What is Breast Augmentation?
Answer: Breast Augmentation
is an operative procedure whereby an implant is placed under the breast
for enlargement. The implant can be placed either immediately under
the breast or under the pectoral muscle.
Are there any visible scars?
Answer: The scars are barely visible. The most popular approach
is a small incision less than one inch in length, placed just inside
the border of the areola. The fact that the areola is a contractile
structure with muscles in the skin, invariably produces a very fine
and invisible scar. There are other possible approaches through
in the armpit or below the breast fold. These scars are slightly
Is there any numbness in the nipple after the operation?
Answer: No. The majority of
people have no residual numbness in the skin of the nipple or the areola.
Occasionally, some numbness may be noted temporarily after the operation
in the lower half of the breast. In rare cases, there is some residual
numbness seen in about 5-10 % of patients. Nipple erection is not affected.
Can I breast feed after the operation?
In the majority of cases the implant is placed behind the muscle
so it is not even in contact with the breast tissue. It is rather a
“spacer” occupying the area between the rib cage and the pectoralis
muscle. In it’s natural way, the breast will engorge and involute during
and following pregnancy without
any interference from the inert implant.
What if the implant ruptures?
Answer: Deflation of saline
implants is extremely rare. If it should happen, the saline is redistributed
in the body fluids. The implant can then be replaced.
What types of implants are used?
Answer: Two type
of saline implants are commonly used: smooth and textured. In certain
instances newer and improved silicone implants are used.
Is the operation safe?
Answer: Yes. The majority
of women undergoing breast enlargement are usually healthy and surgical
and anesthesia risks are generally minimal. The surgery is performed
accredited surgical facility with experienced board certified
surgeons and anesthesiologists using state of the art technology.
What are the risks?
Answer: As with any surgery, there are possible risks related
to infection, fluid collections, malposition, rippling or partial deflation
of the implant. Antibiotics are routinely prescribed to minimize the
chance of infection and fluid collection. Malpositioning and deflation
are rare and correctable. Rippling is minimized by placing the implant
under the pectoralis muscle. Overall, complications are rare and made
more so by strict attention to detail in surgical technique and post
How much time off work should I take?
Answer: The recovery usually lasts about one week to ten days.
There is some limitation
of shoulder movements in
the few days following the surgery, but with the supplemental
use of local anesthesia the discomfort is minimized and rapid
recovery is hastened.
How soon can I resume workouts?
Answer: In general, I recommend
waiting about six weeks before resuming full workouts. Gentle walking,
exercises including limited use of the treadmill or stair master can
be started three weeks after the surgery.
Do I need to massage the implants after the surgery?
Answer: In the majority of
the cases, there is no need for any massage. This is particularly true
of textured saline implants. Occasionally, smooth saline implants may
benefit from massaging.
Can I travel by plane after my surgery.
Answer: Air travel is very
safe. Even the day after breast surgery.
Airplane cabins are pressurized and there should be no untoward
When do the stitches come out?
Answer: My special
technique involves the use of dissolving absorbable sutures with no
stitches in the skin. A
small tape bandage is used to cover the incision.
The tape usually is removed in about ten days.
When can I shower after the surgery?
Answer: As soon
as you feel comfortable doing so. When the implant is placed below the
muscle it generally limits shoulder movements.
Moving the arms above the level of the shoulders for washing
the hair etc. can be slightly uncomfortable in the first day or two.
The breast itself can be gently washed in the shower as early as 24
hours after the surgery.
How much does it cost?
Answer: The range of surgical
fees for breast surgery is between $4950.00 and $9950.00 These fees
depend on the complexity of the surgery including the need for breast
enlargement combined with breast lift as well as other procedures in
the adjacent area, including liposuction of fat collections in front
of the arm pit area.