Raymond A. Faires, M.D.
How long should I wait after having a collapsed lung to schedule Breast Augmentation (without a lift)?
I was recently hospitalized with a collapsed lung due to a needle puncture from a misplaced cortisone injection. I'm wondering what the general time frame would be to wait to safely have breast implant surgery. I had been planning augmentation for a while but then this happened and I'm afraid I will have to postpone it for a long time. Your advice please.
I would definitely wait 6-8 weeks and be sure the collapse has resolved by x-ray. Be sure to tell your plastic surgeon about the collapse and get a pulmonary physician or thoracic surgeon to evaluate your X-ray before proceeding.
R.A. Faires, MD