Breast Plastic Surgery - Questions and Answers


 

Breast surgery generate questions that result in anxiety before, during and after plastic surgery. At ReNova Plastic surgery of Pittsburgh, we believe that answering those questions improve the state of mind of our patients, favoring successful outcomes.

Please find questions related to Breast surgery including: Breast augmentation; Breast implants; Breast implants revision; Breast Lift. Dr. Clavijo answered them with his systematic approach. Analyzing the problem, identifying possible reasons for them, and proposing advice that may help solving the issues.

Be aware that the accuracy of the answers may be limited due to the lack of physical examination, not being the surgeon of the case, and not being part of the decision making of the cases.

Breast Augmentation - Questions and Answers

What would cause swelling in the breast After upper body exercise?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Upper body work out is... READ MORE

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Post lipo and breast augmentation: I’m hungry as can be!

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Hunger after surgery is a normal part of the... READ MORE

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Can people who have autoimmune rheumatological complications undergo plastic surgery?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. There is not a specific complication for autoimmune diseases and plastic surgery.... READ MORE

18 days post op, my breast look too close together and the left one appears more square. (Photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The square look to your breast is possibly... READ MORE

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Over or under the muscle?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Usually breast augmentation is requested by patients with small breast and minimal... READ MORE

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How can I ENCOURAGE capsular contracture to even out breasts? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. In ,principle you do... READ MORE

350cc 8 days post op pain after strapping removed, is this normal? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with... READ MORE

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Are 410cc moderate profile round silicone implants considered big?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with your case without a physical... READ MORE

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Is it normal to be extremely bloated and my sides be sore the day after my breast augmentation?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with... READ MORE

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Options for correcting my asymmetrical (maybe tubular and ptotic) breasts? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with your case without a physical... READ MORE

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How long after my myomectomy should I proceed with breast augmentation/breast implant surgery?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The main concern of gynecological surgery is the increase of bacteria in the blood... READ MORE

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One week postop BA no sensation (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with... READ MORE

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What is considered lifting heavy post breast lift and augmentation?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Every surgeon has different restrictions. In my... READ MORE

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I had ankle surgery after my BA -- can using my elbows to maneuver yourself around cause issues?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with... READ MORE

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Breast feeding after BA?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. I usually recommend 6 weeks for back to normal activities. However, you can go back ... READ MORE

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My right breast is a lot bigger and has less cc’s. Shouldn’t it be smaller?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with your case without a physical... READ MORE

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Surgery symptom? Is it possible for an implant to cause itchy nipple 2.5 years after surgery? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say what is happening with your case without a physical... READ MORE

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Is it possible to obtain more cleavage? Why did I get such a big space between my chest after BA? (photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The space is simply... READ MORE

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Marijuana use before and after breast augmentation? Advice?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Smoking of any kind, increases the risks for infections and wound healing. There... READ MORE

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I am looking at having a breast augmentation. I am wanting to improve slightly saggy breasts, after 2 children.

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Strenuous exercise  after breast augmentantion under the muscle is c... READ MORE

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5 months PO breast implants. Is this visible indentation when I lift my arms normal or fixable? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. I think you had a very nice result. What you... READ MORE

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Noticed something like an air bubble at the edge of my left breast implant . What could this be?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to say that the problem is, without a proper physical examination or... READ MORE

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Wonky breasts 5 weeks post op. Will this get better or will they always be like this? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The asymmetry of your nipples seems to be a... READ MORE

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I sometime have a pain - like a strain - on my left side (my heart, neck and back) it comes and go - 7 years post-op.

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. A thorough physical exam is needed to better guide you in your concerns.  Finally, ... READ MORE

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Does a copper IUD need to be removed before BA?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. I do not usually ask my patients to remove their IUD prior to breast augmentation. ... READ MORE

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I have a lump after softening of my silicone implant. Did it break?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Unfortunately, it's difficult to better determine what is going on with your breast... READ MORE

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Has anyone used the Crisalix simulation? It doesn't seem accurate. (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to determine the accuracy of a system that extrapolates 2... READ MORE

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I have two very small black spots on my nipple following my breast augmentation. I'd like a second opinion (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to explain the reasons for your... READ MORE

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Do my breasts sit lower than average? Can I achieve a nice and full look? What is my best method of doing so? (Photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Lets start by saying that you have beautiful proportion to your breast. Sizing and... READ MORE

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How long do I have to wait to do crossfit/bootcamp after getting breast augmentation?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. If the implant is placed below the muscle, my recommendation and the implant company... READ MORE

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Can you internally tear your breast pocket 2 months after surgery from pulling something down? What could the consequences be?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. She short answer is... If you do not see... READ MORE

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4 days post op, just curious if my nipples are looking OK so far? (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Based on your photos, I do not see necrosis.... READ MORE

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Almost 4 weeks post BA, why do my incisions look as if they have a rash? (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Infection is definitively in the list of... READ MORE

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Transumbilical vs transaxilliary: which implant will be better?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. TUBA is a creative way for Breast scar-less augmentation. However, only saline filled... READ MORE

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Breast lower and flatter looking than other - 2 months post-op. (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Implant not usually descend at the same time. A... READ MORE

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1 day post-op and I'm afraid my silicon implants are too small. (Photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Cup sizes are the black box of breast... READ MORE

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Why are my nipples pointing down and why do I have so much upper pole fullness. 4 months post-op. (Photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. There is a tendency to having high ridding ... READ MORE

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First time sitting up each morning hurts, post breast augmentation with lift, when will this pain go away?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The night has a tendency to be more painful due... READ MORE

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1 month post BA op. Is different healing speed normal?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. some times the variant anatomy accounts for the... READ MORE

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Unsure what cup size to go for. Booked for 4th September. Wanting C or D cup. How can I decide?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Please forget about cup sizes. it is the most unreliable way to determine breast... READ MORE

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Intense back pain 7 weeks post op breast augmentation

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Difficult to say without thorough examination. Sometimes the weight of the implants... READ MORE

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How much does it cost to get a breast augmentation and is there a way that I can get financial assistance for it?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The best way to figure out the prices in your area is using real self. Unfortunately,... READ MORE

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Swimming after breast augmentation?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Everybody has different protocols after breast... READ MORE

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8 days post op. Is this normal healing? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to assess the level of separation on the picture.  Finally, make ... READ MORE

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Can I vape without any nicotine before a breast enlargement?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. There is no literature addressing this topic in relation to cosmetic surgery. Vaping... READ MORE

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Why is my breast enlargement scars so red? (Photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The color of your scars is part of the normal... READ MORE

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How to correct asymmetry? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. I think that the breast shape is overall pleasing. the areola is the main issue.... READ MORE

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Will my nipple asymmetry correct over time? (Photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. In your case, I think... READ MORE

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Can someone pls tell me what's wrong with my implants? 18 months post-op. (photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. You are suffering from... READ MORE

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How long after BA until you can resume sexual activity?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Gentle touch should be fine. However, be away... READ MORE

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Why do I still have the rolls under my bra Iine? (Photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The excess fat and... READ MORE

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Is pain classified as medically necessary plastic surgery?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is difficult to... READ MORE

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3 weeks post-op for a breast augmentation, will my breasts soften? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Once the implant accommodates to the new pocket, the tightness should improve... READ MORE

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I have no children. How long after BA can I have one?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Any time after your augmentation, you should be fine. The only concern is the change... READ MORE

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Will I ever be able to have perky breasts with cleavage? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Cleavage is the result of various factors: 1. breast volume: something that... READ MORE

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My breast incision. Is this normal? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure.the scar is red due to the healing process. with time the redness should become better. follow up with your doctor ... READ MORE

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Breast Infection; what do I do? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. After all this... READ MORE

Showering after Breast augmentation?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.In my practice I let my patients shower 1 week after surgery. water and soap are good... READ MORE

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Wanting breast augmentation best before or after children?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. If you are planning on pregnancy some time soon, let you body do the natural... READ MORE

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I went from a 32A put in 400cc moderate plus implants. I am now a 32ddd , how is that possible ? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Lets start by saying that you got a... READ MORE

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Is it normal for there to be active bleeding after the surgeon removed the surgical tape from my areolas? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Bleeding is expected. scab forms around the... READ MORE

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Why is my left breast still bigger than my right after maxopexy? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. I agree that there are subtle differences between your breast however, pe... READ MORE

Anyone have experal with their BA?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Exparal is a costly but effective medication that delivers numbing for 72 hrs.... READ MORE

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Can exercise help my breast look more formed? When I'm on my back it looks like withered lettuce. Need my 36A back. (photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The quick answer is No. Exercise only improves muscle tone. the breast is a... READ MORE

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Am I at risk of symmastia? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Lets start by saying that you had a great... READ MORE

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Is it normal for an implant on one side to have dropped and the other side to still be up high, 4 days post op?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is totally normal to have differences between the pace of implant... READ MORE

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What would be the best course of action to help my breast appearance? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. A breast lift with augmentation may be the best option for your case. It will... READ MORE

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Will my implants ever drop? 6 months post op

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. After 6 months... READ MORE

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2 weeks after BA. What do you think about my breasts? I see it is too high and nipples are too low (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It is definitively too early to say anything... READ MORE

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Passive sex after breast augmentation?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Unfortunately, pressure on your implants and... READ MORE

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36 yr old Mom. Would like to be 32C the perfect round C & currently a 32 small B. How many CC's? Looking to get Silicone (photo)

Congratulations on your future procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Breast augmentation is a great option ... READ MORE

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What's the best way to disguise my broad shoulders?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Depending on the reason for your broad shoulders (bony structure, muscle or extra... READ MORE

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Should I take any "rest days" prior to my surgery?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Fitness is a good adjuvant to fast recovery after surgery. however, overworking the... READ MORE

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Chance of infection higher in hospital for breast augmentation?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.It is difficult to say if the facility or the surgeon are responsible for the... READ MORE

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Am I too thin for a breast augmentation? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.You seem a great candidate for breast augmentation. to prevent implant rippling or a... READ MORE

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Is it realistic to ask for a transdermal pain management patch for a breast augmentation without a lift?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Breast augmentation is a very well tolerated procedure. It is described as muscle... READ MORE

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How could you correct these breasts? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.you will be a good candidate for a breast lift. you also have some excess superior... READ MORE

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Will breasts even themselves out? (photo)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. In theory, the... READ MORE

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How long will it take for my breasts implants to become soft and have movement?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The natural move or feel of your breast is... READ MORE

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How many cc's are lost going under the muscle ? And how much a difference between 350 and 375 hp?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Biology can not be compared with engineering. The usual size difference between... READ MORE

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Why is it taking so long to drop? I'm 2 months ans they seem the same as they were. Even my left is slightly bigger... (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.It is difficult to say why your implants are not... READ MORE

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I decided on 450cc Allergan Style 20 round. However, I was thinking is this to big for my body frame?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The measurements are a guide, but only inperson evaluations and the surgery will... READ MORE

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Is suntanning harmful to your incision scars after BA? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Sun tanning will favor pigmentation of the scars making them more noticeable. Avoid it... READ MORE

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Funding for tuberous breast correction. Any options? Vancouver BC canada

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.I do not know the regulations in Canada. In the states, a tuberous breast is not a... READ MORE

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When will the chest tightness go away? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.It seems that your breast on the right (left on... READ MORE

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Will breast aug make me look fatter 5'4 150 pounds (photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.If anything the breast implants will disguise your tummy making it look smaller. It is... READ MORE

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How much and how long the recovery? (photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. there are obvious... READ MORE

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BA 4 days post op , are my implants to high? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The implants seem normal for just 4 days after your surgery. Gravity will always bring... READ MORE

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Breast argumentation and lift causing sharp electric shock like pains through out nipple into breast and underneath. Suggestion?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.the pain may be related to stretch of the nerves due to the implant. time should be... READ MORE

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Blue veins are very noticeable after BA. Will they go away?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The veins might be... READ MORE

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Will permanent stitches correct bottoming out?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Yes. permanent... READ MORE

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What did I do wrong? Right boob (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Based on your... READ MORE

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I would like to know how long should I take off work if I work in the auto industry?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The usual time is 2 to 3 weeks. The heavy lifting has to be limited to 5-10 lbs for... READ MORE

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4 months post op and breasts have a slanted look to them. Am I bottoming out? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The slanted shape might be related to insufficient release to the lower inner portion... READ MORE

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I have small breasts that didn't grow/( one cup growth) since I was 15 years old. 20 now. What can be done to enhance it?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Breast size is related to your genetic information, your weight and your hormones... READ MORE

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Are my nipples healing normally? (Photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.it is difficult to determine the end point of your procedure without knowing the... READ MORE

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How long do I have to wait before I can have breast augmentation after breast feeding?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The defining parameter is milk production. If you have not produce milk for 1 or  2 ... READ MORE

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9 days post op, small amount if fluid leaking around incision. Is this normal? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Yes some fluid is normal from the incision if... READ MORE

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Why my breast look like this? What should I do if I went out of state? What should I do I don't want it to get worse? (photo)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. From your pictures it... READ MORE

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Can the difference after BA in breasts appearance be cured?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The lateral... READ MORE

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Infection? Will my scarring be affected?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The final scaring might... READ MORE

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350cc mod+ mentor shaped, textured. Would upsizing to 475 help the gap between my breasts/fit my frame better? (photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The cleavage is the... READ MORE

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I am one month post op ba...march24th..Is this ortho work safe?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.I agree with you. I have seen a case of a patient that developed late infection on her... READ MORE

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My implants seem too far apart and my nipples seem too low? Can this be fixed? (photos)

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The answer is yes.... READ MORE

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Day 5 into breat augmentation and starting to experience nausea just now? And tuberous results opinions (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The late nausea could be related to the narcotic medication that you are taking for... READ MORE

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3 weeks since I did my BA been at my sides can that affect my final results? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.You had a great result. with proper bra support... READ MORE

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Does my BA incision look infected? (photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The incision seems ok. The redness may be an... READ MORE

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Since you feel a lot of pressure when getting a BA is it worse in patients with asthma?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Breathing difficulty secondary to asthma is related to collapsed airway pathways.... READ MORE

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Will there be any changes to my breasts after 5 months post op silicone breast implants?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Pictures and a... READ MORE

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Do I need to worry about my infected mole?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Your surgeon needs to... READ MORE

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Popping feeling. Is this normal? Is it obvious if an implant moves?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.More details and a physical exam are needed to guide you better in your concerns.... READ MORE

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I am scheduled to get a breast augmentation, but my Doctor is not on the American board of surgeons. Any suggestion?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.The credentialing process in the US is very extensive and not everybody who started... READ MORE

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How long until I no longer risk ruining my breast augmentation?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.after 3 months internal scarring and capsule... READ MORE

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Incision open after breast augmentation. Should I worry?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It seems that the... READ MORE

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Will my implants get bigger once they fluff and drop? (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Let's start by saying that you had a great... READ MORE

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