Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Honey, Could You Put In Another 10psi Before We Have Dinner With the Boss?

I went to the dermatologist for my annual "skin care" check up today.

My dermatologist works in a practice where everyone else specializes in "enhancement dermatology," for lack of a better description, and all the women who work in her office (except her) have lips the size of bananas. She's ruefully aware of this, so I always try to bring in one cosmetic surgery story that will make the top of her head explode.

Today, I brought in a doozy. It seems that a new kind of breast implant has been introduced that allows it to be re-sized after it's been implanted. There's an article here (with picture), and here's an excerpt:
The implant consists of a "port" that is left exposed after the implant is inserted (usually subcutaneously) under general anesthesia. Then the surgeon takes the patient in front of a mirror and inflates the implant to the desired size, and can adjust the implant over a period of weeks.

The reason for this technology is (allegedly) that the vast majority of women are dissatisfied with the size of their implants after surgery (they want them to be bigger). So more saline solution can be pumped in, um, as "needed."

Plus it's apparently an entirely new market for Fix-A-Flat.

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