David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Category Archives: Breast Implants

My Plastic Surgery “Patients Of Courage”

Each year at our annual meeting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recognizes several patients as their “Patients of Courage”. These remarkable individuals have had incredible journeys dealing with injuries, breast cancer, or congenital deformities with the help of plastic surgery. They have further gone on to “give back” to society through their experiences. … Read more »

The Truth About Gummy Bear Breast Implants UPDATED

Back in 2014, I wrote a popular blog about “gummy bear” or highly cohesive silicone gel (fifth generation) breast implants. Specifically, I addressed how these implants are made and why they weren’t like the gummy bear candies we know and love. It’s time for an update. For breast augmentation surgery, the highly cohesive gel implants … Read more »

How Many Consultations To Get For Plastic Surgery

Questions I get a lot from patients are “How many consultations should I have before surgery?” and “How many plastic surgeons should I see?” Is one enough? Are five too many? As you might expect, there is no simple answer. It depends upon the quality of the consultation and whether or not you have what you … Read more »

Picking The Best Breast Implant Size (Part 2)

Choosing the best breast implant size is one of the most important decisions when considering breast augmentation. Generally, I think we do a very good job with this in our office. The use of sizers, silicone implants that we put in a bra to help a patient visualize what they will look like at a certain … Read more »

Top Plastic Surgery Trends: 2017 and Beyond

I hope 2016 has been a good year for you, because it’s been a great year for our practice in so many ways. At this time of the year I like to reflect back over the past year with an eye to the future to take stock of where we are, where we’ve been and … Read more »

30 Years as a Plastic Surgeon. Thank You Knoxville.

In the summer of 1986, (when We are the World was the top song, Out of Africa was the top movie, and a gallon of gas cost $.89) having just finished my residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Plastic Surgery, I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to start my practice. You could … Read more »

Why the Keller Funnel May Make Breast Augmentations Better

The basics of breast augmentation, my most common operation, have not really changed in the last three or four decades. Certainly, there have been significant advances in the designs of the implants themselves, but how the implants are placed in the body is basically the same. However, there is an important advance recently which I … Read more »

Milestone Moments: A Get Ready Guide For Big Events

Happy, sad, or a bit of both — “milestone moments” are when we could all use a bit of extra self-confidence. If you have a big event in your future, my staff put together this video just for you. From CoolSculpting to Botox to skin care treatments, here’s our video planning guide for getting ready, … Read more »

The Truth About Mold in Saline Breast Implants

Recently, there has been a lot of chatter about fungal (or mold) infections in saline-filled breast implants. I have had a few breast augmentation patients from my Knoxville, TN, practice contact me with concerns regarding this. The fundamental question: Should you be worried about having a fungal infection or mold in your saline breast implants? … Read more »

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