Scleroderma interferes with implants?

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Question from Wendy: Does having the CREST variety of scleroderma interfere with the success of a saline/silicone breast implant, post-breast cancer and chemotherapy?
Answers - Carolyn Chang Anybody who has any collagen vascular disease, be it scleroderma or more commonly lupus, is at higher risk for circulatory problems because the disease usually interferes with the fine blood vessels in the body. If the patient had the mastectomy before and wants to do the implants in a delayed fashion, then she will have a higher success rate because the skin will have had time to get a lot stronger.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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