WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Dr. Stephens Dr. Stephens en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:10:36 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Breast reconstruction with tissue transplants http://www.wbrz.com/news/breast-reconstruction-with-tissue-transplants/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/breast-reconstruction-with-tissue-transplants/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:17:11 PM Brock Sues Breast reconstruction with tissue transplants

BATON ROUGE - As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Anthony Stephens visited the studio again to talk about reconstructive surgery techniques for breasts.

Last week, Dr. Stephens discussed more expensive surgical techniques for this type of surgery that uses implants and tissue expanders to reconstruct the breast. Some women can't afford this, so the surgeon talked about less costly transplant techniques on today's show.

Dr. Stephens explained the rapid advances cosmetic surgeons have made in recent years in the types of transplant surgeries they are performing. They can now take tissue from many places on a woman's body to use in the process of giving women who have had a mastectomy the look they desire. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Stephens now custom-tailor their approach for the type of reconstructive surgery he talked about on today's show. Each surgery is as unique as the patient, and Dr. Stephens said the woman's body type can dictate where they get the tissue needed to successfully reconstruct the breast.

Check out the attached video to see illustrations of how the reconstructive surgery works as Dr. Stephens describes how and where they assess the needs of the patient. If you've missed Dr. Stephens appearances to discuss topics about breast cancer and surgeries related to it, check out the following links to catch up on his visits throughout awareness month:

-Post-breast cancer advice
-Complications during breast surgery
-The importance of mammograms

To schedule an appointment for consultation for a cosmetic surgery, Dr. Stephens' Baton Rouge office can be reached at (225) 767-7575.

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Non-invasive surgery can give you a new look http://www.wbrz.com/news/non-invasive-surgery-can-give-you-a-new-look/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/non-invasive-surgery-can-give-you-a-new-look/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 11 Sep 2014 2:13:20 PM Brock Sues Non-invasive surgery can give you a new look

BATON ROUGE - Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Stephens joined us on News 2 at 4 Thursday afternoon to talk about non-invasive, surgical and minimally invasive procedures that can restore the youthfulness to your overall appearance.

The doctor cautions that there are some types and degrees of facial aging that require surgery to fix, while some non-invasive techniques such as botox, fillers and lasers may be able to take care of more minor signs of aging. Dr. Stephens said he commonly sees patients who are looking for a "quick fix" and throw thousands of dollars at techniques that do not provide results.

Brow lifts can be performed via traditional surgical methods or with minimally invasive (endoscopic) methods. This procedure can greatly improve the look of drooping or lined foreheads that Dr. Stephens says makes patients look less angry, sad or tired. The surgery involves the removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows to provide a more youthful appearance, according to Dr. Stephens. The procedure is often rolled in with an eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) or a face lift to completely revive a person's look.

While brow lifts are usually performed on patients older than 40 years of age to counteract the signs of aging, some younger people are affected by drooping or lined forehead skin due to muscle inactivity or inherited conditions and are eligible for the surgery. Dr. Stephens says the procedure is usually performed in a doctor's office or surgery center and requires only local anesthesia with minimal sedation.

The traditional brow lift is a much more involved process involving several incisions, removal of tissue, muscle adjustment and the application of stitches and clips until healing is complete. While it may sound painful, the surgeon says each patient is different and the traditional method works best in some scenarios.

Dr. Stephens also spoke about endoscopic brow lifts which take the traditional surgery and perform the adjustments with the aid of a device called an endoscope. Several small incisions are made behind the patient's hairline, and the endoscope is inserted so that Dr. Stephens can see beneath the skin without the need for large incisions. With access to the muscles underneath, the operating surgeon is able to move the eyebrows into a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and temporarily stitch or screw them in place. Like traditional brow lifts, brow lifts that are performed with an endoscope will require the patient to spend some time in bandages or gauze while the incision sites fully heal.

Both types of browlift procedures allow the patient to stay on their feet in the days that follow the surgery. He says patients are even able to wash their hair within a day or two of having the operation. Patients often return to work or school in 7-10 days or less with the swelling and bruising fading by the third post-operation week.


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Anesthesia for same-day surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/anesthesia-for-same-day-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/anesthesia-for-same-day-surgery/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 14 Aug 2014 3:30:37 PM Brock Sues Anesthesia for same-day surgery

BATON ROUGE - Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens visited our 4 p.m. broadcast to talk about the inherent advantages of modern anesthesia techniques for making elective surgery safe and easy. The doctor says anesthesia has been something that makes people considering elective surgery shy away from the procedures they really want because they are afraid of the risk involved with the sedation. He says modern anesthesiology has advanced to the point where not only is anesthesiology much less risky than it once was, but many elective procedures also can be performed in an outpatient, same-day manner.

Surgeons are now using short-acting anesthetic medications and sophisticated technology that makes outpatient surgeries a much more realistic and cost-effective option that was not available up until recently. Performing surgeries in this way often allows patients to leave the medical facility on the same day as their surgery so that they can continue recuperating in the comfort of home while avoiding costs that insurance may not cover.

Dr. Stephens says elective same-day surgery can range from a few minutes to a few hours. Procedures like these are usually performed in the ambulatory surgery center and may use any forms of anesthesia: local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, regional nerve blocks and general anesthesia. Dr. Stephens offered a some words of guidance to prepare yourself or a loved one for a same-day surgical procedure with hopes of putting the potential patient at ease. Here's his guide:

The Preoperative Visit

In order to achieve a clear understanding of your specific medical needs, the anesthesiologist must obtain information regarding your current physical condition prior to the surgery. Dr. Stephens said the consultation with the anesthesiologist will occur during this initial visit. Key metrics about your health will be gathered through blood, laboratory tests and other preliminary examinations such as EKG or X-rays.

This prior evaluation gives the patient the chance to discuss their medical history and the various anesthetic options according to patient health and the type of procedure. It also gives the person who is about to have the procedure performed on them the chance to ask other pertinent questions to the attending anesthesiologist. Dr. Stephens advises patients to learn as much as they can about the safety precautions offered by the anesthesiologist at this time.

Bring a list of all medications that you take on a regular basis or have taken recently when you come to the preoperative visit. It is important to know the dosage information from the medication label on your list (commonly shown in milligrams or "mg"). Your anesthesiologist needs to have the most detailed medical history possible to make sure he or she makes the right choice when it comes to anesthetic options.

For the majority of procedures, you will be told to fast the night before your operation. Dr. Stephens says it is very important that you follow this instruction and avoid drinking or eating anything during the instructed period from your anesthesiologist.

The Day of Surgery

According to Dr. Stephens, the goals of your anesthesiologist for same-day surgery are:

  • Provide you with the best medical care possible
  • Deliver safe and satisfactory pain relief during your surgery
  • Return you to an alert, awake and comfortable state of health so that you may be discharged within a few hours

To achieve these goals, your anesthesiologist must take your current and past medical condition into careful consideration. The type, location and estimated length of the surgical procedure are also key points of consideration.

After surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), commonly called the recovery room, where you will be closely watched for any immediate postoperative problems. When you are meet discharge criteria specifically tailored to your overall medical condition, you will be released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to be available for transportation because your coordination and reflexes may likely be impaired for at least 24 hours following your procedure. In that period, normal activities like driving are difficult and should be avoided.

Dr. Stephens stresses that it is very important for you to let nurses or your anesthesiologist aware of any pain or discomfort you may experience after surgery. You shouldn't be reluctant to to tell them how you feel or to ask questions because they need information to make the best decision on how best to help you. You will not be released to go home until you have recovered sufficiently from anesthesia.

Occasionally, some patients need additional follow-up care or experience difficulties after surgery and may need a longer period of observation. This often takes places in a hospital and follows methods that are similar to the postoperative period for a typical inpatient procedure. In these less common cases, observation and treatment in the hospital for the night after the surgery is generally enough and the patient is able to go home the following day unless other complications present themselves.

Overall, Dr. Stephens says the risks associated with same-day surgery anesthesia are diminishing rapidly as technology and medical insight advance. Above all it is most important to follow the directions of health care professionals and there is very little to be concerned about if you are placing your health in the hands of certified, knowledgeable and caring medical professionals. The attached video contains an additional run-down of some things to look out for when preparing for an elective, same-day procedure.


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Dog bites keeping ER busy http://www.wbrz.com/news/dog-bites-keeping-er-busy/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dog-bites-keeping-er-busy/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 19 Jun 2014 3:06:03 PM Zach Correa Dog bites keeping ER busy

BATON ROUGE - According to a local plastic surgeon, dog bites are one of the most common injuries for children going to the emergency room.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens said nearly half of kids under the age of 12 have been bitten by a dog, and most of the time, the children are bitten by the household dog.

"Every dog has a potential to bite," said Dr. Stephens. "they all have teeth."

Dr. Stephens recommends parents keep a close eye on their kids when they're around dogs.


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Tightening loose skin through plastic surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/tightening-loose-skin-through-plastic-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tightening-loose-skin-through-plastic-surgery/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 27 Mar 2014 3:09:28 PM Greg Renoud Tightening loose skin through plastic surgery

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens talked about plastic surgery to tighten skin Thursday on News 2 at 4.

He says the surgery gets rid of loose skin for people who have lost 50 or more pounds.

In addition to helping people look better, Dr. Stephens says the surgery helps people feel better about themselves.

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Dr. Stephens on male breast tissue growth http://www.wbrz.com/news/dr-stephens-on-male-breast-tissue-growth/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dr-stephens-on-male-breast-tissue-growth/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 13 Feb 2014 2:55:27 PM AE Stevenson Dr. Stephens on male breast tissue growth

BATON ROUGE - Urban legends that marijuana use could cause "man boobs" may have more truth behind it than people think.

The condition, scientifically known as gynecomastia, triggers men to grow breast tissue. There aren't many studies that can prove the legend wrong since marijuana is still largely illegal in the United States.

However, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens said one study did find marijuana use throws off the body's hormone levels, and with them out of sync estrogen levels rise, triggering the growth.

If you have plastic surgery questions or topics for Dr. Stephens to consider, email them to News 2 at 4.


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The long-term effects of smoking on appearance http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-long-term-effects-of-smoking-on-appearance/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-long-term-effects-of-smoking-on-appearance/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 16 Jan 2014 3:02:58 PM Zach Correa The long-term effects of smoking on appearance

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens stopped by the set of News 2 at 4 to discuss smoking and its effect on aging, especially amongst twins.

Dr. Stephens told News 2's Brittany Weiss that smoking harms more than just your lungs and other organs. It can also impact your appearance.

Dr. Stephens used pictures of identical twins to emphasize his point. In each comparison, one twin was a smoker, and the other lived a smoke-free lifestyle.

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Easing fears of anesthesia http://www.wbrz.com/news/easing-fears-of-anesthesia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/easing-fears-of-anesthesia/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 5 Dec 2013 2:48:24 PM Brittany Meisner Easing fears of anesthesia

BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens talked about what to do if you want plastic surgery, but are scared of anesthesia today on News 2 at 4.

He talked about the different options like conscious sedation but said it's best to go under anesthesia.

If you have any plastic surgery questions, e-mail Dr. Stephens.


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Dealing with complications during breast surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/dealing-with-complications-during-breast-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dealing-with-complications-during-breast-surgery/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 31 Oct 2013 2:40:29 PM Dealing with complications during breast surgery

BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens discussed options today for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. He also answered viewers' questions about surgery complications.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Stephens has discussed all the different surgery options for women, post-diagnosis.

If you have any specific questions for Dr. Stephens, e-mail them to News 2.


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Post-breast cancer advice http://www.wbrz.com/news/post-breast-cancer-advice/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/post-breast-cancer-advice/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 17 Oct 2013 2:50:45 PM Post-breast cancer advice

BATON ROUGE- Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens explored different options of breast reconstruction surgery today for people diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dr. Stephens said the type of procedure is different for every body type. He said once you get diagnosed with breast cancer, you can start exploring your reconstructive options immediately and get the procedure done immediately.

If you have plastic surgery questions for Dr. Stephens, email them to News 2 at 4.

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Schedule your mammogram to avoid breast cancer http://www.wbrz.com/news/schedule-your-mammogram-to-avoid-breast-cancer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/schedule-your-mammogram-to-avoid-breast-cancer/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 3 Oct 2013 4:00:12 PM Schedule your mammogram to avoid breast cancer

BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens discussed options today for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, including different types of reconstruction surgeries.

He said if you're over 50 and haven't gotten a mammogram yet, now is the time. Mary Bird Perkins offers free mammograms in their mobile units.

All you have to do is call 225-215-1234 to make an appointment.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Stephens will continue answering questions about breast cancer on Thursdays throughout the month. 

If you have any specific questions for Dr. Stephens, e-mail them to News 2.

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News 3D imaging for plastic surgery patients http://www.wbrz.com/news/news-3d-imaging-for-plastic-surgery-patients/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/news-3d-imaging-for-plastic-surgery-patients/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 19 Sep 2013 2:54:29 PM News 3D imaging for plastic surgery patients

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens discussed a new way for patients to see how plastic surgery could affect them today on News 2 at 4.

He showed new 3D imaging technology that takes pictures of a person's body, and then simulates what different surgical procedures can do to help them.

He said it's an improvement over older methods of just using two-dimensional pictures, but still has some limitations which should be discussed with your surgeon.

If you have questions for Dr. Stephens or topics for him to discuss, email them to News 2 at 4.

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Questions about excess skin removal http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-excess-skin-removal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-excess-skin-removal/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 5 Sep 2013 3:08:16 PM Questions about excess skin removal

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens answered viewer questions today on News 2 at 4 about plastic surgery to remove excess skin.

He described situations where liposuction may not be enough, and further surgery might be needed to completely remove fat and skin left over after losing a lot of weight.

If you have questions about plastic surgery, email them to News 2 or leave them on our Facebook page on Thursdays before 4 p.m.

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Questions about plastic surgery addiction http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-plastic-surgery-addiction/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-plastic-surgery-addiction/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 29 Aug 2013 3:17:02 PM Zach Correa Questions about plastic surgery addiction

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens stopped by News 2 at 4 today to further discuss plastic surgery, including plastic surgery addiction.

According to Dr. Stephens plastic surgery addiction is tough to come by, but it can be very expensive and dangerous.

He says the media's portrayal of plastic surgery may make getting several procedures seem normal, but he said that's not always the case.

If you have any questions for Dr. Stephens, email them to News 2 at 4.

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Questions about kids and plastic surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-kids-and-plastic-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-kids-and-plastic-surgery/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 22 Aug 2013 2:53:21 PM Questions about kids and plastic surgery

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens answered more questions about kids and plastic surgery today on News 2 at 4.

Dr. Stephens said teasing as kids get older can often focus on specific areas of the body as they develop, such as the breasts. He said a lot of that can come from false perceptions of what's "normal" from media exposure.

If you have any questions for Dr. Stephens, email them to News 2 at 4 by clicking here.

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Questions about plastic surgery for kids http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-plastic-surgery-for-kids/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-about-plastic-surgery-for-kids/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 8 Aug 2013 3:06:59 PM Questions about plastic surgery for kids

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens tackled more questions about plastic surgery today, and gave advice about procedures for kids.

He said there are several small procedures which can be used to correct things such as moles or overly-large ears.

If you have questions for Dr. Stephens, post them on our Facebook page Thursdays and he'll answer as many as he can on the show.


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Ways to get bikini body ready in no time http://www.wbrz.com/news/ways-to-get-bikini-body-ready-in-no-time/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ways-to-get-bikini-body-ready-in-no-time/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 25 Jul 2013 3:15:06 PM Ways to get bikini body ready in no time

BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens was on News 2 at 4 today talking about how you can be "bikini body ready" in no time.

He discussed different liposuction options and CoolSculpting, a procedure which freezes fat cells to eliminate them.

Dr. Stephens answered viewer questions from Facebook as well. Look for his posts on Thursdays to get your questions answered as well.


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The aftermath of plastic surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-aftermath-of-plastic-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-aftermath-of-plastic-surgery/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 18 Jul 2013 3:51:47 PM The aftermath of plastic surgery

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens talked about the aftermath of plastic surgery today on News 2 at 4.

He covered what really works and what doesn't, as well as answered questions about loose skin and cellulite.

If you have questions or topics for Dr. Stephens to cover, email them to News 2 at BMeisner@WBRZ.com.


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Dr. Stephens answers plastic surgery questions http://www.wbrz.com/news/dr-stephens-answers-plastic-surgery-questions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dr-stephens-answers-plastic-surgery-questions/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 27 Jun 2013 3:26:29 PM Dr. Stephens answers plastic surgery questions

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Anthony Stephens answered viewer questions about plastic surgery today on News 2 at 4.

If you have questions you'd like him to answer, email them to producer Brittany Meisner at BMeisner@WBRZ.com or post them on the WBRZ Facebook page Thursday afternoons.

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Scarring and other plastic surgery questions http://www.wbrz.com/news/scarring-and-other-plastic-surgery-questions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/scarring-and-other-plastic-surgery-questions/ Dr. Stephens Thu, 20 Jun 2013 3:34:55 PM Russell Jones Scarring and other plastic surgery questions

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens answered questions from viewers and Facebook users today on News 2 at 4.

Today he focused on questions about scarring, both while recovering from surgery and preventing scarring from injuries such as dog bites.

If you have questions for Dr. Stephens, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page every Thursday where he'll answer viewer submitted questions left in the comments section.


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