FALL 2006 The Rumley Center for Plastic Surgery 300 Medical Center Drive, Suite 301 Gadsden, AL 35903 (256) 494-0888, (888) 494-0888 www.rumleycenter.com The Rumley Center for Plastic Surgery Dr. Thomas Rumley celebrates 15 years of providing Plastic Surgery to the people of Etowah County and surrounding areas “It has been my privilege to help meet the cosmetic and plastic surgery needs of so many great people. I look forward to meeting new patients and continuing to provide quality care for our established patients.” Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Ask the nurse: Kimberly B. Richee, R.N You may email Kim at email@example.com Plastic Surgical Nurse The Rumley Center for Plastic Determining Breast Size Before Surgery Surgery SIZE! This is why you have surgery, to increase your size or become more proportionate to the rest of your body. Some women worry over being too big, while others worry about not being big enough. Having realistic expectations regarding size is a must. It is important that you are completely honest about your wishes regarding size. The information you give helps to determine your breast size. We do not like to talk in terms of “cup” sizes. A “C cup” is not the same on everyone. This is due to several things, including: amount of breast tissue, shape of chest wall, height, and weight, to name a few. Not all bras are the same. Bra sizes run differently according to style and manufacturer. You may wish to be a “C cup” after surgery, but you may end up a “B or D cup” depending on the bra you wear. We recommend you bring several photographs with you to your consultation. Bring a picture of what you consider too small, too large, and just right. During your pre-op, you will try on actual implants or bags of rice to help determine size. You will be given an opportunity to view before and after pictures of previous patients. It is important to remember that you will not look like the photos you bring or the before and after pictures we show you, no matter how much you may resemble the subject in the photograph because every person is unique. After surgery you may have many different emotions emerge. If you’re very flat-chested, anything is going to seem too big. You will be amazed at how quickly you adjust to the new, larger size. You may after several months wish you had went with a larger size. This may not have been possible at the time of your initial surgery. Too large of an implant can lead to serious complications. Whatever emotion you’re feeling, remember to give yourself time to adjust to your new look. OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Last year, more than 200,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. This year, 215,000 more will receive the same diagnosis. Thomas O. Rumley, Jr., M.D., American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) member, works with breast cancer survivors through breast cancer reconstruction. Almost every women loses her breast to cancer can have it rebuilt through reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive options, including skin expansion followed by the use of implants or flap reconstruction with tissue from other parts of the body, are discussed immediately after diagnosis. Dr. Rumley is aware of the devastating effects of breast cancer and would be more than happy to put you in touch with patients who have chosen reconstruction and can provide information on reconstructive options, making the choice, managing expectations and making an informed decision. Last year, 68, 521 breast reconstruction procedures were performed, an increase of 131 percent since 1992. This increase was due in part to the passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. The law supported by the ASPS, mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction and the alteration of the opposite breast for asymmetry for women who have undergone mastectomy. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month because more than 68,000 breast reconstruction procedures are performed each year. Members of the ASPS, certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, support women in their fight against the disease and welcome the opportunity to serve as your resource. “Focus on Skin care” BUYER BEWARE! Before you make your next purchase at the department store cosmetic counter or are bombarded with hundreds of choices at your local drug store, be informed! There are thousands of skin care products on the market that claim to give you flawless skin. Skin care education is as simple as stopping by our office to meet with a qualified professional that can help you make wise decisions on skin care products. She can answer questions about skin care products and services. She can offer advice on what to use and what to avoid based on your individual needs. Here are a few things to be aware of when purchasing skin care products: Professional products are not the same as over-the-counter (OTC). There are different FDA regulations for professional and over-the-counter products. There are some products that are sold over-the-counter (OTC) that have the same name as the professional product, but are not the same prescription strength. (Example: Prevage and Prevage MD) Always ask to try a product before purchasing to see if your skin can tolerate it without a reaction. April Gilbert is a Licensed Medical Esthetician on staff at The Rumley Center for Plastic Surgery. She is available by appointment for skin care services. Skin analysis is complimentary. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We now have Prevage MD! Gift with purchase (while supplies last) If you haven’t already seen our website, check out www.rumleycenter.com. 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