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Andrew McGregor, MD

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Embarking on the journey of breast augmentation is a significant decision for many individuals. Whether it's to restore lost volume, achieve symmetry, or enhance overall confidence, the prospect of undergoing plastic surgery can be incredibly exciting. If you're considering breast implants, it's essential to arm yourself with knowledge to make informed choices. Here, we'll address some frequently asked questions and provide insights into what patients should know before undergoing this transformative procedure.

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are prosthetic devices surgically inserted into the breast to enhance size, shape, or symmetry. They typically consist of a silicone shell filled with either saline solution or silicone gel. These implants come in various shapes, sizes, and textures, allowing for customization to suit individual preferences and body types.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Breast Implants?

Candidates for breast augmentation vary, but generally, suitable candidates are individuals who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and desire enhancement of breast size or shape. It's crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your candidacy based on factors such as your medical history, breast anatomy, and aesthetic goals.

What Should I Consider Before Undergoing Surgery?

Before scheduling your surgery, take the time to thoroughly research the procedure and understand its potential risks and benefits. Discuss your expectations openly with your surgeon, and ensure you have a clear understanding of the anticipated outcomes. Additionally, consider factors such as recovery time, potential lifestyle changes, and the financial investment required for the procedure. Many plastic surgery practices offer financing options to fit your budget, including some with 0% interest. 

What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants?

There are primarily two types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater solution and are inserted empty before being filled to the desired volume. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are pre-filled with silicone gel, providing a more natural look and feel. Within these categories, implants come in various shapes (round or teardrop) and textures (smooth or textured), allowing for customization based on individual preferences and anatomical considerations. Your plastic surgeon can discuss with you the different types and recommend an implant style that will work best for you.

What Can I Expect During the Recovery Process?

Recovery following breast augmentation varies from person to person. Thanks to advancements in modern aesthetic medicine, patients today have more options to ensure their downtime is as smooth and comfortable as possible. For example, at our practice, we offer Exparel – a long-lasting numbing medicine that is applied while the patient is asleep and helps to manage any discomfort in the days following surgery, allowing your body to relax and heal. Of course, every patient is unique and some may experience a degree of discomfort, swelling, or bruising following surgery. Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions to help manage pain, reduce swelling, and promote healing. It's essential to follow these instructions diligently and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure optimal results.

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications?

Like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation carries inherent risks and potential complications. These may include infection, bleeding, changes in nipple sensation, implant rupture or leakage, capsular contracture (the formation of scar tissue around the implant), and changes in breast shape or symmetry. While the likelihood of experiencing these complications is relatively low, it's essential to be aware of them and discuss any concerns with your surgeon. To reduce your risk, be sure to select an experienced board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implant surgery.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

While breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, they are designed to be long-lasting. The lifespan of implants can vary depending on factors such as implant type, placement, and individual physiology. While some implants may last a lifetime without issue, others may require replacement or removal due to complications or changes in aesthetic preferences. Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon can help monitor the condition of your implants and address any concerns as they arise.

Will Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding or Mammograms?

Breast implants typically do not interfere with breastfeeding, although it's essential to discuss any concerns with your surgeon before undergoing surgery. Additionally, because breast implants may affect the interpretation of mammograms, be sure to inform your healthcare provider about your implants when scheduling mammograms to ensure proper screening and interpretation.

In conclusion, breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure for many individuals, providing a boost in confidence and self-esteem. Remember to communicate openly with your surgeon, follow post-operative instructions diligently, and prioritize your overall health and well-being throughout the process. By educating yourself about the procedure, understanding your options, and choosing a qualified plastic surgeon who is experienced and board-certified, you can embark on this journey with peace of mind and achieve the look you want. 

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