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May 17, 2017

Can Cancer Come Back After Breast Reconstruction? | FloridaThe treatments and surgeries required to beat breast cancer are draining and often steal a part of a woman’s femininity and self-confidence. Breast reconstruction can restore your body image and help you feel like yourself again. However, many cancer survivors worry about breast cancer recurrence following a breast reconstruction.

A double mastectomy significantly lowers your risk of breast cancer coming back, though there’s a slight chance it can return in the remaining breast tissue. Similarly, a single mastectomy leaves the remaining breast at risk. These concerns are on the back of any breast cancer survivor’s mind and are why self-exams and regular mammograms are important.

So, while it’s possible for breast cancer to return after a mastectomy, these chances aren’t increased simply because you have a breast reconstruction. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hartog, has a unique point of view when it comes to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. His wife who is also our patient coordinator is a survivor herself, and a scarless breast reconstruction with fat transfer helped her regain her confidence and restored her figure.

Breast Reconstruction with Fat Instead of Implants

Breast reconstruction can be done in a few ways and often involves breast implants, but Dr. Hartog specializes in restoring the breasts using the fat grafting method and uses the latest techniques to enhance fat survival. Excess fat in areas such as your thighs, stomach and buttocks is removed, processed and injected into your breasts to restore their shape and size. The final results often return some of the sensations lost during the mastectomy and provide a softness that feels just like a natural breast.

The advantages of breast reconstruction with fat transfer include a faster recovery period and natural-looking results that don’t interfere with the necessary breast exams and mammograms required to keep the cancer at bay.

If you’re interested in breast reconstruction, please contact Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation. We provide plastic surgery to clients throughout Central Florida including Orlando and Winter Park. 

May 10, 2017

Breast Augmentation with Fat After a Mastectomy | OrlandoThe days and months following a mastectomy often involve a mix of emotions. You’ve beaten breast cancer, but a part of your femininity went with it. You’ve realized just how strong you are, but are also left with a permanent reminder of your struggles. Breast implants are a popular choice for women following a single or double mastectomy, but a growing trend is breast augmentation with fat transfer, which can provide great results using your own fatty tissues.

The fat transfer method of breast reconstruction is a safe and effective way to restore your breasts to their prime and give you back the confidence you had in your body prior to breast cancer. Fat is extracted from an area of your body with unwanted fat such as your thighs, buttocks or abdomen. The fat is then processed and inserted into your breasts. Our plastic surgeon uses the latest techniques to enhance fat survival.

The Benefits of Breast Reconstruction with Fat

If you’ve had a single mastectomy, a fat transfer breast surgery may give you back some sensation as well as feel soft and similar to your remaining natural breast. This form of breast augmentation uses your own tissues to increase the size of your breasts instead of a saline or silicone implant (which are also safe, effective and extensively studied). The recovery time for this option is significantly less than the healing period required for breast implants. Additionally, the fatty tissue used for the procedure is taken from an area where you’ve likely struggled to tone or lose weight.

If you’ve had a single or double mastectomy and are interested in breast reconstruction, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Orlando today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation. Bougainvillea Clinique serves clients in Orlando, Winter Park and surrounding Central Florida areas. 

April 24, 2017

3 Facial Plastic Surgeries to Restore Your Youth | Orlando, Fla.Your face is often the first area of your body to begin to show your age. Some men and women get wrinkles as early as their late 20s and early 30s. There are a wide variety of facial plastic surgeries that can rejuvenate and restore your appearance. April is National Facial Protection Month, and our plastic surgeon in Central Florida can help restore damage caused by sun exposure and other elements over time. Dr. Hartog can give your looks a boost with one or more of our face procedures such as these three popular choices:

1. Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can be performed on your upper and lower eyelids to get rid of drooping eyelid skin and bags under your eyes. This procedure might be right for you if you struggle with looking tired when you’re well-rested and energetic. Sometimes a blepharoplasty is medically necessary to address sagging upper eyelids that have started to impact your vision by hanging over your eye.

2. Forehead Lift

Lines on your forehead are sometimes the first signs of aging you notice on your face. These typically form due to genetics, stress or exaggerated facial expressions. This facial plastic surgery alleviates the tired look and treats frown lines and furrows between your eyebrows by loosening the muscles beneath your skin and removing fat. A forehead lift is often done in conjunction with eyelid surgery.

3. Facelift

In the past, facelifts were criticized for giving men and women a noticeably frozen and stretched look, but plastic surgery has advanced in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Dr. Hartog can reduce lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging on your face without giving the impression to your friends and coworkers that you’ve had work done. Your procedure can be paired with a blepharoplasty or chemical peel to further rejuvenate your looks.

Other facelift variations we offer at our Florida plastic surgery office include:

  • Temporal brow and midface lift
  • Valulift
  • Facial liposuction

There are several other surgical and non-surgical options available to address signs of aging in the face such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers and Kybella, which treats double chins.

If you struggle with looking tired and want to regain your youthful appearance, please contact Dr. Hartog in Winter Park today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation. The Bougainvillea Clinique serves clients in Central Florida including Orlando and Winter Park. 

April 17, 2017

Breast Augmentation Questions to Ask Your Plastic SurgeonBefore undergoing any form of surgery, it’s important to know what to expect before, during and after your procedure. There are many details involved in breast augmentation, and you have more options available to you than you may realize. Women choose to have breast augmentation for numerous reasons such as to correct uneven breasts, rejuvenate breasts after having children or to simply increase size and shape.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, ask your plastic surgeon these questions and any others you may have:

  1. Are You Board-Certified? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires physicians to continue their education and meet high standards to attain and maintain board certification. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Hartog, is dual certified through the ASPS for Plastic Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  2. Do You Specialize in Breast Surgery? Plastic surgeons typically offer a variety of procedures for the entire body, but many focus on specific areas. Dr. Hartog specializes in breast augmentation and corrective breast surgery and has performed more than 4,000 breast procedures.
  3. What are My Breast Augmentation Options? Saline and silicone implants are popular choices for breast augmentation, but breast implants combined with fat transfer, known as composite breast augmentation, can give you the best of both worlds and increase your cleavage area. You can discuss your breast augmentation options with Dr. Hartog during your initial consultation.
  4.  What is the Best Breast Size for Me? The best size of breasts for you heavily depends on your aesthetic goals. You can try the rice test to help you determine the breast size that is comfortable and gives you the fullness you’re looking for. At the Bougainvillea Clinique, we offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3-D computer imaging to help you visualize your before and after appearance with a whole range of implant sizes
  5. Which Incision Site Do You Recommend? There are three incision options for breast augmentation. Incision sites are underneath your breasts, in your armpits or along the edge of your nipples. Our plastic surgeon even offers scar-less breast augmentation with fat transfer.
  6. What Should I Expect During Recovery? The recovery process varies depending on the invasiveness of the procedure and whether you choose to have implants or fat transfer. Many women return to work after one week, but some may require two weeks of recovery time.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Hartog in Winter Park today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation. The Bougainvillea Clinique provides cosmetic surgery and medical spa services to clients in Winter Park, Orlando and surrounding Central Florida areas.  

March 24, 2017

You may have heard recent media reports regarding breast implants and a rare form of cancer. The FDA recently updated information regarding this disease (Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is working closely with the FDA in monitoring the disease.

BIA-ALCL is not a breast cancer, but a rare and treatable T-cell lymphoma that usually develops as a fluid swelling around breast implants.


The lifetime risk for this disease appears to be about 1 case for every 30,000 textured implants. This equates to a 0.003 percent risk.


Thus far, there have been no confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL in women who have had only “smooth-surface” breast implants.


At the Bougainvillea Clinique we have utilized almost exclusively smooth surfaced implants for the last 20 years.


The FDA is not recommending removal of textured implants. Rather, the FDA recommends, as do I, that every woman conduct regular self-examination. If you develop swelling or a lump in your breast, contact my office right away. I will comprehensively evaluate you and order the appropriate tests to determine if any treatment is indicated.

Women who develop BIA-ALCL can often be cured by simply removing the implant and the scar tissue surrounding it. Some patients may require additional treatment (such as radiation or chemotherapy). Following removal, replacement with a smooth surface implant may be an option.

For additional information about BIA-ALCL, consult the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at Of course, I am happy to answer your questions personally.

I greatly appreciate having you as one of my patients, and will continue to monitor these developments closely. I promise to keep you informed of any new developments.

tags: BIA-ALCL, Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
February 21, 2017

Plastic Surgery MythsPlastic surgery is a popular way to improve your appearance and your self-confidence. More than 15 million procedures are performed each year. However, there is a lot of misinformation that circulates about plastic surgery. In this blog, we debunk three of the most common myths.

You can’t treat cellulite.

Wrong. Although many over-the-counter creams really are a waste of time and money, the clinically proven Cellfina system is FDA-cleared and can reduce the appearance of cellulite for at least two years. Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment with minimal downtime that provides long-lasting results.

Liposuction helps you lose weight.

Not true. This misconception has been around as long as liposuction itself. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that does remove fat from unwanted areas, such as your abdomen or thighs. However, patients should be near their ideal weight. Only a small amount of fat is removed during the procedure in order to sculpt the treatment area and provide astonishing looking results.

A facelift will leave your skin looking stretched.

It really shouldn’t. A skilled plastic surgeon can turn back the hands of time on your facial appearance without making your results look like you’ve “had work done.” The goal of a facelift is to revitalize your appearance by correcting flaws such as sagging skin and jowls to give you a more youthful appearance.

To learn more about plastic surgery and explore your options for facial and body rejuvenation, call the Bougainvillea Clinique today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. We welcome patients from throughout the Winter Park and Orlando, Florida region.

February 07, 2017

Plastic Surgery TrendsWe are already a month into 2017, and men and women across America are scheduling their consultations and treatment appointments to enhance their bodies for the new year. What is likely to be trending throughout 2017?

  • Fuller bottoms. The body contouring trend to accentuate your curves, inspired by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, will continue this year. Liposuction and cellulite treatments are popular choices to sculpt and smooth your buttocks, belly, and thighs in order to enhance your appearance.
  • Smaller breast implants. Leaner Hollywood bodies are inspiring many women to choose smaller sized implants to add fullness to their breasts while maintaining natural-looking proportions. At the Bougainvillea Clinique, we can help you select the breast implant size that allows you to feel your best.
  • Non-surgical treatments. Many patients are opting for quicker, non-invasive treatments that provide amazing results without the need for recovery time. Whether you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or wanting to eliminate stubborn fat, we can find the right solution for you.

Are you ready to take the first step toward your cosmetic goals this year? Call the Bougainvillea Clinique today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog to discuss your options in detail. We welcome patients from throughout the Winter Park and Orlando, Florida region.

January 03, 2017

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a component of your blood that is rich with growth factors and useful in numerous cosmetic enhancement procedures. PRP is obtained by harvesting your own blood and spinning it in a high-speed centrifuge to concentrate the platelet. The enhanced growth factor of PRP makes it ideal for stimulating growth and repair in skin and other soft tissues. As a cosmetic surgery patient, you can benefit from PRP with:PRP Skin Rejuvenation

  • Fat transfer. Fat harvested by liposuction and combined with PRP provides an enhanced regenerative potential for our patients. According to our own clinical experience at the Bougainvillea Clinique, the combination of the fat with PRP boosts the effects of the regenerative cells in both the fat and the PRP, giving our patients a quicker onset of anti-inflammatory effects and more sustained healing.
  • Facial rejuvenation. PRP stimulates collagen growth in the skin, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhances the overall tone of the skin. And since PRP is obtained from your own blood supply, you can achieve facial rejuvenation without any harsh chemicals.  

Are you interested in refreshing your look with PRP? Call the Bougainvillea Clinique today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. We welcome patients from throughout the Winter Park and Orlando, Florida region.

December 30, 2016

2017 Plastic Surgery GoalsIt’s almost 2017, and that means you are likely making resolutions and plans for a better you in the new year. At the Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, Florida, we can help you look your best in 2017 with a variety of plastic surgery options.

How would you like to transform your look in 2017?

  • Better body contours. To achieve the slender curves you want, we offer options such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and even cellulite treatment.
  • Enhanced breasts. Whether you are interested in breast reconstruction, breast lift, of breast implants, Dr. Hartog can create the bustline that best complements your figure.
  • Rejuvenated facial features. Look as young as you feel with a facelift, necklift, or even lip augmentation. Dr. Hartog offers many options to help you put your best face forward in the new year.
  • Non-surgical enhancements. Maybe you are not ready for plastic surgery, but still want a beauty boost to your appearance. Our Medical Day Spa offers the right solutions to improve your look for the new year. Choose from options such as Botox® Cosmetic injections, CoolSculpting, or laser skin resurfacing.

Learn more about your plastic surgery options for the new year; call the Bougainvillea Clinique today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. We welcome patients from throughout the Winter Park and Orlando, Florida region.

November 30, 2016

The traditional approach to facial aging was to simply tighten facial skin with procedures such as faclifts and browlifts. However over the last 10-15 years, it has become increasingly accepted that the main component of facial aging is the loss of facial volume, particularly in the emples and around the eyes, and also in the cheeks, jaws and around the mouth. In fact, it can be shown that as we age, all areas of the face lose volume. At the Bougainvillea Clinique we have been educating our patients about this, and rejuvenating their facial appearance by restoring this volume of youth, for 20 years. Dr. Hartog is an early pioneer in the use of fat grafting to restore facial volume, and his background in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, as well as plastic surgery, makes him ideally suited to evaluate and treate facial aging. At the Bougainvillea Clinique we offer numerous approaches to treat facial aging including fat transfer, and injectibles such as Allofil, Voluma, Juvederm, Sculptra and Radiesse. There is an excellent short article from a photography website that clearly demonstrates this volume loss in models photographed 14 years apart.

tags: Facial Volume Loss, Petapixel, Fat grafting, Volume, Juvederm