At the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Teitelbaum teaches the breast augmentation revision section of the course entitled "Improving Outcomes in Breast Augmentation." The course has been videotaped and studied by many plastic surgeons. Surgeons from around the country send Dr. Teitelbaum photos of their difficult revision cases and he enjoys advising his colleagues on how they can help their patients.
Dr. Teitelbaum has also developed a wonderful system for classifying secondary breast augmentation deformities, a system so useful that it has been adopted by other surgeons. This is a valuable tool in taking an inventory of everything that needs to be fixed. Such a checklist is important because the problems usually involve more issues than are readily apparent, even to trained professionals. There is an adage in medicine that "the treatment can be no better than the diagnosis," and Dr. Teitelbaum’s system allows the surgeon to recognize every relevant issue to a patient’s augmentation problem. His system also helps the patient to better understand all of the issues she faces so that she can evaluate her options and the likely results of the various treatment alternatives.
From the review of his chapter in a major plastic surgery journal: "Chapter 8, "Secondary Augmentation," by Dr. Steve Teitelbaum: This presentation was one of the most thorough and well considered that I have read on this difficult topic. This contributor does an outstanding job of thoroughly analyzing and documenting the specific problems seen in patients seeking revisionary aesthetic breast surgery. He addresses the scope of the problem, discusses what the surgeon evaluating these difficult cases needs to know, and provide advice on how to address each problem in a logical and thoughtful manner…He also does an excellent job of addressing anatomic issues related to revisionary cases, such as assessment of the skin envelope, capsule, and so on.
Dr. Teitelbaum was a member of the national plastic surgery task force that developed the Covid-19 protocols for plastic surgery offices. He is therefore well-versed in all of the recommendations and his office meets or exceeds all of them. By now you are familiar with all the obvious measures such as reminding patients and staff not to come to the office if they have any symptoms, taking temperatures, maintaining social distancing, having everyone wear masks, placing hand sanitizers everywhere, reducing the number of patients in the office at one time, testing all surgical patients, etc. One unique feature is that Dr. Teitelbaum’s operating room has "laminar flow" – a very advanced system that directs the flow of air from a large diffuser on the ceiling to exhausts near the floor, ensuring that the fresh air flows in one direction. This not only reduces the chance of COVID infections for the patients and staff, but it also reduces the risk of surgical infections.
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