American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago

Follow up questiom

I don’t Know whinny surgeon was 28 yrs ago when I had original breast reduction. I was unable to breast-feed and had a consultation 2 yrs ago but felt that the surgeon was not thorough re: my previous scars and issues. My scars look like an upside down T and my right breast is perfect with the exception of the loss of top volume & size. My left, there is a pucker under it and nipple is weird

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: hoffman estates, IL

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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I'm sorry you felt your most recent consult was unsatisfactory. You may want to check out a few websites of ASPS members in your area, and make some calls to get more information. You should definitely not sign up for surgery until you find a surgeon you feel comfortable with. I have performed a number of secondary breast reductions and I warned each woman that she had a higher risk of complications. Fortunately, only a few of them have had minor wound healing issues. I do try to get old records when possible, but sometimes you can't and have to proceed based on your own best judgment of how the surgery was likely performed based on the year, location, and the resulting scars. A good board-certified plastic surgeon should be able to help you through this process with the least amount of risk.

Karol Gutowski
ASPS Surgeon
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In most cases, the scars can be improved, but not completely eliminated. During an in person consultation, this can be discussed.

Jon Ver Halen
ASPS Surgeon

Dear Hockeymom77,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. It is very realistic to expect to be able to improve your result. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!


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