Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) Questions and Answers Archive

Oct
2001

Q&A: How do I locate a patient referral website to locate the top five breast augmentation plastic surgeons?

Question:

i would like to know how to locate the top 5 breast augmentation plastic surgeons in shreveport,la/dallas,tx. i do not know of any patient referral websites that i may locate to find this information. i would prefer to find a plastic surgeons through actual patients recommendations rather than a physician/medical referral service. any information you may have to assist in my inquiry would be greatly appreciated.

- kristie

Answer:

 Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Ask your internist or family practice or general surgeon .

-- Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Sep
2001

Q&A: Breast Augmentation done 6 or 7 years ago. Getting light colored circles that itch under my nipple. Do I have an infection?

Question:

I had Breast Augmentation done 6 or 7 years ago. I have noticed the last 6 months that my left breast, right under the nipple, somtimes gets these light colored circles that itch. There almost like little sores. They scab up and than go away. I have been extremley tired and just am not myself. Could this be an infection from the implant? Thank You Charlena

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Charlena, I doubt that that would be the only symptom from an implant infection. It may be shingles since you are so tired and that may be from other causes. I would suggest that you visit with a dermatologist or your plastic surgeon in order to see what the problem is and what can be done to correct it.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Sep
2001

Q&A: Is it possible to have breast augmentation and thigh liposuction done at the same time and what could be the dangers?

Question:

I'm researching any info I can get about having lipo on my innerouter thigh area while i'm having breast augmentation. Is this posssible and what are the dangers..

- susan

Answer 1:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Susan, Very few dangers. These are commonly performed together procedures. The only problem with the inner thigh area is that no matter how carefully the liposuction is performed, the skin is relatively thin and the risk of irregularities (meaning contour differences - usually slight)is high.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 2:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Both procedures can be performed at the same time. I prefer to perform those procedures separately. Check out www. plasticsurgery.org

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Sep
2001

Q&A: How do I find a doctor that will listen to what I want for breast augmentation and spider vein removal?

Question:

I am interested in breast augmentation. I am a 36A (I used to be a B Cup before having 2 children)I went to see 2 dr's in my area for a consultation and I didn't really care for either of them, they really didn't listen to what I wanted. I would like to be somewhere between a B/C Cup They both thought I should go bigger...if I was going to go through surgery I should make it worth my while! I am 37, small boned, 5'8, 130 lbs. How do I find a Dr who will work with me? I also would like to know more about removing spider veins on my legs. Thanks so much, Michele

Answer 1:

Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Good for you! There is no reason to be bigger than you need to be. One idea is to take a some rice (30cc equals one oz.) and put the rice in a baggie and see what number of ounces looks good in a bra. Then multiply the number by 30 and you will get a number of ccs. There are many excellent plastic surgeons who will accomodate you.

--Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mountain View, California

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Michele, I am never certain what doctors are thinking when they try to impose their own aesthetics on their patients. They do no have to live with your breasts for the rest of their lives. I would suggest that you may have to travel to a larger center in order to find a doctor who will work with you.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 3:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Sorry, Michele, I forgot to mention that there are two ways of treating spider veins: sclerotherapy and lasers. For the most part, sclerotherapy works better on larger vessels with less recurrence and lasers are useful for the smaller vessels.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2001

Q&A: Should I consider the umbilical (naval) incision site for breast augmentation and will the breast be place accurately?

Question:

I am scheduled for a breast augmentation surgery in one week. My surgeon has given me several choices of incision sites--Under the breast, axilla, nipple, or unbilical region. I am very familiar with the under the breast approach, but not so familiar with the navel/umbilical approach. The staff at the surgeon's office really are pushing for the umbilical approach where there will be no scarring in the breast area, but I am hesistant as I know very little about this procedure. Are you familiar with this approach? Do you think that this procedure is easier to rehab from? Do you think that the implants will be put in with the accuracy as they can be with the slit under the breast?

- Christy

Answer 1:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Christy, Not only is it more difficult to make an even pocket for the implant but, the implant manufacturers (last time I checked) will not cover the implants for problems such as leakage if they are placed through the umbilical approach. Most of us prefer a site on or near the breast.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 2:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Smaller scars are achieved with a navel operation. Normally, whether I place breast implants in via the inframammary, periareolar, armpit approach, the incision is only about 1.5 inches. I get great exposure and see everything very easily and I am "right there". Is an 1.5 inch incision too big? I do not think so. I see no advantage placing implants in via the umbilicus.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Aug
2001

Q&A: What should I do if my breast augmentation resulted in implants that look and feel rippled?

Question:

I had breast augmentation 2/01. It was planned that I would receive textured implants. After the surgery my Dr. advised me I had too thin of skin for textured. I requested my original breast size of 36D (after babies & weight loss I was a 36B). I am 40 years old. My main concern is that the implants look and feel rippled (all the way around), as though they are too large for the size I requested. It is as though there is too much material for the fluid amount. Is this possible?

- Teresa

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Be fair to your plastic surgeon and ask him/her what they think they can do to help you. I believe that the doctor acted in your best interest to give the best operation for you. Your questions are reasonable. Ask your doctor! We here have not examined you and it is easy to render an opinion as a "monday morning quaterback."

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida