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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 is an excellent resource."

New Fall Hair Trend?


Here at Dr. Conkright's office the majority of the people coming in and out the door are women and everyone who works here is a woman, minus Dr. Conkright of course.  As you can imagine one thing always on our mind is BEAUTY.  An aspect of beauty that is discussed quite often is that of hair.  We are either not happy with the way our hair looks one particular day, our hair color turned out horendous, or our latest haircut is just not doing it for us.  I can't believe it, but summer is already coming to a close.  We are looking ahead at all the fall styles regarding fashion, make-up, and hair.  You see it all over the boutiques, malls, magazines, etc.

Recently Vanessa Hudgens was photographed on set of an upcoming movie project sporting a short new hairdo.  Possible new fall hair trend?  We were all curious whether this was a wig or if she really did chop off her long, beautiful locks.  Turns out, she cut off all her hair!  Not only that, she did it herself.  All of us here at the office are in agreement that this is one hairstyle that is a big no-no.  One of those she will look back on and wonder, why?  You know you can relate....we all can.  We all have had that moment of "oh no, what did i get myself into with this unbelievably awful haircut".  Her latest style has aged her years and as she put it makes her look like a "soccer mom".  Vanessa is a beautiful young actress and that will not change.  Thank goodness hair grows (or in Hollywood life, hair extensions).  Sorry Vanessa, but when it comes to my new fall hairdo, this is one I will NOT be asking for.