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Inverted Nipples

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While inverted nipples aren’t generally medically troublesome, particularly when present since birth or when occurring gradually, over several years, there are indications that require medical attention. Nipples that had been protruding but flatten or turn inward suddenly or in a short period of time should be brought to the attention of a doctor. Other symptoms […]
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Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist Offers Practical Tips about Inverted nipples

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“Inverted nipples are one of the many normal variations in the breast. Depending on the degree of inversion, they may be easily manipulated to enable breastfeeding and they may be made to protrude for some period of time. When they cause distress for any reason, surgical correction is usually minimally invasive. As with many such […]
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Inverted Nipples Are A Variation of Normal

Inverted nipples are a common and normal variation in nipple shape. Also called retracted nipples, inverted nipples turn inward toward the breast instead of protruding. They occur in either one or both breasts, in both men and women, and may be congenital – present from birth – or may develop later in life. “As many […]
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Your Breast Tenderness Can Totally Fluctuate During Early Pregnancy

Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City, tells Romper, “Breast tenderness during early pregnancy happens because the body is flooding with hormones as it prepares to nourish a new life. Hormones stimulate milk-producing glands, which cause the milk ducts in the breast to grow and your […]
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Arm Lift: Help for Stubborn and Unsightly Under Arm Sagging

Arms had their moment in early 2009 when Michelle Obama posed for her first official photograph as first lady in a sleeveless black dress. While some style critics carped that the look was too informal or out of season with the February weather, many women all over the world envied Obama’s toned arms and wanted […]
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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Finding the Right Bra for Every Breast Shape

Plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen says: “A properly fitted bra is important for all women, not just large-breasted women who suffer discomfort in their necks and backs when their bras don’t support them adequately. Every woman will be more comfortable and less restrained in her physical activity if she is wearing […]
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Breast Implant Reconstruction

After a mastectomy, one of the ways that a breast can be reconstructed is with an implant. A breast implant is a round, flexible silicone shell filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Breast implants can either be placed over the chest muscle (pectoralis) or underneath part or all of the chest muscle. […]
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Putting a New Nipple on a Reconstructed Breast

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For women who cannot undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy, it is possible to reconstruct the nipple-areola complex. Having a new breast with a nipple is important to many women. Reconstructing the nipple-areola complex completes the sense of restoration that helps some women put cancer behind them. Click HERE for the full article.
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Are Bras Bad For You?

The weight of the breast tissue will make the connective tissue in the breast work harder, so they may stretch a little faster, which may cause the skin to stretch and the breasts to drop slightly, says Constance Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. Plus, as women age, breasts become more […]
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Nipple Reconstruction Surgery and Nipple Tattoos

If one or both of your nipples were removed when you had a mastectomy, you can in most cases choose to have surgery, tattooing, or both to recreate the nipple and the areola (the dark area around the nipple). Some people find that having their nipples reconstructed or tattooed is an important final step in […]
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Practical Tips on Putting a New nipple on a Reconstructed Breast

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“Having a new breast with a nipple is important to many women. Reconstructing the nipple-areola complex completes the sense of restoration that helps some women put cancer behind them.” — plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. Click HERE for the full article.
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Putting a New Nipple on a Reconstructed Breast

HealthNewsDigest.com – New York, NY, December 1, 2020 More and more women who have lost a breast to mastectomy now choose breast reconstruction. Reconstruction can be performed either at the time of the mastectomy, called “immediate reconstruction,” or later, called “delayed reconstruction.” Breast reconstruction can also be performed either via breast implants or with a […]
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Why Do My Breasts Hurt?

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Many women worry that breast pain might be a sign of breast cancer. While this is unusual, it’s not impossible. Inflammatory breast cancer, which accounts for 1%-5% of breast cancers does cause pain as well as redness, swelling, and thickened or dimpled skin. The important thing for women to know is that while most breast […]
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Breast Cancer Awareness in a Pandemic: The Risks Are Higher

“Nurses can counsel women that they see to get screening for breast cancer,” added Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York. “Breast cancer screening can lead to early detection, which leads to improved survival.” Click HERE for the full article.
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Understanding the Causes of Breast Pain (Mastalgia) & Tips to Help

Most breast pain is cyclical – linked to hormonal fluctuation associated with the reproductive cycle. Women describe cyclical breast pain as the breasts feeling heavy, tender, swollen and achy. It is caused by increases in estrogen and progesterone that occur before the menstrual period and cause the breasts to swell. Cyclical breast pain generally affects […]
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Why Do My Breasts Hurt?

It may be in the form of soreness, sharp burning pangs, or tightness. “Breast pain, or mastalgia, is usually straightforward to diagnose and treat,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “While it is seldom a sign of something serious, pain that doesn’t go away after one or two menstrual cycles or […]
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Congenital Breast Deformities: Surgical Advances Offer Solutions

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“Most congenital breast anomalies are not medically dangerous but can cause emotional distress,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. Fortunately, these conditions can usually be corrected surgically preempting long-lasting effects on self-esteem, according to a news release. Click HERE for the full article.
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Congenital Breast Deformities: Surgical Advances Offer Solutions

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,” says plastic […]
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Here’s What Happens When You Stop Wearing a Bra

Bras hold the breasts up. “A good bra can help support the breasts, offloading the Cooper’s ligaments in the breasts,” says Dr. Chen. Ultimately, this may reduce some stretching and sagging. That said, there’s far more that plays into sagging than bras. For one, a study in the Annals of Plastic Surgery suggests that breast […]
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New Treatment Helps Survivors Regain Sensation After Breast Cancer

Dr. Chen says that resensation, which adds about an extra hour and a half to the natural tissue reconstruction surgery, doesn’t work for every patient, but many of her patients say they redevelop nearly complete sensation after the procedure. All of her patients have gotten some level of sensation back, although it’s not always much. […]
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Breastfeeding Won’t Cause Your Breasts to Sag and Nine other Surprising Facts about Breasts

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2020 More than any other organ in the human body, the breast occupies a place in our social and cultural landscape well beyond its physiological function to nourish our offspring. “The soft tissue that we think of as a breast is actually a mammary gland, a complex system of fat cells […]
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Ditching Your Bra Isn’t Just Freeing — It Could Be Good For You

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 HERE for the full article.
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Cancer Issues – Prophylactic Mastectomy: Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

As we’ve learned more about the genetic factors that contribute to breast cancer, we’ve been better able to identify women who are at particularly high risk,” says plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “Women with genetic mutations or strong family history of breast cancer know that they have a lifetime risk […]
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Patience Is Key In Covid-era Breast Reconstruction

A diagnosis of breast cancer is overwhelming at any time. But what does it mean for women who were diagnosed during the Covid pandemic and how does it affect decisions about post-mastectomy breast reconstruction? For starters, the fundamentals of cancer treatment remain the same. Patients need to work with their oncologists to decide upon the […]
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What Happens When You Stop Wearing a Bra

If you’re not wearing a sports bra when you work out, your breasts may “swing around like uncontrolled weights, which can be uncomfortable,” says Dr. Chen. It may also change the way you move. In a 2020 study in the Journal of Biomechanics, which analyzed how various sports bras and footwear changed spinal mechanics during […]
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The Benefits of Acupuncture Before, During & After Surgery

“Acupuncture is one of the better known types of alternative medicine,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Constance M. Chen, M.D.* “Its acceptance has grown as physicians have come to see that it can be effective, and it is sometimes incorporated into conventional healthcare. In particular, acupuncture has shown promise when used in ‘perioperative care,’ […]
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‘I’d really love to feel a hug’: NBC News’ Kristen Dahlgren reveals she will undergo surgery to try and regain feeling in her chest following double mastectomy and breast cancer battle

However, that changed when a friend introduced her to Dr. Constance Chen, a reconstructive plastic surgeon in New York City. Dr. Chen is one of a handful of surgeons who performs Resensation, a procedure that involves reconnecting nerves as part of natural tissue or ‘”flap” reconstruction. ‘She removes fat and tissue from another part of […]
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NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren Shares the Hardest Side Effect of Her Breast Cancer Treatment

Her doctor, Constance Chen, M.D., a reconstructive plastic surgeon who helps breast cancer patients experiencing this side effect, “cannot say it works for everyone, but she says when it works, it works well.” Click HERE for the full article.
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NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren Says Losing Feeling in Her Chest a ‘Constant Reminder’ of Her Mastectomy

Dahlgren asked if she’ll ever regain the feeling in her chest, and plastic surgeons have said it’s not possible just yet. But she also found one surgeon, Dr. Constance Chen, who performs “flap” reconstruction to reconnect the nerves in the chest, with encouraging results — one patient said she’s back to 80 percent feeling in […]
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“I’d love to feel a hug”: Kristen Dahlgren shares one of the hardest side effects of breast cancer

NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren explores a treatment that may change the way she “feels” after breast cancer. It has been over a year since Kristen Dahlgren’s breast cancer diagnosis. She is cancer-free and awaiting reconstruction surgery. By Kristen Dahlgren, Oct. 1, 2020 Luckily, a friend introduced me to a doctor in New York City who is […]
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What to consider before breast reconstruction surgery

Whichever decisions a woman makes about her surgical options, it’s imperative that she understands what to expect from the surgery, recovery and how her new breast will look and feel, said Dr. Constance M. Chen, board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City. Click HERE for the full article.
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Mastopexy: What to Know About Breast Lifts

A woman’s breasts are often changed by age and gravity. As she grows older, it is natural for skin to lose elasticity and for her breasts to drop. The most significant contributing factor is breastfeeding, but even women who have never lactated will often find their skin stretching and their breasts drooping. With menopause, dense […]
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Here’s What Happens When You Stop Wearing a Bra

It depends on your cup size, but if you have very large breasts, “not wearing a bra could affect back or neck pain,” says Constance M. Chen, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City. In fact, a study published in The Journal of Orthopaedics found a correlation between a large […]
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What to Consider Before Reconstruction

Questions abound for women considering breast reconstruction surgery. The most important include now versus later and the choice between breast implants or autologous reconstruction, using a woman’s own tissue. Whichever decisions a woman makes about her surgical options, It’s imperative that she understands what to expect from the surgery, recovery and how her new breast […]
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Breast Reduction: What to Know

HealthNewsDigest.com – New York, NY – Women seek breast reduction for many reasons. Large breasts are often heavy and uncomfortable, causing upper and lower back pain. The excess weight causes back pain, neck aches, headaches, arm tingling and shoulder grooving. Large pendulous breasts can also rub against the upper abdomen, causing troublesome rashes under the […]
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Here’s What to Know About Recovering From Plastic Surgery, According to an Expert

September 2, 2020 by Danielle Jackson “The natural process of wound healing takes six to eight weeks for complete healing in a healthy patient,” Constance M. Chen, MD, told POPSUGAR. “Often, people may feel fairly normal by one month, but there is still underlying wound healing happening even if someone feels great. Thus, it is […]
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Managing Expectations for Breast Reconstruction

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Breast reconstruction has come a long way. Advances in surgical technique have made it possible to use a woman’s own tissue to construct a breast that is soft and warm and often very similar to the breast she has lost to mastectomy. This “autologous reconstruction” has become the gold standard in breast reconstruction and can […]
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Advances in Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction: Nipple Preservation

Mastectomy has changed a great deal over the years. Long gone are the radical mastectomies of your grandmother’s day which removed not only breast tissue but also extensive breast skin, lymph nodes, and underlying chest muscles. By the 1980s, the most common approach was the modified radical mastectomy, which left the chest muscles intact. Since […]
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Two months later, New York medical practice manager still hanging in

Andrea Smith, practice manager for Constance M. Chen, M.D., PC, a boutique plastic and reconstructive surgery office in New York City, told Part B News how their practice was handling its PPE needs in month four of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently got back in touch to see how she’s doing now. The following conversation […]
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The Post-Pandemic Medical Practice: 4 Key Changes to Expect

Providers’ schedules will likely need to be more staggered to avoid patients sitting in waiting room, said Andrea Smith, practice administrator for plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Constance M. Chen, MD, in New York. Medical practices will continue their enhanced medical office safety policy, cleaning rooms between patients, temperature screening of incoming patients and […]
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Should I Have My Breast Implants Removed?

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Many women are able to live with their implants for many years, but some become dissatisfied with the way their breasts look and feel and may suffer from various complications. Implant removal can sometimes address these issues. However, what we’re seeing now is concern about serious illnesses and women want to know if they should […]
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Dr Constance Chen on Daring to Make a U-turn in Life and Just Going For it

Ana talks with Dr Chen about the revolutionary work that does to make women feel whole again, after mastectomies. They also reminisce about the growing up the country, discuss deciding to make a radical change in your life, and just going for it. Click HERE to listen to the podcast.
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Managing Expectations for Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction has come a long way. Advances in surgical technique have made it possible to use a woman’s own tissue to construct a breast that is soft and warm and often very similar to the breast she has lost to mastectomy. This “autologous reconstruction” has become the gold standard in breast reconstruction and can […]
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Is There a “Cancer Diet”?

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In the wake of a cancer diagnosis, many patients realize that their diet may have contributed to their disease. Cancer is sometimes considered the “rich person’s disease” because high rates of cancer correlates with high amounts of meat, dairy, and sugar in the diet. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that points to diet […]
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Prophylactic Mastectomy: Tips for Women at High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

“The decision to undergo prophylactic mastectomy is a difficult one and may not be right for all high-risk women,” says Dr. Constance M. Chen, plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “Those who are faced with this decision must weigh various medical and personal factors, one of which is the options available to them for breast […]
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Immediate vs Delayed Breast Reconstruction: What is Right for You?

“With proper planning before mastectomy, breast reconstruction can be done with excellent results months or even years later,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “That said, there are advantages to immediate reconstruction – in a single surgery at the time of mastectomy – and every woman should be made aware of […]
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Can Complementary Therapies Help Breast Cancer Patients?

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby, June 29, 2020 By: Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance Chen “Complementary therapies may help women with the effects of mainstream medicine and its treatments,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “With the approval of their doctors, some women have found benefits […]
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Knowing What to Ask and Planning in Advance Before Breast Reconstruction Surgery

A diagnosis of breast cancer upends a woman’s life, and forces her to make many personal, medical, and financial decisions. If a woman must undergo mastectomy, the predicament is further complicated by the decisions she must make about whether, when and how to have breast reconstruction. Many women undergoing breast reconstruction see implants as the […]
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New York medical practice manager signals improving PPE situation

Roy Edroso and Andrea Smith, practice manager for Constance M Chen, M.D., PC, a boutique plastic and reconstructive surgery office in New York City, tellsPart B News how they’re handling month four of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following conversation has been lightly edited for clarity. Click HERE for the full article.
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Can Complementary Therapies Help Breast Cancer Patients?

Breast cancer, the most commonly occurring cancer in women, is traditionally treated with a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. In seeking to maximize the benefits of these treatments and minimize their often-debilitating side effects, many women consider adding various complementary therapies to their treatment regimens. Click HERE for the full article.
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You Aren’t the Only One with Hair on Your Boobs — Here’s Why It Happens

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“Human being have hair follicles all over their body,” says Constance Chen, MD, a plastic surgeon who holds clinical assistant professorships at Weill Cornell Medical College and Tulane University School of Medicine. “[And] the purpose of those hair follicles is to grow hair.” In fact, that’s what those tiny bumps around your nipples are: hair […]
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Women’s Health: Should I Have My Breast Implants Removed?

Chrissy Teigen, model, television personality and author, announced earlier this week that she is having her implants removed, citing that they served her well but that she no longer wants them and that she wants her breasts to reflect her true dress size. Over the last several years, plastic and reconstructive surgeons have received calls […]
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Acupuncture and Surgery: Relieve Anxiety Before and Reduce Discomfort After

“Acupuncture is one of the better known types of alternative medicine,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “Its acceptance has grown as physicians have come to see that it can be effective, and it is sometimes incorporated into conventional healthcare. In particular, acupuncture has shown promise when used in ‘perioperative care,’ […]
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All About Chamois Cream (aka Anti-Chafing Cream)

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Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon, says although the primary ingredients in chamois cream vary by brand, some of the more common skin-healthy ingredients include: aloe vera witch hazel shea butter coconut oil sunflower oil provitamins Some products also have mineral oil and propylene glycol, which is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs […]
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The Mysterious Illness Plaguing Women With Breast Implants

Some plastic surgeons take a strong stance against BII, stating that there’s absolutely no evidence it’s real. But most acknowledge that there’s likely something going on if a woman with breast implants is experiencing these symptoms. “Breast implant illness is real in that women have real symptoms that often go away when their breast implants […]
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Cosmetic Surgery During The Coronavirus Pandemic: Is It Safe?

“For people who have long-standing scheduled procedures, broadly speaking, almost all types of procedures should be postponed,” says Dr Constance M Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist practicing in New York City. “There is no reason to undergo elective procedures during the coronavirus epidemic.” “Surgery and other procedures place a patient in […]
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Natural Tissue Versus Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: Knowing the Differences

From: cancernetwork.com “Many women who have had unfortunate experiences with implants prefer not to try again, even with a different type of implant or modified surgical procedure,” Chen wrote on her blog. “They turn to natural tissue breast reconstruction, also known as autologous reconstruction, which is the “gold standard’ of breast reconstruction.” With implant-based reconstruction, […]
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Think Twice Before Your Tummy Tuck: The Abdomen is the Best Donor Site for Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo surgical procedures to reshape their abdomens. For many, diet and exercise cannot correct the loose skin, stretch marks, and loss of elasticity that result from pregnancy, weight loss, or the aging process. Some women also suffer a weakening of abdominal muscles that causes a bulge that is […]
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Natural Tissue Versus Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: Knowing the Differences

Around 80% of women who opt for reconstruction after losing a breast to mastectomy elect to reconstruct with implants rather than the superior natural tissue reconstruction, according to Dr. Constance Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast specialist in New York City. “Many women who have had unfortunate experiences with implants prefer not to try […]
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Is There a Cancer Diet? 7 Practical Diet Tips for Cancer Patients

CANCER NUTRITION By Dr. Constance Chen, 4/1/2020 In the wake of a cancer diagnosis, many patients realize that their diet may have contributed to their disease. Cancer is sometimes considered the “rich person’s disease” because high rates of cancer correlates with high amounts of meat, dairy and sugar in the diet. There is an overwhelming […]
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