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Doctor insights on: Breast Augmentation Scar Hardening

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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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What are possible complications from removing capsular contractures (hardening of breast tissue after breast augmentation)?

What are possible complications from removing capsular contractures (hardening of breast tissue after breast augmentation)?

Usual Suspects: Bleeding, infection, recurrence of capsular contrature, thinning of the breast tissue, scar formation and breast implant malposition are among the more common problems that can occur. The upside is softer breasts and pain relief if you are experiencing soreness in the breasts currently. ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation surgery painful?

Is breast augmentation surgery painful?

Moderately: Discomfort after breast augmentation surgery varies but most patients will need prescription strength pain medication for about 3 days. ...Read more

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Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Depends: For smaller volume increases, fat transfer works as well as implants. However for larger volumes, it may take several stages and is more difficult to get the same result as an implant. It also depends on the amount of breast tissue you start with, because fat transfer needs some tissue to survive. Generally speaking, it is more economical to get implants. ...Read more

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Uplift sagging breast without surgery?

Uplift sagging breast without surgery?

A bra or support: The only way to truly lift the breast without surgery is by using a bra or some form of external support such as adhesive tape or supports. There is no magic wand. ...Read more

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Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Both are safe: Both operations are extremely safe, but breast reduction takes longer in the operating room and involves more incisions and scars. Augmentation involves use of implants, which are also safe but have their own particular issues. Obviously, one woman cannot need both operations, so individual medical details are much more relevant, and both operations (in different patients) are quite low-risk! ...Read more

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Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

Yes: The presence of any implant, saline or silicone, will affect how the mammograms are performed. If the test is completed in a standard fashion there may be up to 15% of the breast tissue that still will require additional imaging. ...Read more

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Are there scars left post breast augmentation procedures?

Are there scars left post breast augmentation procedures?

Yes: There is always going to be a scar after a surgical procedure. How a scar heals and fades is unique to each person, and can take up to a year. Scars for a breast augmentation can be hidden in the breast fold (underneath the breast), around the areola (dark skin around the nipple), or in the armpit. ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Benefits > risks: Every surgery has risks and benefits, so it comes down to what we call the risk/benefit ratio. Silicone breast implants have been studied more than any other medical device and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective. Thre are a lot of things to consider however so you should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon in detail. ...Read more

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Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Ruptured or not.: Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required. Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures. ...Read more

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Could breast implants weight less than breast tissue?

Could breast implants weight less than breast tissue?

Perhaps, not usually: The density of silicone implants is very close to breast tissue as it approximates the density of water. However this is not typically the case as most breast mass is a combination of tissue/gland (more dense than silicone) and fat which is less dense than silicone. ...Read more

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Is there an obvious scar after breast or areolar reduction surgery?

Breast Scars: With every surgery there will be scars. Early on, your scars will be red, raised, and "angry". This acute phase of wound healing lasts anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. After this acute phase has ended, your scar will enter the "mature" phase, where the red, raised scar softens and pales, becoming difficult to see. Scars are also placed in inconspicuous areas whenever possible. ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation surgery safe?

Is breast augmentation surgery safe?

Yes generally: speaking. Its safety will, more precisely depend on the specific patient's state of health, surgical technique, and surgeon's experience and dedication, to name some factors. ...Read more

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After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

Rarely: Breast cancer surgeons have learned a lot from our plastic surgery colleagues and now try to apply many of the same principles that they follow with breast surgery so that we can, first and foremost, remove what we need to, but do so with minimal aesthetic changes. Of course, the size of the tumor relative to the breast and it's location will have an effect, but most patients have minimal changes. ...Read more

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After breast augmentation has the surgery affected nipple sensation?

After breast augmentation has the surgery affected nipple sensation?

It is possible: One of the potential risks of breast augmentation surgery is decrease or loss of nipple sensation. The published risk is about 10%. The nerve that gives the nipple sensation can be injured when the pocket that will contain the implant is created. If the nerve is injured or worse yet cut, there may be temporary or permanent loss of nipple sensation. ...Read more

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Do breast implants weight more than breast tissue?

Do breast implants weight more than breast tissue?

Yes: Saline implants are somewhat heavier (for an equal volume) than breast tissue. Silicone implants have a very similar weight to natural breast tissue. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Augmentation (Definition)

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size of the breast. It is commonly done with implants (saline or gel) or with fat transfer. There are advantages and ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more