Breast Augmentation FAQ

Q. Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
A. If you are an adult woman in reasonably good health, you may consider breast augmentation. A good candidate for breast augmentation is currently unhappy with the size, shape, or volume of her breasts and feels that breast augmentation can help improve her body image. Breast augmentation is a highly personal choice and should only be undertaken for the sake of the patient's satisfaction.

Q. What size breast implant is right for me?
A. The size of breast implant that is right for you will depend on your goals and your body. Some women desire a more natural look, in which case smaller implants may be more appropriate. The implants should also help create better overall balance for your body, meaning the size will vary according to your current height and weight. A consultation with Dr. Davidson can let you see what you will look like with different breast implant sizes.

Q. What's the difference between saline and silicone implants?
A. Saline implants contain a sterile salt water solution, whereas silicone implants are made from a silicone gel encased within a shell. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks. Saline can be filled after insertion, allowing for a higher degree of control. Silicone is generally regarded as providing the more natural look and feel. Saline can be used in women over 18; silicone is approved for use in women over 22.

Q. Which placement option is best for my breast implants?
A. The two main options for breast implant placement are submuscular and subglandular. Submuscular implants are placed behind the chest muscle. This placement reduces the amount of sagging over time and makes future mammograms easier to perform. Subglandular placement – where the implant is placed beneath the breast tissue on top of the muscle – carries a shorter recovery time. A consultation with Dr. Davidson can help you figure out the best placement option for you.

Q. Can breast enhancement be combined with other procedures?
A. Yes. In fact, breast enhancement is commonly combined with a breast lift for women who want to improve sagging breasts after weight loss, pregnancy, or breast feeding. Liposuction, tummy tucks, and other cosmetic procedures are also sometimes combined with breast augmentation. Recovery time is generally not extended when procedures are combined.

Q. How long before I can see the results of my breast augmentation?
A. The results of your breast augmentation will be immediately apparent. However, swelling can distort their appearance for several weeks following surgery. Your breasts should achieve their final result after the implants fully settle, around three months after your procedure.

Q. How often do my implants need to be replaced?
A. The timetable for replacing breast implants will vary, especially when you consider the difference between saline and silicone implants. As a rule, breast implants are not considered lifetime devices. They will usually need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years. This can be due to rupture or movement of the implant. The good news is that subsequent surgeries are usually easier than the initial procedure, since your body has already made room for the implant during the first breast augmentation.

Q. How can I get the best possible results from my breast augmentation?
A. There are a number of things you can do to get the best possible results from your breast augmentation. You should select a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any cosmetic surgery you may be interested in. During your consultation, be honest with your surgeon about your goals, desires, reasons for seeking breast augmentation, and medical history. Finally, follow all of your doctor's instructions prior to and after surgery to minimize your risk for complications and achieve optimal results.