Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to enhance the size of a women’s breast, increase proportions, and improve body contours. Dr. Rast consults with patients almost daily about their questions and concerns about breast surgery. We’ve aggregated some of our top questions and provided answers so that you can come to your consultation fully prepared.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Implants?
Dr. Rast recommends that breast augmentation patients be people in generally good health and non-smokers. You would be an ideal candidate if you have specific, realistic goals for your implants that you can discuss openly with Dr. Rast.
What Is Involved In Recovery?
Dr. Rast will give you detailed instructions personalized to you. Immediately after your procedure, you’ll need a loved one to drive you home and stay with you during the first night. You’ll need to wear a support bra 24-7 for the first two weeks after surgery. The initial healing of the surgical incision wounds may take up to ten days, at which point you can return to work and normal activities. Intimate activity can continue after four to six weeks after surgery.
What Are The Risks Associated With A Breast Augmentation?
Other than any typical risks associated with anesthesia, the major risk with breast implants is the potential scar tissue that can form around them, making the affected breasts feel firmer than usual. Though this condition can be addressed surgically, it is not always permanent. Breast augmentation does require ongoing maintenance, including regular examinations for breast health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants.
Do Breast Implants Last Forever?
Unfortunately, the results of a breast augmentation are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. With proper care and regular checkups, they should last for many years. Typically, breast implant manufacturers report that implants last around 15 years. Normal life changes such as pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss can also affect the augmented breasts.
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