Hess Plastic Surgery Blog

New Immunotherapy Removes All Tumors in Advanced Breast Cancer Case

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An estimated 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While treatment options have improved and survival rates have dramatically increased, many patients still require invasive surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, which can have unpleasant side effects. As a plastic surgeon who regularly performs breast reconstruction, I have seen first-hand… Read more…

Dr. Hess Discusses BIA-ALCL & the Allergan Recall on The Doctor Weighs In

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As you may have heard, Allergan very recently chose to recall all of their BIOCELL textured breast implants at the request of the FDA—a decision made in an attempt to improve patient safety while investigation of the association between textured breast implants and BIA-ALCL continues. This news has been understandably alarming for many women with… Read more…

Dr. Christopher Hess Talks with NBC4 About Breast Implant Illness

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Washington NBC4 recently covered the growing number of women who report experiencing inflammatory symptoms they associate with their breast implants—also known as Breast Implant Illness (BII). They asked Dr. Hess to weigh in on the condition as well as options for breast implant removal (explantation surgery). Dr. Hess understands how frustrating it can be to… Read more…

Can Exercising Your Face Make You Look Younger?

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Being in the facial rejuvenation business, we love finding new ways to look younger—especially when they’re free. So when we learned that researchers had actually done a scientific study on face yoga and that the results showed that a consistent routine of face exercises can take up to 3 years off one’s appearance, we were… Read more…

What You Need to Know About the First Case of Fatal Implant-Associated Lymphoma After Buttock Enhancement

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The first known case of gluteal implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (GIA-ALCL) was reported earlier this year, and unfortunately, the disease claimed the life of a patient. The 49-year-old patient developed symptoms including fluid accumulation and abdominal pain one year after having textured silicone gluteal implants placed and was diagnosed with ALCL shortly thereafter…. Read more…

5 Fun Ways to Take Your Workouts Outside In Northern Virginia

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We all know exercise is good for our health, but did you know that there are specific benefits of exercising outdoors, from improved concentration to a boost in Vitamin D levels? If you’ve been a dedicated gym-goer all winter, it’s the perfect time of year to brighten up your workout routine by taking it outside…. Read more…

Do I Need an En Bloc Capsulectomy?

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As a board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience removing breast implants, I consult with numerous women who hope to have their implants removed or are concerned about changes to their health. Whether your desire to have your breast implants removed is connected with breast implant illness, BIA-ALCL, an implant-related complication, or a… Read more…

Check Out Allure’s Guide to Tummy Tuck Surgery

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While non-surgical procedures continue to rise in popularity, they typically can’t provide the dramatic results of surgical lifting procedures. One irreplaceable procedure is abdominoplasty, colloquially known as a tummy tuck. For decades, tummy tuck surgery has topped the popularity charts, helping millions feel more comfortable and confident after weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging… Read more…

4 Things You Need to Consider to Get a Better Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation. At first thought, it sounds pretty self-explanatory: the goal is to get larger breasts. This is true, but if my Fairfax breast augmentation patients are any indication, I’d say there’s a 100% chance that your true goal is to get breasts you love. Ensuring you love your breast augmentation results first requires choosing… Read more…