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To-Do List Before Cosmetic Surgery

February 8th, 2022

To-Do before Cosmetic surgery

Patient Reflections on To-Do List Before Cosmetic  Surgery

Patient writes, “ I just received my packet from Bashioum Cosmetic Surgery Center with my pre-op (before surgery) instructions. It was great that it came about 4 weeks before surgery, so I have time to read it over a couple times. Dr. Bashioum outlines everything in detail and it really helped to calm my nerves. It includes what I need to do at least 2 weeks before surgery to ensure that I receive the best care.

First, I need to set up a History and Physical appointment with my primary care physician, to make sure I am in good health. Dr. Bashioum wants to provide exceptional quality medical care and this step helps to rule out any health issues that might affect the surgery and my result. My instructions also list several medicines to avoid before surgery and anesthesia.

One of the things that I did not even think about is when I should shower before surgery and what to wear on the day of surgery. Most of my questions seem to have been anticipated and are answered in my instructions. There is also an entire page that explains what goes on in the operating room and the recovery room. I feel very confident that if I read through the packet a couple more times, I will be well prepared for what to expect during surgery and be ready for my tummy tuck!  If I still have questions, they encourage me to call the office for my own peace of mind.” In addition, Dr. Bashioum also calls his patients the night before surgery and the following night to check in with them after surgery.

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Saline Replaces Silicone Implant Patient Blog

January 13th, 2022

Ease of saline replaced implants

Replacing Silicone with Saline Implants Patient Blog

Statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgery reveal that Breast Augmentation continues to be one of the TOP 5 elective cosmetic surgical procedures among the 15.6 Million cosmetic procedures done in 2020. In fact, it has been since 2006.

Reports show that currently Silicone Implants were used in 84% of patients while Saline Implants in only 16% of all breast augmentations. However, in my practice, I am seeing more women choosing saline implants when they are given a choice, based on safety concerns should a rupture occur and ease of replacement. The FDA requires patients be provided with adequate risk information silicone leak/rupture so that they can make fully informed decisions. Included in the guidelines is telling patients that breast implants are not intended to be lifetime devices. The longer a woman has implants, the more likely it is that she will need to have surgery to remove or replace them. Many plastic surgeons recommend replacing implants at the 10-year mark to avoid the statistical failure rate.

A recent patient decided to have her Silicone Implants replaced with Saline, nearing that 10-year mark. A Silicone leak or rupture is more complicated than having the basic salt water in Saline Implants. Here is her story:

I originally opted for Silicone Implants because of the natural look and feel. But when I consulted with Dr. Bashioum, he took time to explain the new advancements in the Saline version. He also talked about the safety and nature of leaks or rupture with Saline vs Silicone, so my decision was made at this point. The surgery was performed under local anesthesia and I didn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure, making it easier to recover and return home after being discharged. I was surprised that I had no pain with the implant swap. Dr. Bashioum explained that it was kinda like changing a lightbulb. Replacement is quick and efficient, and the Saline Implant slides in uninflated, so the incision is small. I slept well the first night, trying to remain on my back, applying ice bags and continuing to drink water. The next morning, I was careful when moving about, but genuinely shocked that I still had no pain. My main difficulty was just remembering that I had surgery and needed to follow strict recovery instructions, pain or no pain. My breasts appear and feel just the same, having opted to keep the size the same. I look and feel great knowing that my mammograms will be easier to read and generally speaking, saline seems to be a safer choice for me.

 

 

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