Here are some common breast augmentation concerns we’ve encountered, followed by the facts about this popular procedure:
Our Patients’ Top Concerns Regarding Breast Augmentation
Concern: Following breast augmentation, it is difficult or impossible to breastfeed or to maintain nipple sensation.
Fact: Although there is a slight chance that you may lose nipple sensation or will be unable to breastfeed, most of our patients experience no complications following surgery. Choosing an experienced and well-trained breast surgeon is a good way to minimize risks associated with procedures. Also, many patients who lose nipple sensation after breast augmentation find that it returns after a period of time.
Concern: Breast implants are dangerous and cause negative health consequences.
Fact: There are a number of breast implant options that can increase the safety of this procedure. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that is naturally absorbed by the body should a leak occur. Silicone implant technology has greatly improved, and the cohesive gel used in today’s implants does not leak or migrate in the case of rupture. Additionally, having regular check-ups can help you maintain your implants and your overall health.
Concern: Capsular contracture is a common consequence and it makes the breast feel hard to the touch.
Fact: Capsular contracture refers to the accumulation of hardened scar tissue around implants. We take great precautions in reducing the chance for this and other complications, and work diligently to minimize negative influences on your surgery or recovery. Less than 3% of our patients have a capsular contracture.
Choosing the Right Breast Surgeon For Augmentation
Typically, choosing a well trained and experienced breast surgeon can minimize your chance of risk and improve your surgical experience and outcome.
Concern: I like my friend’s breast augmentation. If I go to the same breast surgeon and have the same implant, I will get a similar result.
Fact: You probably didn’t look exactly like your friend before the surgery so you won’t be the same after. Everyone is different, your breasts and your tissues are not like any other woman’s, and therefore your surgery will also be unique to you. There are many factors that affect the final results of breast augmentation such as your size, the condition of your skin, and the placement of your implant.
Concern: When one breast is smaller than the other, all that is needed is a larger implant (or more fill) to make it match the larger breast.
Fact: The answer is not that simple. No human body is perfectly symmetrical; each side has subtle differences. Your breasts are the same way. The smaller breast is made up of less skin compared to the larger breast. When trying to put too much fill into a small envelope of skin, you run the risk of creating significant shape differences. These are often more visual than an actual size difference. For a surgeon to match both breasts equally after an augmentation, he or she will need to take into account both the shape AND the size of the breasts. Remember, they will never match 100% so beware of any doctor who guarantees this.
Concern: Breast augmentation is a simple operation that any surgeon can do.
Fact: No surgery is a simple operation. While almost any well-trained cosmetic surgeon can physically place implants in a breast, it takes a skilled, board certified plastic surgeon to obtain beautiful and long lasting results. Dr. Scott Rotatori has years of experience picking out the best implant shape, size, texture, and operative approach for each individual patient.
These are just a few of the concerns women have regarding breast augmentation. If you still have questions regarding breast augmentation or any type of cosmetic surgery, contact us today or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Rotatori. Our knowledgeable team will get you up to speed and help you create a cosmetic plan to get you looking and feeling your best.