We’ve included a hand-picked selection of trusted resources to start your research. Use the links while researching your procedure and surgeon to gain a better understanding of what lies ahead.

How to Research Your Doctor

How to Research a Dermatologist

 Breast Reconstruction Awareness

 Skin Donor Info

Supplements & Surgery

Anyone considering plastic surgery, reconstructive or cosmetic please do your homework – in this case your homework is to gather all your comprehensive medical data including all medical tests, lab work,  any diagnosis relevant to your health history.   Have that  doctor’s  information available so that you can sign any medical release forms needed to get further information should your surgeon request that of you.

Be sure you discuss all underlying medical issues – don’t leave anything out because the one thing you might overlook can cause a host of problems.  Based on an accurate medical history, your surgeon may need to order additional tests that can alter the course of your surgery.

Please note this is not a complete list and not a substitution for medical advice. Always provide your surgeon with ALL medications, supplements, even over the counter medicine you may be taking prior to surgery.

Click here for the list.

Resources from the FDA

FDA.gov is a great place to see if a procedure has been FDA approved.

FDA Approved Fat Removal or Fat Reduction Procedures (courtesy of www.PlasticSurgery.org)

Laser and Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction
Cool Lipo
Lipolite Laser Liposculpture
VASER Liposelection

Cellulite Treatment
Accent XL
Body Jet

Breast Implant Complications / Terminology

• Asymmetry—when breasts are uneven in appearance in terms of size, shape, or breast level
• Breast feeding difficulties
• Breast pain
• Breast sagging, also called “ptosis”
• Calcium build-up in breast tissue, also called “calcification”
• Capsular contracture—hardening of the breast area around the implant
• Chest wall deformity—when the chest wall or underlying rib cage appears deformed
• Deflation of the breast implant—when filler material leaks from the breast implant often due to a valve leak or a tear or cut in the implant shell
• Delayed wound healing
• Extrusion—when the skin breaks down and the implant appears through the skin
• Hematoma—collection of blood near the surgical site
• Iatrogenic injury or damage—when new injury or damage occurs to the tissue or implant as a result of implant surgery
• Implant displacement or malposition—when the implant is not in the correct position in the breast
• Implant palpability or visibility—when the implant can be felt through the skin
• Implant removal—with or without implant replacement 
•Implant visibility—when the implant can be seen through the skin
• Implant wrinkling or rippling
• Infection, including Toxic Shock Syndrome— when during breast implant surgery, wounds are contaminated with micro-organisms, such as bacteria or fungi
• Inflammation or irritation
• Necrosis—when there is dead skin or tissue around the breast
• Nipple or breast changes, including change in or loss of nipple sensation
• Redness or bruising
• Reoperation—additional surgeries
• Rupture of the breast implant—when there is a tear or hole in the implant’s outer shell • Scarring
• Seroma—the collection of fluid around the breast implant
• Skin rash
• Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes, also called “lymphedema or lymphadenopathy”
• Thinning and shrinking of the skin, also called “breast tissue atrophy”
• Unsatisfactory appearance due to implant style or size Local Complications and Adverse Outcomes
•Visibility – The implant can be seen through the skin 
• Winkling/Rippling – Wrinkling of the implant that can be felt or seen through the skin 
(provided by FDA.org)

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