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Modesto Breast Augmentation Informational Session with Dr. Tammy Wu

Cosmetic Breast Surgery Open House at Surgical Artistry

Saturday, June 1, 2013. (this event has passed, but if you are interested in more events like this with us in the future, feel free to let us know).  Of course you can still have a private breast enhancement surgery consultation with Dr. Tammy Wu.

Small group discussions relating to Breast Enhancement with Dr. Tammy Wu – which includes Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift. Get some expert information and meet Dr. Tammy Wu in person. This is an introduction to a formal one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tammy Wu which may be scheduled for a future date.

Come anytime between 9am-12pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013.  We’ll have free food and prizes. Free informal small group meetings with Dr. Wu at 9am, 10am and 11am (pick the time that works for you). Existing patients – feel free… to come and bring friends and of course enter the free drawing for 8 winners:The 8 winners will get to choose: a box of 3ml Latisse (normally $89 at Surgical Artistry – retails for $120) or 20U of Botox (normally worth $234 at Surgical Artistry). Entry rules: You just have to stop by long enough to fill out a drawing form. (ie. 5 minutes or less! – no need to be present to win, but if you want to stay for the mini-lectures, they start at 9am, 10am and 11am).Reservations are not needed but, we would love to prepare in advance regarding how many people are coming so if you can, please call us to let us know that you are coming (209) 551-1888.

Dr. Tammy Wu is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who graduated top of her Ivy League medical school – Brown University. She was given the award for the #1 graduating female medical student. She has been in practice in Modesto, CA for 10 years. Her husband is Dr. Calvin Lee, a board certified General Surgeon who specializes in Botox, Fillers (Juvederm), Veins, and Acupuncture and he will also be at the informal informational session to provide any information regarding his areas of experience.

Our office is 2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C, Modesto, CA 95355. Our main webpage is www.SurgeryToday.com. (209) 551-1888.

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Update on the Cosmetic Breast Augmentation and Lift Event

  • About 40-50 people came.
  • The event was staffed and sponsored by Mentor, makers of breast implants.
  • 9 people signed up for consultation
  • 8 winners got chosen for Latisse/Botox.


Brilliant Distinctions Changes – Botox, Juvederm, Latisse

Brilliant Distinctions

Recent Changes to the Brilliant Distinctions Program

Update:  See updated section on the bottom – info directly from Allergan and the changes start May 15, 2013.

I heard some things about changes to the Brilliant Distinctions Program by our Botox Representative (from Allergan).  I’m not 100% sure of these changes, as I don’t operate the Brilliant Distinctions program (BD), but of course, our plastic surgery practice accepts the coupons and rebates generated from the BD program.

SkinMedica – get points for purchasing

  • Allergan acquired SkinMedica – a skin care product company – prescription and non-prescription based products.  You can now earn points for purchasing SkinMedica products.   Our office currently does not carry Skin Medica products.  I guess I wished it could have been easier / great if Obagi was somehow absorbed by Allergan, because we are a Obagi retailer and a user of Allergan products.  But that merger  didn’t happen.  Instead Valeant purchased Obagi for $348 million dollars in April 2013..  Valeant is based in Montreal.  Valeant has a dermatology portfolio.  Obagi is based in Long Beach, California, and posted revenues of $120 million in the year 2012.  Valeant Pharmaceuticals in September 2012 purchased Medicis for 2.6 billion.  Medicis makes Dysport, Perlane, and Restylane.
  • Around December 2012 Allergan purchased SkinMedica for $350 million

New Brilliant Distinctions Mall

  • Get points for shopping online
  • Similar to a program offered by Chase.
  • Many many vendors online, and shop as you normally would except click through a link from the Brilliant Distinctions website.

Bonus points are going away

  • As fast as it came, it is going away:  There was a bonus points program for the frequent users, in fact after about 12 visit, the bonus points added up to almost double the original amount which was originally $25 coupon after each Botox visit, and for those coming in on the 13th time and beyond, the $25 coupon got a bonus of another $25.  However this is bonus is going away I heard.

The $25 coupon per Botox visit or $25 per Juvederm syringe is dropping down to $20

  • I also heard that the $25 is dropping down to $20.  But the added ability to earn points from the BD Mall is supposed to more than make up for this difference.  I’d like to know if this works out for folks in the future.  Regardless, it is nice to have a program such as BD, so I guess we shouldn’t complain too much about the $25 dropping down to $20.

There’s the ability to print out a $10 coupon

  • This wasn’t available before.   I think this is to help the Latisse-only users use their coupons, because Latisse purchases used to take longer to build up to a coupon.

I just checked with several patients today regarding Brilliant Distinctions.  Most of these changes have taken place yet, but I know they are coming very soon – perhaps at the end of this month (May, 2013).

These changes the program summarized:

  • SkinMedica
  • BD Mall
  • Bonus Points going away
  • $25 return on each visit or each syringe is going down to $20
  • New!, ability to print out $10 coupon (half of the points required to print a $20 coupon).
  • New 9 month expiration period instead of I think it was 2 years before.

We’ll stay tuned and see how these changes take place and hopefully they will continue to keep our Botox / Juvederm / Latisse patients happy.

Surgical Artistry - Calvin Lee, MD / Tammy Wu, MD

Surgical Artistry | Calvin Lee, MD | Tammy Wu, MD
209-551-1888 | www.SurgeryToday.com
2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C | Modesto, CA 95355



We got this notice from Brilliant Distinctions.

Starting May 15, 2013:

Points Values: In simplifying the points structure, the values will alter slightly. We’ve added a new coupon value. You can now create a $10 coupon for 100 points. For 200 points, the coupon value will now be $20.

Expiration Period: Points will expire after 9 months of inactivity from earning. We will send you reminders if you are getting close to your points expiring.

Bonus Points: All bonus points accrued to date will remain in your account; however, no more bonus points will be issued. If you have questions, the Brilliant Distinctions® Customer Support line is a phone call away: 1-888-324-2745 (9am-8pm EST. M-F).


Summary:  See summary above also.  But there are some great added features ($10 coupon, BD mall, SkinMedical) and some things taken away (bonus points, $5 taken away from 200 points, and the expiration period ahs been shortened)

Natrelle 410 Breast Implants in Modesto for Breast Enlargement

Natrelle 410 certified Surgeon - Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto, CADr. Tammy Wu, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, was the first Breast Augmentation Surgeon in the Central Valley to be certified to use the Natrelle 410 Breast Augmentation Implants.  She told me that it really is no big deal to have been considered the first.  She said that she was sitting at her computer when a regional-wide email was sent out to all the plastic surgeons in the area.  She just happened to have opened up the email and clicked on the link for the certification on-line course.  When she finished the course, she received a friendly email from the Breast Implant Representative from Allergan that she was the first person to successfully finish the online course and receive official certification to use the implant.

This blog is written by Dr. Calvin Lee, MD.  It is meant to be a self-educational note taking blog for Dr. Calvin Lee to help understand Dr. Tammy Wu’s plastic surgery practice.

Natrelle certificate Modesto

Dr. Wu’s Natrelle Certification from Allergan Academy.

ALLERGAN ACADEMY’s mission is to educate through a unique forum which reinforces product knowledge, encourages practice innovation & allows for the exchange of ideas.

Natrelle 410 Breast Implant Schematics

Natrelle schematics - side view of the breast implant (style 410)

NATRELLE® 410 Breast Implants incorporate orientation marks on the anterior and posterior sides
of the shell surface to assist in aligning the implant vertically in the pocket. Two orientation marks
are present on the anterior side of the implant in the lower pole. Depending on the style, there
will be either 3 or 4 orientation marks on the posterior surface of the implant.

What is the Natrelle 410 Breast Implant?

  • Highly cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • An alternative to round implants
  • More true to the shape of a woman’s breast
  • Approved by the FDA on February 20, 2013
  • Made by Allergan (the makers of Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, Tazorac and much more).
  • Natrelle has a landing page for these implants.
  • It has a gradually tapered slope – thus called “shaped” rather than “round” implants.
  • The highly cohesive nature of the gel holds together and no gel migration has been observed through 7 years in ruptured implants.
  • According to their website, The Natrelle 410 breast implant has a 69% lower capsular contracture rate than Natrelle Round Silicone Filled Implants at 6 years.
  • Allergan has a directions for use webpage for surgeons on this implant.
  • Indicated for women age 22 years or older.
  • The highly cohesive gel has also been called the gummy bear breast implant
  • Reasons to avoid the Natrelle 410 Shaped Highly Cohesive Breast Implant

Natrelle Dimensions

  • The breast implant comes in many different sizes
Natrelle breast implant 3 dimensions

Natrelle width, height, and projection variables


Allergan Natrelle410 - choices of breast implant sizes


Visit Dr. Tammy Wu’s Breast Augmentation webpages for more info