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Wednesday, October 10 2018

Are you struggling with intimacy after breast reconstruction?

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Navigating sexual intimacy after breast reconstruction Dr. Ong writes about about one of the struggles affecting women after breast cancer in Breast Reconstruction: A patients guide to understanding her treatment options, a supplement to Plastic Surgery News published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) during breast cancer awareness month. Are you struggling with intimacy after breast reconstruction? You are not alone! Many women share intimacy challenges after cancer treatment. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 70 percent of the 994 cancer-treated patients who were sexually active at the time of diagnosis reported that they were still experiencing sexual difficulties two years after cancer treatment ended. (“Sexual Function After Breast Cancer, “2011) Unfortunately this topic of sexuality and intimacy may be…


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Tuesday, October 9 2018

Unveiling of the next generation of vaginal health treatments: ThermiVa® Arvati

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One of the great things about practicing medicine today is the growth of technology. This has resulted in an exponential growth of medical treatment options.  We have not seen a steeper growth curve than now! How it all started for me 3 years ago, non-surgical vaginal treatments were barely existent. In 2015, I visited a physician whom I had never previously met to learn how to help women with concerns of urinary leakage, vaginal dryness, and other intimate issues. These issues were not spoken of, even within the closest circle of friends. Little did I know that my visit to Laguna Beach, to the office of Dr. Red Alinsod, would completely change my practice and my professional life. That day, I was introduced to a…


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Saturday, October 6 2018

Aromatase Inhibitors Decrease Bone Density- Here are Tips to Boost Bone Health

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For women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, your oncologist may prescribe an aromatase inhibitor as part of your cancer treatment. These medications are most often prescribed to postmenopausal women after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.  Aromatase inhibitors stop the production of estrogen by blocking the adrenal enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase turns the hormone androgen into estrogen in women.  This lessens the available estrogen in the body to stimulate the growth of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells. As with most medications, there are some side effects associated.  It is important to discuss and understand all the possible side effects with your doctor before starting. One of the side effects is that it can decrease bone density over time causing women to…


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Friday, September 21 2018

The secret to maintaining your vaginal rejuvenation results is easier than you think

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What can i do to maintain my vaginal rejuvenation results? Over the years, we have seen many life-changing experiences for women who have braved the way in the field of vaginal rejuvenation. Many of you have shared your stories with other women to help them navigate through the challenges of aging and the bodily changes that occur that occur because of it. Many of you have experienced the positive effects of our treatments with ThermiVA® for improvements in :- Sexual function Vaginal dryness Improved bladder control Vaginal tightness Here at Ong Institute, we take pride in being in the forefront of technology and make it our responsibility to lead the way when in comes to female health issues. We are always looking for the next best technology…


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Wednesday, August 15 2018

Age is a Factor in Gynecomastia

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Many men find it difficult to love the way they look because of the size and shape of their breasts. Adults have a very clear expectation of what male breasts should look like, and what they shouldn’t. Therefore, when a man’s breasts take on the size and shape we would typically expect on the female body, problems with self-confidence are virtually inevitable. Men in the Scottsdale area can find the help they need at Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery. Before we treat gynecomastia, we conduct a thorough consultation to help us understand what may be affecting the growth of breast tissue. According to studies, the causes of gynecomastia may differ somewhat with age. Adolescent Gynecomastia According to a study released by the National Institutes of…


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Thursday, July 26 2018

Advice from a friend: Meaningful ways to deal with breast cancer

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A cancer diagnosis is something you can never prepare for. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity through this unfortunate circumstance, meet and care for some amazing people. I have always wondered how women successfully deal with this devastating diagnosis. I reached out to my patients to get some answers. Here is great advice from a wonderful lady, Ginny, who has become a friend of the  Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery and Health. With Love From Ginny ”I hope that my comments below can touch the life of one of your patients. I am forever grateful that you have inspired me to move forward with my life.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help  I’ve always felt that I was someone who could get…


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Thursday, July 19 2018

6 meaningful ways to improve your digestion

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Your gut’s health is vital to your overall health. Good digestion determines which nutrients are absorbed. Good digestion will also get rid of toxins. In essence, gut health is directly linked to the health of your entire body. Your gut ecosystem Your gut is responsible for breaking down and absorbing your food. That is a very important job that requires a lot of work!  For you to have optimal health, look to great digestion. First, the bugs in your gut are like a rainforest, a large ecosystem.  It contains 3 pounds of bacteria that include some 500 different species like a chemical factory. These chemicals include the “happy hormones” your body needs such as serotonin and dopamine. That factory also helps you digest your food,…


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Thursday, July 19 2018

Amazing treatment you may want to try for the aging vagina

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We all know that the body slows collagen production throughout our adult life. Starting at age 18.5, we loose 1% of collagen per year , and most people have up to 20% collagen loss by age 40.  This is when we start to notice the dreadful WRINKLES! In the vaginal or outer labia area, many women want a firmer, tighter, and fuller natural look. To understand more about which treatments make sense, we should learn about the important components that help with skin structure, namely: Collagen, Elastin, Hyaluronic acid, and fat. Collagen and its role in smooth, healthy skin Collagen is a key component of the structure of the skin. Collagen is a protein that supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA).  Elastin…


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Tuesday, July 17 2018

The secret tool after female rejuvenation surgery

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Vaginoplasty or labiaplasty surgery to reduce the size of the labia is the surgical process of reducing or trimming the labia. The stretched-out, large labia can cause issues such as :- Tugging Rubbing Chaffing Disomfort For many women, the freedom to wear the clothes they want, and do the activities they love in comfortable clothing seem simple enough. However, this surgery must be approached with caution. It is not JUST reducing the size of the large, bothersome piece of tissue that is many consider to be too large, too dark and uncomfortable. The question is ….How can we make this surgical procedure work in our favor to create an artistic masterpiece? Basic labiaplasty facts As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, you would want to have an…


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Sunday, July 15 2018

Correcting Breast Asymmetry

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There is a common assumption that, while breast size may differ from one woman to another, the size of one woman’s breasts will be equal. We don’t often stop to consider that a woman may have one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other. The reason for breast asymmetry is not entirely understood. However, the consequences of this problem are no secret to the women who struggle to fit into clothing and feel confident in intimate situations. Fortunately, having two different sized breasts is usually no more than a cosmetic issue. If a size difference occurs suddenly, though, it is important to undergo a medical evaluation to ascertain why. Correcting Breast Asymmetry The progress that has been made in plastic surgery has enabled the…


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