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“New Techniques In Cosmetic Plastic Surgery”: Dr. Hutchinson Guest Host of the Sirius XM Doctor Radio Plastic Surgery Show
Dr. Hutchinson was once again invited as guest co-host of Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio Plastic Surgery Show. The original episode aired live and was recorded at the studio in New York City on August 8th. The show offers patients from across the USA the opportunity to call and ask expert plastic surgeons questions about aesthetic or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for the face, breasts, and body. Dr. Hutchinson answered questions about a broad range of topics from callers and potential patients regarding choosing the best aesthetic plastic surgeons as well as the latest techniques in nonsurgical and surgical options. These included skin tightening and rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction alternatives with microneedling and PRP, as well as lasers, ultrasound, and radiofrequency; and fat injections and fillers for improving contour and restoring volume. Aesthetic surgery procedures discussed included body reshaping with liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck); and body contouring after massive weight loss with multiple procedures such as arm lifts, thigh lifts, and body lifts. Callers also inquired about facial rejuvenation procedures including facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). In addition, Dr. Hutchinson answered questions about cosmetic breast enhancement including breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction surgery. The radio show offers an unparalleled educational platform for patients to query experienced aesthetic surgeons and benefit from the extensive knowledge of board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Hutchinson who specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery.
New “Soft Touch” Silicone Breast Implants Provide Intermediate Degree of Firmness
Allergan has added another breast implant set to its Natrelle INSPIRA® Silicone Gel line of breast implants: the new Soft Touch implants provide a medium degree of firmness, offering a middle of the road option between the classic silicone gel, which is less firm, and the cohesive (“gummy bear”) silicone gel, which is firmer and is also used in tear drop shaped implants. This newest type of silicone gel fill brings yet another level of possibilities to the vast set of options available for women who are considering breast augmentation surgery. Women may now choose among many different types of saline and silicone gel breast implants, which may be used in conjunction with breast lift surgery or nipple and areola surgery to address all cosmetic aspects of the breast. Dr. Hutchinson has extensive experience with breast augmentation surgery and will create a unique surgical plan for each of her patients in order to achieve natural, beautiful results.
“Fact or Fiction? Popular Myths and Other Misconceptions About Breast Implants Debunked”: Dr. Hutchinson’s original article on breast implants published on ASPS blog
On May 3, 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) published an educational article written by Dr. Hutchinson which addressed several topics related to breast implants. Some of these issues included:
- should breast implants be removed or replaced after 10 years?
- do breast implants cause autoimmune diseases?
- are breast implants safe during breastfeeding?
- how many breast implant choices are there for breast augmentation?
- what surgeon should you choose to perform your breast augmentation surgery?
Read Dr. Hutchinson’s general advice about breast augmentation surgery with silicone or saline breast implants here.
SUPER DOCTORS® SELECTS DR. OLIVIA HUTCHINSON AS A TOP NEW YORK PLASTIC SURGEON FOR 2017
Dr. Hutchinson was recognized by The New York Times as one of the outstanding plastic surgeons in the New York Metro region for the 5th consecutive year. Published in the May 21, 2017 New York Times Magazine issue, the Super Doctors lists a select number of distinguished plastic surgeons, including cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons, who are “recognized as leaders in their field by their peers”. Dr. Hutchinson was part of a distinguished group representing the top 5% of plastic surgeons in New York, who received the highest ranking based on professional achievement and peer recognition. This recognition is the latest of many professional lists which repeatedly rank Dr. Hutchinson as one of the best aesthetic surgeons and female plastic surgeons in New York City.
“Plan Now, Look Great at the Beach”: Dr. Hutchinson Co-Hosts the Sirius XM Doctor Radio Plastic Surgery Show
Spring is upon us and as the hot summer quickly approaches, women and men are preparing to shed heavy clothing in favor of shorts, mini skirts, and spaghetti straps. The most recent Plastic Surgery Show on Sirius XM Doctor Radio was broadcast on April 11th, with Dr. Hutchinson once again invited as guest co-host. The show provided an opportunity for expert plastic surgeons to discuss sun protection and sunscreen, as well as a broad range of procedures aimed to improve the face, breast, and body. Dr. Hutchinson answered a plethora of questions from callers and potential patients that covered nonsurgical options and surgical procedures. These included skin tightening alternatives with lasers and ultrasound technologies, radiofrequency, and microneedling; fat injections and fillers for improving contour and restoring volume; and noninvasive fat reduction possibilities and how these compare with liposuction. Aesthetic surgery procedures discussed included facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, body contouring after weight loss, and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). In addition, Dr. Hutchinson fielded many questions on cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation, saline and silicone gel breast implants, revision breast augmentation surgery, complications of breast enhancement surgery, breast lift and breast reduction surgery, and inverted nipple correction. The evening provided a unique and extremely valuable educational opportunity for cosmetic plastic surgery patients to have their questions answered directly by experienced aesthetic surgeons such as Dr. Hutchinson.
“Juvéderm XC Vollure: A New, Longer Lasting Filler For Smile Lines
The Juvederm family of injectable fillers includes several different formulations of hyaluronic acid (HA). Fillers are generally used to improve contour and restore fullness to the face. They are used primarily in the cheeks, lips, chin, and temple area to correct flattening and loss of volume, as well as in the lower eyelid in order to improve visible tear troughs and undereye bags. HA options include Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Voluma, and Juvederm Volbella. In early April, Allergan introduced Juvederm Vollure, as a long lasting alternative treatment for improving nasolabial folds, commonly referred to as smile lines. Juvederm Vollure may last longer than other types of Juvederm HA filler, with results reportedly seen up to 18 months after treatment. Injection of the nasolabial folds with fillers is an in office procedure that produces immediate results and requires no downtime. HA is a naturally occurring protein in the body, so no allergy testing is required prior to use. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hutchinson for fillers or any other plastic surgery concerns, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.
“Plastic Surgery Procedures To Help You Look Great for Valentine’s Day”: Dr. Hutchinson on the Sirius XM Doctor Radio Plastic Surgery Show
Just one week before Valentine’s Day on February 14th, Dr. Hutchinson – as guest co-host of the Plastic Surgery Show on Doctor Radio – offered plenty of options on what procedures produce immediate results and improve your appearance with no downtime. Topics covered the full spectrum of cosmetic surgery procedures for facial rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, and body contouring. Dr. Hutchinson spoke about non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including Botox, fat injections, fillers such as Juvederm and Volbella, and microneedling with hyaluronic acid gel and platelet rich plasma (PRP). She discussed procedures to improve facial appearance, such as eyelid lifts, facelifts and neck lifts, tear trough injections, and skin resurfacing and tightening alternatives with lasers and ultrasound technologies. Surgical interventions such as liposuction and liposuction alternatives with radiofrequency and laser technologies for fat reduction were also discussed, as well as body contouring after massive weight loss. Current and prospective patients from New York and across the USA asked questions about treatments, results, recovery, and potential risks and complications related to both surgical and nonsurgical beautification treatments. The evening served as an excellent opportunity for patients to learn about aesthetic surgery procedures from experienced board certified plastic surgeons.
“How To Look Your Best For the Holidays”: Dr. Hutchinson co-hosts the Sirius XM Doctor Radio Plastic Surgery Show
As one of the leading aesthetic surgeons in New York City, Dr. Hutchinson was again invited to be a guest co-host of the Plastic Surgery Show on Doctor Radio Sirius XM on December 6th. During the live broadcast, Dr. Hutchinson discussed all aspects of plastic surgery including the latest and newest surgical and noninvasive techniques. Entitled “How To Look Your Best For the Holidays”, the call-in show provided an opportunity for current and prospective patients from New York and across the USA to call or email with questions about both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. This forum offered a wonderful opportunity for patients to communicate directly with top aesthetic surgeons in NYC. The discussion covered both surgical options and noninvasive procedures for facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and total body beautification. Dr. Hutchinson fielded myriad inquiries about plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, characteristics of different implant sizes and types (saline and silicone gel implants), the new Ideal or structured breast implant, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, liposuction, upper and lower eyelid lift, facelift, necklift, scar revision, and secondary surgery or revisions of prior cosmetic breast implant procedures. Pre-operative preparation and post-operative patient management and recovery from surgery were also addressed. In addition, non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including Botox, microneedling or micro skin repair, fat injections, hyaluronic acid fillers with Juvederm and Volbella, skin tightening, non-surgical fat reduction with Kybella, and body contouring with radiofrequency and ultrasound technologies were also discussed.
New Natrelle Inspira® Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast Implants Now FDA Approved
Another type of breast implant has received FDA clearance: Allergan’s Natrelle Inspira® style silicone breast implant, filled with the highly cohesive or “gummy bear” silicone gel material. This newest breast implant is available in addition to the previously approved Inspira® responsive silicone gel implants. It offers the same high gel fill ratio and contains stiffer, less malleable gel which provides greater shape retention and more upper pole fullness. Like other silicone implants, it is an option in cosmetic breast augmentation in women 22 years of age and older who wish breast enhancement surgery, or who seek implant exchange. Given the large number of breast implant choices, make sure you consult with an experienced aesthetic plastic surgeon to discuss all your breast augmentation options and choose which is best for you.
Juvéderm VOLBELLA® XC is now available to increase lip fullness and reduce fine wrinkles around the mouth
Plumper, fuller lips are now within your reach with the newest dermal filler: Volbella is the newest FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler that increases volume in the lips, and also smooths out fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Lip injections are performed in the office with topical anaesthesia and no downtime. Results are immediate and last for 1 to 2 years. Volbella offers the possibility of achieving beautiful, rounded pouty lips as well as creating a more youthful mouth by eliminating perioral wrinkles.
Dr. Hutchinson addresses “Plastic Surgery Myths” on the Plastic Surgery Show on Doctor Radio
On Tuesday August 9th, 2016, Dr. Hutchinson once again spoke about all aspects of plastic surgery as a co-host of the Plastic Surgery Show on Sirius XM Radio. The main topic was “Plastic Surgery Myths”, and the conversation covered a broad range of topics including cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Questions from callers and email inquiries addressed breast augmentation, saline and silicone implants, breast reconstruction, liposuction, gynecomastia, abdominoplasty, and facial rejuvenation. Non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including Botox, lasers, microneedling or micro skin repair, fat injections, fillers, skin tightening, and non-surgical liposuction were also discussed.
SUPER DOCTORS® 2016 NAMES DR. OLIVIA HUTCHINSON A TOP NEW YORK PLASTIC SURGEON
For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Hutchinson received the prestigious distinction of being named a Super Doctor in Plastic Surgery, including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, in New York. The physicians who made the list “have been recognized as leaders in their field by their peers”, and represent the top physicians in New York. Dr. Hutchinson was one of a select group of plastic surgeons who received the highest grades based on professional achievement and peer recognition. Only 7 female plastic surgeons in NY made the cut. The results were announced on May 15th 2016, in The New York Times.
New You Magazine, “The Voice of Health and Beauty”
Dr. Hutchinson discusses a growing trend among young women: fuller, pouty lips. Patient selection and treatment options including fillers and fat are some of the issues raised in the article. Social media and images of models with prominent, luscious lips are contributing to the increasing interest of younger women in enhancing the volume of their lips in order to improve their facial appearance.
Spring is in the air! And as Dr. Hutchinson said, “Summer bodies are made in the spring.” Yesterday evening on Doctor Radio Sirius XM Plastic Surgery show, Dr. Hutchinson discussed a host of plastic surgery topics to help you look better in time for bikini weather, from non-invasive to complex aesthetic surgeries. During the 2 hour long question and answer broadcast taped live, she addressed callers’ questions on a broad range of procedures: liposuction, breast implants, new non-surgical technologies, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, Botox, fillers, fat injections, and revision breast augmentation.
Plastic Surgery Statistics for 2015 Show Increase In Procedures
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed their national statistics for 2015, showing an overall increase in the number of procedures from the previous year. ASAPS reported significant increases in the following surgical procedures:
- Buttock lifts
- Fat grafting
- Breast Augmentation
- Eyelid Surgery
- Tummy Tuck
Botox and similar botulinum toxins, soft tissue fillers, and chemical peels led the cosmetic minimally invasive procedures. A significant increase in the number of men undergoing surgical correction of gynecomastia resulted in men accounting for 40% of breast reduction surgeries performed.
Dr. Hutchinson Kicks Off New Year On Radio Show
Tuesday evening marked the first Plastic Surgery program of 2016 on Sirius XM Doctor Radio, and Dr. Hutchinson was one of the plastic surgeons on the expert panel who answered patient inquiries about a host of cosmetic procedures. Entitled “New Look, New You”, the show covered a wide spectrum of aesthetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. Breast augmentation, such as saline implants, silicone implants, breast implant complications and need for replacement; facial procedures such as facelift, eyelid rejuvenation and skin resurfacing; and body contouring with liposuction and alternative, non-invasive technologies were all topics of discussion.
Another “Top Doctor” Award for Dr. Hutchinson
Dr. Hutchinson was once again recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York and given the honor of being named one of America’s Best Physicians. This high mark of distinction is based on Dr. Hutchinson’s stellar standing among her peers and incomparable service to her patients. The National Consumer Advisory Board bestows the prestigious award to only a select few plastic surgeons, who demonstrate “exceptional credentials, experience, and commitment to excellence.”
Dr. Hutchinson speaks on the Plastic Surgery Show on Doctor Radio
On Tuesday October 13th, 2015, Dr. Hutchinson was once again invited to offer her expertise in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery as a co-host of the Plastic Surgery Show on Sirius XM Radio. The discussion began with “Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery”, and covered a broad range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. Among the questions posed, issues relating to blepharoplasty or eyelid lift and rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, facelift, neck lift, brow lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, and abdominoplasty were covered. In addition, non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including microneedling or micro skin repair, fat injections, fillers, skin tightening, and non-surgical liposuction were also discussed.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the No. 2 most common cancer in women, affecting about 1 in 8 women in the US. Treatment options including surgery, such as total mastectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, or lumpectomy with axillary node dissection, may be available to patients. In addition, breast reconstruction of the affected breast, as well as breast reduction, breast lift, and breast implants performed on the contralateral breast, may improve the cosmetic results following treatment.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson discusses breast augmentation options in Cosmetic Town Journal: “Periareolal vs. Inframammary Incisions”
In the September 21, 2015 edition of Cosmetic Town Journal, Dr. Hutchinson was invited as a top plastic surgeon with expertise in breast augmentation surgery to provide an article on breast augmentation incisions used for saline and silicone implants. In the article, which may be read here, Dr. Hutchinson addresses various aspects of breast implant surgery, including breast implant placement, tear drop shaped silicone implants, patient candidacy, limitations of periareolar and inframammary incisions, recovery from breast augmentation surgery, and results that may be achieved with surgery.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson Speaks About Plastic Surgery on Doctor Radio
The plastic surgery episode on Doctor Radio was dedicated to breast augmentation, body contouring, and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Hutchinson answered listeners’ questions about plastic surgery in teenagers, including rhinoplasty and breast implants. The arrival on the breast augmentation market of the new “Ideal” saline breast implant as the newest option for cosmetic breast augmentation was also discussed by the NYC plastic surgery panel.
SUPER DOCTORS® 2015 NAMES DR. OLIVIA HUTCHINSON A TOP NY PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Hutchinson received yet another accolade by being recognized once again as one of the top plastic surgeons in NYC. New York Metro Super Doctors employs “a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The list represents the top 5% of the physicians in the New York region. The results were announced in May 2015, in The New York Times Magazine.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson Answers Plastic Surgery Questions on Doctor Radio
Dr. Hutchinson fielded questions from callers about plastic surgery on her third appearance as an expert in the field of aesthetic surgery on the Doctor Radio show on May 12th. The plastic surgery episode on Sirius XM, titled “Treatments and Techniques for Getting You the Best Beach Body”, included both surgical and non-surgical options for tightening skin and reducing fat. Dr. Hutchinson and the other plastic surgeons on the panel discussed the newest cutting edge techniques for fat reduction and removal, laser lipolysis, fat freezing, and fat melting with medical injections. Other topics covered breast augmentation with saline and silicone implants, body contouring surgery, and avoidance of complications from both operative and non-invasive treatment modalities.
New Breast Implant Receives FDA Approval
An entirely new line of breast implants has just received FDA approval. Allergan’s Natrelle® Inspira™ series of implants offers a higher fill ratio of breast implants, thus increasing the number of choices of breast implants currently available to women to several hundred options. If you’re considering breast implants for augmentation alone, or in conjunction with a breast lift, and would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Hutchinson to discuss your options for cosmetic breast surgery, contact us or call our office at (212) 452-1400.
Happy New Year 2015
Dr. Hutchinson and her staff wish all of our patients a healthy and peaceful New Year. With the new year comes yet another accolade for Dr. Hutchinson, who once again made the 2015 New York Times SuperDoctors® list as one of the top plastic surgeons in New York City. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing you with outstanding surgical care.
NEW! Skin Treatment for Face, Neck and Body
Dr. Hutchinson is delighted to announce the newest tool in reversing the signs of aging, now available as a painless, in-office procedure with no downtime. Our new Micro Skin Repair treatment targets wrinkles, loose skin, blotchiness, age spots and stretch marks. It may be used on the whole body, including the face, neck, décolleté and hands. Please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400 to find out more information about this breakthrough advanced skin treatment or to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson Guest Plastic Surgeon on Doctor Radio
On November 11th, Dr. Hutchinson was once again recognized for her expertise in the field and invited to join a NYC aesthetic surgeon panel to discuss cosmetic surgery issues on the Doctor Radio show. The plastic surgery episode on Sirius XM, titled “Techniques to make you thankful for your appearance”, covered a broad range of topics such as facelifting, neck rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty and liposuction as well as treatment of gynecomastia in men. Non-invasive treatments discussed included skin resurfacing to eliminate wrinkles with lasers, treatments to diminish stretch marks, fillers for lip augmentation, and skin tightening options. Cosmetic concerns were relevant to a wide range of potential patients, from teenagers to patients in their 60′s, who could undergo plastic surgery to improve their appearance.
SUPER DOCTORS® 2014 NAMES DR. OLIVIA HUTCHINSON AS A TOP NY PLASTIC SURGEON
The selection process for New York Metro Super Doctors employs “a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The list represents the top 5% of the physicians in the New York region. The results were reported in the May 18th, 2014 edition of The New York Times Magazine.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson Guest on Doctor Radio Sirius XM to Discuss Plastic Surgery
On Tuesday May 27th, Dr. Hutchinson participated in the Plastic Surgery Show on Doctor Radio Sirius XM Channel 81. The topic of the show was “Non-Invasive, Minimally Invasive and Surgical Techniques to Achieve a Bikini Body.” She answered questions from listeners from New York as well as across the nation about a variety of cosmetic plastic surgery topics: liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reconstruction, neck lifts and eyelid lifts.
Dr. Hutchinson Attends Go Red for Women Event in NYC
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women mission is “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke”. Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of women, and accounts for the cause of death in 1 out of 3 women. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, regular physical exercise and combatting heart disease all greatly improve women’s health. Cardiologist Dr. Maryjane Farr of Columbia Presbyterian was specially selected as a luminary of the luncheon in New York City, and was recognized for her incredible work on behalf of patients with heart failure. Dr. Hutchinson was honored to contribute her support to Dr. Farr for her outstanding professional achievement.
New Plastic Surgery Statistics Released by ASPS
Dr. Hutchinson Leads Scientific Conference at Lenox Hill Hospital
On Monday, February 24, 2014, Dr. Olivia Hutchinson gave a lecture to the Plastic Surgery department of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for Scientific Conference. This educational monthly meeting offers attendings, residents and fellows the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of plastic surgery on various aspects of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Hutchinson’s presentation was on the topic of Labiaplasty.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!!
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson and staff wish all our patients and their families a happy holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year. We greatly appreciate your trust in allowing us to care for you. We look forward to seeing you in NYC in 2014!
Dr. Hutchinson and her staff wish all our patients a very happy holiday. Our office will be closed until Monday, December 2nd. The countdown to the New Year has begun – think about what your resolution will be for 2014!
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson Recognized as a Top New York Plastic Surgeon by SUPER DOCTORS® 2013
The May 19, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine included a select list of physicians who were recognized by their peers as being exceptional in their specified field. As part of the selection process, physicians are asked to consider the question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?”. Dr. Hutchinson was listed in the “Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive” specialty. Evaluation of candidates is performed based on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement:
- Years of experience
- Hospital appointments
- Professional activities
- Leadership positions
- Academic achievements/positions
- Board certifications
- Publications, lectures & presentations
- Honors and awards
- Other outstanding achievement
Inclusion in the SuperDoctors® list signifies Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is among approximately 5% of plastic surgeons in the New York City area to have satisfied the selection criteria.
DR. OLIVIA HUTCHINSON NAMED IN SUPER DOCTORS® FOR NEW YORK
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Olivia Hutchinson was honored by her peers and voted to Super Doctors® 2013, published by The New York Times Magazine. Super Doctors® is a listing of outstanding physicians from more than 40 medical specialties who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement.
New Silicone Breast Implants
Choosing the best breast implant.
With the recent FDA approval of a new type of silicone gel breast implant, women interested in breast augmentation surgery have more choices than ever.
“Surgical techniques for breast augmentation and breast implants themselves are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure,” reports the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). While there are two main types of implants – saline and silicone – there are considerations to be made for each one. For instance, there’s textured versus smooth implants and round versus shaped implants. Both devices may be implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle
Saline implants consist of a solid silicone rubber outer shell filled with sterile salt water. This type of implant is usually inserted empty and filled at the time of surgery. One of the main benefits of this type of implant is that it can be inserted via a smaller incision than silicone implants. Although saline implants only require a small incision, they may not feel as natural as gel implants if the patient lacks sufficient breast tissue needed to cover the implant.
Silicone gel-filled breast implants have a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel. Although silicone breast implants are pre-filled and may require a longer incision for implant placement, some people prefer them because they have a more natural feel. The newly approved “gummy bear” implants – also known as cohesive gel, highly cohesive gel or form-stable gel silicone breast implants – are a type of silicone implant. ABC News reports that the gummy bear nickname because when cut in half, the implant is stable and retains its shape, similar to gummy bear candy. These implants are available in round shapes as well as different types of teardrop shaped implants. They may be longer-lasting and maintain a more attractive and predictable shape. According to ImplantInfo.com, proponents of gummy bear implants say that other benefits associated with this type of implant include their ability to resist gravity, more infrequent hardening of scar tissue and the fact that they’re unlikely to leak.
One of the negatives associated with any type of silicone implant is that they may rupture without the individual knowing about it. Currently, the FDA recommends individuals with silicone implants get an MRI every other year starting with the third year after surgery to look for silent ruptures.
** Content provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). **
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has designated October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October 19th is National Mammography Day. ACS recommends yearly screening mammograms for all women in good health starting at age 40. In women who have a higher than 15% risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may be considered in addition to mammogram as part of yearly screening for breast cancer. Lifestyle modifcations such as limiting alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding being overweight or obese, and engaging in regular physical activity and exercise have all been shown to lower breast cancer risk.
Patients who are considering plastic surgery of the breasts, including breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast reduction surgery may be advised to undergo breast imaging prior to undergoing any aesthetic surgery.
NEW BREAST IMPLANTS APPROVED BY FDA
The FDA has approved a new type of silicone gel filled implant manufactured by Sientra, Inc. These implants, in addition to the other silicone breast implants available from Allergan and Mentor, will provide a 3rd option for patients over 22 years of age seeking breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons as well as for breast reconstruction patients of all ages.
The approval is based on a 3 year study involving almost 1800 women, and is contingent upon additional follow up to evaluate the risks and complications of plastic surgery using gel filled silicone breast implants for both aesthetic and reconstructive purposes. Data obtained thus far supports the safety and effectiveness of silicone breast implants.
FRENCH MINISTRY OF HEALTH ADVISORY REGARDING PIP BREAST IMPLANTS
The French Ministry of Health has recently advised the estimated 30,000 women in France who have PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse) breast implants to have them removed. These breast implants were not available in the US but American women who underwent breast augmentation abroad may have had them implanted. There is a reported twofold increase in the rate of rupture of the PIP breast implants, and health risks from ruptured or leaking implants are unclear. PIP implants were also sold in the UK, Spain and South America.
To read more about this story, please click here – as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson and staff wish all our patients and their families a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012. We thank you for entrusting us with your care and we look forward to seeing you again next year.