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b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-implant-2.jpgWhen Cynthia Hedgecock tripped on a broken piece of San Diego, California sidewalk in July of 2015, she had no idea that her ordeal was just beginning. Hedgecock is the wife of former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, who served the city from 1983 to 1985. Following Mrs. Hedgecock’s fall, she reportedly suffered continued pain, but it was not until September of 2015 that she discovered both of her breast implants had ruptured in the fall and were leaking silicone into her bloodstream. The lawsuit alleges Hedgecock sought medical attention for "persistent breast pain and deformities," and that was when the discovery of the extent of the fall’s damage was revealed.

Hedgecock’s lawsuit claims that due to the fall she endured "serious personal injuries" and required an extensive period of recovery following the removal of the leaking silicone, ruptured implants and the subsequent implant replacement surgery. According to the lawsuit, Hedgecock states that the incident cost her and her husband over $25,000 in medical expenses. Her husband has joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff, alleging the accident and recovery of his wife caused him to suffer "loss of support, service, love, companionship, society, affection, relations and solace from his wife."

b2ap3_thumbnail_sunscreen_20170508-165925_1.jpgDid you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America- and that the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, kills an average of one person an hour? If you’re not already actively screening your skin for skin cancer on a regular basis, or trying to protect your skin from sun damage- now is the perfect time to start. Here are some tips for what to look for when checking your skin for signs of skin cancer- and what you should be doing every single day to prevent it.

This year, 3.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and 160,000 of those cancers will be melanoma. Melanoma is thought to be caused by unprotected sun exposure, but despite better screening methods and greater awareness, numbers are increasing. Scientists believe this is due to increasing deterioration of the earth’s ozone layer, which is allowing higher levels of radiation from the sun’s dangerous UV rays to reach our skin. In fact, researchers now estimate that 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime. So, what should you be looking for when checking your skin for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer- and what can you do to help protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous rays?

b2ap3_thumbnail_illegal-surgery.jpgA disturbing new trend is making headlines around the country: unlicensed practitioners known as "pump-doctors" are using industrial grade silicone as a cosmetic filler on unsuspecting patients. The pump-doctor trend is flourishing along the east coast, in places like Atlanta, Florida, and Maryland, where patient fatalities have resulted in a series of high-profile cases. But despite grim warnings from authorities and the medical community about the use of pump doctors, these illegal practices continue to thrive.

Plastic surgery procedures to increase the size of your breasts, buttocks and lips can be a big expense.  For patients determined to get the kind of results only plastic surgery could create, shopping around for the best price can have its benefits. Perhaps that’s why illegal practitioners known as pump-doctors are flourishing in US cities. With their promise of major results at a fraction of the cost, pump doctors are offering patients what they may have thought was both physically and financially unattainable in the past. But buyer beware! These unlicensed and often untrained individuals are making promises they can’t deliver on, and it’s costing some people their health and even their lives.

b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-implant.jpgA recent report by the Food and Drug Administration has once again confirmed a link between certain breast implants and an extremely rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL, or anaplastic large cell lymphoma. In light of this new report, doctors like Henderson, Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell are ramping up their efforts to warn patients about this uncommon disease, which is now estimated to affect 1 in 300,000 women. 

When most women consider getting breast implants, they are aware that their implants carry a certain level of risk. Though not common, any type of surgery or implant can have complications. But now some patients have a new risk to consider- the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma known as BIA-ALCL. Though his extremely rare t-cell lymphoma has only affected 359 people since its discovery in 2011, it still poses enough of a risk that surgeons like Mitchell are bringing it up to patients considering breast augmentation.

What is Board Certification, Why Does It Matter?

You may have heard the term "board certified" used when discussing plastic surgeons, but you may not know what that is- or if it really matters. After all, you can save a lot of money going abroad for surgery or to a spa for Botox injections from someone who isn’t board certified.  So, what’s the big difference between board certified, board eligible, and not- and do those credentials really justify the difference in cost for the same procedure?

In order to practice any kind of medicine here in the United States, a doctor must be licensed in the state or states that they practice in. But just because a doctor holds a valid medical license, does not mean he or she is board certified in a medical specialty. Board certification is a voluntary certification that means a doctor has undergone additional training in a specific field and has completed an additional evaluation process beyond the licensing process in his or her field. Board certification is usually peer-conducted and is not a ‘one-time’ thing. Doctors who undergo the rigorous process of board certification must complete additional internships and both written and oral testing following their training. Once they pass their testing, the doctor must continue to attend training and keep current with the newest advances in their field in order to remain board certified.  Board certified doctors must also adhere to board standards and best practices. To do so could be a violation of their certification, and could be grounds for having that certification revoked.

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Talking to Kids About Plastic Surgery

With an increase in both "mommy makeovers" and male cosmetic surgery procedures, a lot of parents are going under the knife these days. But while the change in your appearance may be a welcome change to you and maybe even your partner- it may not be as easily embraced by your children. If you’re struggling to figure out how to tell your kids that you’ll be changing your look, or if they know and are having fear or anxiety about your upcoming or recent surgery, here are a few tips to help explain your decision to them, and hopefully ease some of that stress, too.

How do I tell my children I’m having surgery without them getting scared?

Telling your kid you’re about to have major surgery can be very scary- for you and for them. While it is recommended that you discuss what is about to happen with them, depending on their age there are varying degrees of detail you should give them about the procedure. For preschool aged children and younger, telling them that mom or dad are going to see the doctor so they can feel better about themselves is a great, vague way to summarize what’s about to happen. Nothing in their lives is changing, you will just be happier with how you look, and after you heal, you’ll feel better, too.

It probably comes as little surprise that plastic surgery can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Correcting an issue with your appearance can do wonders for how you feel about the person staring back at you in the mirror- but did you know that when it comes to cosmetic procedures, self-esteem is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak? Studies have shown that in addition to the boost in self-esteem and confidence most patients notice post-surgery, there are someb2ap3_thumbnail_confident-business.jpg other surprising benefits you may not have even thought about! Dr. Ryan Mitchell shares some surprising new findings.

In 2013, when researchers at the University of Melbourne surveyed 121 patients at prominent local plastic surgery clinics, they weren’t sure what to expect. They knew that plastic surgery would likely improve the self-esteem of their respondents, but they were surprised to find that it also improved their job satisfaction, too! Why job satisfaction, though? The answers might surprise you!

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_172306211.jpgStomach fat. Many of us have it, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of us want it. But now, this famously stubborn and hard-to-lose deposit of body fat has found a role that might finally give it a little respect: as a plastic surgery filler. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada about why an increasing number of plastic surgeons are using stomach fat as a surgical filler.

It’s called ‘fat grafting’- the procedure where a surgeon takes fat from one area of your body, and then injects that fat into another area of the body that is lacking in volume. The fat can be taken from the buttocks, thighs, hips, and increasingly, from the stomach. The grafted fat can then be transferred elsewhere in the body, such as the lips, breasts or buttocks. This benefits the patient in many ways- most notably because by grafting fat that was already part of the patient’s body, the surgeon is not introducing anything new or unnatural to the body. This increases the likelihood of the body "accepting" the fat transfer, it also looks and feels more natural than injecting synthetic materials would. There are of course some downsides to fat grafting, but according to Mitchell, those downsides are minimal.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_183782321-1.jpgYou could have them already- those two little dents where your lower back meets your buttocks, commonly known as ‘Venus dimples.’ But while many people probably have never given them more than a passing glance, Venus dimples are on track to be the number one new trend in plastic surgery for 2017, thanks to their increasing popularity from bikini shots of models and Instagram-celebrities like the Hadid sisters, Kylie Jenner and Miranda Kerr. We spoke to Henderson, Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell about this popular new procedure.

Venus dimples get their name from the Roman Goddess of Beauty. When naturally occurring, Venus dimples are two sagittally symmetrical indentations on the lower back that appear at the site of the two sacroiliac joints, where the sacrum and ilium of the pelvis connect. Venus dimples contain a channel of veins that is often used as a guide in spinal surgery- specifically in procedures to place sacral pedicle screws in the spine. They are also said to increase blood circulation in the pelvic area and are believed to enhance sexual pleasure in those who possess them.

The Greater Las Vegas Area is a Plastic Surgery Travel Destination

You’ve probably heard that salacious marketing motto, ‘What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.’ Coined in 2003 as part of a Las Vegas tourism campaign, the phrase (and campaign) took off like wildfire, creating some of the most memorable commercials in recent history- and inspiring everything from songs to major motion pictures. Designed to invoke feelings of both freedom from inhibition, to privacy in the form of an unspoken brotherhood-like ‘code,’ that everyone in the area knows and abides by. So it’s not surprising at all that people around the world are flocking to the greater Las Vegas area, and to Mitchell Plastic Surgery, for their plastic surgery procedures.

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What Are the Most Requested Celebrity Faces?

In a society that is seemingly obsessed with celebrity culture, the desire to look more like a specific celebrity is surprisingly, perfectly healthy. After all, who wouldn’t want to share features with an extremely beautiful person? But did you know that in addition to being a totally normal behavior, for patients seeking plastic surgery, paying attention to celebrity features can actually be very useful in identifying what you do and do not want to change with your own features? If you’ve ever caught yourself staring at a magazine or television show, wishing you had Angelina’s lips or Kerry Washington’s cheekbones, you’re not alone.

b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-feeding1.jpgHave you ever considered breast implants, but held off because you hoped to breastfeed your baby someday? Have you already gotten implants, but aren’t sure if breastfeeding is safe- or even possible? A recent study may offer some hope to patients considering nursing with implants. We asked plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell for some clarification.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ear-guage.jpgIf you’ve ever seen an earlobe piercing with an enlarged opening and a large silver hoop lining the inside of that opening, then you’ve seen the trendy piercing known as a "flesh tunnel." Though flesh tunnels are becoming increasingly popular today, they date back to ancient times, where they were used as a sign of wealth and status in tribes throughout Asia and Africa.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sunscreen.jpgIt wasn’t all that long ago that tanning was thought to be safe, and having a tan was described as having a ‘healthy glow.’  Nowadays, we know how dangerous tanning is (yes, even in tanning beds!), and for the most part, American’s have swapped their bottles of tanning oil for SPF 15.  But did you know that the harmful UV rays that make tanning so dangerous are present year-round- even on the coldest or cloudiest of days? In fact, it only takes about 15 minutes of sun exposure to get a sunburn. That’s about how long it takes to take your dog for a walk, and eleven minutes less than the average American’s commute to work! Don’t think because you’re in your car you’re, safe, either- you can easily get a sunburn driving, even with the windows up!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sad-woman.jpgFor many patients, cosmetic surgery is something they’ve looked forward to for years. Whether they’re removing a much-despised bump in the nose, want larger breasts, or are ready for a full facelift, cosmetic procedures offer patients hope that they can finally look on the outside the way they feel on the inside. But many patients are surprised when, following their procedure, they are left feeling hopeless and depressed. Post-surgical depression is real, and it happens more often than you might think. Learn the triggers of this type of depression, the warning signs to look for following your procedure, and what to do if you think you are experiencing post-surgical depression.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_birthday-cake.jpgRecent data from two unrelated studies have revealed that the age of patients receiving cosmetic procedures is decreasing as the popularity of these procedures is increasing. Available for cosmetic use since 2002, Botox injections have long been marketed to women between the ages of 45 to 54. Not surprisingly, that marketing is working, with a full 60% of patients fall into the 45-54 age group. However, surprising new data has revealed that the facial plastic surgery category is undergoing a bit of a facelift of its own, as more women in their 40’s have begun to abandon the old standbys of Botox and fillers in favor of surgical procedures like facelifts. Even more surprising? Fillers and Botox sales aren’t suffering any losses due to this exodus because a new crop of women in their 20’s and 30’s are turning to injectables to stave off the aging process.

b2ap3_thumbnail_gummy2.jpgBreast implant surgery is the number one plastic surgery procedure in the US year after year. But while this procedure is popular with patients from all walks of life, one size fits all definitely does not apply. Today, there are more implant options than ever before- but more options aren’t always better. We spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about the differences in breast implants- and how those differences really affect your results.

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If you are considering plastic surgery, you’ve likely got a long list of questions for your surgeon- but there are a few you should be asking yourself, too. If you think you’re ready to take the plunge and get that cosmetic procedure you’ve been dreaming of, Dr. Ryan Mitchell wants to know- have you asked yourself these questions:

Why do you want plastic surgery?

Seems like a pretty obvious question, right? But it’s the first question you should be asking yourself when considering any procedure. You know which procedure you’re considering, but do you know WHY you want it? Do you truly believe your breast size is ‘too small?’ Do you think your confidence would improve if you removed the bump in your nose? Or, is someone else telling you that you’d be more attractive if you’d make these improvements. Your surgical outcome will only be as positive as you make it. If you are being pressured into surgery and it’s not what you actually want, you will most likely not be happy with the results. If you think fixing your problem areas is a magic cure for your problems, you are setting yourself up for unrealistic results- and potentially a big letdown. Ultimately, knowing why you want surgery is just as important as knowing where you want surgery- and genuinely wanting it for the right reasons makes all the difference.

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More Americans Getting Belly Button Surgery

If you’re one of the 4% of people with an "outie" belly button, you’re a rarity. But if that distinction isn’t exactly something you’re proud of, there’s help! Did you know there’s a plastic surgery procedure called an "umbilicoplasty" that can actually transform your outie to an "innie?" Dr. Ryan Mitchell discusses the ‘in’s and out’s’ of correcting your belly button.

Though genetics can play a role in whether you have an innie or outie belly button, you’re not actually born with your belly button. That’s because it’s created when your umbilical cord detaches and falls off your body- making your belly button essentially a scar. Besides genetics, there are a few other factors that can determine whether a belly button is convex or concave- the after-care of your umbilical cord is one, and the presence of an umbilical hernia is another. In some cases, a person can be born with an innie, and it pops out later due to weight gain or pregnancy. Unfortunately, once your belly button becomes an outie, it won’t ‘go back in’ on its own.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ecig.jpgBefore you undergo any surgical procedure, your doctor will no doubt give you a list of pre-op instructions that you must follow for a successful surgical outcome. You may be required to do things like fast for 12 hours prior to surgery, stop taking certain medications, and if you’re a smoker, stop smoking cigarettes for at least four weeks prior to your surgical procedure. The reason patients are asked to stop smoking is because the nicotine found in cigarettes has been found to restrict blood flow, endangering the healing process. But while E-cigarettes have been touted as the safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, new research published in the December issue of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons official medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has found that smoking e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ may have the same negative effects on healing as traditional cigarettes. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about these new guidelines.

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