Mark L. Jewell, M.D.
I had my breasts enlarged about ten years ago. Now I've reached the age when I should begin having routine mammograms. Do I need to do anything special because of my implants?
It is difficult to pinpoint a "best age" for having a facelift, since people of the same chronological age may present very different appearances depending on such factors as heredity and exposure to the sun. Aesthetic plastic surgeons very often recommend a first facelift for women in their mid-forties or early fifties, because at this age the skin still has sufficient elasticity to achieve the best possible results. Excellent results can still be obtained, however, for women in their sixties, seventies or older who have maintained good health and overall fitness. Men rarely seek advice on facelifts before their fifties or early sixties. Normally, results of a facelift will last eight to ten years. Most people who have had one facelift will, at the appropriate time, want another. Patients are pleased to find that the results of a second facelift are usually as good, and often better, than the first.
I am considering breast augmentation and am concerned about losing nipple sensation permanently. How common is this? I have read about women having temporary loss of sensation, but do many lose it forever?
Permanent loss of nipple sensation is rare, but can occur after first time breast augmentation surgery or after revisionary surgery. Women can experience some altered (diminished or hypersensitive) nipple sensation after surgery for a few weeks, but it usually normalizes. Permanent loss of nipple sensation is a rare occurrence. This is a known risk of breast surgery.