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Does a breast augmentation procedure last forever?

Does a breast augmentation procedure last forever?

Breast implant life: Breast augmentation is most commonly performed with implants compared of a silicone shell with a salt water or silicone gel filling. They are designed to last forever, but like all man-made devices they are fallible and fail at a very low rate per year. You should prepare for the fact that you may need some additional surgery over the course of your life to replace them. ...Read more

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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


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How much does a breast augmentation usually cost?

How much does a breast augmentation usually cost?

Breast augmentation: The cost for a breast augmentation varies depending upon the type of implant selected, the location that surgery is to be performed, and ultimately the surgeon's expertise. The range for breast augmentation across the country will vary between 3500-10000$. You must seek the advise of a board certified plastic surgeon to guide your decision. ...Read more

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How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

Scarring: That depends. Everyone heals differently and some people may be prone to keloid scarring, which may not resolve over time. ...Read more

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How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

Depends: Regular saline or silicone gel implants feel alright. Some women say they feel somewhat heavy, but this may be due to going from no breast to a reconstructed breast literally within hours. More cohesive silicone gel implants feel more firm than regular breast tissue. ...Read more

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How long does breast implant removal take? How long should I plan to be in surgery for breast implant removal? .

How long does breast implant removal take? How long should I plan to be in surgery for breast implant removal?

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Varies.: Uncomplicated removal of breast implants may take 15 to 20 min. However, if removal of the surrounding breast implant capsule is also performed, surgery may take 1 to 1.5 hours. If the surrounding breast implant capsule has thickened/calcified and/or is symptomatic, patients may benefit from this additional procedure (capsulectomy). ...Read more

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How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Variably: Numbness is normal over the breast after surgery and gradually improves over time, typically months. Nipple numbness is rare afterwards but can be permanent. ...Read more

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Is male breast reduction surgery a permanent solution? Before i spend the money on male breast reduction, i want to be sure it's permanent. Do male breasts ever grow back after the surgery? .

Is male breast reduction surgery a permanent solution? Before i spend the money on male breast reduction, i want to be sure it's permanent. Do male breasts ever grow back after the surgery?

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Yes-permanent result: Male breast reduction surgery is for non-resolving breast growth in a normal/close to normal weight patients and can be pubertal, hormone induced or as side effect of medication. Once treated with a subcutaneous mastectomy or subtotal resection or aggressive liposuction, it is unusual to see recurrences. ...Read more

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How long does breast reduction surgery last?

How long does breast reduction surgery last?

Forever.: Once the excess breast skin and tissue is removed surgically, it is gone forever. However, the tissues that remain can respond to weight gain, hormonal changes, and the skin "brassiere" will stretch and sag as you age. Some women do require repeat breast reduction, but in the absence of weight gain or hormonal change it is rare. ...Read more

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How is a breast lift done exactly, and does it last?

How is a breast lift done exactly, and does it last?

Technique Depends...: There are different surgical techniques used to lift the breast. To determine which is best suited for you, you'll need to discuss your options with a board certified plastic surgeon. In general, the further the breast has fallen, the more extensive the surgery. A breast lift can be done with or without augmentation. ...Read more

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How long after having breast reduction surgery will I know my final bra size?

How long after having breast reduction surgery will I know my final bra size?

3-4 months: Although size will not change much after 2-4 weeks, the shape will change. I tell my patients not to spend money on expensive bras for the first 6 months. ...Read more

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Can I have a breast lift at the same time as breast implant removal? I'm having breast implant removal, but am concerned about sagging. Is it possible to have a breast lift at the same time? .

Can I have a breast lift at the same time as breast implant removal? I'm having breast implant removal, but am concerned about sagging. Is it possible to have a breast lift at the same time?

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Absolutely: Except for complicated cases with ruptured silicone gel implants, it it usually possible to remove the skin excess with the breast implants and provide a more shapely breast. This is similar to breast reduction surgery when breast tissue is removed and a lift is performed. Be certain to seek an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a breast implant last for life?

Can a breast implant last for life?

Limited duration: Breast implants do not last forever. The average duration of an implant is about 12 - 14 years. The outer shell becomes more brittle as they age, and eventually, a crack will form. This leads to deflation / leakage and the need for replacement. ...Read more

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What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work? .

What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work?

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It Expands..: After a mastectomy, assuming you are going to have an implant reconstruction, a space needs to be created to accomodate a soft implant. A tissue expander is like a deflated balloon that the doctor pumps up in their office (usually weekly) afte putting it in flat. It creates the space for a permanent implant to be put later. ...Read more

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How painful does a tummy tuck and a male breast surgery hurt?

How painful does a tummy tuck and a male breast surgery hurt?

Painful.: These surgeries are generally safe, but painful. Good news is that there is pain medicine that helps with the pain and the patient will be provided with that medication by their doctor when they go through the surgery and after the surgery. ...Read more

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How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Moderately.: Generally, most patients do very well after breast reduction surgery. This operation tends to be less painful than other operations such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery. Most patients require pain medication for approximately one week after the procedure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. ...Read more

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Breast augmentation when is it safe to fly after a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation when is it safe to fly after a breast augmentation?

1 week: In my practice we want our patients to wait 1 week before they fly or travel. Although with restrictions, it is safe to take a fight approx 1 week after surfer and you will be a lot more comfortable at the 1 week point as well. ...Read more

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Breast revision is needed how many years after implants?

Breast revision is needed how many years after implants?

If it's not broke...: There is no set time that a woman will benefit from breast revision surgery. It may be after childbirth, weight loss or gain, etc. Another cause would be it the implant has failed. Every case is different and the amount of surgery required will vary. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long does a brow lift last? I'm considering a brow lift to correct sagging eyelids, but i'm worried that the results won't last long, and eventually, i'll look worse than i did before surgery. How long do the effects of this procedure last for? .

How long does a brow lift last? I'm considering a brow lift to correct sagging eyelids, but i'm worried that the results won't last long, and eventually, i'll look worse than i did before surgery. How long do the effects of this procedure last for?

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Long time: There are many brow lift techniques and when done properly, are very effective. If you have sagging eyelids, you may also need an eyelid lift as well as the brow lift. They can be complementary and enhance the overall result. Each one has its own limitation as how much lift is obtained. That is why it is not uncommon to combine them. ...Read more

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