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How Mommy Makeover surgery benefits Moms psychologically!

Mothers, by their nature, are GIVERS.  We take care of our children, our husbands, our coworkers, other family members, friends…  all before we think of ourselves.  It is rare for a Mom to schedule time or activities just for herself, without feeling some degree of guilt or considering that she […]

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In a breast cancer patient’s words – Nipple-sparing mastectomy and immediate implant reconstruction experience

Breast reconstruction CAN and SHOULD be the silver lining of a breast cancer diagnosis. Although I am a Plastic Surgeon and a Reconstructive Microsurgeon, and I generally prefer to use the body’s own tissue for reconstruction of the breast (DIEP flap or TUG flap), in many cases extra fatty tissue […]

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What’s the difference between saline and silicone breast implants?

Breast implant shells and dimensions All breast implants have a shell made out of an inert polymer called silicone, which is an inert (non-reactive) substance.  Breast implant shell surfaces can be smooth or textured.  Smooth walled implants roll around subtly in their breast pocket, mimicking movement of a natural breast, […]

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Common Misconceptions About Labiaplasty: Part 1

There are several misconceptions that exist regarding labiaplasty. In this two-part blog series, I will describe many of these misunderstandings and set the labiaplasty record straight! “Labiaplasty is really painful.” Although the external genitalia is a sensitive and delicate part of the body, labiaplasty surgery is surprisingly straightforward and easy […]

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What Is Capsular Contracture and How Can It Be Prevented?

The most common complication after breast augmentation is indeed capsular contracture. However, this incidence is quite rare—I have only seen it in a small handful of my patients. Most patients do very well without any major problems! That said, as a proponent of “informed consent,” I aim to educate patients […]

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Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA