8 Things To Know Before Getting A Breast Augmentation

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on February 27, 2018

discussing-breast-impantAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation surgery is the most popular type of cosmetic surgery for women who want to improve their appearance.

If you're considering breast implants, here are eight things you need to know before you schedule the operation.

1. The Different Types Of Implants

  • Saline – Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They have a soft, natural feel and uniform firmness. Available with a flexible fill volume, the size can be adjusted during surgery.
  • Silicone – Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. They have a natural feel that's slightly firmer than saline implants. Available only with a set fill volume, the size must be determined before surgery.

2. The Size Of Implants You Should Get

The size of your implants should be determined by your overall body size, available breast tissue, and surgeon's advice. At Proffer Surgical Associates, we will do a consultation and examination to determine the right size implants for you. We also offer 3-D sizers for you to try on.

3. How The Surgery Is Performed

A small incision is made under each breast, then implants are inserted into a pocket either directly behind the breast tissue over the pectoral muscle or directly under the pectoral muscle itself. Placement depends on the type of implants used, the size of the implants and your surgeon's preference for best results. After implants are positioned, incisions are closed with sutures.

4. How Long Recovery Will Take

In most cases, you can resume daily activities within 48 hours, with some limitations. You will  need to wear an elastic bandage for the first 48 hours. You’ll then change into a sports bra to support your breasts and minimize swelling. Your doctor will decide when you can begin wearing an underwire bra. During surgery, the surgical staff will apply tapes along your incision line. Tapes are usually removed 2 weeks post surgery, and then new tapes are placed. You will keep your incisions taped for the next 4 weeks. The majority of your sutures will be internal and will dissolve over the first several months. You may resume all normal activities by six weeks.

woman-holding-silicone-breast-implants5. What You Should Wear After Surgery

You will need to wear a sports bra or support bra after bandages are removed. Besides that, you can wear whatever you choose as long as it's not too tight. You'll probably feel best in loose fitting, comfortable tops until your discomfort from the surgery is gone.

6. Breastfeeding After Surgery

Yes, studies show that breastfeeding after breast implant surgery is safe for mom and baby. Insufficient lactation has been reported in some cases.

7. The Side Effects And Risks

There are risks with all surgeries, but breast augmentation surgery has shown positive results for decades. We will discuss side effects and risks during your consultation and address your questions and concerns prior to surgery. Possible side effects and risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)
  • Capsular contracture (formation of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Skin wrinkling over implants
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation

8. Implants And Insurance Coverage

Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of breast implants unless they're part of breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer. Check with your insurance company to find out if they cover this procedure.

Want to learn more about breast augmentation? The Breast Augmentation 101 Ebook will explain everything you need to know  to determine if the procedure is right for you.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, Breast Augmentation