6 Common Questions About Breast Augmentation

By. Dr. Glenn M. Davis

Q: What’s the difference between saline implants and silicone implants?

A: No one is better than the other and both should look natural. The real question is, which breast implant type is best for your body. The biggest difference is the detection of a leak. Should you choose a saline implant, the leak is obvious because breast volume deflates as the body absorbs the solution. A gel implant is not absorbed by the body. In fact, there is no change to the look and feel of your breasts, should it leak. There is also no known disease caused by the gel going into your body.

Q: How Can I determine what size breast implant I should be?

A: Try not to focus on bra size, since they vary depending on manufacturer. Your best bet is to bring your doctor a picture of what you would like to look like. The surgeon can then use this as a guide. You can also try implant sizes on inside your bra during a consultation.

Q: How do I know If I need a breast lift or breast implants?

A: There are two things to remember here. An implant will not change the shape of your breasts and the lift will not change the size of your breasts. Sometimes a lift and implants are performed at the same time to increase the firmness and size of the breasts.

Q: Where and how long is breast implant incision?

A: The most common incisions are at the fold beneath the breast, on the lower curve of the nipple and at the top of the armpit. Each have their benefits. Expect your incision to be one inch in length for saline or two inches in length for silicone.

Q: How long does the breast implant surgery usually take?

A: On average, your surgery will take about an hour from the beginning to the end.

Q: How long will it take me to recover from breast implant surgery?

A: You can expect some discomfort for about two to five days following the breast implant surgery. Many patients take about a week off of work.

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