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Dr. Chen Was A Medical Advisor For This Article In Breastcancer.org

Breast Implant Reconstruction Risks and Complications If you’ve had or are considering breast reconstruction with implants, it’s important to know about the possible risks and maintenance required over time. Breast implants usually don’t last a lifetime. It’s common for women who have implant reconstruction to have one or more additional surgeries at some point, either […]
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Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome

NY, NY, USA, June 27, 2022 / — Pain after any type of surgery is expected, but up to 30% of women undergoing mastectomy as part of breast cancer treatment will experience long-term pain and discomfort known as Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome, or PMPS. Fortunately, several effective treatment options are available for this vexing and distressing […]
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A Conversation With Dr. Constance Chen: Sensory Restoration In Breast Reconstruction

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Join Plastic Surgery Practice podcast hosts Keri Stephens and Alison Werner as they talk with Constance Chen, MD, FACS, a New York-based board-certified plastic surgeon and leader in microsurgical breast reconstruction. Chen specializes in sensory restoration in breast reconstruction and, in this episode, she shares how the Resensation process can be life-changing for a breast […]
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When To Be Concerned About Breast Pain

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Changing hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle can cause breast pain and discomfort. Breast pain after menstruation is usually caused by a rise in estrogen levels in the second half of the menstrual cycle, according to Constance M. Chen, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City. “The increased estrogen can […]
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Exercise After Mastectomy And Breast Reconstruction: What You Need To Know

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Physical activity also depends on the type of surgery and your overall health. In general, it’s best to avoid vigorous exercises and heavy lifting so that your wounds have a chance to heal, says Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “In a healthy person, it takes six to eight […]
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13 Causes Of Breast Pain—and How To Treat It

Hormonal changes before or during menstruation are responsible for up to 75% of breast pain. A rise in the body’s estrogen levels enlarges the milk ducts, and a rise in progesterone causes glands to swell, says Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. […]
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Remove The Excess Skin And Fat After Bariatric Surgery

Advances in bariatric surgery offer transformative benefits for many people each year. In 2017, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates that 228,000 people underwent weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery can improve underlying physical and emotional health, however in many cases the remarkable change in body size due to weight loss can also […]
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Sensory Restoration In Breast Reconstruction: A New Reality

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Once upon a time, when a woman underwent mastectomy, her options for breast reconstruction were limited. Not only was access to a plastic surgeon who could perform breast reconstruction limited, but the expected outcomes for the woman and the plastic surgeon were not always aligned. The goal of the plastic surgeon was to place an […]
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Breasts: Normal, Medically Worrisome And Things To Be Corrected

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The soft tissue that we think of as a breast is actually a mammary gland, a complex system of fat cells and ducts that produce milk and deliver it to a nursing infant via the nipple. Breasts are remarkable. They fulfill vital functions, undergo changes at different times in a woman’s life, and are as […]
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Post Mastectomy Nipple Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy presents women with many decisions. The type, progression, location, and size of their cancers will influence their direction as will their goals for undergoing breast reconstruction. “In the past, women had to be satisfied with breast reconstruction that provided them with an upper body breast mound while wearing clothes, a low […]
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Causes For Breast Implant Removal

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400,000 women in the United States receive breast implants each year. Three quarters receive breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation, while the other one quarter receive breast implants to reconstruct a breast lost to cancer. According to the implant manufacturers, about 50% of women with breast implants undergo another surgery to revise, replace, or remove […]
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Breasts: Normal, Medically Worrisome And Things To Be Corrected

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and there is infinite variety in the human experience. Beyond their physiological function of providing nourishment for babies, however, breasts occupy a unique place in the cultural ether and many women wonder and worry about whether or not they deviate from “normal.” “Unfortunately, we are often bombarded by […]
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Are There Any Nonsurgical Ways to Stop Breast Sagging?

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The amount of elastin in the dermis, the connective tissue layer of the skin, varies from person to person, largely for genetic reasons, according to Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City. Click HERE for the full article.
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Breast Sensation After Mastectomy

HealthNewsDigest.com — Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 women have mastectomies. Advances in surgical techniques today offer women the hope of a soft, warm breast that may look similar and feel much like her original breast, especially if she undergoes natural tissue breast reconstruction. As a result, more and more women now […]
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I’m a Doctor and Here’s the #1 Trick For Ageless Beauty

Dr. Constance M. Chen, board-certified Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist says, “Inner peace gives rise to a radiant smile that shines on those around you like the sun. Everyone will think you are beautiful.” Dr. Chen reminds us to, “Drink lots of water. Avoid sugary drinks. Keeps you hydrated so your skin stays supple […]
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Concerns About Breast Implant Illness: Overblown or Valid?

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The most common problems are capsular contracture, which is a thickening, hardening, and squeezing of the scar tissue that forms around breast implants; infection; and implant rupture. Also very common are asymmetry, rippling, and breast implant illness. Click HERE for the full article.
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Causes for Breast Implant Removal

HealthNewsDigest.com — Board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M Chen comments that there are many medical and cosmetic reasons that women have implants removed. “In some cases the implants basically fail and must be removed for the health of the woman. In other cases, women realize that they don’t have to live […]
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Do Jewish Women Have Disproportionately Large Boobs?

The genetic and environmental factors behind breast size are still unclear. Breast size is influenced by everything from genetics to environmental factors, Dr. Constance Chen, a plastic surgeon, told INSIDER exclusively. In some individuals, having a large chest is bound to happen. Also due to weight gain, breasts increase as well. Click HERE for the […]
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Future Mothers Can Still Get Breast Implants

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“The FDA now requires a black box warning on all breast implants so people know they are not considered lifetime devices and carry risks,” said Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “Patients are required by law to initial and sign an extensive patient decision checklist that outlines many potential […]
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Think Twice Before Your Tummy Tuck: The Abdomen is the Best Donor Site for Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction

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An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck removes excess skin and stretch marks and can also repair damaged muscles. The result is a flatter, firmer stomach and improved waistline. One issue that women undergoing abdominoplasty often fail to consider, however, is that the abdominal tissue is often the best donor site for natural tissue breast reconstruction. Click […]
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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthLine

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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 […]
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Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Basics: Understanding Your Options

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There are two types of breast reconstruction and multiple options for each: implant-based breast reconstruction and natural tissue breast reconstruction, also known as “autologous reconstruction.” Either type can be performed immediately, or months or even years after the mastectomy. For the best results, most breast reconstructions will require more than one procedure. Many factors will […]
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Your Post-Mastectomy Guide

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Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist, said the first few days after surgery will look very different depending on which type of surgery you have. “With any type of surgery, you will be swollen and bruised for the first few days and weeks after surgery,” she said. “The swelling […]
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Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Basics

HealthNewsDigest.com — Breast reconstruction has come a long way. Although breast cancer was known to the ancient Egyptians as far back as 1600 B.C., it was not until the 18th century that it was understood to be a localized disease whose spread could be contained by isolating and removing the affected cells, and it was […]
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The Best Gifts for Doctors, According to Medical Professionals

By Lori Keong, Karen Iorio Adelson, and Ambar Pardilla A bouquet of flowers is always a lovely gift, but for something extra special, a floral subscription keeps your favorite doctor’s office stocked with fresh arrangements all year long. “The best gift I ever received from a patient was a year-long monthly flower delivery,” says Constance […]
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Women Are Removing Their Breast Implants at Increased Rates

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“Breast implants are a foreign body that prompt an immune response in the body, and the body tries to protect itself from the implant by creating a capsule around the implant as a barrier,” explained Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “Thus, most of the diseases caused by breast […]
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Tips On Improving Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Results

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“The objective of breast reconstruction after mastectomy is to create a natural breast with the shape, symmetry and softness of the original. In most patients, modifications are needed after the initial surgery to accomplish that goal. Women should know that with a customized plan and advanced surgical techniques, we can often improve shape, size, and […]
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Oh No, I Have Nipple Hair!

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When it comes to nipple hair, according to Constance Chen, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist, there is no normal. “Human beings have hair all over their body,” Chen said. “Sometimes human hair is thin and clear and sometimes it’s thicker and darker. Some women have darker visible hair around their nipples.” Click […]
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Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction

HealthNewsDigest.com — Every year, about 40,000 women in the United States undergo surgery to reduce the size of their breasts. Breast reduction, one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries and among those with the highest rates of patient satisfaction, is performed for both aesthetic and medical reasons. Women with disproportionately large, heavy breasts find […]
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See a Weird Scab on Your Areola? Doctors Explain Potential Reasons

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Other reasons range from innocent to, unfortunately, concerning. “It could be due to a partner sucking roughly there, it could be due to some other type of abrasion or suction device that damages the skin, it could be due to Paget’s disease of the nipple, eczema, an insect bite, itch, rough clothing, sandpaper, piercing or […]
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Why the FDA is Ordering Stronger Warnings for Breast Implants

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“The stronger warning is appropriate for patients as many practitioners and patients were not aware of the earlier warnings or did not take them seriously,” said Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. Click HERE for the full article.
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The Benefits of Short Scar Breast Reduction

HealthNewsDigest.com — Dr. Chen says that “a breast reduction can be performed on healthy women after the breasts are fully developed. She reiterates that “short-scar breast reduction minimizes scarring on the breast after surgery. With advances in breast reduction surgeries, women today don’t have to tolerate the discomfort and emotional distress of large breasts that […]
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When to Be Concerned About Inverted Nipples

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“Inverted nipples are usually congenital, meaning that people are born with a nipple that is pulled inward toward the breast,” explained Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York. “When the inverted nipple(s) are congenital, it is usually because the milk ducts are not fully developed or the […]
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Is Prophylactic Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Advised for Women with BRCA Mutations?

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National Cancer Institute data indicates that women with harmful BRCA mutations who undergo prophylactic mastectomy can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by 95% and confirms that even women with BRCA mutations can undergo a nipple-sparing mastectomy combined with a natural tissue breast reconstruction that produces a reconstructed breast that may be hard to […]
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What to Expect When Recovering from Breast Surgery

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Immediately after waking from anesthesia,you will be groggy. Some women experience post-operative nausea and/or vomiting that usually wears off in a couple of hours or days. If you are not staying overnight in the hospital, you will need a ride home. Surgical drainsmay be in place after mastectomy or reconstructive surgery and will be removed […]
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Is Prophylactic Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Advised for Women with BRCA Mutations?

“Women have to look at various personal and medical factors,” says Dr. Chen. When considering and assessing reconstruction options, women learn that great strides have been made in breast reconstruction by using your own tissue to create a soft, warm, natural breast. Combining natural tissue breast reconstruction with a mastectomy that preserves all the skin […]
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What We Know – So Far – About ‘Breast Implant Illness’

There does not appear to be a specific cluster of people predisposed to experiencing breast implant illness.Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City, says that anyone can experience these symptoms, though it’s possible that someone with autoimmune issues and/or allergies may be more predisposed. Click HERE […]
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WTF Is a Vampire Breast Lift?

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Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in breast procedures since 2008, told Giddy there are positives and negatives to VBL, like any procedure. “The positive would include minimal scarring since there is no surgical excision of excess skin,” she explained. “One negative is that droopy breasts are often due to […]
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How To Finally Lose Your Stubborn Muffin Top

As for surgical methods of fat reduction such as liposuction or tummy tucks, Chen says, “(Surgical options) are still popular because people want to improve their shape overnight without changing their diet and exercise habits. But, these procedures don’t have the same health benefits as diet and exercise unless cutting out the fat allows a […]
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What Can a “Mommy Makeover” Do for Me?

Re-emerging from months of isolation isn’t as easy as many thought it would be. Despite the disorientation and sense of loss associated with the new normal of their pandemic-induced lives, many people have found themselves surprisingly anxious about jumping back into life as they used to know it. Even as COVID-19 cases decline and millions […]
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Breast Reconstruction – Pros and Cons of Immediate versus Delayed Post-Mastectomy

“Radiation therapy always automatically unfavorably affects the aesthetics of any breast reconstruction,” says Dr. Chen. “But if a woman wants autologous tissue reconstruction, she may be advised to postpone placing the natural tissue until her radiation is completed.” In these cases, the patient can undergo a delayed immediate reconstruction, in which a tissue expander is […]
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Ditching Your Bra Isn’t Just Freeing — It Could Be Good For You

Of course, people with larger breasts might find that a bra helps reduce acne and chafing by preventing the skin from rubbing against itself, notes Constance M.Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. Click HEREfor the full article.
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Managing Expectations for Women Recovering From Breast Surgery

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“The body’s reaction to surgery depends on many factors. Most important are the patient’s overall health, type and location of the surgery, and the aftereffects of anesthesia. Before surgery, each woman should discuss with her surgeon both the expected effects of the procedure she will undergo and the individual factors that might affect her recovery. […]
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Recovering from Breast Surgery

Hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast surgery every year. Whether these procedures are reconstructive, cosmetic, or therapeutic, surgery itself is traumatic to the body. “The body’s reaction to surgery depends on many factors,” says plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M Chen. “Most important are the patient’s overall health, type and location […]
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How targeted therapies have helped improve breast cancer outcomes

“The newest surgical treatments are nipple-sparing mastectomies, perforator flap breast reconstruction, and restoring sensation after mastectomies in breast reconstruction,” Dr. Constance Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City, says. “Now, many women who choose surgeons trained in these more advanced techniques no longer have to put up with painful […]
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Lumpectomy VS Mastectomy: Dr. Constance Chen Offers Practical Tips

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“As we came to understand that survival rates are similar for mastectomy and lumpectomy, many women chose the less invasive, breast-conserving lumpectomy, but in the last two decades or so, influenced by public discussion of celebrities’ mastectomies and by advances in breast reconstruction that have made it possible to create a new breast barely distinguishable […]
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Lumpectomy Vs. Mastectomy: How to Decide? The Pros & Cons of Lumpectomy & Mastectomy After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

While coping with the emotional turmoil that follows abreast cancerdiagnosis, a woman must absorb a seemingly vast amount of information that will help her make important decisions about the treatment options available to her.Many women with early-stage cancer learn that while surgery will be needed, the decision of whether to attempt to remove just the […]
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Why Feeling is Lost After Mastectomy and How Sensation Can Be Restored

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Sometimes, however, the natural look and feel of the reconstructed breast may be more apparent to others than it is to the woman herself. While pleased with the appearance of her new breasts, some women are disappointed to realize that to her reconstructed breast is numb to touch and sexual arousal. As breast reconstruction techniques […]
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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Clare Crawley Is Removing Her Breast Implants Over Health Concerns—Here’s What to Know

“All breast implants have a silicone shell that also contains various chemicals and small amounts of heavy metals,”Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist, tellsHealth. “Some breast implants also have a silicone filling that can leach off an intact implant or spill out of a ruptured implant. The silicone, chemicals, […]
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Arms And The Woman

While exercise can strengthen the arms and improve muscle tone, it cannot correct skin that has lost elasticity. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can reshape the upper arm by removing excess skin and fat from the underside of the upper arm from armpit to elbow. Click HEREfor the full article.
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Misconceptions and Worries About Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

HealthNewsDigest.com — Dr. Chen observes that “Many women feel that after completing treatment for breast cancer, breast reconstruction has a positive impact on their quality of life.” And yet she adds that more education is needed around breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Dr. Chen stressed the importance of overcoming common misconceptions. Click HERE for the […]
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Are These Breast Cancer Rumors True?

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“I do not believe there is any harm in wearing a bra as it pertains to breast cancer for longer periods, or even to bed. It is acceptable for women who have larger breasts to keep a bra on 99 percent of the time for more support and comfort,” said Chen. Click HERE for the […]
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Overcoming Misconceptions and Worries About Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

Imagine that you are blindsided with a cancer diagnosis and very soon thereafter, you are asked to make serious and important decisions about your treatment. According to Dr. Constance M. Chen, who specializes in breast reconstruction after mastectomy, this happens often. “When I meet a patient for the first time, she has often learned that […]
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Tips on Treating Congenital Breast Deformities

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Breast development in adolescence and the teen years is an important marker in the transition to adulthood for young women. At an age typified by self-consciousness about body image, coming to terms with anomalies in breast development is particularly difficult. Most congenital breast anomalies are not medically dangerous but can cause emotional distress. Fortunately, these […]
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Treating Excess Skin and Fat Above Your Waist

HealthNewsDigest.com – New York, NY, May 18, 2021 Whatever you call the accumulation of fat above or around your waist, it is one of the areas of the body most resistant to slimming strategies and a source of frustration for both men and women. “Excess fat around the abdomen and hips is caused – as […]
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Reconstructive Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon: What are the Differences and Which Is Right for You?

Reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery are both elements of plastic surgery that are closely related but they are not the same. “The first thing to understand is that reconstructive and cosmetic surgery both improve the body but with different goals” says plastic surgeon Dr. Constance M. Chen. The primary difference between them is not the […]
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What You Need to Know About Breast Implants and Pregnancy

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“In general, it is best to be fully healed after surgery before getting pregnant,” explains Dr. Constance Chen, plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “That said, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks to become fully healed after surgery and it takes 9 months from conception to delivery, so it’s unlikely for surgery to interfere […]
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Liposuction: What It Is and What It Isn’t

HealthNewsDigest.com – New York, NY, April 14, 2021 – According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, between 200,000 and 300,000 people have liposuction each year, making it one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. Also called lipoplasty, lipectomy, and lipo (for short), liposuction is a surgical procedure that […]
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Top Insider Tips on Mastectomy

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Doctors recommend avoiding picking up objects over five pounds (we’re looking at you, half-ton tote) for up to eight weeks after a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. That’s because heavy lifting may cause tearing of small vessels, which can lead to bleeding or a hematoma. In fact, you shouldn’t lift your arms above shoulder level at […]
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Prophylactic Mastectomy: Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

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Every woman is at risk for breast cancer just by being female and growing older. Many women are diligently attentive to the lifestyle factors that can reduce their risk: They don’t smoke, eat a plant-based diet, control their weight, exercise regularly, avoid hormone therapy, and limit exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. For some high-risk […]
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