Category: Patient Safety

Vaping, Plastic Surgery and Life

September 16, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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I’ve written about smoking and plastic surgery and even vaping and plastic surgery previously. However, as the use of electronic cigarettes becomes more widespread, we are learning more about the negative consequences associated with vaping. Vaping Done Properly is Toxic Last night’s news links six deaths to vaping. Hundreds of people have been sickened, and […]

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Allergan Updates Recalled BioCell Textured Implant Warranty

August 12, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Last month Allergan® recalled every textured implant they sold in the US. Read my previous post for details about the BioCell® Textured Breast Implants Recall.

This month Allergan® has updated their warranty for the affected BioCell® Textured Breast Implants. The following information comes directly from Allergan®, and is correct at the time of publication. As with any warranty, be sure to check with Allergan® directly if you have questions about their products.

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Plastic Surgery Recovery and RICE Therapy

May 20, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Every procedure has specific post-operative instructions, and your plastic surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions paired to the specific methods that they employ during your surgery. Additionally, it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. If you choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon because you trust them and you like the results they achieve, the best course of action is to do things their way. On the other hand, all surgery is a form of injury, and the common acronym for treating injuries is RICE. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. All four can help ease discomfort and speed your recovery, when used appropriately. Here are the details…

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BIA-ALCL Special Announcement – May 3, 2019

May 03, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Yesterday, the U.S. FDA spelled out the reasons why textured breast implants will remain on the market in the U.S.. Excerpts from the announcement are included below, but first what do we currently know about BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma), and what are these decisions being based upon?

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BIA-ALCL Special Announcement – April 4, 2019

April 04, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Special Announcement Regarding Textured Breast Implants From The ISAPS From the ISAPS: We have been informed today that the French health regulatory authorities (ANSM) have announced the following regulations regarding breast implants, and have summarized the most important information for you. You can read the full text of their announcement here. As a precautionary step, […]

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BIA-ALCL Update 2019

February 25, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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What we know about Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is evolving. As more cases are identified, we learn more. Right now, there are too few cases to know many of the specifics; however, today II will go over the data currently available

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Silicone Breast Implant Warranty Comparisons

January 28, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Every few years, the US FDA approved breast implant manufactures update their Breast Implant Warranties. They have long covered breast implant deflation; however, the latest round of updates include longer coverage for breast implant replacement and enhanced coverage for specific situations that may occur after Breast Augmentation with Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants. Expanded coverage now includes Capsular Contracture, late seroma formation, double capsule formation and BIA-ALCL. Below I compare warranties offered by the three US breast implant makes: Allergan, Sientra and Mentor, in the three major areas of coverage: Capsular Contracture, Rupture and Seroma Formation. It is important to state that these are the current offerings, and that they may change without notification. You should check with the manufacturer directly for the latest information. Additionally, newer coverage is limited to newer implants, so you need to know the manufacturer, type of implant and the date of your surgery in order to determine which warranty applies to your implants.

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Questions For Your Cosmetic Surgeon – Cost

March 30, 2018 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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When you buy a television, where you buy it matters little. All brand name TVs are made the same way at the same factory. If you are buying the same model number, you are getting the same product. Some outlets sell the same product for less, and who doesn’t like a bargain, right? However, if you are having plastic surgery, the same rules do not apply.

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Questions For Your Cosmetic Surgeon – Recovery

March 08, 2018 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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After learning about your plastic surgeon’s training and experience, and how the procedure is performed, you need to know what to expect during the recovery period. Plastic surgery is elective; recovery time is not. You will need to budget some recovery time to get the most out of your surgery. Doing too much, too soon after surgery leads to more problems and increases your change of needing additional revision surgery.

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