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Breast Implant Capsular Contracture Research Study

Capsular contracture is scar tissue that can form in the breasts of women who have undergone breast implant surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.  Sometimes, this tissue can become firm, painful, and even distort the appearance of the breast.  Traditionally, this scar tissue has been treated with surgery.

We are currently recruiting patients to evaluate the effectiveness of a non-invasive device to treat capsular contracture.  The device, the Aspen™ Ultrasound System, is an ultrasound machine which may soften breast implant capsules when used in conjunction with home exercises and special compression dressings.  This machine is not yet FDA-approved in the United States for this use.  The study investigator has no financial affiliation with the manufacturer of the device.

You are a good candidate for the study if you are aged 22 years or older, in good health, and have a history of capsular contracture which occurred following the placement of saline breast implants over the muscle for cosmetic reasons.  You are eligible for the study even if you have had prior treatment for capsular contracture (such as medication or surgery) at least one year ago.

To determine if you qualify, you would need to come in for an initial evaluation and a further discussion of the study.  The treatment period will consist of ten treatments performed over the course of 5 weeks (i.e., two visits per week for five weeks).  We will need to see you again for brief follow-up visits at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and one year following the last treatment.  Each visit will last approximately 30 minutes, and your breasts will be examined and photographed at each visit.

Although compensation is not available for this study, subjects will not be charged for any of the visits, whether or not they qualify for the study and complete all visits.  Possible benefits of the study include softening of the breast tissues and implant and improved cosmetic appearance of the breasts.  For more information please contact the office of the Investigator, Dr. Nina Naidu at 212-452-1230.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at Northwell Health System.

Northwell IRB Protocol #16-791

Date of Approval: 4/7/17

LEAP International Disaster Relief Program – Mission Trip

In August 2016, LEAP’s International Disaster Relief Program sent a group of three plastic surgeons and one anesthesiologist to Beirut to provide care for Syrian and Palestinian refugees at al-Hamshari Hospital located in Saida, Lebanon. I was privileged to be one of the plastic surgeons selected for this mission, which was also my first encounter with international relief work.

Surgery for refugee patients in BeirutDuring our seven days working at al-Hamshari Hospital, we evaluated over 70 patients and performed almost 40 surgeries on children who had been directly injured by bomb blasts and rockets in Syria, or who had sustained injuries while living in refugee camps in Lebanon. The majority of these injuries were from scald and flame burns to the upper extremities and face, and in most cases patients had not received any care aside from traditional topical treatments to their burn sites. The surgeries we performed included contracture releases of the hands and digits, skin grafting, scar excisions, and even one case of fat grafting for severe volume loss of the face following a rocket blast injury. Dr. Hamawy also performed a heroic latissimus flap in one patient with a significant soft tissue contracture of the axilla. I was struck by how stoic our young patients and their parents were; after having witnessed so much trauma in their short lives, undergoing elective surgery under controlled conditions must have seemed comparatively easy. While we did not have the benefit of seeing most of these patients in follow-up given the relatively short duration of this trip, it is my hope that we were able to make the lives of at least a few of our patients a little bit easier.

To read more about this mission trip, click here.



Donate your bras!

If you have recently undergone breast reduction or augmentation, you may find that your old bras no longer fit you.  Instead of throwing them out, please consider donating your used bras to women in need.  We will be happy to send the bras on your behalf to a charity which distributes them to women around the world.  You can drop off your items at the office, or if you wish, send them directly to:

The Bra Recyclers

3317 S. Higley, Rd
Ste 114-441
Gilbert, AZ 85297