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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

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAGE

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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.

Dr. Chen provided insights in The Paper Gown about post mastectomy breast reconstruction

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A Guide to Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

By Paige Towers | November 19, 2018

An estimated 266,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Meanwhile, a growing number of women undergo genetic testing for mutations in BRCA, the “breast cancer gene.” As a result, thousands of American women get mastectomies, removing one or both breasts as a means of halting or preventing the spread of cancer.

Click HERE for the full story on The Paper Gown.

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAGE

Melissa Chefec

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Options for Body Contouring after Bariatric Surgery

by CONSTANCE M. CHEN, MD, MPH, November 2018

Tens of thousands of people each year achieve dramatic weight loss by undergoing bariatric surgery.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, in 2017, 228,000 people underwent surgery to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold or reduce the absorption of nutrients or both. Surgical techniques vary according to the needs of individual patients. Some procedures are reversible; some change the hormonal environment in the gut in ways that reduce appetite and enhance feelings of fullness; some reverse the mechanism by which obesity causes type 2 diabetes.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAGE.

Dr. Chen provided comments to INSIDER about the BRCA test

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9 myths you should know about the BRCA tests

By Ni’Kesia Pannell, 11/14/18

By now, the name Mary-Claire King and her groundbreaking scientific accomplishment with the BRCA1 gene should resonate with many. Although testing began over 20 years ago, it has only been within the last few years that has expanded its impact and become widespread. But what exactly is the BRCA test (Breast Cancer test)?

Click HERE for the full article on INSIDER.

Dr. Chen featured in documentary on informed consent and breast reconstruction options for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the women’s health organization, Our Bodies Ourselves (www.ourbodiesourselves.org), has created a short film in which Dr. Constance M. Chen, breast reconstruction surgeon, and her patients are interviewed about the choices women have for breast reconstruction after lumpectomy or mastectomy. The film reveals that most women eligible for breast reconstruction are not being informed of all their options for breast reconstruction. Furthermore, many women are not aware that the 1998 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act gives women the option to choose any type of breast reconstruction they want and their insurance company is required by federal law to pay for it. Watch film here: https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/2018/10/breast-reconstruction-options-whats-best-for-you.

Click here for more information about the project: http://constancechenmd.com/bosombuddies/informedconsentproject

Dr. Chen was quoted in Aaptiv about breast pain

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Here’s When You Should See a Doctor About Breast Pain

How to tell what's benign and what's cause for concern.

Written by Deanna Debara, October 2018 

Breasts are tricky. Some days, you wake up and feel like someone punched you in the boob—twice. Other days, they’re sore and tender to the touch (and look like they magically grew a cup size overnight). It can feel like they have a mind of their own. But, you’re not alone. Breast pain happens regularly to tons of women.

Click HERE for the full article on Aaptiv.

Dr. Chen was quoted in Parents Magazine about post pregnancy sagging breasts

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How to Prevent Sagging Breasts After Pregnancy

These expert-approved tips can help you preempt a postpartum droop.  

By Maressa Brown, October 16, 2018

Throughout the nine months of pregnancy, your body shifts and changes in ways you probably could have imagined and others that you never did. And additional changes that come after giving birth may catch you off-guard, as well. One of the most common concerns among new moms is sagging breasts.

Throughout pregnancy, your breasts may get bigger—as much as one cup size—as the result of estrogen enlarging your milk ducts. But once milk production halts, the breasts shrink but the stretched out skin may not have the elasticity to shrink down to the smaller size, and the breasts sag as the result of a higher ratio of skin to breast tissue, explains Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York.

Click HERE for the full article on Parents.com.

Dr. Chen was published in Westchester Family Magazine

Melissa Chefec

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Nipple Reconstruction

By Constance M. Chen, M.D., October 12, 2018

Modern techniques in mastectomy and breast reconstruction offer women many options.

Breast reconstruction recreates a breast mound either with implants or with the woman’s own tissue. In either case, nipple reconstruction can be performed in a separate surgery from the original breast reconstruction. Many women are candidates for nipple-sparing mastectomy, in which the nipple is preserved during the mastectomy. For women whose nipple has been removed, as in a more traditional type of mastectomy, it is still possible to surgically reconstruct the nipple to recreate a complete breast. Nipple reconstruction can be done for one or both breasts.

Click HERE the full article on Westchester Family Magazine.

Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthLine about the Emotional Side of Breast Reconstruction

Melissa Chefec

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No One Talks About the Emotional Side of Breast Reconstruction

Written by Risa Kerslake, October 3, 2018

Many women who choose reconstructive surgery after breast cancer are surprised at how different their breasts feel. Others are disappointed when the surgery doesn’t go as planned. And almost none are prepared for the complex emotions of coming to terms with ‘a new body.’

Click HERE for the full article on HealthLine.

Dr. Chen was published in WAG

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THE ART OF BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

WAG WELL OCTOBER 1, 2018

In the United States, more than 250,000 new diagnoses of invasive breast cancer are made every year, with more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors living today. Although the quality of life and psychosocial benefits of breast reconstruction after mastectomy and partial mastectomy (for example lumpectomy) has been well-established, less than half of women who require mastectomy are currently offered breast reconstruction. Even though more than 100,000 breast reconstruction procedures are performed every year, fewer than 20 percent of women undergoing mastectomy elect to undergo immediate reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy. For women who did not undergo immediate breast reconstruction or who are unhappy with their breast reconstruction, many may not realize that they may be candidates for delayed breast reconstruction long after their mastectomy or revisions of prior breast reconstruction. Both primary and secondary breast reconstruction is covered by health insurance. 

Click HERE for the full article on WAG.

Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAGE about Advances in Breast Reconstruction

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Advances in Breast Reconstruction: The PAP Flap Reduces Visible Scarring

by CONSTANCE M. CHEN, MD, MPH, September 2018

Women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy have many options. The gold standard of breast reconstruction is natural tissue breast reconstruction, in which a woman’s own tissue is used to reconstruct the breast.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAge.

Dr. Chen was quoted in Living Magazine about breast implants

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Treatment Time

For breast implants or lifts, fall and winter make for perfect timing.

September 2018

Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? So, if you’ve been thinking about enhancing your bust line, then fall and winter are a great time to consider it, so you can have that downtime to be camouflaged beneath cold-weather attire.

“Colder weather months are a good time to undergo surgery,” said Constance M. Chen, MD, FACS, a board certified plastic surgeon (ConstanceChenMD.com) practicing in New York. “While healing time is the same in the summer as in the winter, surgical garments and healing are better concealed under layers of clothing.”

Click HERE for the full article from Living Magazine.

Dr. Chen was quoted in Zwivel about Flap Surgery

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Flap Surgery Explained: From Breast Reconstruction to Z-Plasty

Sydney Whalen, September 4, 2018

·         Flap surgery is fundamental to a number of reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures.

·         While the list of flap surgeries is long, they all stem from the same basic principles.

·         Flap surgery isn’t just for the skin; it can also be applied to the gums and eyes.

Breast reconstruction using tissue from the abdomen or back. Gum surgery to treat periodontitis. Skin from the forehead pulled down to correct damage in the nose. These procedures address wildly disparate parts of the body and different underlying concerns, but they have something in common: they’re all forms of flap surgery.

Put simply, flap surgery is when tissue from one part of the body is transferred to another, often for reconstructive purposes. Sometimes this tissue is only on the upper layers of the epidermis. At other times it involves deeper tissues, including muscle and even bone.

Click HERE for the full article on Zwivel.