ASPS Collaborates With FDA to Establish Breast Implant Registry
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is establishing a national registry for breast implants in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The registry is being developed in response to reports of a rare lymphoma - Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) - in a very small number of women with breast implants.
The ASPS and the FDA agree this extremely rare form of lymphoma is not breast cancer. Of the estimated 10 million implants worldwide, only 34 cases of ALCL have been identified since 1989.
While lymphomas can appear anywhere in the body, this condition appears in the scar tissue that forms around the breast implants. At this time, both the FDA and ASPS remain confident that breast implants are safe and effective.
"ASPS shares the FDA's commitment to patient safety, but we also want to make certain this information does not raise false alarms with our patients," Phillip Haeck, MD, ASPS President, said. "We've been down this path before. For nearly 20 years American women were denied access to their choice of breast implants because of false claims and unfounded science. We are determined this shouldn't happen again."
ASPS recommends that women with breast implants should continue their normal routine in medical care and follow-up, specifically regular self examination and mammography when appropriate. Women with breast implants should watch for changes in their breasts such as pain and swelling and contact their plastic surgeon if they have questions.
"Women who are considering breast implant surgery," Dr. Haeck said, "should do their homework to see if it is right for them. ASPS is committed to helping women make informed choices about their health care and our website plasticsurgery.org is an excellent resource."
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.
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
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MYTHS about Breast Augmentation
As with any surgery, most people are a little nervous to go under the knife. It also doesn't help ones nerves when they are faced with numerous rumors about plastic surgery, especially breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a very popular cosmetic and with that comes many rumors. Well, I'm here to confront 10 thoughts many people have probably heard when discussing breast augmentation. All 10 thoughts below are MYTHS.
1) IT'S POSSIBLE TO TELL WHEN SOMEONE HAS BREAST IMPLANTS
Of course you cannot tell when someone has breast implants! You could only know this if you asked every woman you passed walking down the street. Most women with implants look natural, and if you choose Dr. Conkright as your surgeon then you know your end result will be very natural looking breasts. (Just check out our before and after pictures on this website!)
2) IT'S EASY TO DETECT A RUPTURE OR TEAR IN A SILICONE GEL IMPLANT
Unlike saline filled implants, which lose their shape when a leak occurs, silicone ruptures are silent and may go unnoticed for years. An MRI is the most definitive method for determining a rupture or tear. The large majority of breast augmentations Dr. Conkright performs are with saline implants, not only for this reason but also because they are significantly less expensive than silicone implants.
3) AN UNDERWIRE BRA SHOULD NEVER BE WORN WITH IMPLANTS
This is completely false. And actually, an underwire bra is a good option because it will help support your breasts better than a bra with no underwire.
4) LOWER PRICED BREAST SURGERY DOESN'T COMPROMISE THE RESULT
Fees will vary from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon, but there is a certain floor beneath which prices cannot drop. There are costs associated with good implants, a certified operation room, a board-certified anesthesiologist, and a surgeon certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you are thinking about breast augmentation with Dr. Conkright then you will be happy to know that Dr. Conkright meets all the criteria listed above!
5) AUGMENTATION SURGERY IS PAINFUL
Actually augmentation is one of the least painful cosmetic surgeries out there. This surgery should only cause minor discomfort, which is easily relieved with a mild pain pill. Patients should be able to drive within a few days and return to work within 4-7 days.
6) MAMMOGRAMS ARE NOT POSSIBLE WITH IMPLANTS
Placing implants under the chest muscle, which is the only way Dr. Conkright performs the procedure, helps with mammograms and allows excellent results.
7) BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE CANCER
False. Studies and experimental data have not been able to link breast implants with cancer.
8) BREAST IMPLANTS MUST BE REMOVED EVERY 10 YEARS
No specific data exists on the duration for the life of implants. Implants may last a lifetime or only a few years, depending on various medical factors. The most common need for the removal of an implant is a leak or rupture which occurs a lot less often than most people think.
9) I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED WITH IMPLANTS
There is no medical evidence to show that breast implants interfere with breastfeeding. The ability to breastfeed successfully varies in all women, with or without implants.
10) BREAST AUGMENTATION IS UNAFFORDABLE
Some people believe only celebrities can afford to have plastic surgery, but this is not the case at all. Here at Conkright Aesthetics breast augmentation is currently $3,995 when paying by cashier's check, debit card, or cash. If you will be paying by credit card, or would like to take advantage of any of our 3 financing options, the total price is $4,195. The price includes all pre-operative visits, post-operative visits, Dr. Conkright's fees, implant fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees.
We hope straightening out some of the myths about breast augmentation has made your decision just a little bit easier. Dr. Conkright has over 25 years experience in plastic surgery and has performed over 4,000 breast augmentations! Call today to schedule a complimentary consult and begin your journey to a more beautiful you.