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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Girdle not harmful: Although wearing a girdle is not harmful to the fetus, it is completely unnecessary, as it will do nothing to prevent the potential stretching of your skin. Many of my patients who had children after a tummy tuck did very well, but some needed a smaller revision surgery after the pregnancy. The most effective way of limiting stretch is to limit your weight gain to 20-25 pounds.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Tummy tuck surgery usually involves sewing up the muscles, flattening the abdominal wall, and this is the most painful part. Many surgeons use a post operative anesthetic pump that bathes the muscle with numbing medicine, making the discomfort after surgery much less. The pump is empty at 3 days, but the numbing effect lasts for the duration of recovery.
A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
You can't: There are many reasons for asymmetry in the appearance of the eyes. Virtually all would require a surgery to improve. Occasionally, Botox or a filler may improve the appearance though.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Still healing!: Numbness and swelling are both normal after abdominoplasty. They are not related, but both take 6 to 12 months to completely resolve. Occasionally, some areas of the belly will remain numb, usually in the midline, below the belly button. Be sure to follow up regularly with your surgeon.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Between $8K and $15K: Performing surgery in a certified outpatient surgery center is expensive, and can cost about $1000 per hour. A breast augmentation and lift may take 2 to 4 hours. Breast implants ranger from $500 for saline to $1500 for silicone. So a three hour surgery with silicone gel implants costs $4500, without the surgeon's fee. This should only be performed by specialists, so don't cheat yourself.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Benefits are likely: The benefits of breast augmentation are greater self esteem, confidence, and happiness with self appearance. The drawbacks are risk of complications that may lead to a revision surgery. Unfortunately the national average for that risk is high, 20% in three years. However, qualified surgeons that utilize dimensional-based planning have a much lower risk, about 3%. Check credentials for asaps.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
NO: Breast augmentation will not prevent you from becoming pregnant or giving birth. The ability to breast feed is not always an easy task, even in the unoperated woman. Breast augmentation will not permanently interrupt milk ducts, however there is a 3 to 5% chance of decreased nipple sensation after augmentation. This could theoretically make breast feeding more difficult.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Breast Augmentation : Breast augmentation is safe in all women. There are no level i studies that suggest otherwise. Mammograms can be negatively effected by implants, but mammograms are more negatively effected by breast tissue itself. This is why the us preventative service task force recommends baseline mammograms at 50.
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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
A few days: Short answer: whenever it is comfortable. The incisions will seal in 48 hours so you can get them wet after that. I usually advise my patients not to wear underwire bras for 2-3 weeks because they are not comfortable, but other than that, you can wear a swimsuit whenever it is comfortable after augmentation.
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