Category Archives: Breast Implants

Over or Under: Breast Implant Placement Debate Continues

Where to place breast implants — under the chest muscle or over it — remains more a plastic surgeon’s choice. It’s an important discussion, in particular, for thinner, very active women, who sometimes complain that implants move inappropriately when they exercise. In plastic surgery, this is an issue known as “distortion.”

Here one doctor provides some clarity on why he and many other doctors prefer to place implants under the chest muscle.

For more discussion on implant placement, see our book’s breast implant chapter. It discusses types of implants; problems; placement concerns and other issues.






Under or Over: What’s the Best Placement of a Breast Implant?

Younger women undergoing #breastreconstruction with #breastimplants and who are very athletic increasingly are asking their #plasticsurgeons where’s the best place to place an implant under the muscle, as done for years, or over, to avoid a problem called distortion when the implant moves during vigorous exercise such as weight lifting.

We report in the#siliconeimplant chapter of the book that some surgeons remain cautious about implant placement over the muscle because of concerns about whether this doesn’t look as good or may impair imaging and monitoring of the breast. Would love to hear from doctors and women if you have an opinion.

Below: Emmy Pontz-Rickert, anchor of silicone breast implant chapter, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.” Photo by Kathleen Galligan

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The Risk of Infection from Breast Implants and the Remedies

This review article teases out which women undergoing#BreastReconstruction with #siliconeimplants for breast cancer are most likely to develop an infection, often leading to loss of the implant, considerable expense and pain and time for the woman. It also carries recommendations for hospitals to follow to reduce infection rates.

Reducing infection risk in implant-based breast-reconstruction surgery: challenges and solutions…

History of Breast Implants: The Story Behind the Story

Absolutely fascinating history of how breast implants were made and update on the Texas mother who got the first pair. This story says she still has the ORIGINAL pair.

The surgery set Houston on the path to becoming an international destination for surgical breast reconstruction and augmentation, now among the most popular elective surgeries. Even after patients began filing lawsuits in the early 1990s claiming their silicone gel implants had ruptured and caused…

Meet Emmy Pontz-Rickert, Young Breast Cancer Survivor

Emmy Pontz-Rickert, an Ypsilanti Twp. MI mom, has been the face of our web page and book cover, even book spine, since the beginning. Photographer Kathleen Galligan captured Emmy’s beauty, poise and strength. Diagnosed at age 24 with breast cancer, Emmy underwent surgery and chemotherapy and now three years later is expecting her second child. Her story is part of the changing demographics of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.

Emmy’s full story anchors the silicone breast implant chapter of the book, which is being stocked and will be available later this week, according to Rowman and Littlefield, publisher. Here’s the link to order “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.”  

Neighbors of the of the owner of the two Cane Corsos who mauled a runner to death on Wednesday in Metamora Twp, report that the dogs are in their yard and pond on a weekly basis Friday, July 25,  2014.  Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press

The Realities of One-and-Done Breast Reconstruction

As desireable as it may sound, most women who have breast reconstruction will have two or more procedures, a top plastic surgeon says. Here’s a look at the realities from Dr. Minas Chyropoulo of San Antonio, for the web site of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Reconstruction Rates Continue to Rise, Plastic Surgery Group Says

Breast reconstruction has risen 35% since 2000, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Implant-based reconstruction still far outnumbers autologous tissue breast reconstruction.

U.S. Study to Look at Effectiveness of Larger Breast Implants

Up to now, larger framed, bustier American women have not had good implant options, because the U.S. has not allowed the sale of larger implants, as Europe does. This study hopefully will answer some outstanding questions about whether these larger implants are effective. This is a very unaddressed issue in breast reconstruction and one we explore in our upcoming book, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What is Right for You,” to be published June 16 by Rowman and Littlefield.

With this approval, U.S. clinical investigators are able to begin testing the safety and efficacy of MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implant in larger sizes