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Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Rhodebeck Joins the MBAS Team to Offer Cosmetic Skincare

The team at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery is excited to introduce its newest member, Stephanie Rhodebeck! Stephanie is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in skincare and facial rejuvenation with peels and injectables. Stephanie obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the team, Stephanie trained closely […]


Should Women With Silicone Breast Implants Have Follow-Up MRI Scans

Implant rupture is the most common reason for removing a breast implant after a surgery. Moreover, the US Food and Drug Administration recommends follow-up MRI scans for women with breast implants. Yet, recent findings cast doubts on MRI’s ability to capture ruptured implants. This includes scans performed on women who don’t show symptoms. The Discrepancies […]




RECAP: New Year, New You: Everything to Know about Breast Implants & Augmentation

On Saturday morning, January 8th, board-certified Dr. Bianca Chin and myself, hosted New Year, New You: Everything to Know about Breast Implants & Augmentation. The special was broadcasted across the internet through Facebook Live, available to patients and virtually anyone who ever wanted to know about Breast Augmentation and Implants. The broadcast was a sixteen-minute […]


New Year, New You: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation

Are you looking for a fresh start to your New Year? Maybe, like many women in the mid-west, you might have considered getting your breasts done. With so many procedures, it can be daunting to find a place to start? Midwest Breast & Aesthetics Surgery is here to help! On Saturday, January 7th at 11:30AM, EST, […]



Arthroplasty –to– Zika (and Everything in Between)

Last September 16-18, 2016, I attended the annual conference for the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, known as OAPA.  I look forward to this conference as an opportunity to learn about new recommendations for treatment of various diseases, new medications that have become available, and the latest updates to PA practice at the state and […]


The Role of Breast Reconstruction in Patient-Centered Breast Cancer Treatment

As recommendations for the treatment of breast cancer continue to evolve, techniques in breast reconstruction adapt to provide patients with the optimal outcomes for quality and safety.  As a practice, we work closely with our breast surgery colleagues to understand the changes in the treatment of breast cancer so we may provide appropriate reconstructive options […]



My Experience at the 2016 ASPS Meeting #WeAreAesthetics

The Aesthetic meeting is the one of the largest plastic surgery educational meetings with a primary focus on aesthetics. This ye ar the meeting was in Las Vegas … oh Yes…Vegas baby! #ASAPS2016 #weareaesthetics. It was a fun meeting that was jam packed with educational courses and lectures in all aspects of aesthetic surgery. What […]


Where to Eat in Ohio

Ohio has one of the most colorful histories and most diverse demographics among states – and its food scene reflects that. We made a guide to some of the most loved restaurants around Ohio for you and your family to try during your stay with us. Gahanna: Cap City Fine Diner and Bar Cap City […]


Where to Stay in Ohio

Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery values its out-of-state patients as much as its local patrons, giving them only the best of our services and showing them the best of our city. We listed some of the best and nearest accommodations you can get during your stay with us. Gahanna Branch: Hilton Columbus at Easton Hilton […]


What to Do in Ohio

Make your visit to Ohio a memorable experience! While visiting Ohio for a consultation or a procedure, we have gathered up some of the best loved places around town for you and your family to visit. Gahanna Branch: Easton Town Center The Easton Town Center combines the openness of an outdoor setting with the amenities […]




What I Learned at Plastic Surgery the Meeting 2015

Every year, Plastic Surgeons from all over the world come together for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This conference, known as Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2015, or for you Twitter folks out there, #PSTM15, offers hundreds of lectures and courses that cover pretty much every topic in Plastic Surgery: from […]




Duct, duct… GOOSE

DIEP Flap Reconstruction Patient Letter This is a letter from our patient Katie.   3 times a charm, right? Well, 3 times a cancer diagnosis doesn’t feel very charming… You’d think I’d be prepared but one never is when given the diagnosis of breast cancer, especially when you’ve got kids, a husband, a dog and […]





Which breast reconstruction hurts less: Implants vs flaps?

Implants vs Flap Reconstruction   One misconception that is commonly held by patients and physicians alike, is that implant based reconstructions are less painful than the natural tissue reconstructions such as the DIEP flap.   Not so fast! A very recent paper published in this month’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal indicates that implant based […]


Should Hysterectomy-Oophorectomy be done Before or After Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction?

Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy   Many of our BRCA patients have the difficult decision of choosing to proceed with removal of their uterus/ovaries as well as bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. For BRCA patients who are candidates for DIEP flap, one common question is the timing of hysterectomy-oophorectomy and mastectomy reconstruction.








Body Weight and Expander-Implant Breast Reconstruction Outcomes

Many studies have shown a link between obesity and breast reconstruction complications, especially after tissue expander-implant reconstructions. Most of these studies, however, focus on patients with much higher weights.   A recent study published by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago shows that being even slightly overweight can be associated with greater risk for complications. […]


Extra! Extra! Converting implant-based breast reconstruction to natural or autologous breast reconstruction increases patient satisfaction

Natural or Autologous Breast Reconstruction   We have noticed that several of our patients seeking natural or DIEP flap breast reconstruction have previously had implant-based reconstructions with which they are either dissatisfied or have had complications.   A paper presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supports our observation. […]




American Board of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2014

Dr. Tiwari and I just spent the last few days attending the 2014 Annual Meeting of American Board of Plastic Surgeons in Chicago. This event is one of the biggest gatherings of board-certified plastic surgeons that takes place each year. With over 2000 people attending, it’s the ideal place to catch up with old colleagues, […]



















Visit to MD Anderson

We are excited to report that OhioHealth has joined forces with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.   Both Dr. Tiwari and I completed the Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship with the Department of Plastic Surgery at MD Anderson. So it goes without saying that we were both pretty excited when we were invited by OhioHealth […]


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