Procedures You Need to Know

How to Stay Healthy

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson shares essential tests every woman must have.

The Doctors count down the five most popular plastic surgeries for women.

5. Breast Implants
Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. More than 300,000 women undergo the procedure every year, and while many have no side effects, there are still risks involved, as with any elective procedure.

Twenty five percent of women who undergo breast augmentation will need to have a secondary breast revision to maintain the implants.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Brenner from the Roxbury Clinic and Surgery Center in Los Angeles, California outlines the differences between saline, silicone and the Ideal Implant, a hybrid material.

Breast Implant Breakthrough
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates the Keller Funnel No-Touch technique, the newest method used to place breast implants into the body. It's used to eliminate contact between the patient's skin and implant, leaving fewer scars and lessening the chance of infection.

Surgeons who use the Keller Funnel No-Touch technique report less capsular contracture, the most common complication of breast augmentation surgery, in their patients, as well as improved recovery time.

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4. Breast Reductions and Lifts
Each year, millions of women undergo breast reductions and lifts. Excess breast tissue is usually removed to alleviate back pain and improve a woman's lifestyle.

A new procedure called the laser bra surgery creates an internal brassiere made from excess skin and preserves and maintains the blood supply to the nipple and areola, retaining the patient's nipple sensation and ability to breastfeed. 

Plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker performs a laser bra surgery on Meredith, 29, who has experienced severe back pain and other health problems due to her size E chest.

3. Facelifts

There are four different types of facelifts, some more invasive than others.
The average cost of the procedure is $7,000 and the recovery time is approximately two weeks.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Ordon reveals four ways to obtain a more youthful appearance. Using ModiFace face visualization software, the surgeon shows Nancy, 56, what she would look like after undergoing different procedures.

1. Liquid Facelift
Injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid, lactic acid calcium, and hydroxylapatite can help restore lost volume to the face.

2. Jaw Line Rejuvenation
The neck is liposuctioned to sculpt the jaw line, and then fat harvested from the patient is deposited into the mid-face and cheekbones to add volume.

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3. Mini-Face Lift
Dr. Ordon calls this procedure the "O Lift." Facial tissue is lifted via small incisions hidden by the ear and hairline.

4. Traditional Face Lift
The most invasive of the four procedures, this method requires more incisions, but delivers the longest lasting result.

2. Tummy Tuck
Many women opt to undergo a tummy tuck after giving birth in an effort to regain their pre-pregnancy belly. Pregnancy can sometimes cause diastasis recti, a separation of the left and right rectus abdominis muscles in a woman's abdomen. No amount of exercise can repair diastasis recti; surgical intervention is required.

Diastasis recti cannot always be avoided. However, OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson recommends that women exercise their abdominal muscles before they get pregnant and minimize weight gain during pregnancy.

Two-for-One Tummy Tuck
Since giving birth to twins five years ago, Erin, 36, has not been able to regain her pre-pregnancy belly. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ordon says that Erin has a classic case of diastasis recti.

Dr. Ordon and partner, Dr. Rob Chopra, perform Dr. Ordon's signature two-for-one tummy tuck that promises to restore Erin's muscles and skin. A tummy tuck costs approximately $5,000 and the recovery time is approximately three weeks.

1. Liposuction
Liposuction, a surgical procedure that removes fat from targeted areas of the body, has been around since the early 1970s. Over the years, surgeons have honed and perfected the treatment. The cost of the procedure can range from $3,000 to $10,000, and recovery time is one to two weeks. 

Body Tite Procedure
The latest version of liposuction, Body Tite, heats fat while removing it. "It's liposuction," plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Davis explains, "but it incorporates radiofrequency energy, causing the fat cells to dissolve, but at the same time, you're also tightening the skin."

Denise, 52, has had five children and has tried everything, from dieting to exercise, to get rid of her back fat. Dr. Davis demonstrates how BodyTite works and performs the procedure on Denise.

Body Tite is currently performed in the European Union and Canada and is in clinical trials in the United States.

Must-Have Procedures for Babies
The Doctors outline the most important tests for newborns.

Comprehensive Newborn Screenings
Shortly after a baby is born, doctors perform a heel-stick test. They prick a newborn's foot to draw blood, which is then tested for a bevy of metabolic disorders. One in 750 babies will be diagnosed with a life-threatening metabolic disease, detectable only through comprehensive newborn screening.

Early detection is essential, and if left untreated, these diseases can lead to seizures, developmental delay and death.

"The reason we do it is because all these disorders are pretty much impossible to diagnose until the symptoms are too severe to really do something about them, until it's too late, essentially," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains.

Comprehensive newborn screening programs recommend that babies be tested for 54 disorders, but the amount of tests offered varies from state to state. Talk to your doctor about which tests are available in your area. 

Newborn Screenings

Find out which comprehensive newborn screenings are offered in your state.

Scott and Renee's Story
Actor Scott Baio and his wife, Renee, received news that their daughter, Bailey, who underwent a comprehensive newborn screening, tested positive for a serious metabolic disorder.

The diagnosis later turned out to be a false positive, but the experience left a lasting mark on the couple and prompted them to found the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation.The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of newborn screenings and helping families.

Learn more about Scott and Renee's story.

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