Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Good candidates are physically healthy and have realistic expectations. Patients should be emotionally mature and fully understand their motivations for pursuing breast augmentation. Additionally, younger candidates should have fully developed breasts. Patients must also be willing to quit smoking to safely undergo major surgery.
Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?
You may combine breast augmentation with other procedures if you desire further body enhancement. Some women, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding, will combine their breast augmentation with a breast lift to create more youthful breasts. Others will undergo a full mommy makeover and combine their breast augmentation with a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Stevens can recommend appropriate procedures for you according to your desires.
Which is better: over-the-muscle or under-the-muscle implant placement?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as what is best for one patient may not be best for the next patient. Over-the-muscle implant placement may be better for those who desire a faster recovery, while under-the-muscle implant placement may be better for those who choose saline implants or who want to be certain that their results look as natural as possible. Dr. Stevens can discuss each option with you in detail and indicate his recommendations for you based on your needs.
What are the different incision types?
There are three traditional incision types used in breast augmentation. These are the periareolar incision (encircles the areolas), the inframammary incision (along the breast fold), and the transaxillary incision (through the underarm). Dr. Stevens will select the appropriate incision for you based on your implant type, implant size, anatomy, and personal preferences.
How often will I need to replace my breast implants?
Implants are designed to be long lasting. As long as your breast implants have not caused you any problems, you will not need to replace them. However, if your implants rupture, you experience capsular contracture, or you are unhappy with your breast implant size, you should have them replaced.
Will having breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
Breast implants should have no effect on your ability to breastfeed. However, if you are particularly concerned about this and you intend to undergo breast augmentation before becoming pregnant and breastfeeding, you may wish to avoid the periareolar incision. This incision type has a slightly increased risk of affecting the milk ducts and nerves to the nipples.
What will happen to my results if I choose to become pregnant after breast augmentation?
Pregnancy often leaves the breasts somewhat sagging and deflated. If you were to become pregnant after breast augmentation, the added weight and volume of breast implants in the breasts could contribute to or exaggerate these effects.
On the other hand, in some instances, the implant helps to fill out a breast that has deflated after pregnancy. Women who plan to become pregnant shortly after breast augmentation, especially if they intend to have multiple children, may wish to postpone their procedure so that they do not compromise their results.
When will I be able to see my final results?
The improvements in bust size, shape, and firmness will be noticeable soon after your breast augmentation surgery, but the breast implants will initially appear to rest high on the chest. The final aesthetic results will become apparent a few months after surgery when the breast implants have fully settled into position.