Breast Augmentation: Answering Your Top Questions
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that women use to change their breasts’ size or shape. In this procedure, breast implants as well as liposucted fat can be utilized to achieve a patient’s desired goals.
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, has helped many women boost their self-esteem and confidence in their body shape. Some women undergo breast surgery to enlarge or reduce their breasts to improve their self-confidence. Others have medical conditions that required removal or reduction due to conditions like breast cancer. The removal can happen in either one or both breasts, disfiguring the overall look of the chest.
Thanks to breast augmentation, women of all shapes and sizes can gain confidence in their bodies by increasing the size of the breasts or reshaping them.
Breast augmentation FAQs
Before you can walk into a plastic surgeon’s office and scheduling a date for surgery, you should know as much as you can about the procedure. Doing research and scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is a great way to start making important decisions about the type of surgery, aftercare, and other things to expect from breast augmentation. As you begin this journey, start with some of the most frequently asked questions like the following.
1. Am I too old for breast augmentation?
Breast implant surgery does not have an upper age limit. There is only a lower age limit, which is at least 18 years for saline implants and 22 years for silicone ones. Older women who experience age-related breast changes like sagging may be better helped by a combination of breast augmentation and lift.
2. What are the possible complications of breast implant surgery?
The complications of breast implant surgery are similar to those associated with any other invasive surgery; infection of the incision site(s), excessive bleeding, and damage to the nerves and blood vessels.
3. After how long can I get back to my normal routine?
Within a week, you will be able to resume your normal routine like going to work. Medications can help relieve any pain you will experience during this time. However, you cannot engage in strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, during this period.
4. What changes should I look out for after breast augmentation?
You will notice some changes after the procedure; some of which are normal, while others imply you need to seek Dr. Nakamura’s advice. A common change women notice is the loss of nipple sensation. This should not be alarming, as any lost sensation usually returns in—at most—six months. The most common changes occur after having implants for many years, as sudden changes in size or texture can be symptoms of rupture and/or leakage. If any of these occur, you should call Dr. Nakamura right away.
6. Do breast implants interfere with mammograms?
No, breast implants do not significantly interfere with mammograms. This is because the implants are placed beneath the breast tissue that is examined during the screening. However, you should let your doctor know you have breast implants before having a mammogram because they may need to take X-ray images at different angles than a standard procedure.
7. Which implants are better: silicone or saline?
Saline implants silicone shells filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Because of this, saline implants are prone to rippling, unlike silicone implants. On the other hand, silicone implants are more dangerous if they rupture. Each implant filler material has its pros and cons, but they are equally safe.
Learn more during a breast augmentation consultation
Whether you’re just starting to consider breast augmentation to improve your figure or are trying to settle on which surgeon to perform the procedure, the Accent On You Cosmetic Surgery Center is here for you. Located in Arlington, Texas, our team of medical professionals led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nakamura takes your concerns seriously and offers the highest standards of care. Learn more about breast augmentation by calling us at 817-417-7200 or contacting us through our website.
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