Breast Augmentation FAQ's
The decision to pursue breast augmentation is not something women take lightly. There are many questions and concerns that need to be addressed. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the questions we hear often from our Los Angeles breast augmentation patients.
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Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?
Many women would like to increase the size of their breasts. If you’re one of these women, and you’re also over 18, physically healthy, emotionally stable, and have realistic expectations about what plastic surgery can accomplish, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation.
The best way to determine with any certainty if breast augmentation is appropriate for you is to meet with one of our surgeons.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Your surgeon will help guide you through the steps you need to take before surgery. You will need to make several important decisions before the day of your procedure. Among these are decisions about breast implants (type, size, fill, placement) and about the surgery itself (anesthesia and the possibility of combined procedures). When you’ve finalized all of these decisions, you will need to follow your surgeon’s other pre-surgical instructions about medications, smoking cessation, etc.
How do I choose my implants?
The best way to select the breast implants that will be used during your breast augmentation procedure is to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon. You’ll need to consider your body type, goals, and concerns to determine which implant size, fill (saline or silicone), shell (smooth or textured), and shape (round or anatomical) will be best for you. We’ve also provided a few helpful facts about breast implant options.
What are the risks?
There are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure. These include bleeding, swelling, or infection. Potential risks associated specifically with breast augmentation include capsular contracture (when excessive scar tissue forms around implants), implant rupture, and other complications that your surgeon will discuss with you during your consultation. Our surgeons take many precautions to reduce the risks of surgery.
What about my nipples? Will I lose sensation or be unable to breastfeed?
There is the potential for the reduction of nipple sensation. If this occurs, however, it is usually restored over time. Most of our patients don’t lose nipple sensation. Also, by choosing a qualified surgeon, you should be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation.
How long will my recovery last?
Recovery is different for everyone. In general, most women are up and around the day after surgery, but will need to avoid most of their usual activities for 5 to 7 days. You will probably be advised to wait several weeks before resuming strenuous exercise.
Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?
Many women choose to combine their breast augmentation with other procedures such as tummy tuck, liposuction, or a face lift. Our doctors have conducted extensive research into the safety of combined procedures and have found that it is a good option for most women who want more extensive improvement of their body contours.
Breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck are often combined as part of a “Mommy Makeover.” These combined procedures help mothers restore the look they had before their children – or maybe even better.