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GalaFLEX Surgical Scaffold in Grand Rapids

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Depending on the degree of skin stretch and laxity, weight-loss history, and breast size, many breast surgery patients require additional internal support to maintain a beautiful shape. A woman can get that support from a surgical scaffold that allow her own tissues to grow naturally after being lifted, tightened, reduced, or augmented.

In Grand Rapids GalaFLEX is a new option for soft-tissue reinforcement to help prevent sagging after first time breast surgery or to reduce the chance of recurring sagging following a breast lift or mastopexy, breast augmentation, or breast reduction.

Grand Rapids plastic surgeons, Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso work to give their patients the best surgical outcomes possible, which is why GalaFLEX is on the top of the menu of services when it comes to recurrent stretch or mastopexy for those who would benefit. The Bengtson Center surgeons are in fact experts in using surgical scaffolds to optimize a patient's augmentation, reduction, and lift results by improving the ultimate shape, position of the breasts, and long-term outcomes.

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When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What Is GalaFLEX?

GalaFLEX is a bioresorbable microfilament scaffold, approved by the FDA for soft tissue reinforcement. More specifically, it's a flexible absorbable mesh made of material used in plastic surgery and general surgery procedures around the world.

When surgically implanted in the breasts, this mesh provides a scaffolding and encourages the patient's own body's collagen tissue to grow into the scaffold, guiding that growth and promoting strength and strong long-term support. In a year to a year and a half, the GalaFLEX material, called P4HB, will safely dissolve, leaving behind your own healthy tissue.

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Why Use GalaFLEX?

While plastic surgeons who perform breast augmentation surgeries strive to deliver outstanding results for every patient, the reality is that every woman's body and procedure is different, so results can vary, especially over time. Post-surgery changes in the years after an augmentation prompt some women to seek a revision.

The most common cause cited for the desire for breast revision surgery is sagging, technically known as ptosis. Gravity pulls breasts downward over time, especially large and heavy breasts. GalaFLEX is designed to reduce new or recurrent drooping aftereffects, especially in a woman who increases her breast volume; has poor, stretchy, elastic skin; or has had significant weight loss, by providing her breasts with a structural boost from the beginning.

Women may choose a breast lift to counteract that natural gravitational shift whether they've received implants or not, but even after a lift, breasts will still be subject to the forces pulling them downward. As Dr. Bengtson says, "if it weren't for gravity I may be out of business." Like a bra prevents breasts from hanging down, GalaFLEX provides an internal hammock or "internal bra" structure while simultaneously promoting the growth of tissue to become a more long lasting natural support.

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Clinical research is showing that patients having a breast lift or mastopexy with GalaFLEX experience less of a breast position change up to two years following their surgery. In fact, results put the change at 10 percent, which is a fraction of what patients who don't have surgical scaffolding tend to see following mastopexy. Dr. Bengtson has one of the world's largest scaffold experiences, internally supporting breasts both in first-time mastopexy and breast revision surgery.

Besides GalaFLEX, there are other surgical scaffold options available, which Dr. Bengtson use to reduce the chances of post-breast-surgery adverse occurrences, including implant displacement and capsular contracture. You can discuss all of this, and more, with the Bengtson Center team in advance of any breast surgery.

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Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

“Best Plastic Surgeon - Grand Rapids” Grand Rapids Magazine for the past 10 consecutive years.

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Brad BengtsonMD, FACS

Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® consecutively since 1996.

Sought-after Global Speaker and Educator on all aspects of Plastic Surgery.

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To talk with Dr. Brad Bengtson or Dr. David Alfonso about GalaFLEX Grand Rapids area patients can call the Bengtson Center in Michigan to schedule an appointment. Request your consultation online or phone us at (616)588-8880

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Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.