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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the common breast surgery procedures?

A: Breast surgery procedures are designed to restore fullness, improve shape or alter the size of the breasts. Women commonly request breast surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift.

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the breast size and shape. Another procedure is breast lift (mastopexy), which is performed to raise the breasts and make them firmer by removing redundant breast skin. Breast reduction is performed to make overly large breasts smaller in size, by removing excess breast tissue.

Q: What are the different breast augmentation options available?

A: Breast augmentation options are:

  • Breast implant surgery
  • Composite breast augmentation
  • Lunchtime breast enhancement

Q: How is breast augmentation with implants performed?

A: The procedure is done by inserting implants. Breast implants can be placed in a variety of positions, either through an incision in the armpit, at the edge of the areola, or under the breast. Breast implant sizes vary greatly. Apart from considering individual preferences, chest size, height, and the amount of breast tissue present are considered when choosing the ideal implant size. This would be better determined by the plastic surgeon.

Q: What are the breast implant options available?

A: The basic types used are:

  • Silicone gel breast implants
  • Saline-filled breast implants
  • Gummy bear implants

Q: Where will my breast surgery be performed?

A: At bodySCULPT® - a leading plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, NYC, the breast surgery procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art operating room on an outpatient basis.

Q: How long does the breast augmentation procedure take?

A: The procedure normally takes about 1-2 hours; this may vary depending on the technique used and individual conditions.

Q: What is composite breast augmentation?

A: A technique that combines breast implants and fat transfer, composite breast augmentation offers you the outcome of two surgical procedures via a single procedure. The breast size is increased while the donor areas are contoured by the liposuction procedure.

Q: How is breast lift performed?

A: For this, we utilize innovative mastopexy techniques such as ‘anchor’ or ‘inverted-T’ mastopexy, vertical breast lift, and other methods. Depending on the correction needed, a variety of incision patterns are possible. For enhanced results, breast augmentation may be combined with lift.

Q: Can good results be obtained with augmentation alone?

A: Many factors go into deciding whether an augmentation alone or an implant with a breast lift (mastopexy) is required. This can be better determined with an in person consultation with the surgeon.

Q: Is there any instant and speedy solution available to achieve my breast enhancement goals?

A: Yes, lunch time lift would be a great option. To look great for special events or parties, temporary breast augmentation is performed to boost breast size instantly but safely. This is a 20-minute procedure where our plastic surgeons inject saline solution into your breast tissue. The outcome of this instant lift lasts for around 24 hours.

Q: How should I prepare for the breast surgery procedure?

A: Prior to the procedure, you will be given all pre-operative instructions and our staff will be there to clarify all your doubts.

Q: I know there are risks involved, but how will I find information regarding this?

A: Like all other surgical procedures, there are risks associated with breast surgery. Yet, significant complications are infrequent. During the initial consultation itself, we will discuss with you the risks involved and the potential complications of the surgery. It is important to be fully aware of the procedure, prior to the surgery.

Q: What is the recovery time after breast surgery? When can I resume normal activities?

A: We know this is a question that every patient has. This depends upon the technique chosen and your specific requirements. Post-surgical recovery period would be from 24--48 hours with an additional reduced activity period of a few days. Normal activity and exercise can be resumed at the direction of your plastic surgeon.

Q: What are the anesthesia options for breast surgery?

A: Breast surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The choice varies with the type of surgical procedure, the patient’s medical history and preferences, and the recommendation of the surgeon and anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is used for longer procedures. When local anesthesia is used, intravenous sedation is usually given. With local anesthesia recovery is faster.

Q: Can I visualize the results before the surgery is performed?

A: Yes, it is possible to visualize the results. We use advanced 3D imaging technology that helps to visualize your surgery results even before the surgery. Using these 3D imaging systems, you can have a clear understanding of your future appearance and take an informed decision.