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  • Tragic Death of Miss Argentina Highlights the Importance of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery

    Last week brought tragic news of the passing of Solange Magnano, 2009 Miss Argentina. The model and pageant queen, only 38 years old and the mother of twins, died due to complications with a cosmetic surgery procedure of the buttocks.

    Magnano’s surgery was performed in her home country of Argentina, which also happens to be a hot spot for medical tourism in the plastic surgery industry. While Magnano’s story is a tragic one, it also serves as a reminder to potential plastic surgery patients to only seek care from qualified, experienced, and board certified plastic surgeons.

    We recently posted a blog on the dangers of medial tourism. (Click here to read more). With more and more people opting to travel to other countries (like Argentina) for their cosmetic procedures, consumers must be reminded of the dangers of traveling outside of the U.S. for their surgeries. Unlike the United States, which has regulatory, independent boards to provide certification for doctors, other countries have limited or no surgical regulations – providing no benchmark for a surgeon’s qualifications or safety.

    I cannot reiterate enough the importance of going to a surgeon, in the United States, that is board certified in plastic surgery. Doing so greatly reduces the risk of surgical complications.

    For more information about Dr. Whiteman’s credentials and more detailed information on cosmetic surgery procedures, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s website.

    Testing Performed during Breast Reduction Surgery may Help Detect Early Signs of Breast Cancer

    The benefits of breast reduction surgery are obvious; in addition to giving patients a more comfortable breast size, a breast reduction can help alleviate common problems associated with large breasts such as neck and back pain, poor posture, a rash under the breast area, breathing problems, and difficulty engaging in physical activities.

    But there may be another surprising benefit for those who opt to undergo this surgery. According to a new study presented at the 2009 conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Seattle, testing the excess fat and tissue removed during breast reduction surgery can lead to better cancer detection. Of the two hundred plus cases that were reviewed, cancerous or pre-cancerous cells were found in 12.4 percent of patients – yet, none of these cancerous or potentially cancerous lesions were found in the mammograms required prior to surgery.

    For women fighting breast cancer, early detection is key. With about 90,000 women opting to undergo breast reduction surgery in 2008, there is a great potential to help better identify women who are at-risk for this disease.

    Visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s website to learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s breast reduction and breast reconstruction surgery.