Ten common breast augmentation questions answered

Posted on:  by Dr. Edward Eades in Breast Augmentation

It’s not uncommon for patients to have a wealth of questions about their upcoming breast augmentation surgery. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Why are breast implants inserted below the muscle?

When placed below the muscle, breast implants look more natural and feel more comfortable. What’s more, the implants are more likely to stay softer for longer when inserted below the muscle.

How can you prevent rippling in breast implants?

While there’s no surefire way to avoid rippling, the most effective way is to place the implant beneath the muscle. Silicone implants are known to produce minimal rippling effects, making them a highly sought-after option.

Is it necessary to replace a silicone gel implant that’s ruptured?

Yes, it should be replaced. When the silicone dispurses, it can create small masses in the breast. These masses bear a striking resemblance to breast tumors, so it can be hard to discern a small granuloma from breast cancer.

Should you underfill or overfill saline implants?

Underfilling is ill-advised because it can lead to deflation or a rupture. For optimal results, it’s best to fill the implant to its maximum capacity; that way, it’s less likely that rippling, deflation, and ruptures will occur.

What implants are best for sagging breasts?

Though most believe that high-profile or moderate-profile implants are ideal for sagging breasts, that’s not always the case. To remedy this issue, a breast lift is the most viable solution. For those who opt for implants, moderate-profile ones yield the best results.

When do I need to have my ruptured implant removed?

While ruptured implants don’t constitute an emergency, it’s prudent to take action within a few months. If you allow the problem to persist, the ruptured implant will leak and, in turn, cause more scar tissue.

How can my breasts be both hard and soft?

In the medical realm, breast hardness is referred to as capsular contracture. Since the cause of this is unknown, it’s difficult to say with certainty why breasts vary in firmness. Fortunately, if silicone implants do begin to harden, a simple inferior capsulotomy offers a quick fix.

Is there a direct correlation between cubic centimeters and breast size?

There is no link between breast size and cubic centimeters. The final cup size hinges primarily on the size of your natural breasts. We warn against getting implants that are too big or too small as they can disrupt the proportions of your body.

Can I achieve cleavage with breast implants?

Big breasts don’t automatically equate to cleavage. The shape and diameter of your breasts are more likely to contribute to cleavage. With that said, you can make cleavage with breast implants by focusing on these two elements.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples?

It’s exceedingly normal to experience sensory changes following a breast augmentation. Larger implants generally produce this result. Fortunately, the sensation typically returns within six months.

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