21 things you should know before getting breast implants

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According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implants were the most popular cosmetic surgery in 2016. Plastic surgeon Adam R. Kolker who has his office in New York and specializes in this surgery tells us what you should know before getting breast implants.

1. Your first breast surgery probably won't be the last. 

25% of women will need another surgery after 10 years because the implants do not last forever. Fluid from the implant may begin to leak or scar tissue may form around it, changing the shape of the breast. Weight loss, pregnancy, and change in preference are other factors that could cause the patient to have another surgery after a couple of years.

2. It'll cost you about 3,640.40 dollars.

This is the total, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is based on an estimate. It may not include anesthesia, hospitalization, and materials. The price also depends on the doctor, patient, and country. The cost of reduction also varies from patient to patient. A breast reduction may take three to four times as long as an augmentation and the cost reflects this.

3. Generally, patients should take 5-7 days of disability after breast augmentation or reduction

You will not feel 100% after a week, but you will be well enough to return to the office if your work does not require anything manual or physical. (many women choose this option for a much more realistic look and less scarring around the implant) recovery will be slower and you will probably be sore longer.

4. The implanted breast feels a lot different from the real breast.

Although silicone breasts feel similar to real ones, they are still fake and do not feel exactly like natural ones. It will be more likely to show that you have implants if you had small breasts than if you had larger breasts in the first place. Smaller implants placed behind the muscle are more difficult to detect.

5. You can try on different breast sizes before you choose one

There are neoprene bags that can be stuffed into your bra to give you an idea of what size you want.

6. You can't go from small to huge in one surgery

If you're starting out with A-cup breasts, don't expect to go up to DD in one surgery. It's important to set realistic goals. Your body and skin need time to adjust to dramatic changes so your surgeon will recommend that you have a couple of cups inserted first and then have the implant size increased every couple of years.

7. Breast augmentation and reduction may affect your ability to breastfeed in the future

Women who have implants most of the time decide not to breastfeed so there is not much data. However, if you have an incision in the areola, there is a small risk that your ducts could be damaged and you may not be able to breastfeed in the future. Women who have incisions under their arms will have no problem.

8. You may lose feeling in your nipples after a breast augmentation or reduction

Loss of feeling in the nipples can occur when breast surgery is performed. This depends on a number of factors, including the shape of the breast and the type of surgery. Even if you lose feeling in your nipples, they will still respond to cold and stimulation (they will still be hard even if you can't feel them).

9. You may not be the best candidate for breast augmentation if you have a strong family history of breast cancer, are obese, or smoke

All of these factors increase the risks and complications during and after surgery. If you have any significant medical problems you need to be evaluated and cleared before entering the operating room.

10. Not all "plastic surgeons" are certified or worthy of your trust

Do a thorough investigation of your doctor before you choose him. Make sure he is experienced in the type of operation you want and ask him to look at before and after photos of his work. Talk to other patients. Schedule a consultation and ask as many questions as you can.

11. You can choose between two implants: silicone and saline

84% of the implants in 2016 were silicone and the rest were saline. Both have their disadvantages and advantages. Silicone implants look and feel more realistic but it is more difficult to detect if they are ruptured because of their gel consistency. Saline implants, on the other hand, will look uneven in some places because of their water filling, but it will be very easy to detect if the filling is coming out.

12. You can move fat from any other side of your body to your breasts

It's a new process called autologous fat transfer. Some people are candidates for this procedure.

13. You can ask for an areola reduction

It's also called mastopexy. Sometimes women who ask for a breast reduction also ask for an areola reduction to be more proportional to the size of their new boobs. The area around the nipple is very tolerant when it comes to scarring.

14. You can't just walk into an office and say you want X type of implant through X incision

With your surgeon's help, you and he will choose the best option for you. Your doctor also has to consider your initial breast size, shape, breast tissue, and other factors to recommend the best option for you and your body.

15. Any breast surgery may have a small effect on any breast cancer-related evaluation

The health of your breasts is important. Before surgery, you should have a thorough examination by your gynecologist. If you are already of age a mastography. Most of these exams will have no problem if the implant is placed behind the muscle but discuss it with your surgeon before.

16. Exercise, especially cardio involving any type of rebound will be prohibited a few weeks after surgery

Although you can start doing relaxed cardio a week later, most women will have to limit the exercise they do for up to 12 weeks.

17. Implants are more comfortable if the procedure is done postpartum as opposed 

But any implant placed behind the muscle will hurt more.

18. A breast augmentation will affect your posture like the weight of natural breasts

If you choose an implant that is proportional to your size, you will see little effect on your posture. and if you choose large implants, you will feel the effects.

19. Your breasts do not need a minimum size to be reduced

This is based on personal preferences.

20. It is possible for your breasts to grow even after a reduction

Although, if the procedure is done after pregnancy and your weight remains constant, your breast size will probably not change.

21. Ask yourself the following questions and feel comfortable with the answers before you have the surgery:


  • How much does my current situation bother me?
  • Why do I want this procedure?
  • Am I excited to do this?
  • Can I take time off work and exercise?
  • How much can I risk?
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