Top FAQs About Breast Implants, Answered (Updated 2023)

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If you’re considering breast augmentation, you most certainly have questions about breast implants. Scott E. Newman, one of the top breast augmentation surgeons in NYC, has heard just about every breast implant question you can imagine, and here shares his answers to the most common.

What are the different types of breast implants available?

There are two main types of breast implants: saline implants and silicone implants. All breast implants are essentially shaped envelopes made of silicone that are then filled with a gel or saline solution. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Both types come in various sizes, shapes, and textures. The majority of breast augmentation surgeries worldwide are performed with smooth, round silicone gel implants.

How long do breast implants last?

Though your breast implants will last a long time, they are not designed to last a lifetime. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average life expectancy of silicone breast implants is between 10 and 20 years. Saline implants may have a slightly shorter lifespan. Following the post-operative instructions of a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you prolong the life expectancy of your breast implants.

How do I choose the right size breast implant?

Today, you may choose virtually any cup size you desire. However, it is best to temper such freedom of choice with your surgeon’s advice. It’s important to think about your lifestyle, your proportions, and what type of breast implant you would like to use—a particular volume saline implant looks different than the same size silicone implant. You can discuss all of this and your ultimate goals during your initial consultation.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with breast implants?

Potential risks and complications of breast implants may include infection, capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant), implant rupture or leakage, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and the need for revision surgery over time.

What is capsular contracture, and how common is it?

Capsular contracture is a potential complication of breast implant surgery where scar tissue tightens around the implant, causing firmness, discomfort, and changes in breast appearance. There are many things your surgeon can do to minimize the risk of capsular contracture, so be sure to discuss your concerns with him or her.

How much do breast implants cost?

The cost of breast implants can vary depending on factors such as the surgeon’s experience, location, type of implant, and surgical facility. Silicone gel implants cost more than saline implants. Your surgeon should give you a personalized quote at your consultation.

What is the recovery process after breast augmentation surgery?

After breast augmentation, patients typically experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Newman’s patients can typically resume light activity and work after 3 to 5 days, and light exercise can be resumed after 2 or 3 weeks. You should avoid strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks, and follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing. 

Can I breastfeed with breast implants?

Breast implants, whether silicone or saline, generally do not interfere with breastfeeding. Most women can still breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. However, there is a small chance that some women may experience difficulties with breastfeeding.

What happens if I gain or lose weight after getting breast implants?

Weight fluctuations may impact the appearance of breast implants. Significant weight loss or gain could alter the breast shape, and in some cases, additional surgery might be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

Can breast implants cause health problems or autoimmune disorders?

Extensive research has not shown any definitive link between breast implants and autoimmune disorders. However, some individuals may experience localized complications, as mentioned earlier.

How often should I get my breast implants checked or replaced?

It is generally recommended that individuals with breast implants undergo regular check-ups with their plastic surgeon to monitor the implants’ condition. However, routine replacement is not necessary unless there is a specific concern or complication.

To have these and any more of your breast implant questions answered, please contact Newman Plastic Surgery in New York City to request an appointment today, or call us at (914) 423-9000 to schedule your appointment.

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