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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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Breast Cancer Surgery: Avoiding-Minimizing Post-operative Nausea

( - 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.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest.

Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

Melissa Chefec

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Negative Pressure Systems Improve Wound Healing After Breast Surgery

( - 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.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest.

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge for Healthy Living

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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.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAge.

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.

Click HERE for the full article on Healthline.

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.

Click HERE for the full story on Cosmopolitan.

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

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( - 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

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( - 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

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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

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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.

Click HERE for the full article on Fox News Channel.

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


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.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in ICE Magazine

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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.

Click HERE for the full article on ICE.

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.

Click HERE for the full article on Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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

( - 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.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest.

Dr. Chen was quoted in Romper

Melissa Chefec

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7 Creepy Things That Happen To Your Body When You Go Under Anesthesia

By Lindsay E. Mack, February 28, 2019

Getting anesthesia is a great way to endure difficult medical procedures without having to be awake for the whole ordeal. It's like magic, really. But the creepy things that happen to your body under anesthesia might unnerve a lot of people outside the medical community. Still, it's much better than trying to get through a long surgery without any help. Even if it does some weird things to the body, I'll take anesthesia over the alternative any day.

Click HERE for the full article on Romper.

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAGE

Melissa Chefec

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How to Give Yourself the Best Chance for a Normal Breast Shape After Mastectomy

by CONSTANCE M. CHEN, MD, MPH, February 13, 2019

Many people who have seen a woman’s chest after mastectomy have been exposed to the bold horizontal line that marks the spot where the breast existed before it was amputated. The preoperative markings for a traditional mastectomy look like an eye drawn on the breast to indicate the area of skin that will be cut out.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAGE.

Dr. Chen provided insights for Medscape

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Breast Implant Link to Rare T-Cell Lymphoma an Ongoing Concern

Kristin Jenkins, February 06, 2019

More cases of a rare T-cell lymphoma associated with breast implants have been reported, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) can develop in the capsule around a silicone gel- or saline-filled implant used in breast reconstruction after mastectomy or in cosmetic breast augmentation. The average lag time between surgery and diagnosis is 9.2 years.

In a February 6 note, the FDA said that it has received a total of 660 medical device reports (MDRs) regarding BIA-ALCL cases in the United States since 2010.

Click HERE for the full article on Medscape.

Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthLine

Melissa Chefec

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Treat Yourself to Boobs and Butt Masks — but Leave Your Vagina Out of It

Body masks are surprisingly fun investments

Medically reviewed by Carissa Stephens, RN, CCRN, CPN on January 14, 2019 — Written by Gabrielle Kassel

For anyone who’s gone down the skin care rabbit hole, you’ve heard about sheet masks and their thirst-quenching, firming, and glow-inducing powers.

Packed with active, scientifically proven ingredients (though this depends on the brand), like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and vitamin C, these magical serumy sheets serve a real purpose in soothing our facial skin.

In fact, they’ve worked so well that companies have started to take this tech to create masks that indulge, comfort, and cool all the other square inches of your body.

Yes, we’re talking about sheet masks made specifically for your boobs, butt, and vagina.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthLine.

Dr. Chen provided comments in Zwivel

Melissa Chefec

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Tummy Tuck Scars: What to Expect and How to Make Them Fade Faster

Written by Gary D. Breslow, MD, FACS, January 2, 2019

If you underwent tummy tuck surgery, you’re probably thrilled with certain aspects of the results; a flatter tummy, a curvaceous waist, improved muscle tone, and smoother skin are just some of the positive outcomes.

However, if you’re like many abdominoplasty patients, you may be concerned about the scars that result from this invasive procedure, and curious to know what you can do to reduce their appearance.

Click HERE for the full article on Zwivel.

Dr. Chen was published in Coping Magazine about breast reconstruction after mastectomy

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Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

Is Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction the Right Choice for You?

by Constance M. Chen, MD, Nov/Dec 2018

For most women, the goal of breast reconstruction is to create a natural breast with the shape, softness, and symmetry of the original. If a woman’s breast reconstruction is subpar, she may be unhappy with the way her breasts look or feel. To achieve the best results, breast reconstruction after mastectomy should be viewed as a process rather than a single procedure.

Click HERE for the full article from Coping Magazine.