Breasts

Breast enhancement is the most popular plastic surgery procedure. Every patient is carefully evaluated and measured to provide the best outcome. Two methods for implant size is used. The first method is Vectra 3D Imaging which uses photo modification software to virtually implant various sizes on your own body. The second method is using silicone breast implant sizers and a fitted bra which the patient decides the final implant size. Silicone and saline breast implants are discussed.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Should I wait until I am done having children to have augmentation?

Pregnancy will change the size and shape of a woman’s breasts whether she has implants or not. These changes may adversely affect the cosmetic appearance of any augmented breast. It is usually recommended that pregnancy be postponed until 6 months after the surgery. Breast-feeding with implants is still possible and has been shown to be safe for the baby and the mother.

How long until I can exercise?

It is recommended that patients begin walking immediately after surgery. However, women should not perform any intense physical exercise for six weeks following the operation. Physical exercise including weight lifting, biking, jogging, and other forms of intense activities may cause implants to shift position or cause wound healing problems that may alter the appearance of the breasts after surgery.

Where will the scar be placed?

The scar will be placed under the breast. Hiding the scar underneath the breast makes it visible only when you are completely naked and someone is below you, lifting the breast and looking up. This is far and away, in our opinion, the best hidden of all of the incisions. It provides the best visualization for the surgeon, which ensures that you have the most accurate implant placement so that the breast implants can sit as symmetrically as possible. It is also, in our opinion, the least visible of all of the incisions. It is the incision recommended for the majority of our patients. It also allows us to stay far away from the milk ducts, which means that it will have no effect on breastfeeding over the long-term as well.

When can I go back to work?

The answer to this question lies in what type of work you do. If you have a typical desk job, you can generally return to work within 48 hours. One of the things that we will do at your consultation is specifically discuss your work requirements and what your specific job functions are. If you have a more physically active job, we may tailor a return-to-work schedule to what is necessary in order to perform all of the tasks at your job.

A breast lift improves the contour the breast by removing excess skin tissue that may have developed after pregnancy or weight loss.

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What is a mastopexy?

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic mammoplasty procedure that lifts sagging breasts, altering their elevation, contour and size.

How soon will I see results?

The timeline of results, just like recovery, varies on a case-by-case basis. However, you should expect to see initial results after a few weeks post-op. The final shape of your breasts will become apparent around two to 12 months post-op.

Can breast implants be placed at the time of the breast lift?

Yes. We often place implants to help fill out the shape of the breast as well as remove the excess skin to elevate the sagging skin.

A breast reduction removes excess skin and soft tissue from the breasts improving overall body-breast balance.

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Will this procedure be covered by my insurance?

At this time Dr. Plank does not do breast reductions through insurance.

Should I lose weight before a breast reduction?

If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, tell your surgeon. Weight loss before or after breast reduction surgery can affect the resulting shape of the breast.

What do I wear after breast reduction surgery?

Patients are commonly given a surgical bra to wear for two weeks after surgery, 24 hours a day. At your follow-up visit, your care team will let you know if you should continue to wear the surgical bra or if you can wear a similar support garment of your choice. They will also let you know when it is appropriate to wear a traditional bra. It is commonly advised to avoid underwire bras for three months after breast reduction surgery.

Where are the incisions? Will there be scars?

The incisions are either made around the nipple and down the inferior part of the breast, or around the nipple, down the breast, and under the breast in an “anchor” pattern. There will always be visible scars following surgery.

What is the recovery?

Most patients note only soreness of the breast following surgery, and many are off pain medication within two days. Light activity is permitted the same day of surgery, but heavy lifting and exercise are restricted for six weeks following surgery.

Gynecomastia surgery is removal of excess soft tissue, and sometimes skin, from male breasts.

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