May 21st, 2013 by James Romanelli
By: James Romanelli
Publicity surrounding Angelina Jolie’s announcement of her decision to have a double mastectomy — even though she wasn’t diagnosed with cancer — is part of a larger trend showing an increase in the number of preventive mastectomies and breast reconstruction procedures.
At our Long Island practice, we’ve already noted a rise in recent years in the number of patients electing to have breast reconstruction surgery after undergoing prophylactic mastectomy on either one or both breasts. (Women who are diagnosed with cancer in one breast sometimes choose to undergo double mastectomy as a precaution.)
Jolie made her choice after getting the results of a genetic test that showed her risk of breast cancer was statistically much greater than that of the general population. We expect the attention in the wake of Jolie’s New York Times article will spur a new wave of women to undergo preventive mastectomies, a procedure that has already seen a sharp upturn. A 2010 study published in Current Oncology Reports shows the number of prophylactic mastectomies doubled between 1998 and 2005.
Why? I think it’s logical to note that part of this increase can be attributed to surgical advances, including breast reconstruction procedures. At our practice, Dr. Khuthaila and I offer several reconstruction options, either using implants or the patient’s own tissue. In fact, Dr. Khuthaila specializes in an innovative microsurgical procedure called DIEP flap reconstruction that is becoming the leading, state-of-the-art choice for many women.
It’s important to understand that any decisions regarding a preventive mastectomy or breast reconstruction should be based on discussions with your physician and a thorough understanding of your choices.
January 19th, 2012 by James Romanelli
I’ve performed liposuction on Long Island for years and have answered just about every liposuction question you can imagine. A common question among many of my patients is when is the “best” time for this popular procedure. Although timing for a procedure comes down to personal schedules and needs, I often recommend winter as a good time to improve those nagging trouble spots that exercise won’t fix.
One of the reasons winter is such a great season for liposuction is that it provides adequate time to recover. Advances in procedural techniques have greatly reduced the amount of recovery time and bruising associated with surgical procedures, but any side effects that do occur during recovery are more easily covered with winter clothing.
A number of patients find that having liposuction in winter helps motivate them and get them on track to a more active, healthy lifestyle. A wintertime commitment to regular exercise and liposuction for the areas exercise can’t seem to change helps women and men achieve their ideal bodies just in time for bathing suit season.
By combining liposuction with another procedure such as breast augmentation, many Long Island patients discover that they can reduce their overall recovery time still achieve stunning results.
It’s always great to see the physical and personal results from liposuction when patients return to my practice to show off their new bodies. As with any cosmetic procedure, the best way to help ensure that you will get beautiful results is to seek out a qualified surgeon who can help you learn about the many available options for body enhancement.
October 7th, 2011 by James Romanelli
In addition to providing advanced options for breast reconstruction on Long Island, at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we personally make the time to support breast cancer research. To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, my staff and I have formed the team “Romanelli Reconstruction.” Together, we plan to participate in an upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Jones Beach State Park to raise funds for this worthy cause.
In addition to joining my office staff as we make strides toward completing our walk, I will match, dollar for dollar, all donations made to our team up to $10,000. By helping with this fundraising effort, I hope to make a significant difference in the fight against breast cancer. I have helped many courageous women as they take the steps needed to restore their breasts after mastectomy, and I recognize the impact that breast cancer can have on their lives.
Together, as a community, we can contribute to the ongoing efforts to find a cure for this life-changing disease. Contact us today or call my office at (631) 424-3600 for more information on how you can help support “Romanelli Reconstruction.”