David L. Mobley, M.D., FACS
I had saline implants 12 years ago and have had no problems or complications with them. However, I am considering having them removed and a breast lift done. I am guessing I would be a size C without the implants. As I have gained weight over the years, I am presently a bra size DDD with a spillover. By having the implants removed, would I be left with indentations in my breasts – if so, could I have fat taken from another area of my body and injected into my breasts to get rid of the indentations? Would this be my only option if I no longer wanted to have implants?
Your question is common and I often see patients who with the same question in my office. Although each patients breast size, skin elasticity and implants are different, usually the implants can be removed without creating a dent (deformity). If the implants are saline filled they can be deflated in the office setting to allow the breast skin to begin to shrink down prior to the breast lift surgery.
With the remaining larger breast, a breast lift can be performed in most patients that will reshape the breasts while making them somewhat smaller and positioning the nipple near the center. Replacement of the implant is not needed because of the larger amount of natural breast tissue present.
Don't be fooled by non-board certified surgeons who may claim to be experts in cosmetic surgery. Always look for a surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have all of your questions answered during a consultation with the doctor.
I am 14 years old and I have a size 32 A breast. I am being teased because my breasts are so small. Is there any other way besides breast implants that will make my breasts larger? Am I too young for breast implants?
Since your body may still grow and change, it is not a good idea to consider enlarging your breasts at age 14. You could consider visiting a board certified plastic surgeon with your mother at age 17 in order to plan for the procedure at age 18. I am sorry to hear you are experiencing teasing as this can be very intense at this age. Make sure you discuss this with your mother. It helps to know it does not go on forever.