Because she wants her patients to be well-informed, Dr. Quardt will be happy to answer your questions regarding Breast Surgery. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions:
When is the optimal time in my life for a breast augmentation surgery?
In general, breast augmentation surgery is recommended after a woman has finished having children. However, many women have breast augmentation and later are able to successfully breastfeed their children. Dr. Quardt is skilled in surgical techniques that minimize the effects on the mammary system.
Who is the ideal candidate for breast augmentation?
The ideal candidate is someone who is in good overall health, does not smoke (smoking can inhibit healing), maintains a stable weight, has a positive attitude and realistic expectations for her final result.
How will I be evaluated for breast augmentation?
To ensure that you will be pleased with your results, Dr. Quardt will give you an in-depth consultation (perhaps severeal) before your surgery. She will examine your breasts and take a complete medical history. Factors that will determine what type of incision she uses are the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the location of your nipples and areolas. If your breasts sag she may suggest a breast lift at the same time as your augmentation surgery.
How should I prepare for my first consultation?
You should come prepare to discuss your medical history and be sure to mention any allergies, medical conditions, and previous surgeries that you may have. You should also be prepared to discuss any family history of breast cancer and results of your most recent mammograms.
What kind of incision will Dr. Quardt make during my breast augmentation surgery?
There are several incision options for breast augmentation, including:
- Inframammary incision (within the curve beneath the breast)
- Transaxillary incision (in the underarm)
- Periareolar incision (around the nipple)
Dr. Quardt will make incisions in locations where they will be hidden in the natural folds of your skin. the type of incision used will be dependent on several factors: the shape of your body, what type of implants you will have, how much your breasts will be enlarged, and your personal preferences.
Should or could I have a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation?
Breast lift can be performed at the same time as breast augmentation, or you can have a breast lift at one appointment and add the implants at a second appointment.
What is recovery like from breast augmentation?
After surgery, many women will have sore or tender breasts for several days. To help relieve pain swelling, you will be given a pressure bandages and a support bra to wear that will also support your new breasts. Most women are able to return to their normal activities within a week to ten days.
Will I lose sensation in my nipples or breasts?
A small percentage (less than 5%) of patients have permanent nipple/areola sensation loss after breast augmentation surgery. Many patients have temporary loss or hyper-sensitivity of the nipple/areola area.
What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast augmentation. It refers to a pocket of scar tissue that forms around the breast implant like a capsule. This capsule formation is normal and occurs around any foreign object that is inserted in our bodies. However, if the scar tissue tightens, it can cause the implant (and the breast) to harden and appear misshapen. Dr. Quardt has performed many surgeries to correct capsular contracture which involves removing the scar tissue and replacing the implant beneath the muscle which helps prevent a recurrence.
Do breast implants interfere with future mammograms?
Yes. When you schedule a mammography you should let them know that you have implants. The technician will perform an extra scan of your breasts.
Will I need to an implant replacement in the future?
It depends. Implants only need to be replaced if they leak. Implants can last anywhere from ten to twenty-five years.
Dr. Quardt will be happy to consult with you personally to answer your questions about breast augmentation surgery.