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Nipntuck Myths: Who Performs Cosmetic Surgery?

November 23rd, 2015

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TOP MYTHS OR MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT COSMETIC SURGERY

Patients often ask me some of the same questions and many of them are the myths that I will address in this new series.

MYTH: Only plastic surgeons can legally perform cosmetic surgery. Surprising there are no restrictions governing what type of physician can perform any medical or surgical procedure. Virtually every state in America, provides that any licensed physician can do brain surgery, open-heart surgery, etc. However, common sense usually limits the scope of a doctors own practice. So it is important to understand individual qualifications when choosing a cosmetic plastic surgeon. Basic facts to consider include evaluation of Board Certification/s, (American Board of Medical Sub-specialties) and the quality of patient surgical results. Another important indication includes both patient and physician referrals. All of this information is equally important and is significant in not only choosing your cosmetic plastic surgeon, but any physician under your consideration. Understanding the qualifications of your cosmetic plastic surgeon is paramount, board certification is the gold standard. Do your homework and check here at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Monday Myths: Preventative mastectomy eliminates the risk for breast cancer

August 16th, 2010

Does preventative mastectomy eliminate the risk for breast cancer?

The incidence of breast cancer among all women is about 11%.  Some families have a higher incidence from generation to generation.   Genetic testing has recently become available to help assess risk in these families.  Positive identification of either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BReast CAncer) genes puts a woman’s risk for breast cancer at nearly 80%.

The threat of such a serious disease can be terrifying.   For women at risk, early detection is extremely important, as are frequent mammograms and MRI exams.   Diligent breast self-exams, combined with yearly physician consultation are also the cornerstones of early detection.  Of course, early detection and treatment provides the greatest chance for a cure for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer.

But what can be done to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer if you are gene positive?   Read the rest of this entry »

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