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Dr. Constance Chen is a leader in microsurgical breast reconstruction.  She specializes in DIEP, SIEA, PAP, TDAP, ALNT techniques. 

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Experts Unpack All The Difficult Decisions Breast Cancer Survivors Must Make When Getting Reconstructive Surgery

Melissa Chefec

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Erin Magner, October 15, 2019

“The amount of counseling that a woman typically receives before undergoing breast reconstruction varies drastically from doctor to doctor,” says Constance M. Chen, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist. Many doctors are overbooked and don’t have time to spend more than a few minutes with each patient, while others simply aren’t comfortable with extensive patient counseling, she says. Plus, there are more options available for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction than ever before, which makes pre-op education even more challenging. Here’s an inside look at everything breast cancer patients have to take into consideration when thinking about reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy.

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Textured Breast Implants Recalled Worldwide

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By Constance M. Chen, MD, October 2019

Textured breast implants made by Allergan, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of breast implants, were recently recalled worldwide. The recall was due to a concern about breast implantassociated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system that can form as a reaction to breast implants. The most recent studies published by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center estimate the incidence of BIA-ALCL as 1 in 443 women with textured breast implants. There have been 573 cases of BIA-ALCL identified worldwide, resulting in 33 deaths. Of the known cases of BIA-ALCL 95% have been associated with implants that have a rough or textured surface. While the FDA does not currently recommend removal or replacement of textured breast implants or tissue expanders in asymptomatic patients, many women do not want to wait until they have symptoms to remove their implants.

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Resensation after breast cancer surgery can be life changing

Melissa Chefec

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October 01, 2019

But after a few years, a recurring complication brought Obadia to microsurgeon, Dr. Constance Chen, who suggested a procedure called resensation. Instead of implants, Chen used Obadia's own tissue to rebuild her breast, and then reconnected the nerves that were severed during mastectomy. "Resensation involves taking a nerve graft and reconnecting it to a nerve on the flap or the tissue that is used to restore a patient's breast,"  Chen said.  

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Post-surgical problem

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By Healthy Living, September 28, 2019

A common complaint following surgery is constipation. Dr. Constance Chen, plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist, suggests ways to prevent post-surgical constipation or minimize its effects.

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Pink: What to know if you’re newly diagnosed

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By Melissa Erickson, More Content Now, September 25, 2019

“If you need surgery for breast cancer, find a breast surgeon who is able to do nipple-sparing mastectomy ... Especially with small breasts, if you need a significant lumpectomy and radiation, you will have a far superior aesthetic result with a nipple-sparing mastectomy and natural tissue breast reconstruction with sensory restoration in that with a good nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction it may be difficult for other people, including your spouse or medical provider, to tell that you have even had a mastectomy,” said Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York.

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Dr. Chen provided commentary for Healthline

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Why the FDA Wants to Include Men in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

by Ann Pietrangelo on September 12, 2019

“Since there is such a small number of men with breast cancer, including them in clinical trials could potentially take resources from women, who are 99 percent more likely to get it,” said Dr. Constance M. Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York.

“That said, the number of male breast cancer patients is not zero and it is difficult to answer the question of whether male breast cancer patients need different treatment without a study,” she told Healthline.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Healthline

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How One Woman Regained Sensation 10 Years After a Double Mastectomy

by Cathy Cassata on August 29, 2019

“In her search for a surgeon who could perform natural tissue breast reconstruction, she found Dr. Chen, who suggested she undergo autologous “flap” reconstruction surgery with the technique Resensation. Resensation uses a processed nerve allograft as a bridge to reconnect nerves in the chest to the reconstructed breast tissue. The processed nerve allograft is believed to guide regrowth of nerve fibers and help regain sensation over time.”

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Health Magazine

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Nipple Piercing: Is It Safe, and Does It Hurt? We Asked Experts for the Facts

Madeleine Burry, August 28, 2019

Rihanna. Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Kristen Stewart. These are just a few of the celebs who've had their nipples pierced. Even a few years ago, nipples piercings were seen as wild and out there, and the purpose of nipple piercing wasn't clear. Not so anymore—it's a fashion statement and expression of personal style.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Preventing Constipation After Surgery

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, August 14, 2019 – When patients think about healing after surgery, many worry about pain and sometimes nausea. For some patients, however, there is an additional issue that they may be embarrassed to bring up: constipation. Not everyone suffers from constipation after surgery, but general anesthesia and postoperative narcotics slow down the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Lack of movement in the intestines can cause nausea, and it can also cause constipation. Not only is constipation uncomfortable, leading to a feeling of generalized abdominal pains and bloating, but for some people it can even make them feel dizzy.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Health24

Melissa Chefec

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How to deal with loose skin after extreme weight loss

11 AUGUST 2019

“There may not be sufficient elasticity for the skin to contract back down to your new, smaller body size,” says Dr Constance Chen, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City.

Stretch marks are one sign of skin being, well, stretched past the point of no return: Once you see them, “it’s much more likely that significant weight loss will result in loose, hanging skin,” says Dr Chen.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Romper

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What Happens To Breast Implants After Pregnancy? It's A Super Common Concern

By Lindsay E. Mack, 8/2/19

Having children changes everything, as the saying goes, but does this hold true for plastic surgery as well? People who have gotten procedures in the past might wonder how they'll be affected by the many changes that go along with pregnancy. If you're concerned about what happens to breast implants after pregnancy, then you're far from alone. It's a super common concern.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Women's Health

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How To Deal With Loose Skin After Extreme Weight Loss

It’s not inevitable—and it doesn’t have to be permanent.

By Jessica Migala, JUL 26, 2019

Losing a bunch of weight—whether it's through diet and exercise, surgery, or a combination of different approaches—isn't all glitter and smiling "after" photos. If you shed a significant number of pounds, having loose skin is normal—and extremely common. Also normal? Feeling a little bummed about it.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Prevention

Melissa Chefec

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Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Being Recalled Worldwide

There have been 33 patient deaths from anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

By Korin Miller, Jul 25, 2019

Pharmaceutical company Allergan has issued a worldwide recall of its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders after the products were linked to a rare form of cancer. The recall was based on the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Dr. Chen was published in WAG

Melissa Chefec

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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BREAST IMPLANTS? UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS

By Dr. Constance M. Chen

July 2019

Women are increasingly worried about breast implants. In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 400,000 women in the United States had breast implant surgery. About 75% were for cosmetic breast augmentation; the rest were for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. While some breast implants last for decades, most are removed well beforehand. Why?

Implants are foreign bodies that incite a scar tissue barrier called a capsule. Capsules may be soft, filmy and hardly noticeable, or may become painful, hard and tight, like a shell around the implant that starts to shrink and squeeze. Capsular contracture is uncomfortable and a common reason for implant removal. Other reasons include infection, because the implant lacks a blood supply to fight bacteria; rupture, in which the saline or silicone gel filling leaks; and extrusion, in which the implant erodes out of the skin.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

Melissa Chefec

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Breast Cancer Surgery: Avoiding-Minimizing Post-operative Nausea

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, June 26, 2019 – In the first 24-48 hours following surgery, about one-third of patients undergoing surgery with general anesthesia suffer post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Some patients find PONV more unpleasant and distressing than post-operative pain, making PONV a common problem that should not be dismissed as unimportant by patients, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Negative Pressure Systems Improve Wound Healing After Breast Surgery

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, June 10, 2019 – Closed-incision negative-pressure wound therapy enhances recovery of patients following surgery, including mastectomy and breast reconstruction, says Constance Chen MD, a New York City-based, board-certified plastic surgeon. “Negative-pressure therapy takes the tension off of the wound to prevent incisions from coming apart. In addition, since the wound is hermetically sealed, it reduces the risk of wound infection since bacteria are unable to reach the wound,” says Dr. Chen, who uses a wound management system called PREVENA™ Therapy for her patients.

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Dr. Chen was published in ThirdAge for Healthy Living

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Less Pain, Quicker Recovery: ERAS Is All About Improving the Patient Experience

by  Constance M. Chen, MD, MPH, June 2019

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based, patient-focused protocol that reduces hospital stays, minimizes postoperative pain, and speeds overall patient recovery after surgery. “Frankly, ERAS has transformed the mentality of many health providers who used to just accept the status quo.

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Dr. Chen provided comments in Healthline

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The No BS Guide to Finding Your Bra Size

June 4, 2019 — Written by Jennifer Chesak

Forget everything you’ve ever learned about bra size

If you wear bras, you’ve likely got a few in your drawer that you avoid because their fit is a flub. Or maybe you’ve resigned to wear them anyway, even though they pinch or squish your precious parts.

Having a stash of bras that you find uncomfortable or unflattering can be frustrating. You might convince yourself that a good fit doesn’t exist, or that something’s wrong with your shape. We promise you, there’s not. Instead, something’s off about the way we’ve been conditioned to think about sizing.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in Cosmopolitan

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11 Reasons Your Boobs Are Sore

by Carina Hsieh, MAY 27, 2019

11 Reasons Your Boobs Are Sore

No, it might not just be your period coming.

by Carina Hsieh, MAY 27, 2019

When it comes to your boobs being sore, we all know the word on the street is that it's probably because your period is en route. But what are some other reasons your breasts could be feeling especially tender? We spoke to the experts to find out.

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Dr. Chen was quoted in HealthNewsDigest about what to wear after breast reconstruction

Melissa Chefec

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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, April 6, 2019 – While planning for breast reconstruction surgery, many women wonder about what they should wear during the recovery period. In the first weeks home, you may want to avoid tight-fitting, restrictive clothing and anything that requires you to lift your arms over your head. Clothes should be loose and comfortable and they should slip on easily and close in the front with zippers or buttons. “After surgery, both physical and emotional factors determine how well and quickly a woman will heal,” says plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “Small things, like being able to get in and out of clothes easily, can ease recovery. Also, women should know in advance that they may leave the hospital with surgical drains in place and they will need to know how to manage the drains and accommodate them in their clothing as they resume daily activities. Knowledge and some planning can pave the way to a smooth recovery.”

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