Suman K. Das, M.D., FACS
I am considering breast augmentation. I heard that during the healing process, one breast may drop faster than the other, and one may be larger than the other due to the swelling. Is this true?
It is true that sometimes one implant may "settle" into position more quickly than the other. But excessive swelling of one breast during the immediate postoperative period could indicate a problem. In such instance, one should always consult with the operating surgeon.
I am 5'2", 112 pounds, and in very good shape. I have a vertical 4" scar right below my belly button as the result of appendix surgery when I was 12 years old. I had 2-C-sections and my recovery was fast and without incident. I now have extra abdominal skin and fat. Would you recommend abdominoplasty for this problem and if so, how much risk is attached to this surgery?
Abdominoplasty is the perfect solution for this patient’s problem. It is possible to remove all the lower midline scar at the same time; one will achieve all the benefits of abdominoplasty. One word of caution, if your belly button is too high, it may not be possible to remove the entire vertical scar. There may be a small residual vertical scar in the suprapubic region. In terms of risks, there are no more added risks but one should remember the common standard surgical risks of any surgical procedure, which includes bleeding, infection, wound breakdown, scarring, etc.