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The Latest News on Breast Implants


Breast Implant News:  Durham, NC

We’ve all heard of shortages of water and food, but in Venezuela an unpopular shortage is causing women to pay a premium for changing their body shape. According to a recent CNN article, the latest breast implant shortage in the tropical South American country is causing women to pay nearly quadruple the price of implants in the USA (the costs are associated for the implants alone and do not include fees for the plastic surgery procedure and anesthesia).  For Venezuelan women considering breast augmentation surgery or breast enhancement and rejuvenation after cancer, the choices are narrowing due to governmental financial controls. The article mentions that governmental currency controls have become more and more constricted, making it a challenge to purchase the much favored, yet more expensive implants from the United States.

To read the Article on CNN click here


At CARE Plastic Surgery:

The breast implants offered by Dr. Brian Coan at CARE Plastic Surgery in the Triangle area of North Carolina offer a lifetime replacement warranty and are manufactured in the United States (which is the preferred manufacturing location for Venezuelan Plastic Surgeons). CARE’s innovative “rapid recovery” breast augmentation procedure allows most patients to be back to work within several days. Patients should expect some swelling and soreness after the procedure, but generally subsides within days. “Everyone wants to get back to their lives quickly. Our patients are busy moms, business women, doctors, lawyers, teachers and artists.” Many patients of CARE comment how they enjoy going to dinner the same night of the procedure and are often surprised at the quickness of their recovery.

About Brian S. Coan, MD

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering for undergraduate and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Coan completed a general surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Houston, TX.  He completed a plastic surgery residency at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.  Dr. Coan is dually board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Located at 6216 Fayetteville Rd. Suite 103 in Durham, NC
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What Plastic Surgery is Really About for Our Patients

Care Plastic SurgeryThe truth is our patients are everyday working men and women, moms, dads, seniors, and even military.  Usually our patients in come in to see us with very emotional stories and, in many cases, they are seeking improvement to their image in order to feel better. But, the truth here is they are not vain, they are not looking to look like Barbie or Ken. They are looking for improvements that help them feel more confident about their physical appearance.
I’m not sure if it was the media, movies or celebrities that brought on such a vain perception of plastic surgery or maybe it’s just the name itself, but there is nothing plastic about our patients. They are real, genuine, strong, courageous and amazing people who want to enhance their lives and that is what CARE is all about.

Now let’s talk some facts and learn more what our patients are really about.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were over 14.6 million cosmetic procedures preformed in 2012. As one of the fastest growing industries over the last decade, it is no surprise that the idea of plastic surgery is met with a mix of emotions from society. For years, a stigma has been placed over the plastic surgery community that, just because it is coined ‘cosmetic’ instead of essential, it is not something a patient has to undergo, but they choose to. Here at CARE Plastic Surgery, we have met and helped countless patients and have seen a broad spectrum of reasons for coming in to our care. This is why, today, we want to talk about what plastic surgery is really about for our patients.

Why Do People Seek Plastic Surgery

In a society so focused on the exterior self, we speak with many patients every week who express a lack of confidence or insecurity about a part of their body that has followed them around their entire lives.

Take for example, our patient, *M.G. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery nearly a decade before, M.G. was looking forward to her tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures. She didn’t want to turn back the hands of time; she simply wanted to become a better version of herself. When it was complete, this is what she had to say.

To be able to say the word woman and truly feel like a woman brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart… I look in the mirror, even though I haven’t healed all the way from my tummy tuck and breast augmentation and think is that really me in that mirror? Yes it is! Your skill’s have totally changed how see myself physically and emotionally. I can even look people in the eye and not shy away. God made me a female but now I look and feel like a woman.”

For M.G., and for so many others like her, plastic surgery meant being able to show the world her inner beauty through a newfound confidence and appreciation of her body. For some of our patients, they’ve come to us after overcoming traumatic accidents, obstacles, or disease that have left their body scarred and different from before. This is what plastic surgery was really about for our patient *S.

“As woman, it is and was beyond my comprehension that I could look in a mirror and see no scars. To put a bikini on and feel confident, to put clothes on and look better than before surgery was beyond my expectations. To see my husband still look at me and not remember the surgery or drains is incredible. And to then become pregnant with no major healthy risk to myself or our child is truly a blessing.”

Whether a patient comes in for a Botox® injection or a Mommy Makeover, our team is confident in one thing; that we are helping women and men find the confidence in themselves to face the world without insecurity, shame, or fear.

If you are considering either a non-invasive or surgical procedure, please give our team at CARE a call at 919.484.4884 to setup a consultation with Dr. Coan. 

Dr. Coan and our staff are well known for being compassionate, trustworthy and taking our time with our patients and that is exactly why we call our practice CARE…because we mean it.

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Everything You Need to Know About Botox


Botox is the most popular, FDA-approved cosmetic procedure in America. As a non-invasive treatment that has been around for almost four decades, Botox is known for its safety, as well as its extremely high rate of satisfaction in clients. With over 6.3 million Botox injections done every year, our team here at CARE Plastic Surgery in the Triangle region of North Carolina decided it was time to share with you everything you need to know about Botox and it’s cosmetic uses.

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which decreases muscle contraction in the face that causes those pesky lines and wrinkles that develop with time. This procedure is non-invasive and is a great way for both men and women to invest in their appearance – offering a more refreshed and youthful look.

How Was Botox Invented?

Botox was invented almost forty years ago, but it was initially created for Ophthalmology purposes to help combat spasms of the eyelid that cause rapid and uncontrollable blinking. As an accidental discovery, Ophthalmologists also noticed that the wrinkles around their patient’s eyes were diminishing as well. From there, the FDA approved the injection for therapeutic reasons, and finally, the aesthetic purposes we see it used for today!

How safe is Botox?

Botox is the most researched and studied FDA-approved and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. While this injection is incredibly safe, you will want to do some research to find a provider that has years of experience applying Botox, has a good reputation, is Board certified, and up-to-date on their credentials. By doing this, you can ensure that you get the best results possible for you.

How is a Botox Treatment Preformed?

Botox is a few small injections by needle, directly to the area you want to see changes in. Because it is a needle injection, you may feel a slight pinching sensation that has been described as a feeling similar to getting tweezed. If you are someone who is extremely sensitive to pain, there are topical numbing creams available.

Where Can I Get Botox on My Body?

Botox is typically used to fight brow lines, forehead wrinkles, and lateral canthal lines (more commonly known as crow’s feet) around the eyes. However, there are some instances where it is also used to help control or combat excessive sweating in the armpits.

What is the Downtime with Botox?

Botox is often called the drive-thru treatment because it requires little time away from work or home. In fact, many patients have the procedure done during a lunch hour and are able get back to work without a problem. Most patients notice an improvement within a few days in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Often the treatment will last 3-4 months and results vary.

Does Botox Have Side Effects?

Like every drug, Botox too has its side effects. However, these side effects tend to be very rare (especially with experienced providers) and are minor and temporary. In one to five percent of cases, there can be slight bruising, or droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow can occur, both of which usually go away within two week’s time.

What Are Some Signs of a Good Provider for my Botox?

Beyond being experienced, board certified, and up-to-date on their credentials, you will want to look for providers that are genuine about their practice and care about your needs and questions.  As you meet with a variety of providers notice if they are they asking questions about your medical history? Are they offering you a mirror and asking you to show where you would like to see changes? Are they answering all of your questions without hesitation or evasive behavior? These are all signs of a good provider to consider moving forward with.

What are the Costs of Botox?

Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures are not paid for by medical insurance. However, at CARE, our patients are offered several different financing options, including; Care Credit, Aphaeon Credit and Medical Financing. Our plans range from as few as 6 months, to 60 months, and beyond. To learn more about our particular plans and pricing packages, please visit our website.


Have you been considering Botox for those pesky forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet? Schedule a complimentary facial consultation with Dr. Coan today! Dr. Coan will help determine if Botox is the right procedure for you, call us at 919.484.4884.

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Lush Lashes to Lust Over!

If you’re like me and crave a lush dark lashes, there’s a product I’ve come to love and learned about from working in a plastic surgery office.

Being a fair-skinned blonde, I find myself piling on the mascara to emphasize my lashes and make my blue eyes POP! I’ve experimented with all different types and colors searching for the lushest lashes.

Although this typically works, it’s hard on my lashes (and my bank account) and removing the mascara and eye makeup at night is quite the task. Since I’ve found Latisse, I’m using less mascara and receiving more compliments!


Latisse is a prescription that Dr. Brian Coan here at CARE Plastic Surgery in Durham can write for you, and the application is so easy! The bottle says you will start to see results at 12 weeks, but in my case I actually saw results after ­­­­­­­­­­6 weeks! And the more you use Latisse, the thicker and longer your luscious lashes will be!

Before bedtime, use just one drop of Latisse on the applicator brush and apply on your lash line from the outside to inside of both eyes. What seems to work for me is first washing my face with my Clarisonic and a gentle cleanser. Be sure not to use an oil-based cleanser (as this will create a barrier). I really love Luzern’s Pure Cleansing Gel, it’s gentle, organic and smells amazing! Then I pat my face dry before applying the Latisse to my lash line. Be sure you use Latisse every night for at least several weeks.

After several weeks, in my case after 6 weeks,  I reduced my usage down to applying 4 times per week or every other day. I have a few friends that have said they applied it only 3 times per week. It really depends on your schedule and how fast you want to see results!

This is a picture of my lashes with mascara after using Latisse! My favorite mascara is ‘­­­­­­­­­Benefit They’re REAL! Mascara’. Let me know what you think and what mascara YOU love!


Here’s even more exciting news! Right now at CARE, we have a 5mL of Latisse (that will last at least 6 months) for $199 and with your purchase you will receive 10 units of Botox FREE! Also, because Latisse is an Allergan product, you will receive Brilliant Distinction points.

Call us at CARE Plastic Surgery today at (919) 484-4884 and I’ll be happy to help you out!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose an Excellent Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Brian Coan, Care Plastic SurgeryThere is no doubt that there are a plethora of benefits, both physically and emotionally, that plastic surgery offers countless patients year after year. However, there are still risks to take into account with ever procedure. While many patients know some of these risks before beginning their search for a plastic surgeon, most don’t know that choosing a bad or inexperienced surgeon can exponentially heighten these risks. That is why our experienced professionals at CARE Plastic Surgery have put together this Ultimate Guide on how to choose a good plastic surgeon.

I Want Plastic Surgery, but Where Do I Begin? 

Start by doing a simple search on plastic surgeons in your area. Do they have a social presence and are they regularly putting out professional and informational information about plastic surgery? Check reviews and get testimonials from people who have actually gone to each particular surgeon – you would be surprised what you can learn from the candid and honest reviews of your peers.

Board Certification, it REALLY is Important

You will also want to make sure your surgeon is board-certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The reason for this is because members of the ABPS must always be up-to-date in the latest technologies and procedures. Click here to find out if a surgeon you are researching is certified.

Does the Surgeon have ASAPS Membership?

Being an ASAPS member not only means that the particular surgeon is certified, but they also have years of experience in their particular industry. This membership is by invitation only, so it can often be a great indicator for a good choice of physicians.

Is the Facility Accredited?

While many cosmetic procedures are invasive surgeries that require medical-grade attention, you will find that many plastic surgeons operate out of their own clinics versus a hospital or surgicenter. So, it is important to make sure that their particular facility is accredited – this ensures that they have them same level of safety records as that of a hospital setting.

Don’t Forget to Compare Costs

There is a fine balance you have to consider when comparing costs for a plastic surgeon. On one hand, being that this is your body, it isn’t the time to cut corners and begin bargain hunting. On the other hand, however, just because you’ve found the most expensive doctor, doesn’t necessarily mean you will be receiving the best treatment. While we know that pricing is a factor, there are many other factors that will be in your best interests to explore and narrow down your choice with. 

Does the Surgeon Have Hospital Privileges?

So you have narrowed down your surgeon choices to a handful – each one is accredited, they have comparable costs, and they are certified – but have you checked into their hospital privileges? Even if the surgeon you choose performs their procedures at an outpatient clinic, it is good to know where they have hospital privileges at, because that means the hospital has done a background check on them. If the surgeon does not have hospital privileges, that should be a red flag for you.

Will Follow-Up Care be Offered or Provided?

A good plastic surgeon does not stop caring for the patient once the procedure is over. Ask all physicians you are considering what their follow-up visits look like, as well as their policies on surgical revisions, should that be necessary.

Quick Questions to Ask at Your Consultation

We want to make sure that you are thorough and asking every question you can to better prepare your for your procedure. Here is a quick list of questions you can ask yourself and your potential surgeon at your consultation:

  1. What is the surgeon’s area of expertise?
  2. Does the surgeon have significant experience?
  3. Has the physician performed many of these procedures?
  4. What is the surgeon’s demeanor towards you? Are they confident, yet still compassionate and friendly?
  5. Is the surgeon certified with the appropriate accreditations for the facility, his/her anesthesiologist, and equipment and monitoring devices?
  6. Bottom line, everything laid out, what is the total price of the surgery?
  7. Is the surgeon open about the results of past procedures – do they provide testimonials and before and after shots for you to review?
  8. Does the surgeon encourage your questions and offer straightforward and realistic answers?
  9. Have all of your ‘what-if’ questions been answered? (If a second surgery is necessary, what happens? If the procedure goes wrong, what happens? Etc.)


Do you have any additional questions that were not covered in this guide that you would like answered before you begin your search for a plastic surgeon? You can either list them in the comment box below, or give us a call at 919.484.4884.

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Top 7 Plastic Surgery Myths Revealed

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Cosmetic surgery has been met historically with its fair share of praise as well as skepticism. From reality TV show dramatizations, to celebrity surgeries gone wrong, it is no surprise that there are a plethora of myths and mistruths out there. This is why, in this article we will focus on shedding some light on seven common myths about plastic surgery.

 1.    Liposuction Means Weight-Loss Without the Work

While Liposuction does indeed remove fat from the body, it is designed to be an aide for trouble areas, not the sole source of fat loss. Most of our clients, who opt to undergo liposuction, do so only after they have gotten themselves to around their ideal weight.

 2.    Plastic Surgery is too Expensive

As technologies advance in the plastic surgery industry, more and more procedures are being perfected at a more affordable price point. In fact, a recent study showed that the number of plastic surgery procedures performed a year has increased from around 741k in 1997, to well over 9.5m in 2013.  It’s not just for the rich and famous. Plastic Surgery is an option for everyday people who want to enhance their look and, most of the time; it does not take dramatic procedures to achieve the look you desire.

 3.    Plastic Surgery is all about Beauty & Vanity

This is a big misconception in our industry, that by having plastic surgery you are vain, and this is simply not true. Everyone’s life circumstances are different, some of our patients are getting breast implants after a long and painful battle with breast cancer, others have built a beautiful family and are now wanting to do something for themselves by reviving their pre-baby bodies.  Many of our patients have been wounded in war serving our country or have battled obesity and need to remove excess skin after major weight-loss.  In the end, our clients feel happier, healthier, and more confident, which is why we do what we do!

 4.    Plastic Surgery Leaves No Scars

Plastic surgeons are great at making scars look better, more refined and even smaller, but all types of plastic surgery will cause some form of scaring. With that said, your surgeon can recommend the best way to minimize scarring and even give you advice on how to make your scar look as great as possible after surgery and beyond.

 5.    Botox Will Make You Look Like Joan Rivers

There are a lot of skepticisms that are thrown around with Botox, like it will ‘freeze’ your face, or make you look unnatural. While there are risks to be aware of with every procedure, they can be minimized if you go to a trained and specialized surgeon. Choosing the right surgeon is the key to getting the best results that create a natural and youthful appearance.

 6.    Plastic Surgery is the same as Cosmetic Surgery

All plastic surgeons are not created equal. Many doctors trained and board certified in other specialties such as gynecology or family medicine, have ventured into plastic surgery, causing what is known as “white coat confusion”.  So, please be very careful choosing which doctor performs any procedures that can alter your body. You can read more here in a previous article called, ‘How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Bad Plastic Surgery’.

7.    Plastic Surgery is just for Women

The number of men undergoing plastic surgery has skyrocketed in recent years. Studies show that the number of men who undergo procedures from Botox, to liposuction, has increased 273% since 1997. So, the truth is that plastic surgery is not just for women. Men are becoming increasingly more vested in enhancing their body.


What myths were you surprised to hear about?

Leave your questions or comments in the box below or contact us here.  We’d love to hear from you.

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How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Bad Plastic Surgery

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We’ve all seen the horror stories of what bad plastic surgery can do. These photos get plastered all over magazines and news stories, and, while plastic surgery can have amazing successes and create dramatic improvement that leave patients beaming, sadly there are surgeons out there who you really need to be aware of.

Many of us want to alter our image or change parts of our bodies that we are uncomfortable with so badly that this can often lead to hasty decisions that ultimately hurt us.

So, we want to educate as many people as possible and help you be able to immediately detect the warning signs, so you do not become a victim of bad plastic surgery.

You would be surprised at how many clinics operate without certification – leading many eager patients now needing additional operations and surgeries to correct their mistakes.

As the leading clinic in Durham, our family here at CARE Plastic Surgery thought we would share a few tips to keep in mind when you are choosing your plastic surgeon.

 1.    Look for Board Certification

Make sure your surgeon is board-certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The reason for this is because members of the ABPS must always be up-to-date in the latest technologies and procedures. Click here to find out if your surgeon is certified.

 2.    Meet with Multiple Physicians

Don’t choose the first physician you go to.  Get to know your surgeon and get a feel for how they are with you during the consultation. Are they warm and compassionate? Do they ask questions and really hear your answers? Are they rushing you? Are they pushing you to get procedures you didn’t ask for or want?  Are they giving you realistic expectations and being honest about what to expect? Are they pushing you to get started? Use your own instincts and judgment without making an emotional decision.

 3.    Do Your Research

Check each physician’s records for previous malpractice cases or red flags. Look at how many years they’ve been in the industry, and also take a look at their background and schooling. These are all very important factors when looking for the right doctor for you.

 4.    Don’t EVER Bargain Shop

When it comes to your body, this is not the time to look for the best bargain.  Getting a look-a-like Louie Vuitton is one thing, but when it comes to plastic surgery and altering your body, you do not want an inexperienced doctor offering the same services but at a much lower price. Cheaper isn’t always better. You need to make solid decisions when choosing your plastic surgeon.

 5.    Expensive isn’t Always Better Either

The same is true here too.  Just because a doctor is higher priced than all the rest does not mean that doctor is a better and more experienced surgeon.  We realize price is a factor, however there are many more important factors here that you need to be aware of first.  There are many options for payment today and you can even finance your procedures or wait a little longer to save.  In the long run you are better off waiting, otherwise you really pay later if you make the wrong choice.

 6.    Be Honest with Your Physician

Your medical history is of the utmost importance when it comes to plastic surgery. Be honest with your physician when disclosing yours.  Also, be honest about your lifestyle. Lying about smoking, drinking, or your activity levels can be potentially life threatening when going through your procedure.  Your physician is not there to judge you; they are here to give you the best care possible as well as results.

 7.    Ask Questions

Ask a lot of questions about the procedure or procedures you are interested in. What are the risks, what should you expect after the surgery is over as well as what will the results be.  Also, look through every form you are given before you sign and ask questions wherever something does not make sense. It is always best to be well informed about the procedure, how often the surgeon performs that particular procedure, and all the details of pre and post-op.  The more you know and understand the more confident you will feel about your choice.

 8.    Ask for Referrals

It’s very important to ask for referrals and see what other patients are saying about your surgeon. You can also ask to read any testimonials they have.  You can really learn a great deal from what other patients are saying about the practice you’re interviewing.

 9.    Look for Social Proof

With today’s social media platforms and online reviews, it makes it much easier for patients to find red flags and quickly.  Check the surgeon’s social media profiles and look to see if they are active on social media, how do they engage with their fans, what do their reviews say. This is a great way to see what your surgeon is really like.


In August we will put together an article called,  “The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose a Top Plastic Surgeon in Your Area.” So, look for that soon.

 What other signs and red flags do you recommend patients look for when searching for a top plastic surgeon?  We’d love to hear your comments and please feel free to share this with your friend and family so they can avoid becoming a victim of bad plastic surgery.

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How Long Should I Wait to Get a Mommy Makeover After My Pregnancy?

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The last ten years have been an amazing thing to witness for plastic surgeons as women’s’ attitudes towards cosmetic surgery have developed and changed. Today, it is not uncommon for a happy mother to love the miracle that is her children, while still yearning for the pre-baby body of yesteryear. As a result, Mommy Makeovers have become an increasingly popular procedure for mothers who admit that they may need some help beyond diet and exercise to reclaim their past body. In this article, our CARE staff will discuss when is an acceptable time, post-baby, to undergo this procedure.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A “Mommy Makeover” surgery is an individualized procedure that actually includes a combination of different procedures including; Breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift), Breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift) and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and Breast lift with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This procedure was created to help women get their figure close to a pre-pregnancy state by eliminating or reducing fat deposits at the hips, upper thighs, upper arms and abdominal areas.

How Long Does a Mommy Makeover Recovery Take?

Since a Mommy Makeover is a custom procedure, the recovery period for each mother’s operation will differ from the next. Typically, for a few days after the procedure has been done, someone will need to be around to help with the household tasks. Often times, this designated person will accompany the patient to CARE’s free consultation so they are aware of all that needs to happen post-operation.

When Can I Get My Mommy Makeover?

Due to the extensive nature of some of the cosmetic procedures included in a Mommy Makeover, most physicians will recommend waiting for your body to return, for the most part, back to normal after you have your baby. For most mommies, this return to ‘normal’ takes around 4  – 5 months. If you intend to include breast augmentation in your makeover, we suggest waiting until you are finished breastfeeding and your breasts have stopped the lactation process associated with it.

Are you a new mother, or a mother whose childbearing days are officially behind her and you are looking to revive your pre-babies body? Give us a call at 919.484.4884, to schedule your free consultation.

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Stop Melanoma Before it Starts: Slather Sunscreen on Your Kids

Fight Melanoma with Sunscreen

We’ve all had that horrible childhood sunburn that we look back on and it makes us cringe to remember the discomfort and the distinct smell of Aloe Vera. For decades, scientists have been telling us sunscreen is imperative to prevent burn and possible skin cancer development. But, did you know scientists now believe that Melanoma starts manifesting as early as infancy? In this post, we will review a new study on the importance of sunscreen so that you and your posterity can be better informed on just how damaging the sun’s rays are.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute Study

The Pigment Cell and Melanoma journal recently published a study conducted by the Texas Biomedical Research Institute that shows the risk of developing Melanoma during adulthood can be drastically reduced by proper and frequent sunblock application throughout adolescence.

This study shows that the years from infancy to adolescence are actually the most critical and dangerous time when sun-inducing harm starts to manifest in your cells. In fact, as much as 80% of your lifetime exposure to UV rays occurs before you are 18 years old.

Having conducted the study on opossums, scientists in San Antonio, TX, found that the opossum skin cells exposed to sunlight from infancy on actually develop pre-melanoma lesions that were invisible to the naked eye until the infant had become an adolescent. As such, the pre-melanocytic lesions contracted in infancy, did not progress to melanoma until the opossum was well into adulthood.

The implications of this study for humans (as we have similar reactions to UV rays) reinforces that importance of applying sunscreen on your children from the first time they are introduced to the sun, and maintaining the habit throughout their lifetime. According to the study, doing this can decrease the number of pre-melanocytic lesions on their skin ten-fold, as it did for the animal test subjects.


If you have more questions on skin care and proper maintenance for yours and your children’s skin, give us a call at 919.484.4884. We here at CARE Plastic Surgery are dedicated to helping you achieve youthful and healthy skin.

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Interesting Trends in Breast Shape and Size in the US – Breast Augmentation

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The desire to change the shape and size of one’s breasts is an age-old frame of mind, especially for women who have naturally smaller breasts, or have noticeably seen their breasts change over time. Historically, breast implants and breast augmentation surgery has signified larger breasts, which did not always fit the natural look of the women undergoing the procedure. Today, new trends in plastic surgery, and desired breast sizes are emerging within different regions of the country.

Here are the latest trends in augmentation requests by regions, according to a survey done by New Beauty:

Breast Augmentation in the Northeast

According to this survey, plastic surgeons in the Northeast, closer to New York, are reporting patient requests for smaller implants that range from the mid to high 200 cc’s. In stark contrast to the Northeastern surgeons, Southern areas like Florida are reporting patient desires for larger breast implants, specifically in the 350 cc range.

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Breast Augmentation in the Midwest

In the Midwest, a more restorative approach to breast augmentation is growing in popularity. They report that patients desire more proportioned-looking breasts than what they already possessed. Surgeons across the region also state that patients are asking for smaller or more naturally-shaped implants.  These patients may desire a newer implant like the Natrelle 410 implant or the Mentor Memory Shape breast implant.  These implants are sometimes referred to as “gummy bear” implants and are labeled “form stable.”  It is important to note that these implants do require a longer surgical incision than the traditional cohesive gel implant.

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Breast Augmentation in the South

The demands of patients and prospective patients for breast augmentation have been larger breasts in the 400 cc or more range, especially in Texas. For visualizing purposes, this size of implant would approximately equal a C or D cup.

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Breast Augmentation on the West Coast

Similar to Southern desires, women on the West Coast, more specifically, California, are also seeking larger breasts. The typical cc-range for these requests is around 350, slightly smaller than their Southern counterparts.

Regardless of where you live, women ultimately have many options to choose what they truly want when it comes to their breasts. It’s important to choose a board certified Plastic Surgeon who you feel comfortable with, and preferably a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Are you a woman in the Triangle region of North Carolina wanting to change the size or shape of your breasts? Please do not hesitate to contact our staff at CARE Plastic Surgery to arrange a consultation. We would love to help you achieve that look you’ve been dreaming of.

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