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The Difference Between IPL, BBL, and Laser Technology

The medical esthetic field has really grown in the last few years. It has filtered into our everyday lives and is no longer only in the reach of celebrities and the wealthy. Now that these treatments are widely available and more cost effective, it can be overwhelming to understand what the best treatment is for […]


Being Proactive About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a frequent topic of conversation in many of our post-op visits after mastectomy and reconstruction. It is true that your personal risk for lymphedema is increased by having breast surgery, but this risk may be exaggerated in educational resources online; your worry about lymphedema can then also be exacerbated by repeated mentions of […]



Breast Reconstruction, A Process

Many of our patients express concern about what to expect after breast reconstruction. In my discussions with patients prior to mastectomy and reconstruction, I always find it challenging to help patients anticipate what things will look like. In practice, we find before and after pictures to be a useful tool to address this question, but […]


Sharing the journey of breast reconstruction

As a physician assistant who takes care of many women recovering from mastectomy and reconstruction, I have a pretty good understanding of what occurs during the post-operative period. Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery puts a huge emphasis on education as a practice, and being a part of this practice, I’ve learned so much about how […]



What is a “retouch” after liposuction?”

What is a “retouch” after liposuction?” 1 answer on Quora What is a “retouch” after liposuction?” Liposuction is as much art as science. In an effort to avoid any complications such as dimpling, rippling, excessive removal in any one area and to try and achieve a smooth, refined result, your surgeon may choose to be […]


What is the link between lymphoma and breast implants?

What is the link between lymphoma and breast implants? 1 answer on Quora What is the link between lymphoma and breast implants? Although there does appear to be a real link between Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants, the risk as we currently understand it is extremely low. With 34 documented cases in […]


Breast Cancer Awareness: What should everyone know about breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Awareness: What should everyone know about breast cancer? 4 answers on Quora What should everyone know about breast cancer? Women should know their options for reconstruction to restore the look and feel of their breasts after surgery to treat breast cancer. The Federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 mandates all […]



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