Should I Shave my Chest Before Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 31 July 2015

Many patients who are about to undergo cosmetic surgery wonder if they are expected to shave the area in question before the procedure. They feel that it will help their surgeon in the operating room and often indulge in this hair removal without consulting their surgeon or medical expert. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned gesture is actually a bad idea and may cause additional complications following your surgery. The reason for this is simple: when most people shave with a standard razor, they cause microscopic damage to the skin beneath. This damage allows bacteria to penetrate the skin and infiltrate the body. Typically this is not a huge problem as the body’s immune system is able to deal with the occasional infiltrator but, when this is combined with serious surgery, the body has its hands full trying to repair and recover from your procedure. Any extra bacteria that infiltrates the body at…

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Let’s Talk About Caitlyn Jenner

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 24 Jul 2015

In case you somehow missed all the buzz over the past few months, Caitlyn Jenner has been making headlines for the success of her Vanity Fair cover and overall positive lifestyle change. But what makes this one special? Once known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn announced earlier this year that she…

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How to Prevent Post-Operative Infections

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 17 Jul 2015

One of the potential complications after surgery is post-operative infection. Throughout any surgical procedure there are a number of ways in which bacteria can enter the body: the incision site itself, catheters, breathing tubes, and drains. Because surgery is generally hard on the body, the immune system is often somewhat…

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 Does BMI Effect your FTM Surgery Eligibility?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 10 Jul 2015

Any time a patient decides to undergo elective surgery, it’s important that they meet certain requirements before their procedure. These requirements are put in place not for selfish reasons on behalf of the doctor or surgeon, but rather to protect the health and well-being of the patient. In order to…

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