I hope that you are having a wonderful beginning to the New Year. We here at Conkright Aesthetics are always looking for new ways to better serve our patients and to stay up to date with all the latest data, technology, and research. I’m happy to tell you that breast implant surgery continues to improve and that plastic surgery community continues to provide the latest information and implant medicine. It is certainly not mandatory that implant patients receive routine follow-ups. I understand, however, that many times our patients have questions and would appreciate assurance that they are doing well. It is an unfortunate fact of life that over time our breasts change. This may be because of pregnancy, weight loss or gain, or menopause. It is also important to screen for implant rupture, capsular contracture, and or fluid accumulation around the implant. With that in mind I’d like to take this opportunity to offer you an assessment in our office. This would consist of a short consultation with is concerning your current status and a brief exam if you so desire. This is not meant to take the place of your breast health care which still should be provided by your primary care physician and/or obstetrician gynecologist. I invite you to call our office to schedule a short update and assessment review with me and my staff. There will be a small $100 administrative fee. In the event that further services are necessary or requested, we will be happy to apply said fee toward that. As always, if you have any questions please contact us at 812-842-0240. There is also information on the website of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons web site, http://www.plasticsurgery.org. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mother's Day Open House May 9th, 12-7pm
SAVE THE DATE! May 9th , 12-7pm, we are having our annual Mother's Day Open House! Save on Hydrafacial, Botox, Fillers, Latisse, Sclerotherapy, and Skin Care! There will be giveaways and coupons, as well as a chance to win a FREE pair of Gel Implants! Mark your calendars, you will not want to miss this!!
Dr.Conkright attends 52nd Annual Baker Gordon Educational Symposium... Again
Dr.Conkright recently returned from Miami after attending the 52nd Annual Baker Gordon meeting. This event is a gathering of the experts. The worlds best aesthetic surgeons showcase the latest and greatest methods and tools in aesthetics surgery. Participants attend live surgical training and educational lectures. Dr.Conkright has been attending the Baker Gordon educational symposium on and off for the last 30 years.
Dr. Conkright's commitment to continuous education coupled with his years of experience allows him to offer proven techniques that work. His attention to detail sets him apart from other surgeons, he listens to the concerns of each and everyone of his patients tailoring his approach to their treatment to address their specific needs. Dr. Conkright has consistently good results and continues to get better each and every year. Below is a short video of Dr. Conkright, describing what he took from his recent trip.
The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
Much has been made recently of the 24 hour, fast, quick or rapid recovery breast augmentation. In fact, this is nothing new. Since 2004 most of our patients have been returning to their normal activities within 24 hours of surgery and to work within a day or two after surgery.
A “24 hour” recovery depends on the patient’s attitude and compliance with directions, the surgeon’s skill, and the patient’s desires. Exercises to relax the tissues, use of the medications for pain (if needed), and Dr. Conkright’s very gentle surgical technique are all part of the equation.
It is very important to follow your pre-operative and post-operative instructions. OUR instructions are available and printable on our website. A one hour appointment is set up 1-2 weeks before your surgery to meet with me and make sure all plans are made for the upcoming surgery and all of your questions are answered, photographs are made and informed consent signed. Printed instructions are gone over carefully. Size and goals are established at the consultation appointment, reiterated at the pre-op conference and gone over one last time with Dr. Conkright just prior to surgery.
Dr. Conkright’s surgical technique is truly state of the art! Meticulous methods that reduce the swelling, bruising and post-operative pain are used. His artistry based on a diverse surgical skill set and experience renders predictable results and fewer complications. A soft sports bra is worn for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Most patients have returned to normal activities in a few days and strenuous activities in a few weeks. No limitation of arm or body movement is required. Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants are used to control soreness.
A typical post-operative breast augmentation patient remark is: “I had no problems at all after surgery”, “I went out to dinner/lunch the day after surgery”, “I did laundry when I got home after surgery”, “ I only took pain medication the day of surgery”, or my favorite, “It was a piece of cake”.
YOUR individual pain tolerance, motivation, and ability to follow instructions will affect your recovery. REMEMBER: Do set realistic goals Do adopt a positive attitude, follow instructions, and get moving early.
Don’t try to outthink your surgeon! Don’t follow your friend’s post-operative instructions.
Breast Augmentation with saline or silicone breast implants is a safe procedure to enhance or restore the breast to a more satisfying size or shape. Dr. Conkright uses both saline and silicone breast implants. Board Certified, with well over 5,000 augmentations to his credit, Dr. Conkright is a very important variable in the equation to render 24 hour or quick recovery BREAST AUGMENTATION!
Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation Patient Before and After
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
J Michael Conkright, MD 1987-Present
A Letter from Dr. Conkright
“Breast Implant Safety”
Breast implants have been in constant use since the 1960’s.Since that time they have been continuously studied, tested, and improved.Their use has provided many significant benefits for women.Breast implants have made it possible for surgeons to restore women disfigured by breast cancer, giving them a chance to be whole again.They are used to correct congenital deformities of the breast and to restore otherwise normal breasts damaged by the effects of age and pregnancy. Numerous studies have documented the wonderful benefits that breast implants have made possible for women of all ages. The satisfaction ratio among patients has been extremely high!
Benefits are always weighed against risks, and surgeons and implant manufactures always consider safety. Breast implants are among the most intensely and thoroughly studied medical devices in existence with thousands of peer-reviewed and published reports on studies including robust epidemiological studies supporting their safe use. In January of this year, as part of their ongoing research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the aid of healthcare providers and implant manufacturers in evaluation of an extremely rare form of lymphoma. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is known to occur in 1 in 500,000 women in any given year in the United States. This is among all women (not necessarily having implants) and total only about 300 cases a year. The mortality rate among this group of women is very low.In the 55 years that breast implants have been in use, a maximum of 60 women were identified who were found to have a relatively benign form of ALCL that occurred in the scar tissue around a breast implant.Most of these women presented with localized breast complaints developing years after their surgery.Note that this is not a form of breast cancer. The majority of these women were treated with implant and or scar capsule removal. There were no reported mortalities.
The recent FDA preliminary findings and analysis report noted a “possible” association between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants.
The report notes:
-ALCL is extremely rare… may have a very small but increased risk of developing this disease in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant. Based on available information it is not possible to confirm with statistical certainty that breast implants cause ALCL. At this time, data appears to indicate that the incidence of ALCL is very low, even in breast implant patients.
-ALCL in women with breast implants is a very rare condition; when it occurs, it has been identified most frequently in patients undergoing implant revision operations for late onset persistent seroma. The FDA does not recommend prophylactic breast implant removal in patients without symptoms or other abnormalities. Because the risk of ALCL appears very small, the FDA believes that the totality of evidence contains to support a reasonable assurance that FDA-approved breast implants are safe and effective when used as labeled.”
The FDA has identified a maximum of 60 cases of possible breast implant related ALCL throughout the entire world.These cases have been reported over a span of 25-40 yrs.The total number of implant patients worldwide is estimated to be as many as 10 million.This data suggests that if there is an association then the reported incidences could be 1 case of ALCL/166,667 implant patients.
-contrast the fact that 1 in 9 women will develop a breast cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 3 in 100 million women per year are diagnosed with ALCL of the breast.
-In my home of Vanderburgh County the yearly breast cancer ratio is 834/174,729 per population.
The chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 10/100,000 per year.
Consider that a plastic surgeon performing one breast implant surgery every working day would have to work for 750 years to see a case of breast related ALCL. These statistics suggest that this connection; if it exists is not of any real significance.
In Summary: I am in agreement with the FDA, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery in the view that “Breast implants are the most studied device in medical history. As physicians, our primary commitment is providing safe and effective patient care. We share in the commitment to continued device evaluation and monitoring.”
Current Recommendations for Women: ASAPS recommends that all women including those with breast implants should follow their normal routine in medical care and follow-up, specifically regular self examination and mammography when appropriate. Any woman should watch for changes in her breasts such as pain and swelling and contact her physician if she has any questions. Further information can be found on www.breastimplantsafety.org
Bathing suit season is in full bloom and one thing we all would like is a flatter belly. Many of us diet and work out relentlessly and still cannot achieve a sculpted, flat belly. This can be very frustrating. Luckily I've got a few items to try out for those of you who suffer from this issue. One option for some may be to have Dr. Conkright perform an Abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck is designed to give you a toner, flatter abdomen. The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and may also reduce fat and tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall. It frequently is performed to correct muscle weakness and loose skin that can occur following multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. Call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Conkright to determine if you are a candidate for an Abdominoplasty!
For those of you who are in dire need to flatten your belly fast, whether it is for an upcoming vacation or even a wedding, check out the tips below:
Sip more water. To reduce bloat, try sipping on 6 to 12 glasses of water each day.
Do something to relieve stress everyday. The stress hormones actually cause your body to store more fat cells around your waist-so slashing stress is key.
Eat a little fat every day. When you have zero fat in your daily diet, you will lose enzymes that help you digest fat. The key is moderation and to consume healthy fats such as avocados.
Tweak the way you breathe. Inhaling and exhaling through the belly will cause it to fill up like a balloon. Instead, the rib cage should be expanding and contracting when you breathe. Practice makes perfect!
Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep will cause you to be hungrier and therefore overeat, and we all know that can lead to a bigger belly.
Cut back on artificial sweeteners. A lot of our bodies don't recognize artificial sweeteners as food and therefore don't know how to digest them causing us to become gassy.
Stand up straight. Slouching pushes your hips and belly forward, making your body look heavier and your stomach poochier than they really are.