Luis Jose Lopez Tallaj, M.D.
I am 57 yrs. old. I was never blessed with large breasts. I still look like a little girl. This situation has me depressed all these years. Am I too old? Unfortunately I cannot afford the procedure. Can you recommend someone that would do this procedure pro bono or just a little cheaper?
You are not too old to have a breast augmentation, and there is not age limit to perform this procedure, since you are a healthy person and the pre-op evaluations are right. Regarding the cost, the implants must be FDA approved and they are not cheap, and depending on the surgeon's experience and location, the cost can be higher. Choose an ASAPS member plastic surgeon to be safe.
I had Aquaderm used as a facial filler on my mid-cheek groove, cheek pouch, upper lip and chin. Is it safe? Or I should take it out?
We just recommend products approved by the FDA, you just have to go online to their website www.fda.gov and make a search of what your ASAPS plastic surgeon will inject on your face.
After delivering twins, I was left with a 10cm separation in my tummy muscle. It is now down to 2cm but after 2 1/2 years it will not close on its own.
In December 2012 I had a titanium mesh patch placed behind my belly button to fix the hernia there.
This has left me with a belly button that still sticks out and is now so hard that when it rubs against a bench it gets very tender/sore. They only patched the hernia while leaving the muscle open.
I am very slim, so tummy fat is not the issue. I look very pregnant all the time. I would like to get the tummy muscle sewn back together, while having a breast enlargement done ('c' cup), and my nipples drawn back in.
On a TV program I saw another women with a tummy just like mine (also twin pregnancy.) They cut around her tummy button, then cut similar to a 'c' section to sew the muscle back together. Although very scarred, her tummy was flat again. At least she looked good dressed.
I also saw on 'The Doctors' a women who had her nipples drawn back in so she wasn't on 'high beam' all the time. My breasts have become so small (right side 'AA', left side 'A') that wearing a bra is near impossible, but mandatory due to my nipples. However I would like to get larger breasts while I'm there. I have heard that a few years after the tummy muscle is sewn back together it often rips apart again, due to the center of the muscle being thread bare.
Can you advise on the long term success rate of this operation.
Your help would be appreciated.
When you have a consultation with an ASAPS member Plastic surgeon, he will evaluate if you have skin excess, if you are a candidate for an Abdominoplasty, or if you just need to repair the muscle in the midline through the belly bottom or the pubic area. The breast augmentation is another issue to clarify in your consultation.
I have a double chin and need liposuction. I don't know who to go to, how about the Lifestyle Lift?
You must visit an ASAPS member Plastic Surgeon to get advised of what you really need. This lifestyle lift is a comercial name of a Minimum access lifting.
I am looking to get breast implants how long before surgery should I begin consultation visits?
It will depend on the surgeon that you choose and how busy his practice is. If it's not to busy at least a week before to make all of the labs exams and to prepare yourself for surgery. You must choose an ASAPS member.