Plastic Surgery: Your Top Five Questions

plastic-surgery-your-top-five-questionsCan I have a breast lift and implant done at the same time?

It is best to do these operations separate. When a lift is performed, the skin is made tight, and wounds are closed under tension. Adding an implant adds even more force, which can add to larger, more noticeable scarring. The implant size you want may not be possible, since the lift makes it more difficult to close the wound. Usually the size of the lift has to be reduced or the implant size has to be reduced. It’s better to have two surgeries than to have one that yields less than stellar results due to compromises necessary to make it possible. Fewer risks to the health of your breast come into play when one surgery is handled at once. You will be happier with your results if you wait.

How long is the expected recovery from liposuction?
Recovery is typically one week of rest before returning to work. One month later, with the office’s approval, you should be able to start simple exercise. Final results become apparent 3-6 months later.

How do you choose the correct implant size?
You do! There is a methodology for choosing a size that fits your particular dimensions, but at the end of the day, if you look at the implant chart and are not satisfied with the suggestion you are offered, then you won’t be happy having that implant on your body. We use implant charts, photos, and sizers to give you the best idea we can, but it’s up to you to make the choice. Ultimately, you will be happier that way.

How long is the expected recovery from breast implant surgery?
In the first week, it is best to take a week off from work to rest and to not wear a bra. Bra’s add extra stress and pressure that is antithetical to the healing process. At the one month mark, we meet again and remove stitches. Strenuous activity is not recommended until later, but low impact cardio is encouraged at this point. At two months an underwire bra is allowed and physical activity is increased.

Saline Implants or Silicone?
This is a choice that must be made after a fully comprehensive discussion with your doctor. Beyond aesthetic differences, rupture rate, density, safety, and cost are quite different. The feeling of either is also different, along with weight differences, approach of care and more. Let’s discuss this in our office at your next appointment.

Have any other questions? Call our office today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639!