Preoperative Evaluation: Information
Dear Ms. Kalena4905,
Safety is our number one objective in elective "non necessary" cosmetic surgery.
Please make a appointment with a Cardiologist who has expertise (that we don't have as Plastic Surgeons) and ask for a preoperative medical clearance.
If you receive a medical clearance I recommend that you make several consultative appointments with Plastic Surgeons who are experienced and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition ideally they are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).
I wish you my best and success,
R. A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Diplomate and Certified by the Am. Bd. of Plastic Surgery
4646 Brockton Ave
Riverside, Ca 92506
Assuming you have normal cardiac function, this surgery will not put you at any higher risk than someone who has not had your cardiac malformation and repair. You should get medical clearance though to assure that you have normal function, and this may be as simple as talking to you and listening to your heart, or may involve an echocardiagram. Although breast surgery seems anatomically close to your heart, it really isn't. That was just scary talk not based in reality.
Best of luck!
Open heart surgery and breast implants
To be on the safe side you should have a cardiac echo to check for any abnormalities in heart chamber filling/emptying and wall motion and an EKG to check the signaling pathways of the heart. This is of course done by a cardiologist. If all is okay you could proceed as any other patient. If it is not you might need something as simple as antibiotics or other medication before surgery. You most definitely should not have the surgery without the appropriate clearance as safety should be every surgeon's and patient's first priority.
Breast Augmentation After Pediatric Open-Heart Surgery?
Thank you for your question. In that your surgery was successful, and that you are completely asymptomatic, your surgical risk is likely similar to other patients. I would certainly make your local plastic surgeon aware of your history prior to an elective augmentation procedure.
Breast surgery after open heart surgery is possible
Repair of a hole in your heart doesn't preclude breast surgery. If you're in good health and your heart is healthy, the fact that you had you chest opened shouldn't be a problem. I have done breast implants on a women over the years who have had open heart surgery and never had it interfere.
Breast augmentation after heart surgery?
As long as your cardiac function is normal, and the surgery did not involve valve replacement, in my opinion there is no increased risk. Certainly, there may be different thought on this matter and I would get the opinion of a cardiologist who knows your history.
Am I putting my health/breast at risk by getting breast augmentation?
Thanks for your question, If cleared by a cardiologist you should not be at greater risk than any other patient. The key here is to be evaluated and checked before committing to elective anesthesia but at your age, without smoking and being at a healthy weight with good exercise tolerance you'll probably get the ok.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, Am Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, Am. Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, Ca
Heart risk and augmentation
There is always a risk to any elective surgery such as breast augmentation when anesthesia is used for all patients. Prior to your surgery, it would be reasonable to have an evaluation by a cardiologist who can evaluate your current cardiac health and determine if there is an increased risk specific to your situation. Once cleared, by coordinating your care with your cardiologist, your plastic surgeon can make any adjustments as necessary to your treatment plan to increase the safety of your procedure. Best of luck!
Breast augmentation dangerous?
Regardless of any surgery that you undertake you will require a preoperative clearance which will require you to be cleared for surgery by your primary care and likely your cardiologist if you have one. Repair of congenital heart deformity is not by itself a contraindication to elective surgery.
Previous Cardiac abnormality as a child
Hello and thank you for your question. It is best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to review with you your aesthetic goals and the details of the surgery and recovery.It is difficult to say what you had a child, but you may have had a PDA that eventually closed after you were born, and a cardiologist can evaluate you and your heart prior to any elective surgery if needed. Please see my photos and website for a very similar story and patient who did excellent with surgery and results. Best Wishes :)
Benjamin J. Cousins MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon