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Nipple sparing mastectomy safe

A new study indicates that nipple sparing mastectomy is a safe treatment alternative for patients with breast cancer. ABC News

Breast reduction brings physical and emotional relief

Twin 42-year-old sisters say they are pleased with the physical and cosmetic outcomes of their breast reduction surgeries. One of the women went from size 40G to 38DD, and both said a lifetime of taunts and back pain prompted them to seek treatment. “We removed probably about 1,200 grams from each breast, which is about […]

For breast augmentation, less can often be more

Women need to carefully consider personal preferences and ensure that any breast augmentation is proportional to their body type, says plastic surgeon Ram Kalus of South Carolina. They also need to clearly understand the difference between breast augmentation, which involves implants, and a less-invasive breast lift. In the end, Kalus says, women need to feel […]

Patients often unaware of coverage for breast reconstruction

Many patients don’t know about “hidden” health insurance benefits, insurers say. For example, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy usually is covered, and so are some reconstructive procedures for injuries, inherited conditions and illnesses. Fox Business/Bankrate.com (6/20)

Reputable manufacturer important when choosing breast implants

British researchers have concluded that PIP breast implants made with unauthorized silicone filler have twice the rupture rate of other types of implants, but they are neither toxic nor carcinogenic. Women have faced an “incredibly worrying time,” said National Health Service Medical Director Bruce Keogh, but his study found no long-term health threats for women […]

FDA panel confirms safety of today’s silicone implants

An expert panel concluded that currently marketed silicone breast implants are safe. The committee agreed that patients no longer need to be advised to get a magnetic resonance imaging test three years after getting implants and every two years thereafter to check for ruptures. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/31)

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