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Dr. Todd Pollock

Welcome to North Dallas Plastic Surgery

The practice of plastic and cosmetic surgery is extremely gratifying and I am pleased when I am able to make a difference in patients’ lives through surgery. Whether it is correcting a deformity, enhancing one’s natural features, or repairing a defect from injury or cancer surgery, I am always honored when residents of Dallas and Allen trust me with their care.

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BEAUTY BEGINS WITH KNOWLEDGE

Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery and involves a very personal decision. However this decision should be objective, based upon knowing the facts, the details of the procedure, alternative treatments, surgeons credentials and facility accreditation. Our website and our consultations emphasize patient education and factual information.

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Dr. Todd Pollock Co-Created the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) Abdominoplasty: the Drain-Free Tummy Tuck

This procedure simplifies tummy tucks, greatly reducing surgical complications, improving results, and shortening convalescence. We have been using this technique over the past 30 years and have found it to be reliable and long lasting.

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Woman planning to have a breast implant

Recent news stories and talk shows have reported on a cancer that has been associated with breast implants. Needless to say, this has sparked a number of calls to our office. Here is a summary of information on the subject to give you a better understanding of the disease, the risks, its diagnosis and treatment.

The type of cancer we are talking about is a lymphoma, not a breast cancer. It is called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). As far back as 2011, there were early suspicions of an association with breast implants, but it wasn’t until 2016 that enough evidence had been collected to confirm this association. It has been seen in both cosmetic and breast reconstruction patients and in both saline and silicone implants. To date, almost all confirmed cases are associated with textured implants. In the US, only about 15% of implants placed are textured.   (Note: NO TEXTURED IMPLANTS have been used at North Dallas Plastic Surgery in over 25 years)

It is important to understand that this is a very rare form of cancer. Each year, over half a million breast implants are placed, just in the United States. There are only around 400 confirmed cases of this breast implant-associated cancer worldwide. That makes the estimated risk to an individual who has breast implants 1 in 30,000.

BIA-ALCL typically presents as a fluid collection (seen as tight, painful swelling) around the implant that develops many years after implant surgery. The average time from implantation to development of symptoms is around 7-8 years. In most cases, treatment is curative with removal of the implant and surrounding scar capsule. In many cases, a smooth implant can be placed immediately. Unfortunately, there have been more advanced cases requiring additional treatment and there have even been a small number of deaths.

In women who currently have breast implants and are having no problems, there is nothing that need be done. No governmental agency (e.g. FDA) or medical association (e.g. ASPS, ASAPS, AMA, ACS) have recommended preventative implant removal.

If you have any concerns, you should contact your surgeon, or I would be happy to set up an appointment to answer any questions.

Teenager 300x200 - Cyber Bullying and Cosmetic SurgeryA recent article by a San Antonio news organization entitled “Kids/teens getting plastic surgery to prevent bullying” discusses the extremes some parents are going to in order to prevent bulling , and especially cyber bullying of their children. No doubt kids can be cruel in their teasing and this has reached new heights with social media and the strong attachments (even dependence) today’s kid have on social media. Teasing has been ramped up with social media as it can be anonymous, the indirect nature ramps up the meanness and there is no chance to get away as it follows kids 24 hours a day. As reported, this has even resulted in teen suicide.

But parents must remember, this is not solely an appearance problem but really more a social media problem. If you have a teen, you know that it doesn’t take a physical feature to insight teasing and bullying. My daughter was never bullied about her appearance but suffered many occasions cruel social media based bullying that resulted in long nights of comforting her and trying to get her to understand that this will not ruin her life forever.

As a plastic surgeon that treats prominent ears, unattractive noses, visible birth marks and male breast development to name a few, surgery needs to be considered carefully and may not be the sole answer. Modern plastic surgery is very safe and can improve these aesthetic concerns very effectively. But surgery is a serious step with real potential risks. Additionally, parents must also separate their feelings from what they perceive as their child’s feelings.

I believe that the real problem today is more of a problem with children’s excessive exposure to and dependence on social media. Bullying is the bully’s problem and not the victims. It is the bully that must change and not the victim. As a parent that has spent many a night comforting my child after vicious, unrelenting and untrue attacks, I understand that as a parent you want to do anything you can to protect your child. But addressing bullying must be separated from treatment of an aesthetic issue.

Pregnancy After Breast Augmentation 300x200 - Pregnancy After Breast AugmentationFew moments in life are more memorable than the day you find out you’re pregnant. All sorts of fun things begin swimming through your mind, such as names, nursery colors, or the year your child will be eligible to make a run for the presidency. And, of course, health issues take center stage. If you have had a breast augmentation surgery, you might be wondering if, or how, a pregnancy will affect those surgical results.

The following are the most common questions regarding breast augmentation surgery and how it affects pregnancy.

Will Breast Feeding Be Possible?

Most likely, but breast augmentation won’t affect your ability to breast feed. In fact, breast implants are placed under the chest muscle and the breast tissue is above the muscle. Since first time mothers have not demonstrated the ability to breast feed, the surgeon cannot guarantee your ability to do so after augmentation surgery, but it has nothing to do with the surgery. While breasts increase in size due to pregnancy, their engorgement won’t interfere with your implants, and vice versa.

Could Incisions from Surgery Have Harmed Milk Ducts?

Most incisions are made under the breasts allowing the implant to slide underneath the muscle and breast tissue. This incision site should not affect milk production.

Will I Need a Breast Revision Procedure After Pregnancy?

The best answer is that it is unknown. Engorged breast glands due to pregnancy may stretch the skin. Many women return to their pre pregnancy look and do not need further skin tightening. For those women who have resulting breast tissue sag, a breast lift procedure may be desired. In this procedure, the breast tissue and skin is shaped around the implant to more closely represent the pre pregnancy appearance.

What if I Get Pregnant Right After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

While it’s not recommended to get pregnant within a few weeks after breast augmentation surgery, surprises do occur. But, becoming pregnant soon after a breast augmentation should not have a negative impact on you or your surgery.
If you have questions about how breast augmentation surgery may affect your pregnancy, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Todd Pollock, MD at North Dallas Plastic Surgery.

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