This week, Dr. Richard Kline of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your questions.
Q: I had a breast augmentation surgery last year in August. I did NOT get a bad surgery, but I can tell the doctor didn’t listen to my wishes about size. Is it possible to have the implants I have now enlarged? Or would I have to have the surgery all over again with new implants? Thanks for your time!
A: If you have saline implants, it may be possible to enlarge them by putting more saline in, but it will void your implant warranty. Also, the more saline that is put in an implant, the firmer it gets, which is not how most people want breasts to feel.
If you have silicone gel implants, they cannot be enlarged, and new ones must be purchased to go larger.
Keep in mind that the larger you go with implants, the less natural your breasts will look. We talk to our augmentation patients extensively before surgery to try and determine what they want in their final result, but we also try to educate them about the relationship between size and naturalness.
Good luck, and thanks for your question!
Q: Hi! I had a breast reduction procedure when I was fourteen. I am 23 years old, and when my nipples get cold, I get a sharp pain in them and it hurts. What does this mean, and should I be concerned?
A: We don’t actually treat breast problems, we just reconstruct breasts that are damage or missing, so I’m not the best person to answer your question.The best person to consult with would be a general surgeon specializing in breast surgery. I’m not sure they’ll be able to help, but it’s worth a try.
Dr. Richard Kline
Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction
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