The 10 Most Asked Questions Before Getting Breast Augmentation
Breast enlargement is a surgical procedure that can increase your cup size, replace lost volume, boost your cleavage, and transform your confidence.
It’s a highly-trusted, long established procedure, but if you’re considering breast enlargement surgery, there are a whole host of questions you’ll probably want to ask before taking things further. Confidence and comfortability are key in making the right decision for you.
I’ve collected the top 10 questions I’m regularly asked about breast enlargement, and shared them here along with the answers, to aid and inform you along your journey.
What type of clients do you see for breast augmentation?
Most of the clients I see on a weekly basis fit into one of these three categories:
- Women who have experienced lifelong issues with having a small chest
- Women who wish to correct chest asymmetries
- Women who want to reconnect with the way their bodies were before, following pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss.
What’s the best type of implant for breast enlargement?
There are many different brands of breast implant, and different types within those. Each woman is different, and there is no one size fits all.
Essentially, there are two kinds of shape you will encounter during your consultation period – round or regular implants, and teardrop or anatomical implants. As the names suggest, round implants maintain a curvaceous, round shape whether you’re lying down or standing up. Teardrop implants are teardrop shaped and so they mainly add volume to the lower half, just like natural breasts.
One of my preferred options is the Ergonomix Motiva implant. This is a highly responsive implant that behaves very much like natural tissue. They hold their roundness when you’re lying down, and form more of a teardrop shape when you’re standing. The best of both worlds.
Will I have visible scars after my procedure?
Like they say: many roads lead to Rome, likewise many surgeons will use different approaches. Dr. V usually positions the scars within the fold under the breast, or the ‘inframammary fold’, so that they are hidden as much as possible. The sutures we use are dissolving sutures, so your body processes them naturally over time – no need for stitches. The scars left by breast implants do not run the whole length of the breast, and tend to be thin. Remember, scar healing is a process – scars can change colour over the course of the healing, and it may take up to 18 months before they reach their maximum diminishing point.
Is the procedure painful?
During the surgery itself, a local anaesthetic will be used on top of the general anaesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel a thing. As with any recovery from a surgical treatment, there will be a recovery period while swelling and bruising go down, and scars begin to heal. Any pain can be dealt with by prescription painkillers. As we mentioned above, the recovery period is relatively quick, and there should be no future pain once this period is up.
What is the downtime following breast enlargement?
Correct downtime is super important for recovery, so our motto when it comes to downtime is ‘take as much time as possible!’ At least six weeks’ rest is recommended following the surgery, but if you work in a non-strenuous office job, or can get away with not lifting heavy objects around too much, you could get back to work in as soon as 1 week to 10 days.
For physical jobs that involve pushing, pulling or lifting, it’s really important you take the full 6 weeks to allow your body to heal.
It’s also important to avoid strenuous exercise (e.g. weightlifting) entirely for 6-8 weeks, and wear a sports bra day and night during this time.
Are breast implants better placed behind the muscle?
You will likely have heard of implants being placed both behind and in front of the muscle. Both are valid options that come with their own merits, and which is best depends entirely on the patient. What your cosmetic doctor will recommend will be based on your health and previous surgical history, your body type, quality of your skin and also the size and type of the implant itself.
In the case of a wide chest bone, it can sometimes be better to place the implant in front of the muscle. This is because the muscle attaches to the chest bone, so positioning an implant under the muscle makes it more difficult to narrow the cleavage gap.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants are not designed to last forever, but are regarded as a permanent or semi-permanent enhancement, and they have a lengthy “shelf life”. It’s good practice for implants to be removed or replaced roughly every 10-15 years. Depending on changes women may see in their bodies over the years, some like to revisit sooner than that.
However if after 1O years everything is still looking and feeling perfectly fine and your surgeon is still happy you can leave them as they are, just make sure you get regular check-ups.
Will I lose sensitivity after breast augmentation surgery?
Immediately following your surgery, you may experience a loss of feeling or sensitivity in the breast and nipple areas. It’s very rare that this will be a permanent change in your body. Sensation usually returns after a few weeks, or in some cases, months. Implants placed under the muscle have an even lower chance of causing sensation loss.
Regularly massaging the area can help to stimulate nerve reconnection.
Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement and what are the implications on pregnancy?
It’s surprising to some, but breastfeeding is totally possible after undergoing breast enlargement. The surgery does not affect the ducts or glands relating to milk production.
Can I combine other surgeries with breast augmentation?
Absolutely! You may have come across the term “mummy makeover”. This is an increasingly popular route to regaining your pre-pregnancy body, in which a breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck are performed in a single-stage procedure. Pregnancy can lead to excess weight gain on the hips and thighs, a loss of volume in the breasts, and a loss of firmness in the tummy, all of which can be combined with a single day in surgery, and 4-6 weeks of recovery time. Genital reconstruction and C-section scar revision may also form part of this holistic transformation.
A fat transfer, sometimes known as a ‘fat graft’, is another popular accompanying surgery to a breast enlargement. Liposuction can be performed on areas with excess fat, which is then fat grafted to areas that are lacking in it, such as the face, breasts or bottom.
To sum up…
Breast enlargement surgery is a very safe and long-established practice, and we are always staying ahead of the latest developments in implant technology to ensure we provide the best you can get. If there are any questions you have left unanswered, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 951 8575 to arrange a (virtual) consultation or to get more information.