Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) Questions and Answers Archive

Jul
2000

Q&A: Are there alternatives to breast implants such as creams, estrogen or supplements to enlarge the breasts?

Question:

Do herbal breast enlargement tablets, creams or estrogens really make breast bigger?

- Cheer

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

No, not at all. If these worked, we would much prefer them to the use of implants. Hope this helps.

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



Jul
2000

Q&A: What can I do outside of surgery to reduce my huge male breasts?

Question:

i have huge size breats for a guy and i was wondering what excersises i should try before i consider plastic surgery, and if there is anything else i can try

- Dan

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast. There are a number of causes for this although it is usually idiopathic (unknown cause). You should visit with a medical doctor or endocrinologist to make certain that your hormonal status is normal. If it is, which is usually the case, the best available treatment is ultrasonic liposuction. Although there are no excercies or ways to spot reduce, overall weight loss (if you are overweight) will help. The ultrasonic liposuction is best able to handle the fobrous tissue in the male breast and works much better than regular liposuction in the treatment of this condition.

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



Nov
2000

Q&A: How do I find out the Canadian name equivalent to the US Board Certified Plastic Surgeons?

Question:

I live in VT and am looking at having breast augmentation performed in Montreal, Canada. What is the Canadian equivalent of being board certified in the U.S.? I'm having a hard time researching my doctor because he's in another country. Thank you!

- Christine

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

I am not sure. I think it is the Royal Society of Canadian Plastic Surgeons. WHy don't you ask your canadian surgeon himself/herself that question?

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Jan
2000

Q&A: What are the advantages and disadvantages of using surgical drains for a breast augmentation procedure?

Question:

I have spoken to a few doctors about breast augmentation and some of them use surgical drains and others don't. I was wondering what would be the reason to use them and also the advanteges and disadvanteges in the long run. If I were to get the breast augmentation sugery would it be to my advantage to go with a doctor who uses drains? Thankyou!

- leila

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

I do not use drains. I never had. I'm not sure why they are used for this operation.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Oct
1999

Q&A: Should I wait to have breast augmentation after having my next child if my breasts did not enlarge much from the first pregnancy?

Question:

Should I wait until after my having another child (I'm 38 and have a 7mo old)before considering breast augmentation? I know I should be able to breastfeed, but I'm concerned about the "look" of the breast after childbirth after augmentation? I never got much bigger with the first pregnancy. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- Michelle

Answer:

Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

If your breast did not change significantly with your previously pregnancy, they may not with a subsequent one, but there is no way to be certain. The change usually related to the development of excess skin and subsequent sagging if the breast becomes quite large during pregnancy and/or breast-feeding. Good luck Carmen Paradis M.D.

--Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D.
Cleveland, Ohio



Sep
1999

Q&A: Should I consider a contoured or a round breast implant for breast augmentation surgery?

Question:

I am considering breast augmentation and I am not sure which shape of implant I want the anatomical(contoured) or the round. I am not sure if one is better than the other. If you could give your opinion I would appreciate it. Thanks Theresa

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

It is a good question. It is one that you probably should pose to the plastic surgeon you want to do your surgery. Depending on his answer might help you determine whether you want him or her to perform the surgery.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida