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What is BIA LCL?

Can Breast implants cause cancer? If you have breast implants or have been considering breast augmentation, It’s a question you may have wondered about after seeing news stories or social posts about something called BIA-ALCL. When the FDA announced there was an association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), many women became concerned.

While breast augmentation is, by and large, still considered a safe procedure when performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to understand all the medical information available.

What is BIA-ALCL?

ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that impacts the immune system. It develops when there is a build-up of abnormal T-cells in the lymph nodes and can spread to other parts of the body. BIA-ALCL is an even rarer form of ALCL that develops in the scar tissue that surrounds breast implants. BIA-ALCL is not a form of breast cancer.

While there is a connection between breast implants and ALCL, that does not mean all women with breast implants are at risk, or that all breast implants cause ALCL. Statistics from the FDA show that ALCL is very rare.  Here are important facts to consider:

  • Millions of women in the United States have breast implants. Since 2010, there have been 660 reports of BIA-ALCL, including nine fatalities.
  • In February 2019, the FDA updated the numbers and performed an in-depth analysis of the reports to determine unique cases. They estimate 457 unique cases of BIA-ALCL.
  • The majority of reports of BIA-ALCL occur in patients who have textured breast implants or who have had textured implants at some point in the past. The FDA report suggests that textured implants are a risk factor.

Many in the medical community believe that certain types of textured implants increase your risk of developing BIA-ALCL. Many studies suggest that the surface texture of these implants or individual texturing processes used by various manufacturers creates a perfect environment for the development of ALCL in the breast capsule.

Another theory has to do with the presence of a certain strain of bacteria found in the layer of microorganisms around a breast implant. One theory according to a study, suggests that higher levels of this bacteria may cause ALCL.

How do I know if I have BIA-ALCL?

The most common symptoms that are present with BIA-ALCL are breast pain and swelling or excess fluid accumulating around the breast implant. A rash may also be an indicator.

Because BIA-ALCL is highly treatable when caught early, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as you notice anything unusual.

Should I have my textured implants removed?

If you are not experiencing any problems with your textured implants, there is no need to have them removed unless you wish to. Remember, undergoing another surgery carries some risk as well. Current FDA recommendations for patients state, “If you have breast implants, there is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up.” As always, if you have any concerns, it’s important to consult with A board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

If you have any questions about Breast Implants and ALC, please call Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C at (631) 364-0333

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Facial Surgery vs. Fillers: Which Is Best for You?

Facial Surgery vs FillersDermal fillers have become much more popular over the years because they have shown to have significant results. The problem is that it’s not best for everyone when considering people’s desired results. Although fillers have the potential to change the appearance of the face, they do have some limitations that are important for people to be aware of when trying to decide between facial surgery and fillers.

Overview of the Differences Between Facial Surgery and Dermal Fillers

The differences between facial surgery and dermal fillers can help people understand if it’s right for them.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are best for people who show minor signs of aging. It is noninvasive and the results last for 4 to 6 months. Follow up treatments are required to keep the results they deliver.

Facial Surgery

This is best for people who have moderate to severe signs of aging. It’s invasive and recover can take up to 3 weeks. The results last about 10 years and no follow up treatments are needed.

Dermal Filler Details

Dermal fillers can address many facial aging issues. Most fillers, such as Juvéderm and Volbella, contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This provides instant volume to smooth wrinkles. It’s this volume that can change the appearance of the face.

The draw to fillers is that they require little downtime and the treatments are fast. Many people can get a treatment in during their lunch break.

The downside to fillers is that they don’t last very long – as little as four months. They also can’t correct some of the more advanced signs of aging.

People under the age of 50 years will usually try dermal fillers first because they don’t have the volume loss and sagging skin that those over this age experience. As people grow older, they start to see that fillers simply aren’t effective in giving them the youthful appearance they desire. This is when they start to consider facial surgery.

About Facial Surgery

Facial surgery is an efficient way to tackle advanced aging effects. It involves a manual excision and tightening of loose and sagging skin. Several incisions are also made along the hairline, past the front of the ears and under the chin. Excess fat can be removed and muscles can be tightened as needed. The skin is then pulled and stitched back when the cut was initially made.

People choose facial surgery because it can drastically improve the look of their face, making them look years younger. It’s also long lasting, so follow up treatments are not needed like with dermal fillers.

The drawbacks include the recovery time of about three weeks and the lump sum cost versus paying for treatments every 6 months, although the total cost of fillers vs. surgery end up being similar.

The Cost of Fillers and Facial Surgery

Many people choose dermal fillers over facial surgery because they believe they are less expensive. The truth is that the cost of fillers over time can be just as much or even exceed the cost of facial surgery. Most people do not want to spend a lot of money at once, but it can be the most cost-effective way to achieve desired results. Financing is available for those who would like to have facial surgery but do not have the money to pay for it.

Facial Surgery on Long Island in East Setauket

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for more information on facial surgery. We would be happy to help you make the decision on what would help you achieve your desired results for a more beautiful and younger looking you.

5 Signs You Should Consider a Breast Reduction

Breast ReductionA breast reduction goes through the minds of many women. If you’ve been thinking about it, the following are 5 signs you should book a consultation with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC.

#1: Pain

Breasts can weigh a lot and may cause pain in your shoulders, upper back, and neck. Reducing the size of the breasts reduces the weight, which will relieve the pressure on those areas. Women with large breasts usually suffer from redness, rashes and on occasion, open wounds. Most patients report their reduction changed their lives because they no longer suffer with pain every day.

#2: Unwanted Attention

It’s hard not see them, no matter what you wear. As much as you want attention, your breasts are bringing the wrong kind of attention. This can be especially bothersome at work or at social functions where you want to be noticed for your intelligence and personality rather than the size of your chest. A breast reduction reduces the breasts to a size where the real you can be seen.

#3: Troubled Sleep

It can be difficult to find a position to sleep when your breasts are in the way. Lying on your side means the breasts fall to that side, causing pain. Lying on your back can seem like an elephant is sitting on your chest. Lying on your stomach isn’t comfortable either because it’s almost impossible to lie flat. Reducing the size of the breasts can make all these positions possible.

#4: Difficulty Finding Clothes

Finding clothes that fit large breasts can be difficult. Some simply won’t fit in the chest, and those that do, may be too large in other areas. This can make an outfit just not “look” right. It may also keep a woman from wearing more trendy styles.

A breast reduction will make it possible to wear just about any clothing in a comfortable and beautiful way. The breasts will be in proportion to the body.  Showing too much cleavage will be a thing of the past.

#5: Hard to Exercise

Large breasts can make exercising or any physical activity nearly impossible. A sports bra big enough for large breasts may not provide the support needed to run, jump, or even strength train. The breasts can easily get in the way and slow down activity levels.

A reduction of the breasts will make it much easier to be physically active. Sports bras will be able to support all the areas of the breasts and keep them in place. It will be easier to lift weights because you can lift your arms without the breasts getting in the way. Patients often report they can breathe better as well because they aren’t carrying around the weight of their breasts when they are running or walking.

Making the Decision to Seek a Breast Reduction

We know you’ve probably gone back and forth many times about getting a breast reduction. It can be a difficult decision to make because your breasts are a special part of you. The best way to know if this procedure is right for you is to ask yourself “will my quality of life improve if I have them reduced?”  If the answer is yes, then the next step is to schedule a consultation. A consultation will help you learn more about the procedure and ask specific questions, including the cost.  A breast reduction, unlike a number of cosmetic procedures, can sometimes be put through insurance.   A pre-determination will be submitted to your health insurance company, who,  based upon certain criteria, will determine your eligibility under the plan.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for a Breast Reduction

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is a cosmetic and reconstructive practice located in East Setauket, NY. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced in breast reduction.  Contact us now at 631-364-0333 to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you achieve the look you want.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

Breast LiftGravity and time have taken over your breasts, and now you’re considering a breast lift. Before you decide to move forward with it, we wanted to give you some information about the procedure.

A Breast Lift Just Lifts the Breasts

The goal of a breast lift is to bring the breasts up. Over time, skin can lose elasticity and breasts can lose fullness. This may be due to genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and age. The breast lift procedure removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue, which will boost the breasts to a place where they may have been in the person’s 20s.

What Breast Lifts Don’t Do

It doesn’t change the size of the breasts. It also doesn’t make the top part of the breasts round.

Many people who consider a breast lift believe they will look fuller when raised, but the only way to do that is to have breast augmentation.

Many patients decide to have a breast lift and augmentation because they can be performed at the same time and the results are much more in line with what they desire.

It’s Not for Everyone

This procedure is one that should be decided based on what the person wants – not what someone else wants. The level of satisfaction with the procedure often correlates with how much the patients wanted the procedure opposed to a significant other wanting it.

Other factors that can influence whether someone decides to have the surgery include:

  • It’s important to be physically healthy before having the surgery.
  • Those who smoke should not have the procedure, unless they quit several weeks before it.
  • The person has a low self esteem because of their breasts.
  • The chest is bothersome because of how low they are on the person.

The most important factor is if you will feel better about yourself after the procedure. If your life is affected by how much your bosom sags, it’s a good idea to explore getting a breast lift.

Prices Vary

The best way to know how much a breast lift will cost is to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will examine you and then discuss what needs to be done as well as provide you with a written quote.

As with any surgery, it is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing the procedure, as well as being knowledgeable about the surgery itself.  Choosing a plastic surgeon based solely on cost is never a wise decision.

Consultations Are for Information

A breast lift consultation is the time to ask questions and learn more about the procedure. It’s also a time for the plastic surgeon to review your medical records and find out what result you desire.

Some of the questions you should ask are:

  • What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?
  • Where will it be performed?
  • How many of these procedures have you completed?
  • Do you have before and after pictures of past patients?
  • What can I expect from the recovery?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • How much will it cost?

You may have many other questions, but the above ones will get you started and are usually covered in a typical consultation. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you have about it because the plastic surgeon has heard all of them.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for a Breast Lift or any of your Plastic Surgery Desires

If you are considering a breast lift, contact the office to schedule a consultation.  This is the first step.  A consultation allows you to explore your options and will give you more of an idea if a breast lift is what you want to do for yourself.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC now at 631-364-0333 to schedule an appointment in our East Setauket office.

Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

facial surgeryDermal fillers are growing in popularity because many people believe its all they need to improve the look of their face. While dermal fillers are effective, they won’t provide the results many people want. Understanding when you should choose facial surgery vs. dermal fillers will help you save money and time.


Age is an important consideration when deciding between facial surgery and dermal fillers. People who are in their 20s or 30s probably have fine lines and minor wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers may be enough in smoothing those out, but people in their 40s and beyond will likely be more satisfied with facial surgery, as it can reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.

What Needs to Be Done

Those who need minor improvement in the face including smoothing away small wrinkles or add more volume to help with lose skin will be happy with dermal fillers. However, those who need much more to achieve their desired look will need facial surgery. For instance, if someone has a lot of loose skin on their face, which has caused deep wrinkles and sagging eyes, a facelift is an effective way to remove the skin and lift the entire face.

Longer Lasting Results

Dermal fillers only last a few months, and then people need to have them again to keep up their results. Facial surgery is permanent, which means you don’t have to keep going in for treatments and paying for it.


Facial surgery may be expensive when looking at the lump sum you’ll have to pay, but dermal fillers is a continued expense. Over time, people spend more money on dermal fillers than on their one facial surgery.

Dramatic Results

Fillers can only do so much in changing a person’s appearance. For those who seeks dramatic results, facial surgery is a much better choice. With facial surgery, a surgeon can adjust the face in ways that dermal fillers cannot. This makes patients much happier.

Tone Facial Muscles

Fillers simply fill the face, but facial surgery can re-sculpt lost muscle tone. As people age, muscles become smaller, and then the skin droops. Facial surgery can correct this, especially in the orbicularis oculi (eye muscle), buccinator (jaw muscle), zygomaticus major (cheek muscles), and platysmal (neck muscle). When these muscles are tightened, people look younger because their face has a more youthful toned appearance.

Improving the Neck

The neck is another area that many people want improved as they age. It’s common for the skin to sag in this area giving people a double chin or “turkey neck”. Fillers don’t usually treat this area effectively because there is a lot going on with it. There’s a loss of volume, sagging skin, and there may even be some excess fat in the area. Facial surgery can take care of all of that in one procedure. The plastic surgeon can remove the excess fat and skin, and that will create a tight, smooth appearance.

Remove Jowls

People who have jowls often report it’s the most embarrassing part about their face. Loose jowls look much like the ones on a bulldog. Facial surgery can take care of the loose skin along the jawline, which completely removes the jowls forever and creates a younger looking appearance.

How to Make the Decision Between Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

It’s important to ask yourself the following questions when trying to decide between facial surgery vs. dermal fillers.

  • Do you want dramatic results or just a slight improvement in appearance?

If you answered dramatic results, facial surgery is what you want. If you want slight improvement, choose dermal fillers.

  • Do you want to be on a schedule for getting dermal fillers every few months?

If yes, you should choose dermal fillers. If no, facial surgery is better for you.

  • Are you looking to remove excess skin, fat, and tighten the look of your face?

If yes, facial surgery will do that. If no, dermal fillers may work for you.

  • Do you have a sagging jawline or neck?

Facial surgery is the best choice if you want to tighten the jawline or neck.

  • Do you have the means to pay for facial surgery?

If you can pay for facial surgery now, it will save you a lot of money. Dermal fillers may seem less expensive, but when you must continuously pay for it every few months, it will quickly end up costing you more money.

Choose Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for Facial Surgery in East Setauket

If you’ve decided facial surgery is for you, contact us at 631-364-0333. We have a team of experienced facial surgeons who can help you achieve a more youthful, beautiful appearance. We offer consultations to those who would like to explore all the services we have to offer. Call us now to schedule an appointment.









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