Unfortunately, as time goes on it is often difficult for patients to remember the specifics of the type of breast augmentation surgery and implants that they had. Your are not alone! The easiest way to determine what type of implant you had is to request a copy of the operative report from either the hospital, surgery center or your surgeon's office. The implant specifics are recorded on this document. Your office record also includes this information. If it has been over ten years since your procedure, sometimes these records are no longer available. Ultrasound or MRI can help to answer this question but it is an expensive way to solve the mystery and not an indication for these procedures. If you registered your implants with the manufacturer at the time of surgery, the company will have a record of this information. Fortunately, this inforation is not absoltely critical to your health unless you are having a problem with your implants. Your surgeon can often develop a reasonable treatment plan even without this information. I would strongly recommend that you register your implants and purchase the affordable insurance program if you have surgery again. These programs are helpful in storing vital information regarding your implant type, size, filler, model and lot number. Should there be a recall or long term problem requiring additional surgery, this information is readily available. There is often also some fiancial support to offset costs. Investigate the options available by contacting your surgeon or the implant manufacturer's websites.
Case 44: One of the hardest things to accomplish in a nose job is giving a person a smaller version of the same nose. In Los Angeles, where small differences can mean everything, doing Finesse Rhinoplasty is common. Even at 6 months, you can see that, on profile, this patient’s tip is less projected but he still has a strong masculine profile. On base view, you will also notice the deprojection and the fact that alar base reduction can be done with no visible scars and maintenance of the natural nostril curve.
Manufacturer’s warranty programs can mitigate some of the costs of treating complications. But, the warranty payment is only available if a rupture is detected. Some surgeons fail to inform their patients of the need for periodic MRIs, or downplay the FDA recommendation in order to make a sale. “Many women don’t know about the maintenance costs and potential expenses of silicone gel implants,” reports Dr. Ellen Mahony, board-certified plastic surgeon in Westport, CT. “Because rupture with a silicone gel implant is ‘silent,’ it can go undetected for an extended period, often not becoming obvious until the process of capsular contraction has begun.” Capsular contraction leads to a more complex surgery. That means added surgical costs which your warranty may not cover.