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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon l Former, Chief Plastic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital

140 Sherman Street, Fairfield, CT 06824
Rosenthal Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center

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FAQs About Breast Augmentation

What are some of the reasons woman have a breast augmentation?

The stories are varied, but the common theme is to enhance body image and
shape. Often women are either born less endowed or they lose breast
shape and volume after pregnancy or due to gravity. Anatomical-shaped
implants resemble the breast most closely to fill the hollows and help
to support the skin and nipple. The size and shape improvement gives a
physical and psychological boost.

When is the optimal time for my surgery?

Being in the best shape mentally and physically, including being close to your
optimal weight, is best. Surgery may be something you have been
contemplating for some time. Reading about the procedure and having
realistic expectations will serve you well. It is best to wait a few months after
breast feeding has stopped so that the shape of the breast is closer to
normal.

Will my nipple position change?

If you start out with a very low nipple then it will not be raised without
additional skin removal (mastopexy).

What will the shape look like?

The shape will continue to improve over six weeks with the emergence of the
final appearance requiring 1 year. The upper portion of the breast usually
swells to a greater degree taking a bit more time to get to its optimum better shape. The larger the
implant, the more permanent this will be.

Do you place the implant above or under the chest muscle?

In most instances, the implant is placed below the muscle. The lower 1/3 of
the implant is only covered by the breast tissue and skin. The muscle helps to
pad the implant in case it becomes firm, and it aides in separating the breast
from the implant during future mammography exams.

Where is the scar?

The scar is placed near the lower breast fold. It is usually about 2 ½ inches
long and located at the bottom of the breast.  I find this preferable to going through
the areola or axilla, as the implants can be placed more precisely.

What type of implant is used?

Anatomical or tear-drop shaped saline filled implants are used in the majority
of procedures to give a natural appearance.

Is there a warranty for the implants in case they rupture or deflate?

The implant company offers you a warranty for the implants. You will
register with the company after the surgery.

Will I be symmetrical after the surgery?

Everyone is uneven. One breast is always higher, fuller, lower or less full than the
other. After surgery the symmetry of the breasts should be more even, but will
never be the exactly the same. All efforts will be made to match the breasts.

Can the implants become hard or distorted?

The implants are man-made, and as such, the body forms a wall of scar tissue
around them in all instances. Sometimes this wall of scar tissue is overabundant and the
implants become firm or hard. One side may be firmer than the other. If this occurs, the implants can be removed or left alone. The firmness is not a
danger to you. In the majority of cases, the scar tissue is mild.

Where is the surgery performed?

Surgery is performed either at The Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport or at Bridgeport
Hospital.

What will I need before surgery?

You may be asked to obtain a mammogram and a medical evaluation by your
family physician to ensure that you are healthy and in the best possible health.

Will I stay overnight?

You will go home the same day as the procedure.

Will I wear a garment?

You will be given two supportive garments (bras) to be worn for at least 3 weeks. A
plastic dressing is placed over the stitches so that you may shower the day after
surgery. When you resume more active exercise in 3-4 weeks, it is recommended
that you wear an elastic sports garment or sports bra for support.

Will smoking effect my healing?

Yes – each cigarette’s effect lasts 12 hours on the blood vessels of the body.
Smoking causes the skin to heal poorly and the complications associated with
smoking are tremendous. Even second hand smoke during the weeks before and
after surgery will adversely affect your results. Stopping is a must before and after
any operation.

Type of Anesthesia:

You are gently put to sleep so that you will be comfortable throughout the
operation. Once asleep, I will place a local anesthetic under the skin so that you
will feel no discomfort and the amount of medicine you receive during the
operation will be minimized. By putting you to sleep, your heart rate, blood
pressure and amount of oxygen will be optimized.

How long will the surgery take?

My objective is to give you my best effort. That means not rushing through
your surgery. I take my time and like to be
meticulous. There are many things that must be done before the
operation begins. These include washing and preparing the
area, making sure that your body is well cushioned and your legs are
placed in special boots to compress them during the surgery. Likewise, at
the end of surgery I need to apply a special well padded
dressing. But rest assured that being asleep for hours is generally very safe
so the 2.5- 3.5 hours you sleep will be just fine. I will also wait in
recovery after the surgery to be certain that all is going well before I leave.

What can I expect?

Within a few weeks you will note an improvement in your shape, as well as
a better fit in your clothing.

Is there any pain?

Generally, there is moderate discomfort. A prescription to help alleviate
pain, should it arise, will be given before surgery.

When can I resume activities?

It is best to relax for the first 10 days. Bruising is variable and usually
located along the lower breast. Due to gravity, the swelling and bruising
may descend to lower positions. After 3 weeks you should be almost back
to your old self except with a new and improved body. It is not a good
idea to exercise or increase your heart rate for 3 weeks from the time of
surgery, and we recommend no vigorous lifting or exercise for 6 weeks from surgery. This
will help to diminish your swelling and improve the rate at which you heal.

What can I do to expedite my healing?

We will give you a set of guidelines informing you of what medicines to stay
away from and which vitamins to take before and after the surgery. Do
not allow anyone to smoke in your presence for weeks. Using ice often,
resting, maintaining a low salt diet and having a positive attitude all go a
long way to assisting your recovery.

When will I see you again?

Depending upon the combination of surgeries, you will re-visit the office
within 4-8 days. There will be multiple visits (which are included in your
care) to evaluate your progress and support your healing needs.

Are there any additional fees to what was quoted?

If the surgery takes a bit longer (as there is never a rush), a bit more may
be owed for the operating room and anesthesia. However, if future
surgery or procedures are necessary, there will be additional fees for
anesthesia, the operating room and the surgeon

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