faq

Aug 09, 2012

PREPARING

 

What should I look for in a plastic surgeon?

If you are interested in a breast augmentation, your first step is to schedule a consultation with one or more board-certified plastic surgeons.  Plastic surgeons that perform breast augmentation should be board-certified.  There are no guarantees, but proper board certification and credentials should help ensure that you will be in good hands.

Proximity may also be important. The consultation will be the first of many appointments should you choose to book your surgery.  When you meet with the surgeon, you should feel that he or she listens to you and understands your aesthetic goals.  Ask to see before and after photos of other breast augmentation patients the surgeon has treated and whether you can speak to these patients.  

Are there red flags to look for?

There can be red flags that come up during your search for a well-qualified surgeon. Searching online is usually a good place to begin. That said, online reviews are plentiful. Some will be positive, and others may be negative. Read these, but take them with a grain of salt. Online reviews are anonymous, which means that the posters may not be who they say they are.  These reviews could be posted by disgruntled employees or rivals. Online searches may also gather useful information regarding pending or past malpractice suits. Even excellent surgeons get sued. When reviewing this information, look for patterns. Was the doctor's record clean for years, and then he got hit with six or seven lawsuits in the past 6 months? This is a red flag that something may have changed.

If you feel rushed or not understood when you meet with a potential surgeon, this should also be a red flag that he or she may not be the best choice for you.

Where should I go to get breast implants?

Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. Make sure that the surgeon you choose performs breast augmentations with implants on a regular basis and has a solid track record. Word of mouth or online searches are usually a good way to get started. Your primary care doctor may also be able to refer you to a specialist whom she knows and trusts.

What should I experience during a consultation for breast implants?

Your initial consultation for breast implants is your time to meet the doctor and discuss your aesthetic goals. He or she will also take a thorough medical history to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for the surgery. After the exam, he or she will tell you what is or isn’t possible with breast augmentation and implants. This is also your chance to ask the doctor any questions you may have about the surgery, including your recovery, the cost and risks. You should never feel rushed during your consultation, and you should also not feel pressured to book a surgery. You will also have the chance to look at some of the surgeon’s before and after photos during this important visit. Some doctors charge for consultations, and others do not. If you schedule a surgery, the consultation fee may be applied to the cost of the procedure. Make sure you are aware of the policy before your visit.

What should I bring to my consultation?

Bring a list of questions to your consultation. Having them in writing will make it easier to remember all that you wanted to ask. If you have photos of what you do – or don’t - want out of the surgery, bring those as well. For example, if you are seeking breast augmentation so that your breasts look like they did before pregnancy and breastfeeding, bring an old photograph of youreself.

These photos may help your surgeon to better understand what you are looking for. It can also be beneficial to bring a relative or friend with you to the appointment.

What should I ask my plastic surgeon?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests asking the following questions of your surgeon during your consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally-or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for breast enhancement or breast enlargement?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my breast augmentation surgery?
  • What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How many additional implant-related operations can I expect over my lifetime?
  • How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?
  • How can I expect my implanted breasts to look over time? After pregnancy? After breastfeeding?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my implanted breasts?
  • How will my breasts look if I choose to have the implants removed in the future without replacement?
  • Do you have breast augmentation before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

It may be a good idea to print these questions out in advance so they do not slip your mind.

Are breast implants right for me?

If you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, breast augmentation with implants may be an option. Breast implants can increase the size of your breasts, but they will not raise sagging breasts. Only a breast lift can do that, Breast implants can also correct breast asymmetry and reconstruct breasts after cancer surgery. The best way to tell if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon that will listen to your aesthetic goals and make sure you are healthy enough to undergo the surgery.

How old do I need to be to get breast implants?

If you 18 or older, you are eligible for saline-filled breast implants in the U.S. You must be 22 years of age to be deemed an appropriate candidate for silicone gel-filled breast implants.

Can I get gummy bear breast implants?

That depends where you live or choose to undergo your breast augmentation. “Gummy bear” breast implants are a nickname coined by a California-based plastic surgeon. They are not a brand name or even an implant category per se. Some breast implants are considered form-stable. This means that, like a gummy bear candy, if you cut them in half, there won’t be leakage. The main advantage is that if the gummy bear implants rupture, the silicone gel would not migrate elsewhere in the breasts or body. Several types of highly cohesive, form-stable breast implants  are currently available everywhere but the US.

The U.S Food and drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Sientra’s line of Silimed breast implants. These silicone breast implants are said to be both form-stable and highly cohesive, but manufacturers stop short of calling them “gummy bear” breast implants.

Is breast augmentation painful?

Yes, recovery from breast augmentation is significant and you may feel pain. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can prescribe painkillers to help relieve this pain in the days after your procedure. You should not feel anything during the actual surgery.

Are breast implants safe?

Yes, breast implants are considered to be safe. In the US, they are among the most widely studied medical devices of all time. Of course, all surgeries do confer their share of risks.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects related to breast augmentation with implants may include excessive bleeding, blood clots, hematoma (a break in a blood vessel that may clot) and seroma (a collection of fluid underneath the skin). Some women also experience implant extrusion or rejection, which occurs when the he body rejects the implant and pushes it out.  Others have reported loss of sensation in the nipples or breast area, and scarring. Capsular contracture can occur when scar tissue forms around the implant.  This can cause pain, stiffness and possible leakage of the fluid inside the implant. Breast implants can also deflate or rupture.  Your board-certified plastic surgeon should discuss all of these risks with you during your consultation.

Will my body reject breast implants?

It could. Implant rejection is possible, but highly unlikely. If you are concerned, ask your surgeon if you have any risk factors that may place you at higher-than-usual risk for implant rejection.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples after getting breast implants?

Loss of sensation is another possible side effect of breast augmentation with implants. If this does occur, it’s usually temporary. The feeling in your nipples will likely come back within 6months. If it does not resolve within this time, consult your surgeon.

How heavy are breast implants?

This depends on the size of your implants. The average implant volume is 450 cc.  A 450-cc saline-filled breast implant weighs about 1.3 pounds. This does not include the weight of the shell which is about 15 to 25 grams. Two implants may weigh about 2.6 pounds.

To calculate the weight of silicone implants, use the following formula:

For two 300cc implants then: 300cc x 2 = 600cc total
600cc x 0.0375 = 22.5oz

Saline weighs less than silicone. If you chose saline-filled implants, use the following formula to determine how heavy your braest implants will be.

For two 300cc saline implants then:

300cc x 2 = 600cc total

600cc divide by 29.574 = 20.2880 oz


20.5338 divided by 16 oz = 1.268 lbs. for both implants

Will breast implants cause sagging?

If you choose the proper size breast implant for your frame and build, they will not cause excessive sagging. That said, breast lift (mastopexy) is the only way to correct breast sagging or ptosis.

How will my breasts look when I get old if I get breast implants?

This depends on your age when you undergo breast augmentation, your frame, and how large your new implants are. Breast implants were not meant to last a lifetime.  They last about 10 to 15 years on average, so depending on your age when you had surgery, you may need to replace your implants before you “get old.”

Should I get breast implants if I am planning on getting pregnant?

The answer to this question depends on when you plan to conceive. If you are planning to have children in the near, near future, you should consider waiting until you have completed your family. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the look and feel of your breasts. It is for these reasons that breast augmentation is part of a “mommy makeover” surgery package. If you have no immediate plans to have children and you are 18 or older, it’s OK to undergo breast augmentation with implants.

Is it safe to get breast implants when I am pregnant?

It is not a good idea to undergo any elective surgery during pregnancy.  Many women report that their breasts grow bigger and become tenderer during pregnancy.

Is it safe to get breast implants after mastectomy?

Yes. Reconstruction immediately after mastectomy or down the road is safe and can have a positive effect on your quality of life. A plastic surgeon should be part of your breast cancer treatment/prevention team so that you are fully aware of all of your post-mastectomy options.

Can breast implants make my breasts more symmetrical?

Yes. Breast augmentation with implants can make breasts more symmetrical. In fact, correcting asymmetry is one of the top reasons that women opt for breast implants.

Are breast implants uncomfortable?

Recovery after breast augmentation surgery may be painful, but the implants should not cause any discomfort once healing is complete. Certain complications, should they occur, may cause pain.

Is it safe to get breast implants after cancer?

Yes. Many women are candidates for breast reconstruction with implants following breast cancer diagnosis and or surgery to remove the breast(s).

Can breast implants cause cancer?

In 2011, the FDA stated that women with breast implants may be at an increased risk for a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This is a type of blood cancer (lymphoma) that affects white blood cells called T cells. The FDA, in collaboration with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is now developing a registry to track cases of this cancer in women with breast implants.

Will people be able to tell if I had a breast augmentation?

There is no uniform answer to this question. It depends on what you looked like before surgery and the size of implants that you and your surgeon decided upon. Many times breast augmentation with implants produces extremely natural-looking results.

Should I discuss it with my family before getting breast implants?

Breast augmentation with implants is a surgical procedure. As such, it does confer its share of risks. It may be a good idea to discuss your plans with your close friends and family members. In addition, you may need some support during your recovery, including a person to drive you home once you are released from the surgical center or hospital.  Who you tell and how you tell them is solely up to you. Be prepared for a broad range of responses. Some may be supportive and enthusiastic, but others may need a little more convincing that any elective, cosmetic surgery is worth the risks.

Will people treat me differently with breast implants?

You will be the same person after surgery as you were before.  Your breast implant surgery should not change the way others treat you.  You may feel more self-confident and secure after surgery which will affect how others respond to you.

How will breast implants affect my work life?

The answer to this question depends on your profession, the office climate as well as the size of your new breast implants. They may allow you to feel more self-confident at work. If you have a physically-demanding job, you may be sidelined for longer than if you have a desk job.

How long is the procedure?

Breast augmentation surgery can last from one to several hours. Your board-certified plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with a rough estimate as to how long your surgery will take to perform.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Ask your surgeon exactly what you can expect during your breast augmentation. In general, most procedures take place in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility or office-based surgical suite. You will get medications to make sure you are comfortable during the surgery.  This usually includes local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. General anesthesia is sometimes used. You will be taken to recovery and closely monitored after the surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings. You may feel nauseated and or vomit from the anesthesia and medications. Some women can go home after a few hours. Others may stay the night or longer.

Do I need to quit smoking before my surgery?

Yes. Smoking will increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery. It is important that you quit smoking for at least several weeks before and after your surgery. Ask your surgeon for advice on how best to accomplish this. There are tools available today that can help you become an ex-smoker for good.

How can I prepare my home for my recovery?

Make sure to purchase all the medications and supplies you need in advance. Your surgeon can give you a list and the required prescriptions. Stock up on easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Make sure your laptop, ipad, cell phone and whatever other electronic gadget you depend on is fully charged (and that you have a charger on deck).  Check out or download some books you have been meaning to read and rent some must-see DVDs to keep your mind occupied during your recovery. Some women like to record their thoughts during recovery in a journal. Other helpful items to have around include a thermometer (to monitor for infection), ice packs (to alleviate swelling and discomfort) and comfy clothes that don’t have to be placed over your head.  Ask your surgeon what else you can do to make sure you are comfortable at home after your discharge.

Options

 

Are breast implants better with fat transfer?

Fat grafting, which involves taking fat from one area of the body where it is plentiful and re-injecting it into another area where it is not, such as the breast, can be used to enhance breast appearance after breast reconstruction surgery or to trouble shoot complications with implants including wrinkling, dimpling or capsular contraction.

Should I get breast implants with or without a breast lift?

This is a decision that must be made together with your board-certified plastic surgeon. The answer depends on your physique and your aesthetic goals. Sometimes breast lifts are needed to perk up sagging breasts.

What type of breast implants should I get?

The choice of implants is best made together with your board-certified plastic surgeon. It is based on your aesthetic goals. Both saline and silicone filled implants have advantages and disadvantages which must be considered.

Which type of breast implants is right for me?

The answer to this question depends upon your goals and preferences. The choice of implants is best made together with your board-certified plastic surgeon. It is based on your aesthetic goals. Both saline and silicone implants have advantages and disadvantages. There are many other decisions that must also be made, including where to place your implants and the incision through which they will be placed.

What are gummy bears?

Gummy bear breast implants are a nickname given to form-stable, highly-cohesive silicone gel-filled breast implants. A Caliornia-based plastic surgeon coined the catchy term in 2004. Due to their consistency, the gel is less likely to migrate if the implant should rupture. (Picture cutting gummy bear candy in two). The FDA approved Sientra’s form-stable Silimed implant line in 2012 and is currently reviewing information on two other types of implants that reportedly fit this description. Still, gummy bears are a nick name, not brand name and not everyone uses this terminology.

What breast implants look and feel the most natural?

Silicone implants tend to feel the most natural.

What breast implants are the safest?

All breast implants on the market are considered safe and have been FDA approved

What size breast implants should I get?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer or implant. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters or ccs. Exactly how big you go depends on your frame, where you started and your aesthetic goals. Many surgeons recommend the rice test to see how big you should go. To do this, you will need a knee-high stocking and uncooked rice. With a measuring cup, gauge 10 ounces of rice. This is the equivalent of 300cc.  Place the rice in the stocking and tie the top. Voila: you have a breast implant. Place it in your bra and see how you like it. Make sure to try it under clothing to see how it looks.  Want to go bigger? Add rice. Too big? Take some rice out.

What is the best breast implant placement if I am planning on breast feeding?

There are no guarantees, but many surgeons say that placing implants below your chest muscle is least likely to disturb your milk ducts and interfere with breastfeeding.  Mention your desire to breastfeed to your surgeon during the consultation. This important information will guide his or her surgical plan.

What incision pattern will give me the smallest scar?

Belly button breast augmentation via a transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) incision is considered "scarless." During this procedure, a J- or C-shaped scar is hidden within the folds of your belly button.  If you are overly concerned about scarring, ask your doctor about ways to reduce this risk.

Recovery

 

How will I look with Breast Implants?

If you experimented with sizing before choosing your implants, you should have a pretty good idea of the final product. That said, results are not apparent overnight. There will be swelling and it may take some time for your implants to settle. Be patient.

How long will it take to recover?

Your recovery from breast augmentation with implants is based on the extent of your surgery and your personal resilience. In general, you may be down and out for several days and out – but not down – for about three weeks. Make sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to improve your chances of a smooth and swift recovery.

How much time will I need to take off work?

The answer to this question depends on your occupation. If you have a physically demanding job, you will likely be sidelined for longer than if you have a more sedentary occupation. Your surgeon will give you specific advice on time-off and any activity restrictions.

Will I have scars?

You may have scars after breast augmentation with implants. Some people tend to develop more visible scars than others. There are treatments available to help minimize the appearance of post-surgery scars. Ask your surgeon what he or she recommends.

How much swelling is normal?

There is no way to estimate exactly how swollen your breasts will be after your surgery, and when it will abate. There will be significant swelling that may last up to four months.

How can I prevent scars?

Ask your surgeon what products he or she recommends to minimize or prevent scarring after breast augmentation surgery. He or she may recommend silicone sheeting or topical silicone gels and creams. Keeping your breasts out of the sun after surgery also helps.

Should I massage my breast implants?

Many plastic surgeons do suggest massage to help the implant settle into a natural looking position and to minimize the formation of scar tissue. Ask your surgeon what he or she recommends.

Why do my breasts feel so hard?

Don’t worry. This is normal. Breasts often firm up after surgery. They will soften soon.

Why is one breast higher than the other?

Don’t panic. This is normal. Both breasts need to “drop” into a natural position after surgery. The breast on your dominant side may not drop as fast as the one on your non-dominant side. If you are concerned, check in with your surgeon.

Why do my breast implants look far apart?

Discuss this matter with your board-certified plastic surgeon as you may need revision breast surgery to address it.

How long does it take for breast implants to drop?

It usually takes a few weeks for breast implants to drop. It depends on implant size, what size you were before your breast augmentation surgery, implant surface and placement, your muscle tone and whether or not you massage your breasts.

When can I start having sex again?

Many women report that breast augmentation with implants gives a boost to their sex life. Your surgeon will give you instructions regarding when you can resume vigorous exercise, including sex.

Will I have to sleep on my back or sides forever?

Of course not! You will be able to sleep in your favorite position after your immediate recovery period draws to a close.  Typically, you will be able to go back you stomach sleeping after 10 days. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions, and monitor your progress during recovery. Special side-sleeping pillows are available to help you sleep comfortably as you recover.

Why is my breast numb?

Some loss of sensation is common after breast implant surgery. This is usually temporary. If it persists or worsens, call your surgeon.

Will I be able to take care of myself after surgery?

You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure as you may still feel woozy from the anesthesia and pain medications. It is a good idea to have a family member or close friend assist you in the 24 hours after your surgery.

How soon after my surgery can I fly?

There is no blanket answer to this question. Discuss your reasons for travel with your surgeon.

When can I tan my new breasts?

Sun exposure will worsen your scars. Regardless of the body part, there is no such thing as a safe tanning. Cover all exposed body parts with a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.

What can I do if my bra is irritating my incision lines?

Some people find it helpful to cover the site of irritation with a bandage. Ask your surgeon for advice.

Why are my new breasts making sounds?

You are not going crazy. Breast implants do make gurgling sounds. This occurs when fluid or air bubbles accrue in the implant pocket or from the implant just settling in. This should stop in a few weeks. It is not permanent.

How can I ease my nipple sensitivity?

This is temporary. If the sensitivity is bothersome, gauze pads or large band aids can minimize pain caused by the rubbing of clothes on your nipple. Ask your surgeon for other recommendations on how to decrease nipple sensitivity.

How soon after surgery can I start exercising again?

It is a good idea to get up and walk around as soon as you are able to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot. Vigorous exercise, the kind where you huff and puff and break a sweat, should be avoided for at least three weeks after your surgery. Following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully will help reduce your chances of developing a complication.

How can I tell if my breast implants are leaking?

This depends on the type of fill. If a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate immediately. Put another way: You will know. Silicone breast implants, however, are prone to slower leaks. There may not be any signs. Some women may experience pain, burning, tingling, swelling, numbness or redness when a silicone implant leaks. It is for these reasons that the FDA recommends that women with silicone breast implants get an MRI scan every two years, starting three years after the initial surgery. An MRI will be able to detect any leaks in silicone breast implants.

How can I tell if anything is wrong?

If you are concerned that something is wrong, call your surgeon. He or she will reassure you or help to discover what has happened and work with you to correct the problem.

How soon after surgery may I return to work?

The answer to this question depends on your occupation. If you have a physically demanding job, you may need to take more time off. Your surgeon will give you specific advice. Once you are feeling better, however, you may be able to work from home or telecommute based on your company’s policies. This will allow you to save some vacation time so you can show off your new figure.

How do you treat bottoming out?

Bottoming out occurs when a breast implant(s) slips below the natural, or surgically lowered, inframammary crease. This is the fold line just under your breasts.  This complication is treated with revision breast surgery.

How do you treat rippling?

If your breast implant is rippling, fat grafting to the breast may help. Rippling is more common is saline-filled breast implants than in their silicone gel-filled counterparts.

How do you treat double bubble?

When theimplant sits at the normal level for a breast and the natural breast tissue and nipple sag downward, a “double bubble” may occur. This can happen immediately following surgery or years down the road due to pregnancy, weight loss or just gravity. Treatment is not always necessary. Sometimes double bubble will resolve on its own. 

How do you treat capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant. Whether or not to treat depends on the degree of severity. Treatments exist including manual squeezing, steroid injections, fat grafting and possibly revision surgery. Discuss your options with your surgeon if you develop capsular contracture.

How do you treat a hematoma?

A hematoma is a break in blood vessels. It may cause bruising and/or a blood clot. Most of the time, hematomas are treated with old-fashioned rest and ice.

How do you treat necrosis?

Necrosis is dead tissue or skin. This can be a result of poor wound healing. Your surgeon may choose to remove the dead tissue and treat any infection that may have developed. Making sure the area is kept clean and dry to prevent infection. Necrosis will eventually heal on its own, but may leave a scar. This complication is more likely if you are a smoker.

How do you treat a seroma?

A seroma is a buildup of a clear or slightly bloody fluid in the tissues. It may cause pain or visible swelling in the breast. In these scenarios, your surgeon may need to drain the fluid to relieve any pressure.

How do you treat synmastia?

Synmastia is often referred to as uni-boob. It occurs when your two breast implants touch each in the middle of your chest. The only way to correct synmastia is with revision breast surgery.

What if I get sick and can’t keep my medicine down?

You may feel nauseated and/or vomit after your surgery. If your nausea is severe, medication can help. Discuss your concerns and options with your surgeon.

Why do my breasts appear red and feel sunburned?

Don’t worry this is normal and temporary. It is due to the stretching of your skin during surgery. This will improve once your skin begins to relax.

Why are my nipples pointing downward?

This sometimes occurs before the breast implant “settles.” Time and massage are usually all it takes for your nipples to return to their normal position.

Why are my breasts shiny?

Don’t worry, this is normal and temporary. Much like the sunburned sensation and redness, the shininess occurs when your skin is stretched to make room for your new breast implants.

After

 

Can I breastfeed with breast implants?

Breast implants should not interfere with your ability to breastfeed. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, let your surgeon know as it may affect your surgical plan. Placing breast implants below your chest muscle may be less likely to disturb your milk ducts and interfere with breastfeeding.

Do I need to get MRI's after breast implants and how often?

MRIs can detect often symptomless leaks in silicone breast implants. The FDA recommends that women with silicone breast implants seek MRI scans every two years, starting three years after the initial surgery. An MRI will be able to detect any leaks.

How can you tell if your breast implants are leaking?

If you have saline breast implants, you will know immediately if a leak has occurred. These implants deflate. With silicone gel filled breast implants, however, it is not as obvious. This is why the FDA recommends that women with silicone breast implants seek MRI scans every two years, starting three years after the initial surgery. An MRI will be able to detect any leaks in silicone breast implants.

What should I do if my breast implants are leaking?

If your implant is leaking, contact your surgeon immediately. Implant removal with or without revision breast surgery is necessary.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are not meant to last forever. The FDA states that 20% to 40% of patients who get silicone implants for cosmetic reasons will need another surgery within ten years. Some breast implants may last much longer. Breast implants do come with warranties.

How can I get my breast implants removed?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure. You can go to the same surgeon who performed your breast augmentation or choose another surgeon.

How often do I need to go for check-ups?

You can check-in with your surgeon whenever an issue arises. To detect leaks in silicone gel foiled implants, the FDA recommends that women get an MRI every two years, starting three years after the initial surgery. You also will need to undergo regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

When can I get a revision?

The answer to this question is based on the reasons for revision breast surgery. Some minor complications may involve touch-ups soon after the surgery. If you are dissatisfied with the results, most surgeons would suggest waiting a year so that all the swelling has abated and you have a more accurate picture of your new breasts.

How will my breasts look after several years with implants?

Breast implants don’t last forever, so you may need revision surgery for one reason or another down the road. Breastfeeding, pregnancy and massive weight loss may also affect how your breasts look after several years.

General

 

Where can I view before and after photos?

These photos can be viewed on most surgeon’s websites and in the office during your consultation. Certain online directories also provide galleries of before and after photos for the doctors that they list.

What does breast augmentation cost?

There are a lot of variables involved in the cost of breast augmentation with implants. These include the type of implants and your surgeons fee as well as the practice’s geographic location and whether or not you are getting your breasts enhanced as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other body contouring surgeries such as breast lift or tummy tuck. All things considered, a ballpark estimate  for breast augmentation is $2,500 - $10,000.

Is breast augmentation covered by health insurance?

Insurance does not cover the cost of solely cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries, but financing plans are usually available. Insurance may cover all or some of the costs associated with breast reconstruction.

How can I pay for breast implants?

If the cost is prohibitive, financing plans are usually available. Your surgeon’s office staff can be a tremendous resource.

Is breast augmentation tax deductible?

If they are essential to your career, they may be. Otherwise, you are out of luck.

Can I get x-rays with breast implants?

Yes, you can still receive mammograms or breast x-rays when you have breast implants. Be sure to let your examiner know that you have implants. Extra views may be needed.

Is it safe to fly with breast implants?

Yes. If you are flying soon after your surgery, make sure to get clearance from your plastic surgeon.

How do breast implants affect mammograms?

Breast implants can obscure the images produced by mammography. This may impede your doctor’s ability to identify early breast cancer. Additional imaging may be necessary. Ask your plastic surgeon to recommend imaging centers that have knowledge and experience performing mammograms on women with breast implants. Your surgeon will also advise you to get a mammogram before your breast augmentation.

In rare situations, the pressure placed on the breast during mammograms can cause an implant to rupture. None of these are reasons to avoid mammograms. It is the best method that we have to detect breast cancer when it is in its earliest and most treatable stages.

Will breast implants improve my sex life?

Oh yes! Many studies have shown that women with breast implants have sex more frequently and that the sex is much more satisfying. This is likely due to improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. Women who were self-conscious about their small breasts may have been inhibited and restrained before the surgery.

How common are breast implants?

In a word: very. Breast augmentation consistently ranks as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. In 2011, 316,848 women underwent breast augmentation with implants, according to statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).