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Release: March 13, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast augmentation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Al S. Aly, M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor (clinical) of surgery and otolaryngology and a plastic surgeon with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on breast augmentation with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, March 14.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Each year, more than a million Americans undergo plastic surgery to improve their appearance. Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. It is performed for a number of reasons: to enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small; to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy; to balance a difference in breast size; or to reconstruct breasts following breast surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Aly completed residencies in otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami. He completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California-Irvine. He joined the staff of UI Health Care in 1997.

Aly is board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He is editor-in-chief of the first and only plastic surgery textbook on the Internet. His clinical expertise is in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, total body contouring, breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.