A Brief Introduction to Body Contouring After Weight Loss

Anthony Perrone
Anthony Perrone MD

Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. In this position, Dr. Anthony Perrone provides patients with a variety of reconstructive procedures. He excels in various areas of plastic surgery, including burn reconstruction and body contouring after massive weight loss.

Weight reduction surgeries can provide many individuals with vital, lifesaving health benefits. However, the rapid loss of large amounts of weight can leave certain parts of the body out of balance with others. In order to address these issues, patients may be interested in body contouring. Body contouring, as provided by a trained plastic surgeon, can address issues of excess skin and sagging fat while at the same time reshaping the underlying tissue.

Body contouring is not a procedure itself, but rather an umbrella term used to describe a number of related surgeries. Some of the more common body contouring procedures include facelifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks, and medial thigh lifts. Individuals preparing for rapid weight loss surgery should discuss body contouring options with their surgeon.

Three Essential Protective Gears in Rugby

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A certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Anthony Perrone, MD, has accumulated over 10 years of medical training and experience. During his days as a medical student, Dr. Anthony Perrone played rugby, and has continued to follow the sport.

Rugby’s violent nature requires players to wear protective gear. Some of the sport’s essential gear includes:

Mouth guard – Players often get elbowed or hit in the mouth while playing, causing them to bite down on their tongues or sustain shock in their jaws. A mouth guard not only prevents these injuries from happening, but also thwarts players from biting their opponents out of adrenaline, saving them from penalties.

Headgear – Softer than a football helmet, rugby headgear reduces the impact a player sustains when getting hit. Because rugby is a collision sport, head injuries are common. Headgear also prevents players, specifically rugby shorts, from having their ears grazed.

Protection vests – The upper bodies of rugby players receive much abuse from all the pounding and collisions. Protection vests feature light pads that absorb impact. They also protect the skin from abrasions. However, most players prefer wearing protection vests during practice only, since the extra padding can inhibit their agility.

Alpha Omega Alpha Recognizes Medical Professionalism

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Anthony Perrone, MD, cultivated a career in medicine by pursuing pharmacy as his pre-medical degree. After completing his pre-medical program, Dr. Perrone attended Dartmouth Medical School, where he spent five years obtaining a doctor of medicine degree. In the same school, Anthony Perrone, MD, became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor medical society with a commitment to the healing profession. Founded in 1902, the society elects about 3,500 members each year, and has admitted over 150,000 members since its inception. Alpha Omega Alpha also supports several programs for students and faculty, at educational institutions with existing society chapters.

One of the Alpha Omega Alpha’s programs, the Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award, recognizes medical programs in schools and institutions for their professionalism in medical education. Nominated programs should display sustainability and effectiveness in their teaching practice, as well as be duplicable to other medical establishments. The recipient of the award receives a cash gift of $10,000. Awardees of the 2017 Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award will be declared on June 15, 2017.

Three Categories of Breast Reconstruction

Anthony Perrone
Anthony Perrone MD

A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, Anthony Perrone, MD, began his surgical practice. After he completed his postdoctoral training, Dr. Perrone focused on plastic and reconstructive surgery. Currently, Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center, performing surgical procedures such as breast reconstruction.

The purpose of breast reconstruction surgery is to recreate a breast using prosthetic implants and autologous tissue. It is most often conducted on patients who have undergone mastectomy or breast removal due to breast cancer. Breast reconstruction has three categories, namely:

Expander or implant reconstruction. Empty silicone packets called expanders are inserted under the patient’s pectoralis muscle. Over the succeeding weeks, surgeons gradually fill the expanders with saline solution through a valve, to allow the soft tissues to stretch. Implants, on the other hand, are filled with saline solution or silicone gel, taking the shape of the breast mound. An implant replaces the lost breast tissue as it is inserted over the chest wall once the tissue expander is removed.

Autologous tissue reconstruction. In this procedure, surgeons use tissue taken from a different part of the body, usually from the abdomen, and move it up to the chest to reconstruct the breast. When a patient has enough tissue, the use of an implant becomes unnecessary. Tissues from the buttocks or thighs can also be used as reconstructive breast tissue.

Combination of tissues and implants. When a patient is not qualified to receive either of the aforementioned procedures alone, surgeons can combine the two methods by inserting an implant and covering it with tissue. This method is commonly referred to as latissimus dorsi (LD) muscle flap plus implant, which gives the patient a more natural-looking breast, with the tissue layering the implant.