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

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Preventing Constipation After Surgery

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, August 14, 2019 – When patients think about healing after surgery, many worry about pain and sometimes nausea. For some patients, however, there is an additional issue that they may be embarrassed to bring up: constipation. Not everyone suffers from constipation after surgery, but general anesthesia and postoperative narcotics slow down the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Lack of movement in the intestines can cause nausea, and it can also cause constipation. Not only is constipation uncomfortable, leading to a feeling of generalized abdominal pains and bloating, but for some people it can even make them feel dizzy.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Health24

Melissa Chefec

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How to deal with loose skin after extreme weight loss

11 AUGUST 2019

“There may not be sufficient elasticity for the skin to contract back down to your new, smaller body size,” says Dr Constance Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City.

Stretch marks are one sign of skin being, well, stretched past the point of no return: Once you see them, “it’s much more likely that significant weight loss will result in loose, hanging skin,” says Dr Chen.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Romper

Melissa Chefec

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What Happens To Breast Implants After Pregnancy? It's A Super Common Concern

By Lindsay E. Mack, 8/2/19

Having children changes everything, as the saying goes, but does this hold true for plastic surgery as well? People who have gotten procedures in the past might wonder how they'll be affected by the many changes that go along with pregnancy. If you're concerned about what happens to breast implants after pregnancy, then you're far from alone. It's a super common concern.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Women's Health

Melissa Chefec

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How To Deal With Loose Skin After Extreme Weight Loss

It’s not inevitable—and it doesn’t have to be permanent.

By Jessica Migala, JUL 26, 2019

Losing a bunch of weight—whether it's through diet and exercise, surgery, or a combination of different approaches—isn't all glitter and smiling "after" photos. If you shed a significant number of pounds, having loose skin is normal—and extremely common. Also normal? Feeling a little bummed about it.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Prevention

Melissa Chefec

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Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Being Recalled Worldwide

There have been 33 patient deaths from anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

By Korin Miller, Jul 25, 2019

Pharmaceutical company Allergan has issued a worldwide recall of its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders after the products were linked to a rare form of cancer. The recall was based on the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Dr. Chen was published in WAG

Melissa Chefec

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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BREAST IMPLANTS? UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS

By Dr. Constance M. Chen

July 2019

Women are increasingly worried about breast implants. In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 400,000 women in the United States had breast implant surgery. About 75% were for cosmetic breast augmentation; the rest were for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. While some breast implants last for decades, most are removed well beforehand. Why?

Implants are foreign bodies that incite a scar tissue barrier called a capsule. Capsules may be soft, filmy and hardly noticeable, or may become painful, hard and tight, like a shell around the implant that starts to shrink and squeeze. Capsular contracture is uncomfortable and a common reason for implant removal. Other reasons include infection, because the implant lacks a blood supply to fight bacteria; rupture, in which the saline or silicone gel filling leaks; and extrusion, in which the implant erodes out of the skin.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

Melissa Chefec

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Breast Cancer Surgery: Avoiding-Minimizing Post-operative Nausea

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, June 26, 2019 – In the first 24-48 hours following surgery, about one-third of patients undergoing surgery with general anesthesia suffer post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Some patients find PONV more unpleasant and distressing than post-operative pain, making PONV a common problem that should not be dismissed as unimportant by patients, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

Melissa Chefec

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Negative Pressure Systems Improve Wound Healing After Breast Surgery

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, June 10, 2019 – Closed-incision negative-pressure wound therapy enhances recovery of patients following surgery, including mastectomy and breast reconstruction, says Constance Chen MD, a New York City-based, board-certified plastic surgeon. “Negative-pressure therapy takes the tension off of the wound to prevent incisions from coming apart. In addition, since the wound is hermetically sealed, it reduces the risk of wound infection since bacteria are unable to reach the wound,” says Dr. Chen, who uses a wound management system called PREVENA™ Therapy for her patients.

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Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge for Healthy Living

Melissa Chefec

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Less Pain, Quicker Recovery: ERAS Is All About Improving the Patient Experience

by  Constance M. Chen, MD, MPH, June 2019

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based, patient-focused protocol that reduces hospital stays, minimizes postoperative pain, and speeds overall patient recovery after surgery. “Frankly, ERAS has transformed the mentality of many health providers who used to just accept the status quo.

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Dr. Chen provided comments in Healthline

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The No BS Guide to Finding Your Bra Size

June 4, 2019 — Written by Jennifer Chesak

Forget everything you’ve ever learned about bra size

If you wear bras, you’ve likely got a few in your drawer that you avoid because their fit is a flub. Or maybe you’ve resigned to wear them anyway, even though they pinch or squish your precious parts.

Having a stash of bras that you find uncomfortable or unflattering can be frustrating. You might convince yourself that a good fit doesn’t exist, or that something’s wrong with your shape. We promise you, there’s not. Instead, something’s off about the way we’ve been conditioned to think about sizing.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Cosmopolitan

Melissa Chefec

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11 Reasons Your Boobs Are Sore

by Carina Hsieh, MAY 27, 2019

11 Reasons Your Boobs Are Sore

No, it might not just be your period coming.

by Carina Hsieh, MAY 27, 2019

When it comes to your boobs being sore, we all know the word on the street is that it's probably because your period is en route. But what are some other reasons your breasts could be feeling especially tender? We spoke to the experts to find out.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest about what to wear after breast reconstruction

Melissa Chefec

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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, April 6, 2019 – While planning for breast reconstruction surgery, many women wonder about what they should wear during the recovery period. In the first weeks home, you may want to avoid tight-fitting, restrictive clothing and anything that requires you to lift your arms over your head. Clothes should be loose and comfortable and they should slip on easily and close in the front with zippers or buttons. “After surgery, both physical and emotional factors determine how well and quickly a woman will heal,” says plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “Small things, like being able to get in and out of clothes easily, can ease recovery. Also, women should know in advance that they may leave the hospital with surgical drains in place and they will need to know how to manage the drains and accommodate them in their clothing as they resume daily activities. Knowledge and some planning can pave the way to a smooth recovery.”

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest on Managing the Emotional Aspects of Breast Reconstruction

Melissa Chefec

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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, April 24, 2019 – More than 268,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2018, according to estimates by the American Cancer Society. Many of these breast cancer patients need to decide whether or not to undergo undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction. A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult, and coping with decisions about surgical treatment and its aftermath adds an extra layer of complexity to the diagnosis. Fortunately, many tactics and resources can help manage the emotional aspects of mastectomy and breast reconstruction. “It’s physically and emotionally taxing to adapt to the changes in your body and your life after breast cancer,” Dr. Constance Chen explains. “It’s abundantly clear why breast cancer patients would need effective tools to manage the emotional aspects of this tumultuous journey."

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Bustle about over vs under the muscle breast reconstruction

Melissa Chefec

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Over The Muscle Versus Under The Muscle Is The Biggest Debate In Breast Reconstruction & This Is Why

By Sara Altschule, 4/22/19

Undergoing a preventative double mastectomy six months ago wasn’t an easy decision for me to make. After I found out I was BRCA 2 positive — meaning, my breast cancer-preventing gene had a mutation — and that I had an 84% chance of developing breast cancer in my lifetime, my brain wasn’t ready to make any serious decisions. In the beginning, I was still in shock mode, or what I like to call "crying all the time" mode. After meeting with a genetic counselor, Googling my questions to no end, and setting up consultations with different surgeons, I finally came to the conclusion — I was ready to take on a double mastectomy with reconstruction, which would lower my chances of developing breast cancer by 95%.

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle.

Dr. Chen provided comments for Fox News on Breast Implant Safety

Melissa Chefec

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FDA reviews breast implant safety as women raise concerns

By Diane Ashton, 4/11/19

FDA reviews breast implant safety as women raise concerns about illnesses

Although Canada and the Netherlands announced plans to stop the sale of certain breast implants linked to a rare form or cancer, the FDA isn't convinced there's a link between the implants and connective tissue disease.

Thousands of women across the country who believe their breast implants are making them sick are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to take action. The women blame their implants for a number of auto immune illnesses, and a variety of symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, chronic fatigue and migraines. They’re demanding new warnings and restrictions on the devices.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Hello Giggles about removing breast implants

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Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of having your breast implants removed

CAITLIN GALLAGHER, April 10, 2019

Breast implants have been in the news a lot lately—and not just because Khloé Kardashian’s plunging dress at Diana Ross’s 75th birthday party had her considering getting her “boobs done.”  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the safety of breast implants, and in March, the federal agency had a two-day public meeting about it. The main reason for the meeting was to look into how breast implants could potentially be causing cancer. So if you have implants, this FDA investigation might have you wondering—understandably—about breast implant removal.

Click HERE for the full article on HelloGiggles.com.

Dr. Chen was quoted in ICE Magazine

Melissa Chefec

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The Masking Effect: Dense Breasts and Women’s Health

By Matt Skoufalos, April 1, 2019

For years, women’s health care advocates have pushed legislators at every level of government to pass breast density inform laws: regulations requiring providers to notify their patients about whether they have dense breast tissue as a component of their mammogram reports. Their efforts led to such laws being adopted in nearly 40 U.S. states, and finally, in February 2019, to a breast density inform bill being signed into federal law with the latest Congressional appropriations bill. The new federal law mandates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) develop standardized language for mammography reports that includes a qualitative assessment of patients’ breast densities, information about the difficulty in detecting cancer in dense breast tissue via traditional mammography, and a reminder that patients should consult their doctors if they have questions on the subject.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Cosmopolitan

Melissa Chefec

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26 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Boob Job

Your first breast surgery probably won’t be your last.

by Brooke Shunatonia and Carina Hsieh, March 25, 2019

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast augmentations were the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2018 and have been for the past few years. Here, some expert plastic surgeons share what you should keep in mind before getting breast surgery.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Hereditary Breast Cancer: What You Can – and Can't – Learn from Genetic Testing

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, March 4, 2019 – The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older. Among women in the general population, about one in eight (12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. However, among women who inherit a specific mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, the risk is significantly higher.

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