Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons in the country (1). Due to its popularity, we thought you may be interested in the 5 most asked questions about Breast Augmentations.
1. What is a breast augmentation, exactly?
A breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that utilizes breast implants in order to make smaller breasts larger. It can balance asymmetrical breasts, or restore fullness to breasts that have diminished in size due to age or pregnancy. The implant can be either silicone or saline, dependent on patient preference. It is placed behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle to add size, shape, and fullness to the breast.
2. What kind of down time is involved? When can I work out again?
For the standard breast augmentation, you can return to your regular activities in 3-5 days. However, for lifting and carrying more than 20 pounds, it’s going to be about 2 weeks. When it comes to working out, you can begin doing a modified routine in 2 weeks. The modifications include not lifting more than 20 pounds, avoiding strenuous exercises, avoiding contact sports and weight lifting. On average, you can return to a full workout routine in 6-8 weeks after surgery.
3. How do I decide what size to choose?
This is a very personal choice, and our team at Wellspring Plastic Surgery will help empower you to make a good decision. We will take your measurements, discuss the differences in breast shape and size, ask you about your preferred projection (I.E. are you looking for more cleavage, or just a fuller, more natural look?). Bringing in photos of what you do and don’t like is encouraged to help us to determine your ideal breast shape. We have sizers that you will try during your consultation that mimic the average result and will guide you in achieving your optimal breast aesthetic. By the end of your consultation, you will have a clearer picture of your ideal breasts.
4. What is the difference between saline and silicone implants?
Saline and silicone implants are both safe and effective breast implants. There are, however, a few key differences. Saline implants are less expensive than silicone. However, the saline implants do have a higher rate of deflation and a higher likelihood of visible ripples or folds. The newer silicone implants are of the “gummy bear” consistency. They have a softer and more natural feel.
5. How long will the implants last? Will I have to get them replaced?
In general, we only replace implants if an issue is noted, such as a rupture or deflation or capsular contraction. It is important to follow up with your surgeon annually to ensure the implants are maintaining their integrity.
Do you have more questions? We are happy to answer them! Give us a call at 512-600-2888 to set up a consultation today!