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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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ALCL and breast implants? The rare incidence of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

Recently, the media caught on to a story (that is not really new) about an extremely rare condition associated with breast implants known as breast implant-associated (BIA)-ALCL. If you have a breast augmentation or implant-based breast cancer reconstruction, DON’T PANIC! Some quick facts about BIA-ALCL: BIA-ALCL is not a breast […]

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What Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover, in reality, is a clever marketing term – it traditionally refers to combined cosmetic surgery of the breasts (most often an augmentation, or “boob job”) with a tummy tuck in a woman who has had children and wishes to regain her pre-pregnancy figure. A Mommy Makeover is […]

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Breast Revision for Implant-Related Complications

In my previous blog post, I highlighted several common reasons women seek breast revision surgery. Since many of these reasons pertained to rare but potential implant-related complications, I would like to focus on how resolving these particular concerns via breast revision should be approached. The conditions of symmastia (also known as […]

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What You Need to Know About Breast Revision Surgery

Before scheduling any revision to previous breast surgery, every Plastic Surgery patient should do her homework! Breast revision surgery often is quite complex, and it is much more involved than simple primary cosmetic Plastic Surgery of the breasts. A “primary procedure” refers to a cosmetic breast augmentation, breast lift, or […]

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Explantation: What happens when breast implants are removed?

Breast augmentation is an incredible procedure, and results are usually fantastic!  However, breast implants are not for everyone.  I occasionally see patients who no longer wish to have their breast implants and are requesting removal.  Is a “boob job” reversible?   Explantation, as it is called, is a simple procedure […]

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Breast implant revision – changing implants to on TOP of the muscle

In my practice, I see many women who not entirely happy with their results after having breast implant surgery elsewhere.  Their surgery may be reconstructive, for instance after mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer, or a cosmetic breast augmentation. Why are implants placed under the muscle?   Many Plastic Surgeons place breast […]

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Why Not Augment the Breasts with Fat?  Free Fat Grafting to the Breasts – A Warning

Breast augmentation is a simple, straightforward, effective procedure where an implant is placed behind the breast tissue to augment its volume.  Sometimes an implant is required to correct the shape of the breasts, for instance in tubular breast augmentation. Breast augmentation using implants provides natural results.  The breast implant does […]

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Treatment of the “Double Chin”: Surgical & Non-Surgical Options

Non-surgical treatment of neck fat with KYBELLA With the recent release of Kybella, an FDA-approved injectable that targets submental (under the chin) fat, questions have been raised about the pros and cons of the new FDA-approved Kybella injections (non-surgical) versus an in-office liposuction procedure (surgical). Below is a series of frequently asked […]

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