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The Most Common Breast Augmentation Questions Answered

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If you are considering a breast augmentation, you likely have many questions. To ensure that you feel comfortable going forward with the procedure, it is important that all of your questions and concerns are carefully addressed. The following Q&A outlines the answers to common breast augmentation questions; however, your plastic surgeon should discuss these concerns in more detail during your consultation.

Does The Number Of CCs In A Breast Implant Correlate The Breast Size?

Since each patient has a unique physique, the number of CCs necessary to achieve a particular cup size will vary from patient to patient. The patient’s chest wall diameter and existing breast tissue must be taken into account when determining the number of CCs required to achieve a certain cup size.

Why Are Implants Positioned Below The Muscle?

When placed under the muscle, breast implants will often look and feel more natural, acquiring a teardrop shape and natural-looking cleavage. In addition, this placement ensures that the results of a mammography are not obscured.

Will I Lose Sensation In My Nipples?

Most patients experience temporarily loss of nipple sensation following surgery, typically regaining sensation within 3-6 months. Although in most instances, nipple sensation is not permanently lost following a breast augmentation, there is a small chance that the sensation will not return. An inframammary fold incision helps to reduce the risk of this loss.

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Will Breast Implants Result In Increased Cleavage?

The amount of cleavage achieved with breast augmentation depends on the patient’s existing breast shape, pectoral muscle attachment to the sternum and natural breast spacing. Often patients will various pre-surgery breast sizes will see some improvement in cleavage, however, increasing one’s breast size does not guarantee an increase in cleavage.

Is It Possible For One Breast Implant To Feel Different Than The Other?

Although it is not common, capsular contracture can occur after breast augmentation, which may leave one breast harder than the other. There is a slightly reduced risk of capsular contracture when implants are placed below the muscle and other precautions can be taken by your surgeon to eliminate suspected causes. In some instances, your surgeon may advise breast massaging to prevent the natural scar envelope from tightening.

Can The Rippling Of Breast Implants Be Avoided?

Placing the implant below the muscle and ensuring that there is sufficient breast tissue to cover the implant may reduce the risk of rippling. For patients with very little breast tissue, silicone implants placed below the pectoralis major muscle are advisable. It is also important that saline implants are filled but not overfilled, as being under or overfilled can result in deflation or rippling.

Does A Ruptured Silicone Gel Implant Need To Be Replaced?

A ruptured silicone gel implant should be replaced however cohesive silicone gel implants will not deflate the way that previous liquid silicone could. If you suspect a breached shell or rupture, see your plastic surgeon to discuss next steps. Saline implants will deflate quickly when ruptured and the implant pocket will shrink, making quick replacement preferable. Although a ruptured implant is not an emergency, it is important to remove and/or replace ruptured implants within a few months if possible. Luckily, the recovery time from this procedure can be as little as 3 to 5 days.

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