Herluf G. Lund, M.D.
The surgery I'm considering is removal of old implants, new implants, breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction on my flanks. I need advice on how to proceed or not, I have read mixed reviews.
Certainly the cost differences make overseas cosmetic surgery sound attractive but there are many questions you have address before even considering proceeding. Who is going to be performing my surgery? Are they certified and if so by what organization or in what specialty? (There are many "certifying boards" however many are not recognized in the United States or for that matter, in the outside country.) Where is my surgery going to be performed? Is the surgical center/hospital accredited? If so, by who? Who is going to handling my anesthesia? How are complications addressed, both immediate and long-term? Who covers the costs for managing these complications? Do the hospitals in the country I am going take my insurance in case of an emergency? If I have problems after I return to the United States, who is going to handle these complications? How am I going to pay for someone to manage these later complications since my insurance carrier will probably not cover these costs? There are many places in the world where excellent plastic surgical care is delivered but it takes a lot of research to find them and even then the question still is, is the possible savings worth the potentially larger risks? Hope this helps.
I am a 47 year old female. Two weeks after surgery I will be traveling to Paris, France and then on to Dublin, Ireland. Are there any foods/drinks that I should avoid for healing purpose?
As always after any surgery, limit the amounts of alcohol and try to increase your protein intake a bit. Otherwise, have a great trip and enjoy the flavors of the countries you visit.
I had a breast reduction two months ago and I noticed a lump on my left breast that is non painful. Should I be concerned?
While it is not unusual for there to be areas of lumpiness in the breasts after a reduction, any new lump or mass needs to be evaluated by your plastic surgeon. Most masses in breasts shortly after surgery are benign (non-cancerous), the only way to be certain is to meet with your doctor. After examining the breasts, your surgeon can determine if further testing is needed.