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It's not necessarily true that a surgeon who does a high volume of a certain procedure is very good at it. But it is true that a surgeon can't be very good at a procedure unless he or she does a high volume.  In line with this but at the risk of sounding as if I'm bragging about …

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Breast Implant “Redo”― Helpful?

I saw two consults today who had previous breast implant surgery and came to me wanting new, bigger breast implants. During these discussions at my Denver practice, it became evident that both women thought that changing their implants ("re-doing" their augmentation surgery) would improve their breast shape. It doesn't. Changing implants, called an implant exchange, simply removes the …

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A Plea for Honesty About Cohesive Implants

There continues to be confusion surrounding the different types of silicone implants, specifically regarding what is and what is not a "cohesive" or "gummy" implant.  I believe that some of this confusion is, unfortunately, being caused by other Plastic surgeons who, either through ignorance or intentional misdirection, are misinforming patients. I have seen a number …

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Not Everything Great is New, and Not Everything New is Great

As I peruse the day-to-day goings on in the plastic surgery media world, I am constantly reminded that what makes for a "news" story is often hugely removed from my day-to-day practice.  I don't see a lot of perfection-obsessed reality TV stars at my Denver-based practice, however,  I do see a growing number of 42-year-old …

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Gummy Bear Implants: The Same, but Different

UPDATE: For additional information on breast augmentation and breast implants in Denver, see this more recent blog post. Patients occasionally ask us about "gummy bear" implants: what are they? Are they safer? Are they better? Can I have them? Should I have them? It's normal to want the latest, greatest thing—after all, Americans are hot for innovation, and …

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