Thursday, February 16, 2017

Saline versus Silicone Implants

Anthony Perrone, MD, provides general plastic surgery to patients as the chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center. He focuses his practice on upper extremity and hand surgery, along with aesthetic surgery. An MD graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Anthony Perrone provides everything from liposuction and botox to cosmetic breast surgery.

When patients opt for breast augmentation, one of the world’s most popular plastic surgeries, they normally receive breast implants that are made from either saline or silicone. Both types of implants are associated with similar procedures. The entire procedure takes between one and two hours, and patients are given general anesthesia. After an incision is then made under the breasts and arms and around the nipple, the implant is placed within the pocket. Further, both silicone and saline implants share similar risks, including scar tissue that hardens the feel of the implant, infection, and implant leakage.

Despite these similarities, the two types of implants are different. Saline implants are placed in the breast when they are empty and a physician fills them with sterile salt water once they are in place. Women must be at least 18 years old to get saline implants as part of breast augmentation. Meanwhile, women must be at least 22 years old to get silicone breast implants. The FDA previously banned silicone implants, but has since been allowing some products back into the market. These types of implants are filled with a thick silicone gel that creates a more natural feel and appearance.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Preparing for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Anthony Perrone, MD, joined Maine General Medical Center as a plastic surgeon in 2014. He now serves as chief of plastic surgery. In this position, Dr. Anthony Perrone works with patients in various areas of plastic surgery, including breast reconstruction.

As is the case with any surgery, there are a number of steps individuals can take in the hours and days leading up to a breast reconstruction surgery in order to help optimize their experience. While preparations will vary from patient to patient and should be discussed at length with the plastic surgeon in charge of the procedure, there are a number of basic precautions and measures all patients should take.

To begin, any person who regularly uses tobacco products should cease doing so in the days and weeks prior to surgery. Surgeons, like all medical professionals, will advise patients to quit for good, but will stress the importance of not smoking immediately before surgery. Similarly, surgeons should provide a lists of foods and drinks to be avoided in advance of the procedure, as well as instructions regarding how close to surgery patients can eat or drink.

Finally, a plastic surgeon preparing a patient for breast reconstruction carefully review a patient’s medical history. Following this review, he or she will discuss with the patients what medications, vitamins, and other supplements must be suspended before surgery and for how long. To learn more about breast reconstruction, contact a trusted plastic surgeon.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Scholarships and Fellowships from the Rho Chi Society

Anthony Perrone, MD, practices plastic surgery at MaineGeneral Medical Center, where he serves as chief of plastic surgery. Dr. Perrone focused on pharmacy while working toward his MD. Though he has turned his attention to surgery, Anthony Perrone, MD, remains a member of the Rho Chi Society, pharmacy's academic honor society. 

The Rho Chi Society is open only to dedicated students and professionals in the field of pharmacy. The organization recognizes exceptional commitment to academic and professional pursuits within the specialty and uses its resources to stimulate advancements in the pharmaceutical profession. 

To facilitate scholastic achievement and support research, the Rho Chi Society makes scholarships and fellowships available to qualifying members. Each year, one graduate student is selected for the Rho Chi AFPE (American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education) First-Year Graduate Fellowship, which carries a $7,500 cash award. 

The similar Clinical Research Project is awarded to second-year clinical research fellows, providing recipients with $7,500 in research funding. To learn more about scholarship opportunities from the Rho Chi Society, visit:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Camp Sunshine Welcomes Third-Party Events to Benefit Child Patients


Plastic surgeon Anthony Perrone, MD, is chief plastic surgeon for the Department of Surgery at the Maine General Medical Center, with board certifications from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Anthony Perrone, MD, also supports Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Camp Sunshine allows members of the public like Dr. Anthony Perrone to host their own special events.

Hosted by volunteers, families, and other external individuals, third-party special events benefit Camp Sunshine and its operations through fundraising and awareness efforts. Those interested in planning a special event may receive some assistance from the camp’s development team, including access to a thorough event hosting guide. The guide offers a step-by-step outline to event hosting and covers best practices and acceptable fundraising methods. Possible special events range from golf tournaments and benefit concerts to car washes and bake sales, among several others.

Camp Sunshine third-party events present an opportunity for individuals to give back to their community and enable students to fulfill community service requirements. To learn more about hosting an event for the camp’s benefit, visit