Summary: Each year thousands of women opt for breast augmentation and pepper their plastic surgeons with questions about every aspect of the procedure from implant size to recovery. Here are answers to the most common questions surgeons hear.
1. Will Implants Look and Feel Real?
Your breast augmentation results can look and feel very natural. It all depends on your desired results and the type of implant you choose. Implants may not significantly change the shape of your natural breasts but will add volume.
An experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation can walk you through the process of picking the right type, shape and size of implant and placement to ensure that you achieve the natural-looking results you want.
2. How Can I Pick the Perfect Breast Implant Size?
Selecting the right implant size for you is a very personal decision. Think about your body type and lifestyle instead of focusing on reaching a specific cup size. The perfect breast implant size should complement the rest of your figure and frame.
You can also try the rice test at home to get a better idea of how implants may make your breasts look. Just fill a section of pantyhose with a measured amount of rice to mimic the volume of an implant and try it on with a bra.
3. Should I Pick Saline or Silicone?
The vast majority of women who choose breast enhancement opt for silicone implants. Silicone tends to have a more natural look and feel than saline, which can have visible wrinkling and rippling. However, saline implants typically cost less, and often require a smaller incision.
The truth is that either type of implant can deliver beautiful results in the right candidates, and in the hands of the right plastic surgeon. To help you decide, talk to your plastic surgeon about your ideal results and how you want your breasts to look and feel, then consider their recommendation when deciding if saline or silicone is right for you.
4. Can I Breastfeed with Implants?
Women who have had breast augmentation should be just as capable of nursing as women without implants. Still, it’s best to tell your plastic surgeon prior to the procedure that you plan to breastfeed because the right type of incision and placement of the implant can ensure the best results.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the volume, shape and position of your breasts though, leading some women to seek augmentation or a breast lift after having children instead of in their pre-baby years.
5. Will Implants Fix My Droopy Breasts?
Breast implants won’t change the position of your breasts. If severe drooping is a concern, your plastic surgeon may recommend adding a breast lift to your augmentation to improve the position of your breasts. A breast lift also reshapes the underlying tissue to restore better contours and firmness to your breasts, and can resize areolas for a proportionate look.
6. How Can I Get the Best Breast Augmentation Results?
The best way to ensure the best augmentation results is to pick the right plastic surgeon. Look for a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enlargement and has years of experience and expertise to guide you through your procedure. The surgeon you choose should be able to answer all of your questions and offer advice about which type of breast implant will help you achieve the best results.