposes. But three out of four reconstruction patients will experience at least one complication and many will be unhappy with the way their implants look and feel. Women who have had cosmetic implants also suffer complications and are often dissatisfied; almost 30,000 of them had implants removed in 2016."

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in INSIDER

Melissa Chefec

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"9 myths about breasts that you should stop believing"
  
By Lauren Schumacker, 11/30/17  

"Despite the fact that more than half of the population has them, the average person doesn't really know much about breasts.

In fact, some of these things that you hear from friends, your mom, aunts, sisters, and the other people who identify as women in your life may just be myths. To separate fact from fiction, INSIDER consulted the pros. Here are some myths that we should probably just stop repeating."

Click HERE for the full article on INSIDER. 

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge

Melissa Chefec

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"Breast Reconstruction: Why Patient Perceptions Differ."

"Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a very subjective experience. Different women who undergo the same type of breast reconstruction may have very different perceptions of newly reconstructed breasts depending on the starting point. In general, the best result in breast reconstruction today is achieved with natural tissue, in which the patient’s own body, usually the abdomen or legs, is used to create a new breast that replaces the fat and skin that was lost to mastectomy."

Click HERE to read the full article on ThirdAge. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in SHAPE

Melissa Chefec

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"Can Foam Rolling Really Reduce Cellulite?"

By Julia Malacoff | Sep 21, 2017

"Ah, cellulite. Pretty much everyone's got it. "Approximately 80 to 90 percent of women will develop cellulite at some point after puberty," says Sonia Batra, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and regular co-host on The Doctors. In other words, it's extremely common and normal. And though most women have it, countless hours are spent trying to figure out how to get rid of it. While we're all for *not* caring about having cellulite, we also get that many women want to try to eliminate it."

Click HERE for the full article on SHAPE. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Reuters Health & Medscape

Melissa Chefec

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"Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Safe for Women With BRCA Mutations"

By Marilynn Larkin, September 20, 2017

"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomies (NSMs) are “highly preventive” against breast cancer, even in women with BRCA mutations, and should be offered as a risk-reducing option to appropriate patients, researchers suggest."

Click HERE for the full article on Medscape. 

Dr. Chen was quoted in Mental Floss

Melissa Chefec

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"7 Surprising Facts About the Breast"

BY JORDAN ROSENFELD, AUGUST 30, 2017

"Of all the organs of the body, the humble breast has come to represent so much more than its essential functions. American culture places undue value on size, shape, and appearance of breasts, which can make it easy to forget the essential function of the breast, from an evolutionary standpoint, which is primarily for feeding our offspring. Mental Floss spoke to a pair of specialists about the breasts. Here are seven things we learned."

Click HERE for the full article on Mental Floss.

Dr. Chen was quoted in US News & World Report

Melissa Chefec

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"Why Don’t Post-Mastectomy Tattoos Cause Lymphedema?"

By Elaine K. Howley

"Although surgeons have been using tattoos to help create the look of nipples and areola on breast cancer survivors for years, more elaborate post-surgical tattooing is a growing trend. Using graceful line work and flowers or other decorative imagery to cover the scars of a lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction surgery can help some women feel more whole in their changed bodies and divert attention from scars that would otherwise remind them of difficult times."

Click HERE for the full article on US News & World Report.

Dr. Chen provided commentary for the Menopause Monday blog

Melissa Chefec

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Breast Implant Awareness

Dr. Chen was recently interviewed by Ellen Dolgen, author of a popular blog called Menopause Monday on the topic of breast implants. The article was in responses to a recent article in the New York Times about the rare malignancy of the immune system that can be caused by implants called breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.

Click HERE for the full article on Menopause Mondays.