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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…

Double chin fat-melting injection might be the next big non-surgical breakthrough

Some serious buzz is growing around a fat-melting injection called ATX-101, a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs within the body that breaks down dietary fat. 1600 people participated in the clinical trial, which according to The Daily Beast and other sources, yielded positive results for reducing submental (under the chin) fat. The ATX-101… Read more…

Sneak preview of CoolSmooth, coming soon from the makers of CoolSculpting

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Here’s a look at what’s next from the makers of CoolSculpting, the wonderful fat-freezing device that we have here at our Fairfax office. CoolSmooth is not available in the US yet, but it is in the UK and reporter Ingeborg von Lotringen for Cosmopolitan UK did a pretty great job describing the new treatment in this… Read more…

Your Botox secret is safe with us

Because of the confidential nature of many DC-area jobs, most of us in Northern Virginia area understand why someone would want to keep their Botox (or any appointment with a cosmetic surgery professional) under wraps. Northern Virginia, if you want a little Botox, we’ll keep your secret safe. Video: Plastic Surgery Confessions: I Hide Botox… Read more…

A cautionary tale about old breast implants

File this one under “WTF.” Sometimes the stories are really scary. A surgeon in Houston put these breast implants with no serial number or manufacturer on them in a patient decades ago, and was sued for malpractice many times before losing his medical license in 2001. The surgeon died in 2011, but many patients are… Read more…