Breast Augmentation – FAQs
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Who is a good candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Almost anyone who is unhappy with the size of her breasts, or the symmetry between her breasts, and who has realistic expectations about breast augmentation surgery is a good candidate. Most surgeons prefer that breast augmentation candidates be at least eighteen or twenty-one years old in order to ensure that the breasts have fully developed. In addition, if you are planning to become pregnant at any time in the future, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Newman during your consultation.
As with any major surgery, you can expect better results if you are in generally good overall health and if you are a non-smoker, or are willing to stop smoking a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled surgery.
What different options are available for Breast Augmentation?
Depending on the size and shape of your breasts and your ultimate goals for breast augmentation, there are different options for both the type of implant used and the implant’s placement. Different incision placement options must also be considered. During your consultation, Dr. Newman will discuss these options with you, including:
- Saline or Silicone implants
- Shape of the implant—rounded or contoured
- Placement of the incision
- Placement of the implant—on top of or beneath the chest muscle
Each of these decisions will affect the final look and feel of your breast after the surgery. By discussing your goals for breast augmentation in detail with Dr. Newman, you will ensure the best possible results.
How long is the recovery time after Breast Augmentation surgery?
Recovery times after breast augmentation can vary among individuals, but in general most soreness will disappear within two or three months. In cases where the implant is placed beneath the chest muscle, soreness might continue for six months to a year, particularly during exercise. Since the breasts will be heavier after breast augmentation, wearing a comfortable bra that fits well can help support the breasts and contribute to faster, more comfortable healing.
Recovery time can be reduced by closely following Dr. Newman’s post-surgical instructions, as these procedures are developed especially to facilitate healing.
What are some important questions to ask about breast surgery?
The first step to take when considering breast augmentation surgery is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Newman. During this appointment, you should ask many questions to clarify details about the procedure and the plastic surgeon’s results. Some good questions to ask include:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- Do you have patient testimonies and before and after photo archives?
- How many revisions of your own work do you perform on average and for what reasons?
- What are my options regarding implant size and type?
- Are the goals I wish to achieve attainable?
- How long of a recovery period should I expect?
- What are the risks involved with breast augmentations?
For more information about breast augmentation and answers to other questions you might have, please contact the New York City, Manhattan and Long Island area cosmetic surgery offices of Dr. Scott Newman.