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Plastic Surgeon And Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen With Tips For Recovering From Surgery

By Dr. Constance M. Chen

Each individual’s experience and reactions to surgery is different and related to a number of variables, such as the reaction and aftereffects of anesthesia, the type and location of the surgery, and the patient’s general overall physical and mental health. With that said, Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen offers that all surgery is trauma to the whole body and as a result, there is inevitably impact from surgery beyond the immediate surgical site. “Surgery brings a stress response to the body that produces metabolic changes,” says Dr. Chen. “The body responds to surgery using all its energies to repair and heal the injury at the surgical site. This leaves the rest of the body to protect for itself with its limited resources. It’s no surprise then that, for example, areas like the skin, hair, and nails may become thin, dry, and brittle after a surgery, as they lose the body’s energy and resources that normally support their good and ongoing health and replenishment.” Click HERE for the full article.

Many of our patients have volunteered to speak with other women who may have questions about what it is like to go through restorative breast and body surgery. If you would like to speak with someone who has already gone through the process, please contact us and we will find a “buddy” for you.


The Bosom Buddies are available for emotional support, practical tips, sharing stories, and other types of real life help that can help other women feel more comfortable and safe in their journey.

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