Breast Augmentation Questions
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is enhancement of the size of the breasts using inflatable breast implants filled most often with saline, but other substances (such as silicone) are also used. Silicone is the second most common substance that fills implants. Breast augmentation can also be called breast implant surgery, breast enlargement surgery, breast augmentation and breast augmentation mammoplasty.
How long does breast augmentation surgery take?
Typically, breast augmentation surgery takes 1–2 hours, but this, of course, varies from person to person.
What is the Breast Augmentation Recovery Time?
The day after your breast augmentation procedure, you will be sore and fatigued. You should apply ice packs to the chest area and do nothing but rest during the first 48 hours. If your implant is placed under your muscle, your recovery time may be longer because more incisions are required during the surgery.
Will I be awake for the breast surgery?
You will be asleep during the surgery as it is done under general anesthesia.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital after surgery?
No. Breast augmentation surgery is usually done on an out-patient basis. If there are complications that arise during or after the surgery, however, a hospital admission would be considered. Also, if you have other procedures done at the same time of your breast augmentation such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, then admission to the hospital may be recommended.
What are the side effects of breast augmentation surgery?
The possible side effects can include: temporary breast soreness, change in nipple sensation, bruising, and swelling. This, of course, varies from patient to patient. Your breasts may also be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks after breast surgery.
What are the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery?
The risks include, but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, capsular contracture (the formation of scar tissue around the implant), increased or decreased sensitivity of nipples or skin, and a possible different technique needed for mammography.
As with any surgery, there are also the risks of anesthesia. These risks are best discussed in person with Breast Surgeon Dr. Lapuerta. Each woman’s risks vary and not everyone is suited for breast implants. Also of importance is the possibility of uneven breasts after breast augmentation surgery. Realistically, breasts are not even to begin with. Therefore, technically speaking, the human body isn’t perfectly symmetrical. Perfectly symmetrical breasts is usually an unrealistic goal of breast augmentation / contouring surgeries.
Will breast implants increase my risk of developing breast cancer?
Implants will not affect your chances of getting breast cancer, but for those of you over the age of 35 we recommend continued surveillance for breast cancer with annual mammograms, along with routine physical exams.
If you live in the Houston area and would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery, please contact Dr. Leo Lapuerta, today to schedule your initial consultation.