Category: News & Community

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…

Our Top 5 Helpful Patient Reviews of 2012

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Every patient who comes to our office for a consultation or surgery receives a patient experience survey, which we rely on heavily to learn directly from our patients. We use this information to improve our processes and communication systems within our office. It’s important to us that our patients are comfortable and have a wonderful… Read more…

How we’re embracing transparent patient reviews, even the scary ones

Several months ago we embarked on an interesting new journey here at Hess Plastic Surgery, that we definitely had some apprehension toward. In the world of plastic surgeons, the fear of getting a bad online review keeps us awake at night. We plastic surgeons care very much about the results and experiences of our patients,… Read more…

Meet Dr. Hess: Part 3

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So you’ve met the parents.  Now I guess if you twist my arm I’ll talk about myself.  Remember this wasn’t my idea! As I’ve said, I’m the youngest of four.  The “baby” of the family is the end of reproductive life of the mother.  So my theory is that the youngest gets spoiled because the… Read more…

Meet The Real Dr. Hess: Part Deux… Mom.

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Okay I have my bottle of wine, a Valium and the encouragement from my therapist who says that talking about my mother is therapeutic.  Hmmmmm.  I’m just kidding, mixing Valium and wine-that’s just crazy.  Don’t get me wrong, this is no celebrity “I blame my mother for everything,” sob story.  My mother did the best… Read more…

Who’s Your Plastic Surgeon? Meet The Real Dr. Hess

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There’s no doubt about it, I am no “private person.”  You ask me pretty much anything and I’ll tell you.  I’m strong in my personality and convictions so I’ve got nothing to hide. Many physicians take great care to never discuss their personal lives with patients.  And while it’s true that there must always be… Read more…

Me and My Two Wives

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Sometimes as I sit here I wonder how great life as a plastic surgeon must have been 20 or more years ago; wake up early go to the office, see lots of patients and go home at the end of the day.  You had competition, but if you worked hard in the ER and maybe… Read more…

Waiting and Waiting and Waiting

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Why is it that waiting has become such an integral part of our society?  Hurry up and wait.  It almost doesn’t matter what you’re talking about: waiting for the cable guy to show (between 8:00 and 12:00, yeah right more like 5:30), waiting at the DMV, waiting for a bus, train or plane and of course… Read more…