Breast Augmentation FAQs – Answered
If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, you’re not alone; they’re among the most popular cosmetic surgeries, with hundreds of thousands of people choosing to undergo them every year. Even with more people getting them, but there’s still some mystery shrouding what it’s actually like to walk into an office and come out with different breasts. Here are some Breast Augmentation FAQs that can help prepare you!
Of course, your surgeon should provide an in-depth consultation to help you understand what to expect at each step of the way. But before you even get into the office, you may have questions about what a breast augmentation is actually like.
To help you get the full picture of what to expect when deciding whether this might be a good plan for you, here are some of the most common “too-embarrassed-to-ask” questions – answered!
7 Best Breast Augmentation FAQs
1. Will my breasts feel different after augmentation?
Many people are concerned that their bodies won’t feel the same – to themselves or others – post an augmentation procedure.
The short answer is that your tissue may feel different after an augmentation. Fat transfer augmentations and breast lifts which don’t involve implants will lead to the most “natural” feeling.
If you choose an implant, there are still lots of factors which can make an impact on “feel.” For example:
- The kind of augmentation you get
- Your original breast size and how much tissue is around your implant
- The size and material of your implant
- Whether you put an implant over or under your pectoral (chest) muscle
Most surgeons offer saline and silicone implants. Saline implants use a silicone shell, which is filled during surgery with sterile saline after the shell is in place. Silicone implants are pre-filled with semi-solid silicone. “Gummy bear” implants are a newer option which use cohesive gel and tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue.
After surgery, it may take a while to adjust to your new proportions and for your implants to “settle” in their final location as your tissue adjusts. There is a small chance that nipples will be extra sensitive, numb, or sore during recovery, but this almost always goes away after you recover from the surgery.
2. How big an implant should I get?
The same size implant can look very different in different women; existing breast tissue, musculature and other biological factors can play a role in how big or small an implant appears beneath your skin.
For some patients, a breast “lift” without any implant at all can provide the desired results with a less-invasive surgery.
Looking at photos of breasts you like and even “trying on” implants in a special bra before surgery can help you visualize what your breasts might look after surgery.
Bigger isn’t always better: matching your specific proportions and finding an implant will provide a more balanced, natural result.
3. Will I have visible scars?
The type of incisions required vary based on the type of implant you’re getting. Your natural breast shape, skin tone, age, sun exposure, lifestyle choices like smoking, and other factors can also influence how visible these incisions are after you heal.
Implants are inserted through small incisions which can typically be “hidden” in the dark skin around the areola, the fold underneath the breast, or in the armpit. The scars resulting from augmentation are often small and inconspicuous.
4. How long does recovery take?
Breast augmentation is a major surgery which requires general anesthesia. However, most people can go back to work and non-strenuous activities after about two weeks.
Other activities, such as stretching and lifting things overhead may be limited for several months, during which time you’ll need to wear a supportive bra and do exercises to recover your full range of motion.
5. Will I still be able to breast feed, weight lift, get cancer screenings, etc.?
Most people find that their activities are not substantially limited by having a breast augmentation. Some implant and incision types have different effects than others. For example, implants placed under the pectoral muscle may feel different when performing chest exercises.
Pregnancy can affect the way implants look on your body, but there’s no inherent reason why pregnancy would interfere with implants or vice versa. Multiple studies have concluded that it’s safe to breastfeed after an augmentation, but some surgical techniques are more likely to affect nipple sensitivity and milk production than others; make sure to discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.
Breast cancer screenings may be more involved once you have an implant. Mammograms, for example, will require twice as many pictures. You may need regular MRIs to ensure that your implants are intact and don’t require revision surgery.
6. What happens if I don’t like the way I look afterwards?
Emotions play an important role in surgical recovery. It can take time to feel like your new dimensions are “yours.” Ups and downs are part of the process, and some people do chose to revise their surgeries down the road. However, the vast majority of people are happy with their results.
The best way to make sure you’re satisfied after an augmentation is to go into the procedure confident that your expectations align with your surgeons’ and that you’re fully informed.
7. How long do they last?
Some complications of augmentation surgery, such as scar tissue forming around the implant, or the implant rupturing, become slightly more likely as the implant ages.
However, breast implant lifespans depend on the individual. In some cases, they will need to be replaced within the first couple of years after surgery, while others can last as long as 25 years. On average, breast implant manufacturers say the products should last about 10 years.
Your body and desired size may also change over time, necessitating revision surgery down the line.
More Breast Augmentation / Boob Job FAQs
What is the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?
Breast augmentation is just the name of the procedure to enlarge the size of the breasts, while breast implants are medical devices inserted during the surgery.
What does breast augmentation mean?
Breast augmentation means the enlargement of the breasts through the insertion of implants.
Do breast implants feel different to touch a man?
The feeling depends on the type of the implant, the size of the implant in relation to the original breast size, and the placement. Scar tissue can also affect how breast implants feel to the touch.
What is the fastest way to increase breast size?
Regular breast massage and a healthful diet are often dubbed as the solutions for increasing breast size. But the only proven effective way to make it happen is to get breast implants, fat grafting or fat injections. Or for temporary effects – try a push-up bra.
What age is best for breast augmentation?
The average age of women who get a boob job is 34. There is no optimal age for this procedure, as long as you’re in good physical and mental health.
Which type of breast implants feels the most natural?
Silicone breast implants tend to feel more natural than their saline counterparts.
How painful is breast augmentation recovery?
Pain after a boob job is normal, and it’s most severe in the first few days. Then, it gradually alleviates. The intensity of pain varies from one woman to another, depending on your pain tolerance.
How long after breast augmentation can they be touched?
Your breasts will be sensitive to touch for about three weeks after the boob job, or even longer.
Why can I feel my breast implants?
You can feel breast implants because there is no muscle covering the implants at the side or bottom of the breast. As long as you’re not experiencing pain or noticing a difference in appearance, there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Can you tell if someone has breast implants?
A significant increase in breast size is easy to spot. It can be tricky to notice subtle increases in breast sizes, but it’s also possible. Keep in mind that with improved technology, boob job results are more natural than before.
What do breast implants look like when you’re old?
Breast implants add more weight to the breasts, thus accelerating the progression of sagging. However, properly-sized implants do the best job of maintaining the longevity of your breasts and yield long-lasting results.
Is there an alternative to breast implants?
An alternative to breast implants is a fat transfer which relies on the fat cells from your body to enhance breast tissue.
How long does it take for breast implants to look normal?
In four to six weeks post-op, your breasts should look and feel more natural.
How many ccs is a size C implant?
The general rule of thumb is that one cup size is 175cc. So, a woman who wears A-cup and wants to be a full C-cup will need 350cc implants.
Do breast implants feel heavy?
During the healing process, your breasts could feel heavy. This heaviness occurs due to muscle healing and skin stretching. However, the actual weight of the implants is minimal.
That’s it for our best Breast Augmentation FAQs – For Further Reading check out – BA Commonly Asked Questions
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Breast augmentation is an effective tool to add symmetry and fullness to the chest; for many people, it provides physical and emotional benefits and improves self-esteem and confidence.
However, augmentation is still a significant surgery which requires detailed assessment and careful consideration. If you’re considering breast augmentation, talking with a certified surgeon and breast surgery specialist is the first step towards getting your questions answered.
To learn more or discuss your options, get in touch today for a consultation.