Breast Augmentation Blog

Q: Why Do Natrelle Saline Implant Shell Have a Small Amount of Cc Fill Comparing to Mentor?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 08:40

Mentor seems to have around 80cc's where as natrelle only has 20cc fill. Anything over that is considered overfill. I'm getting 320 natrelle HP implants. my doctor wants to either fill it up to 350 or fill it up to 370. I'm a little worried filling it to 370 to make the implant feel more firm and look too fake. I am opting for the natural look but want around 375 cc's Would getting a 330 mentor HP implant and filling it to 370 make a difference? (in look and firmness)

A: Staying within the manufacturer’s parameters is a good idea

Staying within the manufacturer’s parameters is a good idea as it will preserve your warranty. I would not worry about the range difference between the two companies as all these implants are over engineered to be filled multiple times beyond their designated volumes. What usually fails is the shell from cracks at folds or from valves that leak. The footprint design and projection are what matter to your look and not the degree to which implants are overfilled. So probably not such a good plan to choose the lower designated volume Mentor to overfill. Overfilling to prevent ripples is overrated.

Q: Breast Augmentation Revision: How Long Until They Feel Real?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:09

I had salines put in about 4 months ago and did not like them so I had them exchanged for smaller 250 cc silicones through the aerola.They dont seem swollen now 3 weeks after surgery and the incision is healing really well but i can feel the implant in my breast just as much as I did my saline and it is hard and tender at the bottom of my breast.Will they soften up more just like they did before or are they pretty much the final result wen u hav a revision? (I was a small c before implants)

A: 3wks is very early after surgery breast-they will feel different

3wks is very early after surgery, especially if a capsulectomy was performed. You can be sure to that it will change. I have attached an information page on healing following breast augmentation at my website detailing what to expect with tips that might help. Wishing you the best.

Q: How Swollen Will I Be After Breast Augmentation?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:57

I am a 20 year old college student and after the spring semester I plan on having both breast augmentation (smooth, round, saline under the muscle, inserted through nipple) and septo rhinoplasty (he will be breaking the bones). Two weeks later summer school starts and I'm wondering if I will look like a wreck when I go back to school with only a 2 week recovery.

A: Your breasts should look good by the time you return to school

Your breasts should look good by the time you return to school. The nose might be more of a problem with swelling and bruising. However, with your clothing over your breasts (even if bruised) your new figure should show beautifully.

Things to know... definitely more painful when placed under the muscle so you might want to avoid gym at beginning of the semester.... with clothes off, your breast bruising still might be noticeable for several weeks into school.

I have attached some of the details to expect with tips on healing at informational website. Hope you find it helpful.

Q: Doctor Recommendation for Breast Augmentation Revision

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:51

I had a breast augmentation 21 days ago and my surgeon now says that my breast tissue is falling over my implants and the correction is a breast lift.As this problem is due to my original surgeon not providing the proper treatment,I am beginning a search for a new surgeon for the revision.

I am willing to travel on the eastern coast of the US or between Montreal and Toronto in Canada for the most experienced surgeon.I need an idea of cost and experience with this kind of deformity that you have.

A: I am sorry you have had this poor experience.

I am sorry you have had this poor experience. In Montreal we have wonderful Plastic Surgeons. Perhaps you should start your search for a reputable plastic surgeon by way of plastic surgery societies in Quebec, Canada, and US.

Q: Uneven Nipples After Breast Augmentation

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:38

I had a breast aug 3 days ago. I was previously a 34B and got 300cc smooth under the muscle Mentor silicone. Based on what I've read I understand that it takes a while for them to drop. However, the implant on my right breast has dropped and the left one is a very weird shape and extremely high up. Due to this, my nipples are completely uneven (they were fine pre-op). I just want to make sure that this is normal and that my breasts aren't gonna stay uneven forever. About how long will it take?

A: 3 days after surgery is early

Asymmetry early after surgery is often accentuated by the swelling and tight submuscular pocket. The tight pocket often drives the implant superiorly. As swelling subsides and your tissues relax the implant will often descend into a better position. You can help it along with specialized garments to push the breast inferiorly. This is worthwhile doing consistently in the first 6 weeks before the pocket fully forms and seals the implant to its final position.

Q: Bottoming Out After Breast Augmentation

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:14

Three Weeks Post-op BA and BL, Bottoming out in Right Breast? I had 300 cc silicone moderate profile smooth round implants. I was 32A and wanted to achieve 32B, a natural look. I am starting to worry that my nipples might be too high and the right breast is starting to bottom out?

A: Appear to have had vertical mastopexy

Based on your photos it appears that you had a vertical mastopexy with implants. Such mastopexies often appear long in the vertical inferior pole. That should not be confused with implant descent and bottoming out. Give it time to settle. When the scars are soft a minor revision of the inferior pole of the vertical scar might be warranted.

Q: 3 Months Post BA and Anchor Lift: Will a Lollipop Lift Help Saggy Breasts?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:07

I had a BA and anchor lift on 1/12/11. My rt breast developed a capsular contracture and my left breast is falling into my arm pit and is flat in the upper pole and the bottom is flat and pointy and ugly. My right breast has the CC but at least it has upper fullness. Both are still saggy. My PS agreed to do a lollipop lift for free in his office under a local. If I want the CC removed I have to pay $2400 for hosp/anesthesia fees only. Do you think a lift will help and is it ok to ignore CC?

A: Based on your photos I suspect the implants are submuscular...

Submuscular implants with mastopexy are challenges for recurrent double bubble and waterfall deformity as the breast descent is common while the submuscluar implant is trapped high by the muscle.

Perhaps you should consider having this addressed by implant exchange into submammary position with cohesive gel and a redo mastopexy.

I am not in favor of simply a mastopexy in the office.

Q: Breast Augmentation Recommendations for Appropriate Size & Profile

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:57

Scheduled for a BA - April 28,2011. My PS recommends a Mentor,smooth,300cc HP or 275 cc Mod+. I feel this is smaller for my body type than I was expecting(from my research in what I have seen from other ladies of my stature averaging 350-375cc's).

I am 5'8 1/2" tall, 130lbs, 30" ribcage, 34 AA, 16 cm sternum to aerola, 18cm sternum to nipple, 5cm nipple to breast crease, BWD - 11.7cm. Looking for opinions on an appropriate size as hoping for a bit bigger (~375cc max). Is this possible for me?

A: Breast width dimension is a good guide

Your BWD of 11.7cm has you as a suitable candidate for multiple sizes and projections from base width to 11.5 to 12.5. I would suggest your review with your surgeon the various size and projection options with those base widths to come to an implant with your goals in mind.

Q: Should I be Moving Around Immediately After Breast Augmentation?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:50

My doctor is saying to get up even at night every 1-2 hours for 4 days following surgery. Is this what is recommended? Also, some doctors recommend resuming normal things (light housework and exercises with your hands above your head) immediately. My doctor says not to put my hands above my head for the first week.

Why are there such conflicting instructions for the same surgery? I found the same confliction regarding icing breasts after surgery. Could I get some answers to these? Thanks.

 

A: Staying ambulatory is good for the circulation

Staying ambulatory is good for the circulation and prevention of DVT. However, after breast augmentation too much movement in the first several days after breast augmentation should be avoided to reduce the risk of seroma and hematoma. This risk reduces progressively so that light housework can be resume in 2 weeks and heavy work recommenced at 6 weeks.