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Post-Divorce Plastic Surgery? Consider Carefully

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

People get plastic surgery for many different reasons, but should divorce be one of them? While post-divorce plastic surgery can be a means of reclaiming one’s self-confidence, it may be that some are using the procedures to get revenge on their former spouses, according to ABC correspondent Ashleigh Banfield.

Women have been in a long-term relationship may feel uncomfortable returning to the dating scene after ending their marriage. Aging gracefully is often more difficult for women than for men, as past pregnancies can leave stomachs looking stretched and saggy, and stress can add frown lines and other wrinkles.

Many women feel that their return to the dating scene can be eased by such procedures as facelifts, Botox, liposuction, and tummy tucks. Dermatologist and post-divorce surgery patient Dr. Marina Peredo says that a breakup can make a woman feel vulnerable. It’s important to take the steps necessary to feel comfortable in your own skin.

And a lot of women are doing just that. Dr. Jon Turk, a plastic surgeon, says that about a fifth of his clients are recently divorced women. He says that he always advises a cool-down period before proceeding to surgery:

“Patients who come in who are bitter or angry about their divorce and looking to use surgery to make their spouse jealous or to just fill some type of emotional void, those are the ones that I think we need to counsel really carefully.”

Some of Dr. Turk’s patients feel that revenge is a perfectly good reason to get plastic surgery, and ultimately that’s something that every woman might need to decide for herself. But tread carefully: surgeries have long-lasting effects on the body and often require weeks of recovery. Women who have undergone a divorce may be emotionally fragile and should carefully consider whether surgery is something that they truly want.

Breast Lipoaugmentation Offers Unique Benefits

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Saline or silicone implants may be the most well-known approaches to breast augmentation, but autologous fat grafting may be the most viable alternative.

It’s called “breast lipoaugmentation” because the procedure uses your body’s own fat to augment the shape of the breast, allowing the surgeon greater flexibility in shaping the breast.

Breast lipoaugmentation has particular benefits that recommend its use in certain cases, but it’s not for everyone. There is some disagreement about how much transplanted fat can survive the move, and there have been fears about the procedure’s effect on cancer detection methods.


  • There are risks associated with tissue grafts and implants that are avoided through the use of breast lipoaugmentation.
  • There is no compelling evidence to indicate that the procedure interferes with breast cancer detection, according to a comprehensive literature review published in 2009. Women can have mammograms or MRIs before the procedure to assist radiologists and further ensure their safety.


  • Breast lipoaugmentation doesn’t provide the dramatically increased volume made possible by breast implants. The procedure can only upgrade a breast from one-half to a full cup size.
  • Up to a quarter of the transplanted fat is likely to die as a result of the transplant. Fat is a living tissue and requires nourishment from the blood to survive, and an autologous fat graft may cut portions of the fat from receiving proper circulation. There has been promising research using bodily stem cells and other approaches to enhance the retention rate.

According to ModernMedicine’s Cheryl Guttman Krader, these unique pros and cons make breast lipoaugmentation well-suited to being combined with breast implants. Surgeons can use both techniques to maximize the beauty and natural feel of the breast.

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