Galaa M. Agban, M.D., FACS
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I am a 37 year-old African-American female who has decided to have breast augmentation surgery. My question relates more to the optimal location for the incision (under the armpit, around the areola or in the crease of the breast). Although I personally have no problems with keloids, I would prefer minimal to no scarring on the breast. Also, I am still planning on having children, so I would prefer minimal interference with the nipples.
The best location for the incision depends on individual patient factors including the shape and size of the breasts. If possible, I prefer an incision at the lower border of the areola (the pink skin around the nipple). However, given your specific concerns, it is important for you to have a personal consultation a qualified plastic surgeon who can give you the best advice for your particular situation.
I am an African-American with very full lips. Is it possible for me to have liposuction/lip reduction? What are the consequences?
Lip reduction is done by surgically removing part of the lip lining (mucosa) and tissue. The scar most often is hidden inside the lip. The procedure is safe, and the results are good. Liposuction is usually not used for lip reduction.
Back in the seventies I had gallbladder surgery which left a 10 inch scar on the upper part of my abdomen. Subsequently I had a tubal ligation which left a two inch scar below my navel, and then had a partial hysterectomy which left four tiny scars from the laser surgery. I have lost 60 pounds and have a lot of loose skin that hangs down to my thighs. I want to have a tummy tuck. Can it be done with my extensive surgical history?
Yes, the surgery can be done with no increased risk to you than the average person without your history. Other medical conditions such as diabetes, etc. may interfere with healing.