Breast Augmentation (Saline Implants) Questions and Answers Archive

Oct
2000

Q&A: After having breast implants, can I still breast feed?

Question:

After having breast implants, can I still breast feed?

- Jessica

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Jessica, The answer is it depends. Over 90% of women with breast implants either placed above or below the muscle can breast feed. Some ducts may be interrrupted in the procedure itself but, usually, many more are present. Hope this helps.

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



Sep
2000

Q&A: How do I find a doctor in my area to perform a trans-axillary (implant under the muscle) breast augmentation?

Question:

I am considering breast augmentation and wanted to know if there is a doctor in the Atlanta GA area that has heard of and performs a procedure called Trans -Auxillery...where the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle in the chest. This is the procedure I am interested in having and wanted a listing of doctors in the area that have perfected and perform this technique. Any assistance/informationis greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

- Debbie

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Breast Augmentation can be performed a variety of different ways. One of them is the trans-axillary approach that you discuss. It may not be the optimal operative approach for you. It would be a good idea to find a good qualified Plastic Surgeon and discuss the operation that you want and the approach that you want. He/she may agree or disagree with you. Unfortunately, I do not know many plastic surgeons in that region. Check out the plasticsurgery.org website and select one that is in your area. Good luck. Maybe you would want to travel to Boca Raton Florida and have the operation performed by me! Good luck to you! JRBerman drb@drberman.com

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Aug
2000

Q&A: Once I get breast implants, will I need to replace them at come point?

Question:

Once I've had breast implants put in, will I ever have to replace them again? Can I just get them and never replace them? Why would anyone ever need to replace them?

- michelle

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

You probably will never need to replace the breast implants once placed. The manufacturers want us to inform our public that in the course of their lifetime there is a probability that the implants may need to be replaced in a person's lifetime. If the implants rupture or fail, then the implants need to be replaced.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Aug
2000

Q&A: Are those so called breast enhancer pill really effective?

Question:

Are those so called breast enhancer pill really effective? and if you have implants what are the effects or is there any?

- Dianne

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Breast enhancer pills are generally very low levels of hormone which have been found ineffective for breast growth. There are many effects and possible complications from having breasts implants, the most common of which is the development of firm breasts over time and the need for futrther operations. I would suggest that you visit with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss if the possible risks are overshadowed by the benefits of breast augmentation surgery - they are for many women.

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



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



Jan
2000

Q&A: How do I find a plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstruction of a breast that has been radiated and reconstructed with an implant after mastectomy?

Question:

How do I find a plastic surgeon in CT (or anywhere) who specializes in reconstruction of a breast that has been radiated, reconstructed with an implant after mastectomy. Need a better result.

- Ann

Answer:

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

Contact www.plasticsurgery.org. This is the national plastic surgery society and will list board certified plastic surgeons in your area with listings of the types of procedures that they do. Good luck. Carmen Paradis M.D.

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



Nov
1999

Q&A: What are the side effects or drawbacks of breast implants and is there an issue with breast feeding?

Question:

What are the side effects or drawbacks of breast implants? Can a woman still breast feed?

- nadia

Answer:

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

The major drawback is capsular contraction or hardening around the implant. There can be assymetry. There is a scar, though usually that is negligible. The implant can rupture and have to be replaced. There can be some decrease in sensation in the nipple-areola complex. You can still breast feed. Good luck Carmen Paradis M.D.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Should I not get breast implants if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Question:

I myself do not have Breast Cancer, but I have a family history of it, should I not get Breast implants?

- Terrie

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

You can certainly have breast implants placed. They are safe and do not cause breast cancer. You need to continue to do the same as all women, get mammograms, self breast exam daily, and frequent visits to your ob/gyn or family practice or internal medicine doctor. We would be happy to see you in our office. Call and speak to Debbie at 561-495-2705. Thanks for your interest.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Sep
1999

Q&A: Will saline implants cause my breasts to sag after I get pregnant a second time?

Question:

i have a consultation with a surgeon on monday but i have been told that with a saline implant and if i got pregnant again i would sag real bad?? is this true??? i really need to know

- tami

Answer:

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

If your breasts are going to sag after pregnancy, they're going to sag. The implant will have nothing to do with that. Nor will the type of implant. Good luck Carmen Paradis M.D.

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