The Exciting Procedure of Fat Transfer

Fat can be a good thing?  According to Dr. Mark Jensen, it definitely can!  As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jensen says that fat “is like liquid gold.”  When transferred from a problem area to somewhere else that needs correction, fat becomes the perfect tool for many reconstructive procedures. 

What it does

Because fat is a natural substance, it is an excellent tool to work with when doing reconstructive surgery.  The surgeon can remove fat from a problem area, like the stomach or hips, and transfer it to the breasts or face (the two most common transfer areas).  Fat transfers effectively smooth, lift, and rejuvenate areas degraded by sickness or old age. 

Why do it

This procedure is very popular for breast cancer patients.  After beating cancer, patients are often left with lumpy or deformed breasts.  A fat transplant will fill in the gaps and reform the breast.  Other patients receive fat transplants to their face which can dramatically decrease the signs of aging.  Fat transfers can also be used for augmentation of the breasts or buttocks


A fat transfer is a very natural, healthy, and effective procedure.  Not only does the result look more natural than artificial implants, but the stem cells in the fat work wonders when it comes to healing.  Thanks to the stem cells, reconstructed breasts will become soft again and grow and shrink naturally as the rest of your body does.  When used in facial transplants, stem cells also help to reverse the signs of aging and truly make you look young again.

If you are interested in learning about more uses and benefits of fat transplants, call or visit Dr. Mark Jensen’s office.  He and his friendly staff are here to help you love your body once again!

The Mammogram Controversy

New Controversy from Canadian 25 year study of Mammography

The British Journal of Medicine recently published an update on the Canadian Mammography study.

This new study casts doubts on the usefulness of mammograms for preventing breast cancer deaths. For those women who dread the painful and awkward visit to the doctor’s office every year, this comes as great news!  But how is the rest of the medical community welcoming these findings?  Well, with a lot of debate. 

This kind of debate over cancer screening is not new. In fact, it has gone on for years for nearly every type of cancer-screening test. But what is the verdict for mammograms? Do we keep them or boot them?  Before we come to any conclusions, we first need to understand the purpose of a screening test.

An ideal screening test would:

1.       Find cancer early

2.       Prevent death

3.       Not hurt you

4.       Be cheap

5.       Be readily available

6.       Be simple to perform

So how does mammography stack up? Let’s find out!

Do they find cancer early?

Generally speaking, yes. Mammograms can find tumors so small they are undetectable by touch. They can also detect cancer at an early stage before it beings to spread. This, obviously, makes treatment much easier.  So, one point in favor of mammograms.

Do they prevent death?

This is the crux of the debate stemming from this new study. After following 100,000 women in Canada for 25 years, (half had mammograms and half did not), they found that the death rate from breast cancer was nearly identical. This result sure makes mammogram-haters happy.

But of course, mammograms do save lives by detecting cancer early.  The thing is, these new findings suggest that regular breast exams pick up tumors early enough for successful treatment as well.  Also, it appears that treatments have been improving in effectiveness, preventing death in more advanced cases of breast cancer.   

Do mammograms hurt you?

Technically, yes – they could. There are two ways that mammograms may hurt you besides the obvious pain associated with squeezing the breast.

First, doctors worry that the small doses of radiation used in mammograms may actually cause cancer. Second, false positives subject women to needless biopsies and surgery (not to mention stress and financial burden). The Canadian study found that of the 50,000 who had mammograms, roughly 140 of them were falsely diagnosed.

The big question is – do these harms actually outweigh the benefits?  So far, most professionals don’t think so.

Are mammograms cheap?

At a cost of about 100 dollars per exam, it doesn’t sound too expensive. But when you consider that 37 million mammograms are performed in the U.S. each year at a cost of 3.7 billion dollars, the cost seems astronomical!  Could that money be put to better use?  Maybe, maybe not.  

Is it readily available?

There have been great efforts in the U.S. to make mammograms available. Nearly every health care system is equipped with mammography equipment and skilled radiologists to interpret the findings.  Great strides have been made to ensure access for everyone, including low-income patients and the un-insured. 

Are mammograms simple to perform?  

This one is all up to personal opinion.

What is the consensus?

While the debate rages on, The American Cancer Society, The American Board of Surgery,, Mayo Clinic and nearly every large medical group in the U.S. still recommend yearly mammogram screening after age 40. 

However, these organizations are calling for an expert panel to review the new data. There seems to be a number of quality studies that support both sides.  We’ll just have to wait and see how the debate ensues.

So what should women do in the meantime?  Well, better safe than sorry!  Get a mammogram until you hear otherwise.

Keeping It Real: Be Honest with Your Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery is becoming more and more common, and that may cause the impression that it is no big deal.  However, like any surgery, it should be taken seriously.  And, because your surgeon wants the operation to go as safely and smoothly as possible, it is important to keep your doctor informed of your medical history. Your doctor may ask you many medical questions, and it is important to answer them all as accurately as you can.  Here are a few of the most common questions, and why they are important.

1.       What medications are you taking? It is important to list all medications that you take regularly and any that you have taken recently.  Different medications may affect the way your body reacts to the procedure and in recovery.

2.       Do you drink regularly/are you a smoker? These may seem like personal questions, but both alcohol and tobacco affect your blood and can change the success of the operation.

3.       Are you pregnant? Again, this question may seem a little personal, but when it comes down to it, an operation during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for both you and the baby.  Make sure your plastic surgeon is aware of your plans to have a baby.

Dr. Mark Jensen will help you feel comfortable throughout the entire process.  He will work with you to ensure that you are safe throughout the medical procedure and that you are happy with the results. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your surgery options. And remember, keeping him informed will be in your best interest.  So, be honest, and you will have the best possible outcome with your safety as a top priority!