11 years ago I had gotten 375-cc smooth silicone breast implants via periareolar incision and subpectoral pocket, and decided that it was time for them to come out. I am an American living in Germany and had gotten my implants done in the US, so it was important to me to finda doctor who had strong history of experience and could explain the procedure and completely answer any questions I had in English.
I found Dr. Knoll through online research and made an appointment. The initial consult was scheduled for about an hour. Dr. Knoll did a physical exam and then walked me through my options, which included her suggestion that I did not need a lift (I am young, with enough natural breast tissue so the likelihood they would “snap back” somewhat was pretty high) nor did I need to have the capsules removed. She would of course examine them during the surgery and remove if needed, but to pre-determine that they should be removed did not make sense, and I agreed. I do not see the point in anymore surgery than absolutely necessary. Dr. Knoll also went over the risks and possible outcomes of the surgery, showed me photos of pre/post-op, and made me feel completely at ease.
Her office manager Valerie rocks. There is no other way to say this. She is well organized, went over all the billing information, scheduled my surgery, made sure I knew where to go and what to do, and quickly answered any additional questions that popped into my head after my initial consult (there are always questions you think of after!). Between my meeting with Dr. Knoll and Valerie’s extensive organization and follow-up I made the decision to have my surgery with Dr. Knoll.
The hospital where I had my surgery was nice. The check-in process was a little sterile (no welcome, or can I help you? I got a little lost when I first arrived…) compared to my experiences in the US, but the nurses in pre/post-op as well as the surgery staff were amazing! They made sure I was completely comfortable and answered any questions I had thoroughly. Dr. Knoll met me before the surgery and later took the time herself to talk with me as the anesthesiologist knocked me out. The surgery went well with no problems and very little pain afterwards (mostly discomfort from having to sleep on my back) and in the days following.
The post-op meetings at Dr. Knoll’s office went well. I was very happy with the results, and was especially surprised that I had extreme sensation in both nipples after the removal of my implants. I had lived with the decreased sensation for 11 years, and boy could I feel them now! Luckily, it has calmed down some 8 weeks post-op. I am glad I went with Dr. Knoll’s recommendation to not have a breast lift as my breasts 8 weeks out have already begun to “fluff” and look less like pancakes. My right nipple did concave at the incision site in the beginning, but with massage, vitamin E oil, and time it too is looking much better.
I cannot recommend Dr. Bianca Knoll enough. She is an incredible surgeon, and I am completely happy with my time spent in her care!