45-54 year old woman treated with Mentor Breast Implants

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This 49 year old previously met with a plastic surgeon regarding the breast augmentation and breast lift procedure. She was unhappy with the appearance of her breasts and was ready for a change. After being examined it was determined that she was a good candidate for the breast augmentation/lifting procedure and decided to proceed with surgery soon thereafter. The combination breast augmentation / mastopexy surgery differs from breast augmentation surgery alone in that it carries increased risk compared to either breast augmentation or mastopexy surgery performed separately. Furthermore, the potential need for revisionary surgery is increase with breast augmentation / mastopexy surgery done at the same time. The decision to do the operation in a single or two staged fashion becomes a judgment call made by a surgeon after direct examination of the patient. This increased risk must be weighed against the practical benefits of a single stage procedure (which most patients would prefer). This patient understood that if at anytime during the operation, he found there to be an increased risk, he would make the judgement call to not place breast implants and only perform the breast lifting portion. During her surgery, when the breast implants were placed, there were blood flow concerns and so he decided to not place the breast implants at that time. He recommended waiting about 5-7 months and re-considering the breast augmentation procedure. About 5 months later the patient came in for a follow-up appointment and decided to proceed with the breast augmentation procedure. The patient was also interested in a tummy tuck and hernia repair. She had a very large hernia that needed to be addressed and since he is a board certified general surgeon as well as a board certified plastic surgeon she felt very confident that he would be able to help her with this as well. He explained the procedures and answered any questions she may have had and they agreed to proceed with the breast augmentation portion of her procedure in a couple of months as well as a tummy tuck and hernia repair. She is currently 3 weeks post breast augmentation, tummy tuck ,and hernia repair and she is healing very nicely and without any complications.

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