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Why Patients Are Ditching Their Breast Implants

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Plastic Surgery Practice Co-Chief Editor Keri Stephens sits down with New York-based board-certified plastic surgeon and microsurgical breast reconstruction guru Constance Chen, MD, FACS, to discuss the breast implant explantation process. The podcast, which follows Chen’s article about the topic, delves into why patients are increasingly removing their breast implants and what factors affect the […]
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What Young Adults Need To Know About Breast Cancer

Constance Chen, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist, told Verywell that while the number of cases of breast cancer in younger adults is low compared to in other age groups, there is an increased incidence of breast cancer in premenopausal women. In part, Chen said that rising cases of breast cancer […]
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Psychosocial Aspects Of Breast Implant Removal

There are approximately 400,000 breast implant surgeries performed every year in the United States. 75% of breast implants are placed for cosmetic reasons, and 25% of breast implants are placed for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Despite this, over 70,000 explantation surgeries for breast implant removal were performed in 2021. There are a myriad of reasons […]
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The 411 On Preventive Mastectomy

While all women are at risk for breast cancer, particularly those over 50, there are particular factors that considerably raise the risk for women at any age. Understanding and becoming aware of these factors allow those at high risk to explore their options. The most common risk factor is an inherited genetic mutation that significantly […]
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Recovering From Surgery

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Getting patients moving and up and around as soon as possible after surgery is crucial to the healing process. The first goal is usually just walking, which offers terrific benefits including reducing the risk of blood clots and expanding the lungs. The most common cause of a fever after surgery is atelectasis. Here, shallow breaths […]
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Is It Ok To Wear A Bra To Sleep? Experts Weigh In

Likewise, if you prefer to sleep in a sports bra, wear that. Many people want to know if it’s bad to sleep in a sports bra, said Constance M. Chen, board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. “It’s not,” she assured. “It won’t stunt breast growth the way some people believe.” Click HERE for the […]
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What To Expect After Breast Implant Removal

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Patients thinking about removing their breast implants will likely have a few questions. For many people, one of the primary concerns is what their breasts will look like after explantation. The answer depends on many factors, and it’s important to understand how these details can affect breast appearance once the implants are removed. The good […]
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Keeping Incisions Small For Implant Removal

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new communication this month alerting patients and healthcare professionals about reports of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas associated with breast implants. This is separate from what the World Health Organization (WHO) classified as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in 2016. While the […]
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Breast Reconstruction: Clearing Up Common Misconceptions

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer and about 51,400 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed in 2022. Less than half of women who undergo mastectomy are offered breast reconstruction, however, and less than 20 percent of women who undergo mastectomy elect to […]
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5 Things To Expect After A Mastectomy

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Whether performed by itself or combined with immediate breast reconstruction using implants or natural tissue flaps, mastectomy surgery can surprise women in both its complexity and what its recovery involves. The length of your hospital stay, the amount and duration of your pain, and how long you require surgical tubes called drains to collect post-surgery […]
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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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