Category: Cosmetic Surgery

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stem cells in cosmetic surgery mostly marketing and not yet a reality

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Those miraculous stem cells have been a big buzz word in plastic surgery lately, but most of the chatter is just marketing and not reality. A report in the August 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery warns against a wave of advertisements claiming benefits for the use of stem cells in face lifts, breast augmentation,… Read more…

Pre-wedding plastic surgery trends – Bridalplasty or Botched?

Remember the show ‘Bridalplasty’? According to this recent news story, about 10% of brides see a plastic surgeon before their wedding. If you’re thinking about having surgery before your own wedding, timing is the most important consideration. You want to be finished healing long before the big day. But you also want to choose your… Read more…

Girl Bullied Due to the Shape of Her Ears

This family shared their story about their daughter’s struggle with her ears. For much of elementary and middle school, Samantha was taunted and bullied about the shape of her ears. She finally decided she’d had enough and went to see a plastic surgeon about an otoplasty. Plastic surgery isn’t always about face lifts and breast… Read more…