Glendale Plastic Surgeon Answers Frequently Asked Breast Augmentation Questions
Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD of the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery provides answers to three inquires often asked by patients considering breast augmentation with implants.
Glendale, AZ — Also referred to as a breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty, a breast augmentation can be a great option for women interested in enhancing their breast size and shape, states Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, a board certified plastic surgeon in the Glendale area. In fact, he says it has such profoundly positive effects, physically and mentally, that 94% of women nationally who have had the procedure would make the same decision again if given the choice. Not surprisingly, Dr. Turkeltaub states that breast augmentation surgery continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure performed at his practice.
He states that there are several common questions that he hears from prospective patients regarding the procedure. Three commonly asked questions include:
- “Is there an age limit for breast augmentation?”
- “What are my incision options?”
- “Will breast feeding still be possible?”
According to Dr. Turkeltaub, “Although there are no true limits in age regarding undergoing this procedure, for many reasons and with very rare exceptions, I recommend that patients be at least 18 years of age and in relatively good health.” He goes on to explain that on the other end of the spectrum, there is typically not a fixed upper age limit for breast augmentation. In fact, he says many of his patients who are electing to have this procedure for the first time are in their 50’s, 60’s, and sometimes even their 70’s. Regardless of age, he stresses that among the most important factors for candidacy are that the individual is healthy, does not have a significant risk for surgical complications and has realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. These all can be assessed during a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Regarding breast augmentation incisions, Dr. Turkeltaub states that patients have three acceptable options: inframammary (made in or near the crease at the bottom of the breasts where the breast and chest meet), periareolar (made along the lower half margin of the nipple-areola complex) and transaxillary (made in the armpit). Breast implants can be placed either behind or in front of the pectoralis major muscle using any one of the three incisions, he notes, and the specific approach utilized will depend on the individual’s unique goals as well as their doctor’s preference/advice. “For my patients, the inframammary incision is recommended and employed a vast majority of the time due to its considerable and multiple advantages over the other approaches.”
With respect to breast feeding after augmentation, Dr. Turkeltaub says that “the simple truth is this: if your body is capable of producing breast milk prior to the placement of your implants, you should still be able to breast feed after your breast augmentation procedure, particularly if the periareolar incision technique is not utilized.” He explains that approximately 25% of women are not able to produce a sufficient amount of milk for breast feeding, so unless the patient has tried to breast feed prior to receiving implants, her ability to do so post-surgery may be unknown.
Ultimately, Dr. Turkeltaub aims to make sure every individual seeking breast augmentation at his practice is comprehensively educated on all facets of the procedure, and he strongly encourages prospective patients to ask as many questions as they need to feel completely confident in their decision to enhance the appearance of their breasts with implants.
About Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD, PC
Dr. Turkeltaub graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious six-year medical program at Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his general surgery residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital followed by his training in plastic surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. An advocate of continuing education, Dr. Turkeltaub maintains active membership in several esteemed medical organizations, including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Arizona Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, among others. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and committed to both safety and excellence in all areas of his work.
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