Life After Breast Cancer: When Is it Time for a New Implant?

If you choose breast implants for reconstruction, it’s important to know that they don’t always last forever. The time may come when you need to consider replacement or maintenance of your implants.

While implant reconstruction offers a safe, straightforward and effective way to restore breast contour after mastectomy, it’s possible to have trouble with your implants years later.

Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Mastectomy Doesn’t Negatively Affect Patient Outcomes, Study Finds

Immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) after mastectomy doesn’t negatively affect patient outcomes, according to a new study by researchers at Loma Linda University Health.

The finding could help ease the concerns of patients and physicians, many of whom have been unsure about the combined procedure compared to other options. At issue is a slight delay needed to coordinate schedules of both surgeons — one to perform the mastectomy, the other to perform the reconstruction. Doing so can extend the time from diagnosis to the initial surgery.

Researchers, however, found that a delay of less than 120 days for women under 60 did not have a substantial negative effect on patient survival rates. The average delay, they found, was two weeks.

What Happens When You Can’t Afford Breast Cancer Reconstruction?

Despite its importance as part of a holistic cancer treatment plan, reconstruction can be incredibly difficult to afford.

When a single breast implant can cost as much as $10,000, the financial burden on a patient can quickly get out of control, making some women feel as though the surgery isn’t a viable option for them.

What about when money does dictate the decision? Marie Claire spoke to three women in the throes of trying to rebuild their lives—and breasts—after cancer.

Suzanne Somers Did Not ‘Regrow’ Missing Breast: Surgeon

About seven years have passed since breast cancer survivor Suzanne Somers underwent an experimental reconstruction procedure following a lumpectomy. Now an intimate health update from the former “Three’s Company” star has left many fans wondering whether her miracle results are for real.

“This is a regrown breast,” the 71-year-old said of her resilient bosom at a Beverly Hills fund-raiser last weekend. “This is really mine.”

Imagine You Had to Choose Exactly How Erect Your Nipples Would Look for the Rest of Your Life

Nipple reconstruction can have a huge impact on the emotional-recovery process of mastectomy patients. Research backs up the fact that nipples play a key role in the emotional-recovery process.

For patients who can’t keep their nipples, reconstructed, tattooed, or prosthetic options can greatly improve their quality of life.

Here, five women who have undergone post-mastectomy breast reconstruction share how they dealt with the loss of their nipples—and how it impacted their lives.

PolarityTE Announces Presentations of SkinTE Clinical Results at Upcoming Plastic Surgery Conferences

SkinTE clinical results will be presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery The Meeting and the International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgeons (ISPRES) Congress, both held in Chicago the weekend of September 28, 2018. Presenters will be discussing patient outcomes with SkinTE, as well as data points about the regenerated skin.

SkinTE is a human cellular and tissue-based product derived from a patient’s own skin intended for the repair, reconstruction, and replacement of skin tissue.

Americans Hate Selfies, But Can’t Stop Taking Them

A new survey from the research company YouGov shows that over 63 percent of Americans say they take selfies. But that doesn’t mean America is all aboard the selfie train.

While most Americans may take selfies, the majority of selfie-takers also associate at least one negative trait like “annoying” or “narcissistic” with the ubiquitous photos, according to the survey.

New Approach to Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain and Weakness for Some

Placing breast implants under the chest muscle, a procedure called post-pectoralis or sub-muscular placement, has been the standard approach to implant breast reconstruction for decades. But now some surgeons are placing the implants on top of the muscle, in an effort to reduce complications like pain, weakness and breast deformities that can occur with sub-muscular implants when the chest muscles are flexed.

The alternative approach is made possible in large part by the use of biological mesh products — called acellular dermal matrices — that can substitute for muscle to cover, protect and support breast implants.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has “Come Out the Other Side” After Breast Cancer Battle

It was late last September that the Emmy winner confirmed she had joined the group of women to be diagnosed with breast cancer.  “One in eight women get breast cancer,” the star told her followers at the time. “Today, I’m the one.”

12 months later, the star has come a long way, but don’t expect her to sit dwelling on the last year.

Facial Plastic Surgeons Call for Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions After Rhinoplasty

A team of surgeons at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that, of 173 patients undergoing rhinoplasty, only two refilled their opioid prescriptions after the procedure — with some patients not filling their initial opioid prescription at all.

Published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, these results suggest that patients experienced less pain than expected, and that the optimal number of opioid tablets to manage postoperative rhinoplasty pain may be lower than expected.