Frequently Asked Questions


How do I prepare for my breast surgery?

During your preoperative appointment, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure by the surgical nurse. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication, smoking, drinking alcohol and use of antibacterial soap.

 You must stop taking aspirin, aspirin containing medications or diet pills for 2 weeks prior to your surgery. Do not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure and do not smoke two weeks prior to and after surgery. If you take daily medication, ask Dr.Fox if it is safe to take prior to your procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

Operating time is generally less than one hour. 

What form of anesthesia is used?

IV Sedation is used for the anesthesia for all of our patients.  IV Sedation is a lighter type of sedation than general anesthesia, you breathe on your own and you awaken quickly in as little a five minutes with no ill after effects.

Can I return home the same day?

Yes. Breast surgery is done on an ambulatory basis. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at least 24 hours.  A nurse will come out to your house in the evening on the day of your surgery and you will see Dr.Fox in the office on the next day.

Are breast implants permanent?

Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices. You will likely undergo implant removal with or without replacement over the course of your life. Whether undergoing augmentation or reconstruction, be aware that breast implantation is often not a one-time surgery often requiring additional surgery and doctor visits over the course of one’s life.

Do breast implants have a warranty?

Yes.  Both Saline and Silicone gel breast implants have an automatic warranty for ten years.  If there is any problem with the implant, replacement implants will be provided by the manufacturer at no charge. You will also receive an automatic $3500 towards your  new surgery.

How will breast implants effect having mammograms?

Current recommendations for getting screening mammograms are no different for women with breast implants that for those without implants. Radiologists experienced in the evaluation of women with breast implants should interpret mammography exams. It is essential that you tell you mammography technologist before the procedure that you have a breast implant. You should request a diagnostic mammogram rather than a screening mammogram because more pictures are taken with diagnostic mammography. The technologist can use special techniques to reduce the possibility of rupture and to get the best possible views of the breast tissue.

Is it possible to develop a silicone allergy?

It is possible for anyone to develop an allergy to almost any substance on earth. However, silicone allergies are very rare. We are all exposed to silicone in our environment everyday. It is found in many household items such as polishes, suntan and hand lotion, antiperspirants, soaps, processed foods, waterproof coatings and chewing gum.


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