If you are considering a Breast Augmentation and have questions, we’re here to help! At Belcara Health, we are deeply committed to educating patients as they consider their cosmetic enhancement options. To help, we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If we don’t answer your questions here, call us! We’re happy to address all your concerns in a private, complimentary consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
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Q: Can you make me “this” cup size?
A: We can give you the size and shape breasts you desire, but please understand that cup size is a very subjective measurement. It is understandable why many women tend to think about breast size in relation to bra sizes because that is the measurement they’re accustomed to using. But all women wear bras differently and every bra manufacturer makes them differently. At Belcara Health, we make augmentation recommendations that are based on your overall body proportions, skin quality, amount of breast tissue and breast shape. The number of “CCs.” in the recommended implant does not correlate to a particular cup size. Women can receive the exact same CC implants with widely different cup size results.
Q: Will a breast augmentation give me the cleavage I want?
A: It is possible! It’s important to understand that cleavage is not dictated by breast size; cleavage is a function of your breast shape, the width of your chest and how close your breasts sit on your body. If your breasts are set wide on your chest, a breast augmentation will create more fullness, but not more cleavage. And, if your chest is narrow and your breasts are close together, even a slight augmentation can result in great cleavage.
Q: How do I know if I need a breast lift?
A: Here’s one way to tell: if your nipples are lower than the crease below your breast, you will probably need a breast lift to achieve optimal results. Adding implants without removing excess skin will make your breasts look saggier – which will only get worse over time. Learn more about Breast Augmentation/Lift procedures.
Q: Which is better, Silicone or Saline?
A: Most patients believe that silicone gel provides a more natural feel. However, patients with saline implants are also very happy, and saline implants do offer advantages in terms of cost and incision size. During your consultation, we will review all the implant types available and recommend which would best meet your needs and goals. In addition to the filling options (silicone and saline), we’ll consider additional implant options, including size, projection, shape. Learn more about Implant Options.
Q: How long have you been performing breast augmentation procedures?
A: I have been practicing plastic surgery for over 25 years and specializing in breast enhancement surgery for over 20. What I love most about plastic surgery is helping patients transform how they look and feel about themselves. It is amazing to witness how physical enhancements can help a person’s confidence soar. By specializing in breast surgeries, I’ve gained the experience and skills to provide my patients with quicker recoveries, minimal scarring, and outstanding results – even for the more difficult cases.
Q: Can I see before and after photos of your patients?
A: Absolutely! We have many before and after photos of actual patients on our website, CLICK HERE to view. Also, during your consultation, we will share before and after photos that are specific to your concerns and goals, so you can see examples of results that may be similar to what you can expect.
Q: Could I speak with some of your past patients about their experience?
A: Yes! We have many patients who are thrilled to share details about their experience and results. One of our Patient Advisors would be happy to arrange an introduction for you.
Q: Will I be able to breastfeed?
A: You can expect to breastfeed successfully with implants. Breast implants are placed between the chest wall and breast tissue, avoiding the ducts and glands that produce milk after pregnancy.
Q: Will mammograms be less accurate in detecting breast cancer?
A: No. Experienced radiology technicians can capture reliable x-rays of breasts with implants. However, they will need to capture additional views (more x-ray images) – for patients with implants.
Q: Will I notice any changes in my nipple sensitivity?
A: Most women do not experience a change in nipple sensation. The farther away the incision is placed, the less nipple sensation will be affected. However, a handful of women do report that their nipples become over-sensitive or under-sensitive. It usually disappears with time, but it can remain a permanent change – but that happens rarely.
Q: How long do breast implants last?
A: Patients often report hearing that implants only last for about 10 years – but that is a myth. There is no guarantee on how long implants will last, but most of our patients live their whole lives without ever needing or wanting new implants. Revision procedures are only needed if there is a problem or the patients’ body changes, due to natural aging or significant weight fluctuations. However, women with implants tend to hold their breast shape longer and better, so these revisions are rare.
Q: What if my implant ruptures?
A: While it is highly uncommon, both silicone and saline breast implants can rupture. When a saline breast implant leaks, it will deflate, and you’ll notice the change. Because saline fluid is only salt water, your body will easily absorb and expel it naturally. A silicone breast implant rupture is much more difficult to notice. There are usually no symptoms or problems because the silicone gel remains contained within the fibrous tissue capsule that forms around an implant. Ruptures are often only discovered on a mammogram or an MRI. However, it is possible for the surrounding tissue to become inflamed, causing soreness, swelling, softening, hardening or a change in breast shape.
Q: Where will my procedure be performed?
A: Most breast augmentation procedures are performed on-site at Belcara Health, in our fully-accredited Surgery Center. Our Surgery Center is state-of-the-art and meets the most stringent standards and requirements. It’s one of the few outpatient surgical facilities in the area to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party. But, if you prefer, you may choose to have your procedure at a hospital. Our surgeons have priveledges at a number of area hospitals, including Northwest, Siani, and GBMC.
Q: Do I have to be “put under?” If so, who administers the anesthesia?
A: At Belcara Health, breast augmentation procedures are performed using a light general anesthesia. Because your safety is our first concern, we only use board-certified anesthesiologist to administer anesthesia. Therefore, you’ll have 2 board-certified physicians with you during your entire procedure.
Q: How long will it take me to recover from my breast augmentation surgery?
A: Most patients return to work within the first week, though your breast implants will take a few months to fully settle into a more natural position. Generally, you can expect to resume normal activity as follows:
- 4-7 days: Most patients can drive, go back to work a desk job, and slowly resume daily activities
- About 2 weeks: You should now be feeling more like yourself as you resume your normal routine with a good level of energy.
- 3 to 4 weeks: At this point, your surgeon will likely give you the approval to resume aerobic exercise as long as you aren’t working your chest.
- 4 to 6 weeks: Chest and upper body exercises can now be gradually resumed.
- 3 to 6 months: By now, your final results should be taking shape as your implants finally settle into their natural position. Now it’s time to go shopping for new bras!
Read more about Breast Augmentation Recovery.
Q: How long until I can resume my exercise routine?
A: As mentioned, recovery is different for every patient, but we generally recommend starting light exercise after a week, and work up to more aerobic activity as you feel comfortable. We recommend you wait at least 3-4 weeks before resuming any chest presses and weight lifting activities.
Q: How much does a Breast Augmentation procedure cost?
A: Pricing for Breast Augmentation procedures vary, based on the goals and anatomy of the individual. The best way to learn about realistic pricing for your procedure is to have a thorough consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During your consultation, you and your surgeon will review all your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets your needs. Only then can we provide you with an accurate price quote.
Obtaining the funds for elective procedures can a challenge, so we have dedicate Financing Specialists to help patients learn about their payment options and guide them through the financing process. Learn more about your financing options.