SOURCE: Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas

Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas

October 16, 2012 05:01 ET

Charleston Plastic Surgeon Celebrates National BRA Day

CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - At his center for plastic surgery in Charleston, Dr. Ram Kalus and his team have announced they will be honoring breast cancer survivors by celebrating the National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. The nationwide event will be held on October 17, 2012, for which the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has selected recording artist Jewel as the official spokesperson. Dr. Kalus says he is excited to recognize the trials and triumphs of those women and their families affected by cancer, and hopes to do his part by continuing to provide patients with compassionate care as well as the most advanced reconstructive procedures.

Organized as a day of activism across the world, this year's BRA Day is the first to be celebrated in the U.S. and focuses on patient awareness, education, and access to post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. The international awareness day combines the efforts of ASPS, the Plastic Surgery Foundation, breast cancer support groups, and medical professionals directly involved in the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Kalus says he is honored to be a part of the community of supporters dedicated to helping breast cancer patients find the care they deserve.

"Unfortunately, it has been shown that even today, far too many women faced with the diagnosis of breast cancer are still lacking the necessary information regarding breast reconstruction options," says Dr. Kalus. "BRA Day is a terrific first step toward calling attention to this problem and helps women understand that there are resources available to them to make educated decisions about what is best for them."

Over the past few years, Dr. Kalus says modern innovations in breast reconstruction techniques have allowed more and more patients to heighten their self-esteem and restore their sense of womanhood. Because no two women are the same, he says no two breast reconstructions are ever the same, and having a wide array of surgical options ensures each patient receives the personalized care that fits their needs. For this reason, Dr. Kalus says he is proud to now offer his patients some of the most advanced procedures available today, such as single-stage Direct to Implant reconstructions and anatomically-shaped breast implants:

"For me, the greatest single advance in the area of breast reconstruction in the past ten years has been the refinement in Direct to Implant immediate breast reconstruction techniques with the use of biologics such as acellular dermal matrix. Knowing that a woman who requires mastectomy as part of her treatment can literally go to sleep prepared to undergo mastectomy and wake up from surgery with her new breast is nothing short of remarkable. To be able to offer that to most of my patients is extraordinarily gratifying."

As BRA Day approaches, the Charleston plastic surgeon says he is looking forward to the opportunity to share in the celebration of such a momentous occasion, and eager to offer his services to breast cancer patients in any way possible. He says being able to devote his time and skills as a board-certified plastic surgeon to such a worthy cause is a true honor.

About Ram Kalus, MD, FACS

Dr. Ram Kalus is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as Past President and Treasurer of the South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Kalus has also dedicated numerous hours to his continued education, and places a top priority on ensuring his patients receive his utmost attention and time.

Located at 578 Lone Tree Drive Suite 102 in Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas can be reached at (843) 881-3881. Dr. Kalus and his team can also be contacted online via the websites or

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