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What to Expect
Breast enhancement refers to a wide variety of procedures that can address concerns or an undesired appearance with regards to breast shape and size.
Most patients experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Once the initial recovery period has passed, patients may return to work and other normal daily activities. Heavy lifting (more than 10 lbs., i.e. a gallon of milk) and strenuous activity may be restricted for about 3 to 4 weeks, or longer, especially if breast implants are placed under the chest muscles.
Within 3 to 6 months, you can expect to be enjoying your lovely new curves and final breast augmentation results, however, keep in mind that it may take as long as a year for scars to fade and minor residual swelling to disappear completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. This combination surgery is often referred to as a ‘Mommy Makeover’ and encompasses improvements to the appearances of both the breasts and body after the changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. While some women choose to split the procedure into two surgeries, it is very common to have everything completed at once, and this makes great sense. There is a substantial cost savings when you combine the surgical procedures, and you have only one surgery to recover from. Just remember, as a ‘Mommy’ you are used to taking care of everybody else. We encourage our patients who undergo Mommy Makeover surgery to give themselves the luxury of healing and allow others to do the heavy lifting for a while.
Technology makes your cosmetic surgery safer, your healing faster and your results better. Not only does technology help achieve your cosmetic surgery goals, but so does a fully accredited facility. An accredited facility means your procedure will be performed in a state-of-the-art surgical center.
Most implants are guaranteed for life but are only under warranty for 10 years. You should visit your breast surgeon in 10 years to discuss possible options. Although in some cases they do, implants are not expected to last a lifetime. Many factors may affect the appearance of your breasts over time and prompt revisional procedures such as a breast lift or implant size change to match a more mature body and lifestyle. Some of these factors include weight loss or gain, natural aging, and even gravity.
No! When you are at the age to start annual mammograms, you are advised to inform your mammographer that you have had breast implants surgery. This will prompt your imagining partner to perform specialized views to evaluate the tissue properly. Submuscular placement of breast implants make visualization of your natural breast tissue easier to read than sub glandular placement. During your initial consultation, let Dr. Cho know if you have a family history of breast cancer, and if you’ve had any mammograms to date.
Yes, if there is radiographic evidence or an MRI it should be replaced for several reasons. Primarily, because long-term the silicone can cause small granulomas or small masses in the breast which can mimic breast tumors that may be similar to breast cancer and can disseminate throughout the breast. It is optimal to remove the implant with the capsule and attempt to replace with a new implant below the muscle. All implants need to be considered for removal at 10–15 years, whether the implant is saline or silicone.
The ideal option to prevent rippling is to decide preoperatively what type of implant you need and whether it should be placed above or below the muscle. The optimal way to prevent rippling, or at least minimize rippling, is to place the implant below the muscle, make sure there is adequate breast tissue and not oversize or underinflate an implant if you are using saline or silicone implants. Sometimes the use of silicone implants may be better, especially in patients with no breast tissue as well as placement below the pectoralis major muscle. If you are using saline implants make sure you maximally fill it and not overfill or underfill, as that can cause more scalping or rippling. If you underfill, it can cause more deflation in saline implants.
Today’s silicone gel implants are what we refer to as “fourth generation” implants and have come a long way since first being introduced on the marketing back in 1961. In the past, gel implants consisted of liquid silicone. Today’s silicone filler has the soft feel of a liquid but also has elastic properties, allowing it to bind to itself.
It is not uncommon to have some sensory changes after breast augmentation, especially if there is a larger implant. Most of the time, sensation does return, especially if placed below the muscle, therefore, one should wait 3-6 months for the sensation to return. However, it is acceptable to have some nipple sensation loss with breast augmentation. The ratio of sensory loss from breast augmentation is 5-10% with the inframammary fold incision having the lowest ratio of nipple sensation loss.
Today’s implants are designed to durability. They can withstand about 25 times the pressure of a standard mammogram! It would take a significant, traumatic impact to rupture an implant in the human body.
In most cases, breast implants do not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If you are concerned with your ability to breastfeed after surgery, discuss with Dr. Cho.