Breast augmentation enlarges a woman’s breasts through the surgical placement of breast implants. In general, it is a cosmetic procedure strictly performed to fulfill a woman’s personal desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Implants may also be used, however, for reconstructive purposes to restore a breast that is lost due to mastectomy, injury or for other reasons. In any case, breast implants allow women the choice of a fuller, natural appearing breast and a more balanced figure. Women with breast cancer say that breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy has helped their recovery by restoring a more natural appearance and a sense of wholeness. Whether it is performed immediately following mastectomy or at a later time, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. The decision to have implants is a very personal one – each woman must decide for herself if the benefits of implants will achieve her goals and that the risks and potential complications are acceptable. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine published its finding on the safety of silicone gel breast implants. This highly regarded scientific panel concluded that silicone gel implants do not increase the risk of autoimmune diseases such as lupus or cancer, as has been suggested in legal claims filed against silicone implant manufacturers. Instead, the Institute found that localized problems that may occur in the area of the breast implant were the primary concern. Every surgical procedure has potential complications, such as infection, bleeding and scarring. Additionally, there are some potential complications that are specific to breast implants. It is important for women considering breast implant surgery to understand these potential problems and put them in perspective before making the decision to have surgery using silicone gel implants.Request a Consultation
At Mesos Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center our mission is to provide our patients with innovative, safe and effective cosmetic treatments that reduce visible signs of aging for healthier, more youthful looking skin. Our medically-trained team of doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, aestheticians, and dietitians use the latest in laser, skin and healing technologies to design an individual program just for you, based on your particular health and skincare needs. Our services start with a thorough medical consultation which enables us to recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for you.
Mesos Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is unique in that it offers both an innovative collection of the latest FDA-approved anti-aging, skincare and cosmetic laser therapies combined with a variety of health and wellness programs to meet not only your esthetic and skincare needs, but your nutritional needs as well.
What’s in a name?
The word "mesos", meaning middle or moderation, is reflective of Aristotle's teachings on health and moderation. Aristotle believed that too much, too little or the wrong kinds lifestyle components leads to poor health, while balance and moderation were keys to good health. He also believed in treating the whole person, a philosophy we embrace here at the Mesos Center.
Dr. Todd P. Ginestra, MD
About Dr. Ginestra
Dr. Ginestra was born in Rockford, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and his medical degree from University of Illinois-Rockford in 1992.
He completed a general surgery residency in Akron, Ohio and was board certified in general surgery in 1998. He then completed a three-year residency in plastic surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago. During his plastic surgery residency, Dr. Ginestra had extensive training in a wide variety of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. He was board certified in plastic surgery in 2001. After completing his plastic surgical training, he practiced in Paducah, Kentucky for 7 1/2 years and Fredricksburg, Virginia for three years.
Dr. Ginestra has an eye for detail in performing reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. He's an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and past President and Secretary/Treasurer of his county Medical society. He keeps current on the latest advances in plastic surgery.
Patient safety is of utmost importance to Dr. Ginestra. He holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He was rated "instructor potential" for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is an instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
In his spare time, Dr. Ginestra enjoys spending time with his wife and son as well as traveling, weight lifting, swimming and scuba diving.
About Larry W. Blevins, PA-C, MHA
Larry Blevins is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mesos, LLC. Larry is a NCCPA Board Certified PA specializing in General and Cosmetic Surgery. Larry received his surgical training at the University of Nebraska while serving as a medical officer in the US Army. He has 14 years experience in Family Medicine with a special interest in Dermatology and General Surgery.