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Breast Augmentation And Patient Privacy

Recently a St. Louis plastic surgeon made headlines not for excellence in surgical techniques or patient care, but for a huge breach of patient confidentiality. It is customary for plastic surgeons to take photos of the patient before and after a procedure such as breast augmentation and/or breast lift. This is to provide the surgeon and patient with a visual representation of what required improvement and how much aesthetic improvement was achieved post operatively. The standard operating procedure for a plastic surgeon is to keep the photos confidential in the patient’s chart unless the patient gives his/her express consent to use the images anonymously in either photo books in the physician’s office and/or on the physician’s internet photo gallery. Additionally, the photos taken and cropped so that neither the patient’s face or any identifying information is visible. Several St. Louis breast augmentation patients who provided consent for use of their photos learned that their before and after photos were not only the Internet, but were posted on the physicians’ internet site with their full names visible to the world. In fact, performing a Google search of the patient’s names yielded the images. Though unintentional, this is an extreme example of breaching patient confidentiality and it is understandable for patients considering breast augmentation or any other form of plastic surgery would be concerned. Patients of The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center in Houston may rest assured that all medical data and photos will be held in the strictest confidence and according to the rule of law. Patient photos, if they choose to release them for a photo book or internet photo gallery, will never have information identifying them.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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