Raluan G. Soltero, M.D.
I have silicone breast implants that are 36 years old. I need to replace them. I also want to have liposuction on my tummy and surrounding area. I am 61 years old what do you think?
Age is a relative factor in cosmetic surgery. We require a full workup for female patients over 50 years of age. If you had a routine physical within the last year your doctor probably performed all the tests that we require.
We also require a recent mammogram. Once you are cleared for surgery then it is a matter of deciding what needs to be done with the breasts, usually after 36 years you might need removal of the old capsule and maybe a lift to obtain an adequate result.
Liposuction of the the abdomen and flanks is also an option and depending on your overall physical health this can be performed at the same time, or in a separate procedure.
Abdominoplasty- what is the cost of this surgery and could I have a consultation so that I can prepare myself, even though I want the surgery by next January?
The cost of this procedure is between $6500.00 to $8500.00 depending on the difficulty of the case. Most physicians will be glad to see you and discuss actual costs regardless on when you are planning to have your surgery.
Would like to learn more about the types of breast implants-silicone vs. saline and the cost.
Patients now have the option of choosing between silicone and saline implants. The saline implants usually feels more artificial and it will last between 10 to 15 years. The silicone implants feel slightly more natural and have a longer life span. Any implant that is placed eventually will need to be exchanged since they are not designed to last forever.
Regarding costs, they vary depending on which region of the country you are located. The best option is to use the find a surgeon tool on this website and locate a Doctor close to you. You can then set up an appointment and discuss specific prices and what is included.
After a breast lift, if the nipple "dies" because of lack of blood supply, does it just lose sensation, or does it turn black and have to be removed?
If the nipple dies because of lack of blood flow, there are a couple of possible scenarios. First there is partial necrosis and usually with time the area heals. There might be some loss of sensation and the patient might need reconstructive surgery to make the remaining nipple look normal. The second scenario is complete necrosis; in this case the entire nipple dies and there is usually total loss of sensation. Once the area heals, the patient will require the creation of a new areola and nipple using reconstructive techniques. Some patients will have pressure sensation in the area.