Breast Augmentation FAQ
More than 300,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States in 2018. Although it is a highly popular procedure available virtually everywhere in the U.S., it pays to do your homework before undergoing breast augmentation. Becoming educated can help you make more informed choices and feel more satisfied with the outcome of your procedure. To help you achieve the best possible satisfaction, Dr. Brian Burns in Victoria, TX, invites you to explore the answers to frequently asked questions about breast augmentation.
Are scars from a breast augmentation noticeable?
Dr. Burns takes care to make incisions as small and discreet as possible. Since saline implants can be filled after they are placed, they usually result in the least scarring. Following post-operative instructions such as avoiding sun exposure can help scars fade to a point at which they are hardly unnoticeable.
How long will my breast implants last?
Implants are not considered "lifetime devices." About 20 percent of women have implants removed or replaced within eight to 10 years.
How do I know whether I need a breast augmentation or breast lift?
If you are seeking bigger breasts, but are not concerned by sagging, you may be a better candidate for breast augmentation. The surgery can also help reshape your breasts while enlarging them. Most patients who opt for a breast lift are seeking to address sagging breasts. However, for the right candidates, the procedures can be combined.
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle.
Should my implants be placed under or over the pectoral muscle?
There are advantages to both submuscular and subglandular implant placement. While submuscular placement often looks more natural, it requires a longer recovery. Subglandular placement often results in a more voluptuous look and requires a shorter recovery time.
Is breast augmentation a painful procedure?
You will not experience pain during the actual procedure, which is performed under anesthesia. During the first week of recovery, you can expect to experience soreness and tenderness near the incision areas. Dr. Burns may prescribe various pain medications to help you manage discomfort.
It is recommended that you let your doctor know about your implants as soon as possible when scheduling your mammogram.
Does breast augmentation affect breast exams?
Imaging during a mammogram can be difficult if you have implants, but it is not impossible. X-rays used in mammograms can be obscured by silicone or saline implants. It is recommended that you let your doctor know about your implants as soon as possible when scheduling your mammogram. In most cases, the clinic can make special accommodations in order to conduct a thorough analysis and avoid rupturing your implants.
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Dr. Burns is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has 25 years of surgical experience. If you have concerns about the affordability of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Burns accepts CareCredit® and SurgeryLoans.com financing options.
Dr. Burns can deliver the full, yet natural-looking curves that you have always wanted. To learn if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, contact our office online today or call (361) 576-1975.