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Secondary Breast Reconstruction, Getting it Right

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For many women, breast reconstruction is a process rather than a single procedure. Some women have experienced complications, particularly with implants, that require additional surgery. And many women are simply unhappy with the results of their breast reconstruction. The goal of breast reconstruction after mastectomy is to create a natural breast with the shape, softness […]
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Prophylactic Mastectomy: Options for Breast Reconstruction

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All women are at risk for breast cancer, particularly with advancing age. There are specific factors, however, that significantly increase the risk for women of all ages. As more women become aware of these factors, those at high risk can explore their options for reducing their risk. The most common risk factor is an inherited […]
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Removing Breast Implants

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 400,000 women in the United States had breast implant surgery in 2016. About three-quarters of breast implants were placed for cosmetic breast augmentation and the rest for reconstruction following mastectomy. Studies by implant manufacturers, however, have shown that within seven years about half of all implants […]
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Our Bodies Ourselves, May 23, 2017, Discussion on Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health

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Andrea and I were so inspired to be standing in solidarity with Gloria Steinem, Judy Norsigian, Julie Childers, Carol Ciancutti and the incredible women of Our Bodies Ourselves. It was amazing to learn from the stories of diverse women from different backgrounds, and to share in the conversation about breast implants and natural tissue alternatives. […]
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Restoring Sensation to the Breast after Mastectomy

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More than 100,000 women have mastectomies in the United States every year. And, with surgical advances that promise a soft, warm breast that will look and feel like her original breast, more and more women now opt for breast reconstruction, either at the time of the mastectomy or later. But many of these women who […]
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Breast Cancer Patients: You Don’t Have to Live with Unsatisfactory Implants

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Among breast cancer patients who opt for breast reconstruction, 80% undergo implant-based breast reconstruction. Studies by implant manufacturers, however, show that within three years, three out of four breast reconstruction patients with implants will experience at least one complication, such as pain, infection, hardening, or the need for additional surgery. Many women live with chronic […]
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As one of the leading breast reconstruction specialists in the United States, Dr. Constance Chen has been featured in over 100 news and media publications and journals over her years in practice.

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