Common FAQs about Breast Augmentation
There are a number of women who wish to enhance the shape and size of their breasts but feel unsure about the breast augmentation procedure. This is primarily because they do not have enough information about the cosmetic surgery and the various options available to them.
Before you decide on any plastic surgery, it is crucial to get in touch with a well-qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Andres, who can explain the details of the procedure including the different types of implants, risks, costs, results and recovery.
Breast augmentation is a highly popular cosmetic procedure requested by women all over the world. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this surgery:
Which type of implant is best for me?
There are primarily two types of implants used in our Scottsdale breast augmentation procedure: saline and silicone. Every patient needs to select the implant on the basis of the shape, texture and size they prefer and also according to their body type. Dr. Andres can help each patient take the right decision with regards to implant selection.
Each implant type has its own unique advantages. For instance, saline breast implants are less costly as compared to silicone implants and can be used for women below 22 years of age. Silicone implants, on the other hand, contain silicone gel that resembles the texture of your natural breast tissue more closely. This type of implant is perfect for thin women.
What is the shelf-life of an implant?
Although breast implants are not expected to be permanent in nature, they don’t require replacement unless a specific problem arises. You could ask your doctor about the life of the implants and also inquire about manufacturers who provide policies such as lifetime replacement on the product.
What sort of anesthesia can I expect during my procedure?
Dr. Andres may suggest three options for anesthesia during a breast augmentation in his Phoenix office. These are local anesthesia, general anesthesia or IV sedation. Each type of anesthesia has its own pros and cons and it is best to make a selection in consultation with your doctor.
What are the different incision options in a breast augmentation surgery?
Dr. Andres will inform you about four main incision options that can be utilized for a breast augmentation surgery. These include:
- Periareolar: An incision made around the areola edge surrounding the nipple for implant insertion.
- Transaxillary: An incision in the armpit crease. Some surgeons may utilize an endoscope as it helps in creating space for implants.
- Inframammary: An incision made at the breast ending, close to the crease. This is among the most common types of incisions made in breast augmentation.
Does the breast augmentation surgery entail any risks?
Nearly all cosmetic surgeries have some element of risk. As far as the breast augmentation procedure is concerned, some of the potential side effects include unfavorable scarring, rippling, implant displacement, changes in nipple sensation and asymmetry.
Some of the potential long-term problems may include implant leakage or deflation. This usually requires removal of implant and perhaps a replacement surgery. There is also a possibility of capsular contracture. This happens when the capsule or scar surrounding the implant starts to tighten and squeezes the implant. The patient can feel their breast harden when there is capsular contracture.
What does recovery look like after a breast augmentation surgery?
Most women report being able to get back to their normal routine and activities within a week after the breast augmentation surgery. After the procedure, Dr. Andres will wrap your breasts in a support bra or elasticated bandage and gauze dressings in order to reduce swelling and offer support to the healing breasts.
Patients are usually allowed to go back home as soon as they feel stable, generally after 1 or 2 hours. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how to take care of incisions and may even prescribe some medications to minimize any discomfort or inflammation.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
While cost is an important factor to consider when planning a breast augmentation surgery, it is best not to choose a cosmetic surgeon solely on the basis of price. It is critical to get operated by a doctor who has sufficient experience and in a safe surgical facility. The type of implant selected also makes a difference in the surgery cost (silicone implants are typically more expensive than saline).