Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beyond Breast Reconstruction: 3-D Areola Tattooing

As a leader in breast reconstruction, Penn Plastic Surgery offers comprehensive services for women at every stage of the breast reconstruction process, from the initial surgery to nipple reconstruction and tattooing.

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to recreate the shape and appearance of a woman’s breast. Most commonly, the procedure is done as part of a mastectomy – surgical removal of the entire breast as treatment for breast cancer.

Plastic surgeons perform two types of breast reconstruction. Implant reconstruction uses breast implants or tissue expanders to recreate the shape and appearance of the breast. Autologous tissue reconstruction uses tissue from the belly, back or thighs to reconstruct the breast. Although autologous tissue reconstruction is more extensive, it can provide an emotional benefit for women looking to use their own tissue to reconstruct their breast and is often performed at the same time as the mastectomy.

After breast reconstruction, many women choose to have nipple reconstruction, including nipple tattooing. Nipple tattooing, or micropigmentation, re-pigments the area to make it look more realistic.

Nipple tattooing is performed by Mandy Sauler, a micropigmentation specialist in  plastic surgery at Penn Medicine. Sauler is a skilled tattoo artist who specializes in 3-D nipple tattoos along with tattoos for other cosmetic purposes. Working for more than a decade as a tattoo artist, Sauler now focuses on permanent cosmetics and micropigmentation. She is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, and is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment Options at Penn Medicine

The Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Center assists women in managing their PCOS symptoms and related health conditions. Due to the impact of PCOS on other health conditions, the center works closely with providers from other specialties throughout Penn Medicine. Each case of PCOS is different, which is why the center works closely with every patient to determine the best treatment plan. 

The services offered to help women manage their PCOS include:
  • Hormonal treatment
  • Fertility treatment
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition sevices
  • Lipid management
  • Dermatology/laser hair removal

Females of all ages are seen at the center. The team of health care providers helps women manage their PCOS through every stage of life with regularly scheduled office appointments, guiding them through treatment decisions about their condition.

Penn's PCOS team members include:
  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical dietitians
  • Clinical research coordinators
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      Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Now in Two Convenient Locations

      Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine now sees patients in two convenient locations  – Penn Medicine Radnor, a facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn Medicine Valley Forge.

      Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine focuses on the needs of young men and women between the ages of 12 and 30. The practice offers primary care with a full understanding of the physical and psychological changes associated with the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

      Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine also provides specialty care for patients including:

      • Eating disorders
      • Managing and coordinating care for chronic illness, stress, depression and anxiety 
      • Drug and alcohol use
      • Smoking cessation
      • Managing conflicts with parents, siblings, teachers and peers
      • Reproductive care
      In addition to a second location, Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine welcomes Deepti Thapar, MD. Dr. Thapar earned her medical degree at Bangalore University, India, and trained in family medicine at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation in  Iowa.  She is board certified in family medicine and has a special interest in preventive care, women’s health and adolescent medicine.

      Dr. Thapar is most interested in developing long-term, collaborative relationships with her patients and is passionate about making a meaningful impact on the young adult population. She sees patients at both the Radnor and Valley Forge locations.

      Learn more about Dr. Thapar.