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Breast Augmentation Surgery FAQ's
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Because we believe that your decision should be based on realistic information, we’ve compiled some of the more frequently asked questions for you to review at your convenience.
1. What is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is also sometimes called:
- Breast surgery,
- Breast enlargement surgery and
- Breast enhancement surgery.
You may hear it called augmentation mammoplasty.
The breast augmentation procedure has become very popular over the past several years, because it enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. There are many reasons you might want this procedure, and two frequent ones are for correction after:
- Childbirth or
- Weight gain/loss.
2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Essentially, if you are 18 years or older and in good physical and psychological health, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation surgery. In your confidential consultation, our patient coordinator will gather personal information regarding your reasons to have breast surgery. It is important to be realistic about your desired surgical outcome. Dr. Moore will review your goals and candidacy in your consultation.
3. What kinds of breast implants are available?
The two basic types are:
- Silicone gel breast implants and
- Saline-filled breast implants
The FDA has limited the use of silicone breast implants pending further research, so saline implants are the default choice at the present time.
There are many different shapes, sizes and textures available today in saline breast implants. During your confidential consultation the doctor and his staff will review the different types of breast implants with you and help you choose the one that will best flatter your physique.
4. What happens during surgery?
You may schedule your breast augmentation surgery at your confidential consultation or call us when it fits your schedule.
On the day of surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia, and the incision you have chosen will be made either below the nipple, under the breast, or in the armpit. The breast implants are positioned, sutures are put in place, and you’ll have time to recover afterwards.
The breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour, and absorbable sutures are used. Soft tape may also be used to keep the breast implants in place during the healing process. You will be sore for a few days after breast augmentation surgery, but you will be up and about within 24-48 hours. Any pain can be managed with medication.
5. What happens after surgery?
You will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions and when to remove the tape. As you heal, you will begin to experience different sensations such as burning and tingling, but this is normal. Everyone is different, and each person’s experience will also be different. Another important thing to remember is that each breast will also heal independently.
6. When can I start driving again?
Once you no longer require your pain medication, and have been free from it for at least 24 hours, you may begin driving again.
7. When can I return to work?
Most patients typically return to work within one week after their breast surgery, if their jobs don’t involve a lot of physical activity.
8. How long will my breasts be extra sensitive to touch?
Generally, your breasts will be extra sensitive to direct touch for up to three weeks after your breast augmentation surgery. Then you’ll have less sensitivity and better tolerance to touch.
9. Will my scars disappear?
No, scars are always for life. But because the incisions were discreetly placed and relatively small, the scars will eventually be almost invisible.
They’ll remain pink for several weeks and will fade gradually over the months. We’re all different when it comes to scar healing, and for some people it may take almost a year before the scar is completely healed.
10. How will the breast implants affect future mammograms?
It is important to tell the mammogram technician about your breast implants. They can use a special technique to get you a more reliable reading.
11. Are there many risks involved with the surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can occur during breast augmentation surgery.
Fortunately, it is unusual to have serious complications, and the procedure is considered quite safe.
We employ all of the necessary precautions in our Murray, Utah office to minimize risk. It’s important to make sure that your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, and that the operating facilities are State certified.
Dr. Moore is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and he insists on the highest standards of excellence.
If you have additional questions on breast augmentation surgery or breast implants, please feel free to call our knowledgeable staff at 801-685-2730 or email us for more information.