The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
After a lot of thought and consideration, maybe you’ve decided that breast augmentation is right for you. You’ve started doing some research to learn more about the procedure–but you still have questions.
Still concerned about different implant types or what will happen after surgery? It’s important to get as much information as you can before scheduling your procedure. Get the answers to some of your most pressing questions to find out if breast augmentation is right for you.
How Do I Choose the Right Implants?
If you’re considering breast augmentation, then you have two primary types of implants to choose from: saline or silicone. Each type of implant has its pros and cons and the type that’s perfect for one woman might not be right for another.
Some of the things to keep in mind when choosing between saline and silicone implants include how you want the implants to feel, your age, how much breast tissue you have, and the shape you want. Your plastic surgeon can offer more guidance during your consultation.
Are Some Implant Types Safer Than Others?
Saline and silicone implants are both FDA-approved for cosmetic breast surgery. Saline implants are approved for women over age 18 and silicone implants are approved for cosmetic use in women over the age of 22. Both implant types can be safely used for breast reconstruction regardless of age. Modern implants of both types are durable and considered safe.
Will My Implants Rupture?
It’s unlikely that your implants will break or rupture unless you expose them to a considerable amount of force. If you’re hit in the chest, for example, there is a chance that an implant will burst. Under day-to-day conditions, though, your implants should remain intact.
If your implants do rupture, there are a few things you can do. If you have saline implants, you’re likely to notice the problem right away, as the saltwater solution will seep out of the implant and be absorbed by your body. The affected breast is likely to deflate.
If a silicone implant ruptures, it can be hard to tell, as the silicone gel won’t move. If you think a silicone implant might have ruptured, your doctor can perform imaging to verify the leak.
Whether you have silicone or saline implants, if there’s a rupture, your best bet is to replace or remove the implants.
Will I Be Able to See My Implants?
For the most part, implants won’t be visible beneath your skin. There are cases where the implants can cause rippling, though. If you have thin skin or limited breast tissue, saline implants are likely to cause some rippling. Rippling doesn’t usually occur with silicone implants.
When Should I Have Breast Augmentation?
If you’re not happy with the size of your breasts, you can have breast augmentation at pretty much any time. Implants are FDA-approved for women who are either at least 18 or 22, depending on whether they choose saline or silicone implants.
You can have breast augmentation before getting pregnant if you wish. In many cases, having implants won’t interfere with your ability to get pregnant or breastfeed your babies. However, you should know that pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the appearance of the breasts in the future.
If you have already been pregnant and are breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to wait until after you’ve finished having children or have finished breastfeeding to think about breast augmentation. That way, another pregnancy won’t affect the results of your surgery.
How Long Will I Need to Stay Home From Work After Surgery?
It’s important to give yourself time to recover after your breast augmentation. Usually, women find that taking at least one week off from work, if not two, gives them enough time to get back on their feet. If you work a job that requires strenuous activity, you’ll need more time off.
Along with taking a week or so off from work, it’s a good idea to take a break from your other activities, such as exercise or running your children’s PTA, for example. Your surgeon will let you know when you can jump back into your regularly scheduled life.
Will My Breasts Feel Normal After Breast Augmentation?
How your breasts will feel after breast augmentation depends on the type of implant used. Saline implants usually make the breasts feel firmer while silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue. The one that’s best for you depends on personal preference.
It’s also worth pointing out that you might notice some change in sensation in the breasts and nipples after surgery. In some cases, women report losing sensation in the nipples for several months to a year after their surgeries. Most regain full sensation as the breasts heal.
Will I Need More Surgery?
That all depends on if you keep your implants or decide to replace them later on. Some women decide to get new implants, either smaller or bigger, after a few years. Others might decide to remove their implants entirely. You might also be happy to keep yours for as long as possible.
You might also decide to have a different type of surgery later on, such as a breast lift, to restore the shape and position of your breasts. Your surgeon will discuss all of your options with you during your consultation.
Have even more questions about breast augmentation? Dr. Vitenas, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast surgery expert, will be happy to answer them. Call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas at his practice in Houston, Texas today.