Richard D. Anderson, M.D.
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What is the average recovery time for a breast reduction? Also, what is the average cost?
Breast reductions can be done with liposuction alone in some cases. That would be less money in most areas. I would charge about $5,000 for a suction reduction. But I would have to evaluate the patient prior to making a firm estimate.
A standard breast reduction would cost about $8,000 in my area of the country. In some cases one may get coverage or partial coverage from insurance. That should be determined prior to the surgery to avoid a financial surprise.
After having a facelift, what is the likelihood that skin necrosis will cause permanent scarring? The area affected is about 1/2 inch wide and about 1 1/4 inches long, just in front of the ear.
Certainly, skin loss or necrosis can cause scarring. Time will tell. If it does result in a significant scar, a revision may be in order but in most cases I would advise waiting for that for about one year. It is impossible to say for sure without seeing the problem.
Once you have had a breast lift, will it stay or would you have to get it done again in so many years? Also, what is the cost of this procedure?
Breast lift surgery, called mastopexy, is done in several ways. The result will often not last in those who do not use support after the surgery. It will also depend on the size that one wants to have after the surgery. Large breasts will sag more than smaller ones generally. A secondary mastopexy is not a rarity.
My doctor who routinely mixes his Botox with 1 cc of saline is now changing to 2.5 cc of saline. He says the 2.5 cc is a newer method. Can I still continue to have him inject between my brows, forehead, brow lift, under and around the eyes, nose and chin? I'm worried.
Why not? this is a recomended mixture ratio. I have used the 2.5cc amount for about 15 years and it works just fine. In fact, I recommend to everyone I teach that they use the same routine.
I am considering having both a breast reduction and a tummy tuck. I am about 30 pounds overweight and am currently dieting prior to my booked date 6 weeks away. My question is should I rather lose all the weight before having the tummy tuck (which is very difficult!) or should I have the tummy tuck and see if I can lose the remaining weight after the tummy tuck?
If you are now 30 pounds over your desired weight, I would suggest that you continue to lose what you can in the 6 weeks prior to your surgery. Of course, a starvation diet is not healthy, but you can probably lose at least 10 pounds in that time period. If you do lose 10 of the 30 pounds prior to the scheduled surgery, I would go ahead with the tummy tuck and plan to continue your weight loss after the surgery. Remember, if you lose the weight you will have a much "happier" result. If you do not lose most of the 30 pounds before or after surgery, you will very likely not be pleased with your final surgery result.
Actually, many of my tummy tuck patients are concerned about extra weight prior to surgery and few are at their “ideal” weight at the time of the actual surgery. Those who do lose the extra pounds before or even after surgery are generally thrilled with their result. I always caution my patients that surgery alone will not make anyone thin and that the final result is a team effort. Both the surgeon and patient must do their part to achieve the best final result.