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Is Teenage Breast Enlargement Appropriate

November 7th, 2012

Breast implants are approved for use in America by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).     In fact, all medical implants are regulated by the FDA.  However, FDA approval comes with “use limitations” or guidelines for appropriate usage.  The trend toward younger and younger patients considering cosmetic surgery is troubling.  Unfortunately good judgement is sometimes lacking when teens consider having breast enlargement surgery.

The key limitation which impacts any young woman under the age of 18 and the decision to have breast enlargement surgery are the FDA age restrictions.   Saline breast implants can be used for cosmetic breast enlargement surgery at age 18.   Silicone gel breast implants on the other hand, can only be used for cosmetic breast enlargement surgery at the age of 22.   These age restrictions are in place based on the FDA’s evaluation of each implant type.   According to the FDA, “FDA restricts the marketing of breast implants for augmentation to women of a minimum age because young women’s breasts continue to develop through their late teens and early 20s and because there is a concern that young women may not be mature enough to make an informed decision about the potential risks.”   Johnson & Johnson (formerly Mentor) and Allergan (formerly Inamed) package inserts reflect the age limitations in their package inserts.   In addition, both the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)  back the FDA’s age restrictions.

I believe that the age restriction is based on sound recommendations and as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of the societies above, I follow these guidelines.

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Mel’s Blog: Tummy Tuck Recovery

August 9th, 2012

I was very excited at the idea of getting rid of my tummy pooch.  Recovery continued from my abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery and my abdomen turned all the shades of the rainbow and was pretty swollen.   Wearing the post-op binder that was provided, helped  a lot of relief and support.   I went back to work on post-op day 6.   I work in an office, so I was able to structure my day so that it was comfortable.   I walked around hunched over for a few days, but eventually was able to stand upright.   It helped a lot for me to be able to get up and go to work.   It was nice to be back in to my normal routine.      Slowly but surely my pants fit again as the swelling went down.

There was one thing that was very difficult:   lower back pain.   It lasted 2 weeks, and it was horrible.   It was almost worse than the soreness in my abdomen.   I never realized how important abdominal muscles were for my posture!   I did reach out to the office staff and Dr. Bashioum a few times with post-operative questions.   Everyone was so gracious – I truly felt spoiled!

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