While every day stands for something, today is an especially important one for women. October 21st is Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. Plastic surgeons, their patients and their former patients everywhere celebrate the miracle of being able to make women feel whole again following breast cancer surgery. It wasn’t that long ago that women routinely lived with the results of a mastectomy using only a prosthetic bra after surgery. For women, losing a breast was like losing a limb, robbing them of a precious part of their body. One can only imagine what it was like to lose one or both breasts at the time, even though eradicating the cancer itself gave them a new lease on life. Over the past few decades we have made great strides in breast reconstruction, making breast cancer survivors feel both feminine as well as complete once again. Having studied and conducted research at one of the top cancer hospitals, MD Anderson Cancer Center, I learned the cutting edge techniques of breast reconstruction. Their depth of experience [...]
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While we use October to display pink ribbons and highlight breast cancer awareness in the U.S., those conversations should never be reserved for a particular month of the year. The Susan B. Komen Foundation estimates that by the end of 2020, in the U.S. there will be 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer. Add to that approximately 50,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer and 42,170 breast cancer deaths and it’s a reason to pay rapt attention. It cannot be stressed enough how mammograms figure prominently in helping to lower some of these numbers via early detection, since in the big scheme of things this uncomfortable but necessary ounce of prevention enables the medical community to save lives. Although men can get breast cancer, it is most common in older women. Other factors that figure prominently are (1) if you have changes in breast cancer-related genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2) (2) having started your period before age 12 or starting menopause after age 55, (3) never having given birth or being older when [...]
When researching the in-office cosmetic services to offer in my practice, I searched for non-invasive procedures to help with anti-aging around the face, neck and upper chest areas — places many of us find change somewhat disconcerting as we age. There are a number of therapies, all with varying degrees of effectiveness and longevity. But none impressed me more than Ultherapy, a unique treatment that uses ultrasound technology to target specific layers of the skin, delivering natural-looking results that actually improve over time. Unlike other methods that freeze or zap cells, Ultherapy uses high energy-focused ultrasound to target specific layers within the tissues. This encourages the skin’s natural healing process and stimulates collagen production, in turn lifting and tightening the skin in the neck, brow, cheeks (jowls) or décolletage. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive FDA-approved treatment to tighten the skin, and offers remarkable results with virtually no downtime. Since there is nothing like a first-hand account, I recently asked a patient to describe her Ultherapy experience. “I was told in no uncertain terms [...]
Welcome to my brand new blog! As a practitioner within this wide-ranging world of plastic surgery and cosmetic miracles, my goal is to not only inform you, but also give you enough information to help you make decisions about moving forward with a given procedure you may be facing or even contemplating. This is where I hope to enlighten you as to each and every procedure I do as well as offer some insight into the kinds of results you can expect. I will discuss my own expertise and experiences along with featuring stories my clients are eager to tell as well. But first a little about me. It was way back in middle school when I dreamed of combining my artistic ability with my love of science to help others have a better quality of life. Here is where I happily landed — doing breast reconstructions, mommy make-overs, blepharoplasty and a number of other corrective and aesthetic procedures. Born and brought up in Sacramento, I completed my undergraduate studies at University of California at [...]
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As Ultherapy has gained popularity as the best non-invasive treatment, the question we hear is what is the difference between Ultherapy and a face lift? Ultherapy: Ultherapy uses focused ultrasonic waves to the deepest layers of the skin to counteract the effects of aging and can be completed in under an hour, with no downtime. It’s a great option for patients who want to tighten and rejuvenate skin, but are hesitant to undergo an elective surgery. Ultherapy can take several months to see the end result and we recommend a follow-up treatment in 18-24 months for optimal results.Ultherapy does not duplicate the results of a facelift, but it can help you achieve a more rested and youthful appearance, which may be enough to accomplish your facial aesthetic goals. It is a wonderful option for people who want to tighten and rejuvenate their appearance but are hesitant to undergo an elective surgery. Face Lift: Patients wanting more significant changes, such as the correction of greater skin laxity or deeper wrinkles, may benefit from a [...]
Earlobe repair is a minor procedure in our office under under local anesthesia, with no downtime. You can safely re-pierce in 6 weeks and can wear clip-ons immediately.
Dr. Cindy Goodman and Kristen Geisler Vasquez recently hosted a fundraiser in Tiburon for the Dec My Room at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. This program is run by volunteers who help decorate the rooms of pediatric patients who have an extended hospital stay of three weeks or longer. The rooms are decorated with knowledge of the personal likes and interests of each individual, transforming their hospital room into a more personalized healing space. Much gratitude also to Debbie Cohen for organizing, and to Beth Merritt Walker, Julia Knight, Tate Holtand Dino Anderson for volunteering their services. This event raised over $5,000 for Dec My Room - which will provide 17 pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital with comforting and personalized rooms. More information about this National Program can be found here.
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As a longtime supporter of Stepping Out to Celebrate Life, Dr. Cynthia Goodman has been an escort for breast cancer survivors on the runway at the gala fundraiser since 2002 and has supported the event for 14 years. Last year, this event helped provide $300,000 to grant programs serving underserved women and men living with breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was an escort again this year on September 24th at Marin Civic Center. As a one of the premier plastic surgeons in Marin who performs multiple breast reconstructions a year, Dr. Cynthia Goodman understands how important it is for women to feel whole again after facing a breast cancer diagnosis. There are many options available whether a patient has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. During reconstruction, Dr. Goodman creates a breast shape using an artificial implant (implant reconstruction), a flap of tissue from another place on your body (autologous reconstruction), or both. The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen [...]