A very busy couple of weeks in the practice. One poor PIP patient had previously had banned Trilucent (soya) breast implants taken out and replaced…
The latest edition of the international plastic surgery journal JPRAS has just arrived on my desk. Two articles I have been a part of are published in the same issue, which is very rewarding. The lead article in the journal is a review of the stem cell related background on the safety of fat grafting to the breast (using fat as a natural filling material in the breast) – for a preview see here >. In this article, my co-authors and I urge caution and further research based on the available evidence when using fat as a graft into the breast, as we do not know for sure what the implications may be in relation to the development (or re-stimulation) of breast cancer.
The second article was an invited review of a nice study by an Italian group of plastic surgeons into the use of Mentor’s Spectra range of implants for use in breast asymmetry. They were particularly focussing on women with a small degree of breast asymmetry, and the use of these adjustable implants to more accurately correct the differences between the breasts during a breast augmentation procedure.
Some time off at the moment, then back to work in just over a week, hitting the ground running with a busy operating list and a full clinic to look forward to my first day back!