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Information about textured implant and tissue expanders recall

An important message from Dr. Valerie Lemaine:

I would like to remind all of our patients who have had breast surgery with implants, either reconstructive or aesthetic – to maintain regular, yearly follow-up appointments with Dr. Valerie Lemaine.

On July 24, 2019, the implant device company Allergan issued a recall on BioCell textured implants and tissue expanders. This was done based on concerns that textured implants are associated with a very rare type of cancer called BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) that can occur in and around the tissues around a textured breast implant.

It is important to stress that BIA-ALCL is extremely rare, even if someone had a breast reconstruction or a breast augmentation with textured implants or tissue expanders. To date, 573 cases of BIA-ALCL have been described worldwide, which includes 33 deaths. This is out of approximately 25 million women in the world who have breast implants. Fortunately, if caught at the first sign of swelling, BIA-ALCL is curable by removing the implant and the connective tissue capsule that forms around the implant.

So what does this mean for you? Currently, given how rare BIA-ALCL is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend removing textured implants for prevention only. Instead, it is important to follow-up regularly with your plastic surgeon; either with Dr. Lemaine, or another board-certified plastic surgeon.  (If you need help finding a board-certified plastic surgeon near you, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at https://find.plasticsurgery.org).

What should you be on the lookout for? Signs and symptoms of BIA-ALCL include swelling, pain, asymmetry, or lumps or masses. Though gradual changes in breast shape do occur over time, any changes that seem abnormal, sudden, or unusual should prompt a call to our office so we can schedule you to come in for a check-up. The vast majority of the time, these findings do not represent anything serious; however, it is always wise to be vigilant and follow-up.

 Your health and safety are and always have been the most important thing to me, as your plastic surgeon. Please feel welcome to call the office any time with questions or concerns. If you currently have silicone breast implants, textured or smooth, please ensure you have a regular follow-up visit scheduled with Dr. Lemaine.

 We look forward to seeing you at your next visit,

 Valerie Lemaine, M.D., M.P.H., FRCS(C), FACS

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Injectables Now Available at Plastic Surgery Consultants

Injectables at Plastic Surgery Consultants are done by our plastic surgeons. We perform a comprehensive array of advanced facial procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and restore your youthful appearance without plastic surgery. Our plastic surgeons will recommend treatments that are tailored to address your concerns. We offer Botox and Fillers.

Botox:

Botox (or other neuromodulators like Xeomin, Dysport or Jeuveau) temporarily smooths out the muscles of the face and neck. This technique is especially powerful for erasing forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and furrows between the eyes, all of which can make a person look upset or angry even when he or she is not.  Botox can also be used to treat excess sweating. 

Fillers:

Fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Vollure, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Belotero, among others, are FDA approved products that add subtle volume to the face. They can be used to augment the fullness of the lips and fill hollow areas under the eyes. Fillers can also be used to fill in deep wrinkles and creases, such as the ones that appear in the nasolabial folds (the lines around the mouth), marionette lines (the lines near jowls), and the glabella (the lines between the eyes).

 Request a consultation using the online form or call us at (952)746-6767 to schedule an appointment.

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Plastic Surgery Consultants to host free melanoma screening

Screen the skin you’re in at this free, family-friendly event in honor of Melanoma Awareness Month! Minnesota Oncology and Plastic Surgery Consultants are hosting a free skin cancer screening and education on skin cancer and prevention! In order to be screened, you must click the sign up tab below and register. Please register each person individually. Please arrive no earlier that 10 minutes prior to your registered time.

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Dr. Valerie Lemaine Joins Plastic Surgery Consultants

Dr. Sam Economou is pleased to welcome board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Valerie Lemaine to Plastic Surgery Consultants. Dr. Lemaine joins the practice on May 14. 

Dr. Valerie Lemaine is board-certified and a diplomate of both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lemaine is University of Montreal Medical School-instructed and plastic surgery-trained. Her impeccable credentials also include reconstructive microsurgery and clinical research fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, as well as receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Columbia University.

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