Breast Augmentation FAQs

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What is capsular contracture, and will it happen after my breast augmentation?

Capsular contracture refers to a possible complication of breast augmentation surgery that takes place when the patient’s body reacts to the introduction of a foreign object (the breast implant) by forming a “capsule” below the implant, causing the implant to harden, and distorting its appearance. When performing breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards utilize surgical techniques geared specifically toward avoiding the complication of capsular contraction and will take every precaution to ensure the complete and lasting success of your breast augmentation surgery.

Can breast implants obstruct the results of a mammogram?

Although breast implants can interfere with mammogram results, if you inform your mammography technician about your implants, they will perform additional, specialized scans of your breasts to ensure comprehensive and accurate results of your mammogram.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples or breasts after my breast augmentation surgery?

After breast augmentation surgery, patients may have temporary hyper-sensitivity or sensation loss of the nipple/areola. However, less than 5% of patients will experience a permanent loss of sensation in the nipple/areola region after breast augmentation surgery.

Do I need to postpone my breast augmentation surgery until after I am finished having children?

Patients are generally advised to wait until childbirth is completed before having breast augmentation surgery. However, at Cosmetic Surgery Associates, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards will employ the optimal surgical techniques to minimize the impact on the nipples and mammary glands, and many of their patients have been able to breastfeed children without any difficulty.

How long will my implants last?

Because every patient’s body is unique, and breast augmentation surgery methods are varied, a universally applicable answer to this question is impossible. However, unless your breast implants rupture or you experience capsular contracture, there is no need to replace your breast implants at any set time interval.

What are the different incision options for my breast augmentation surgery?

There are multiple incision choices for a breast augmentation procedure, and Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs will consider your body shape, medical history, the type and size of your implants, and your personal preferences, in order to determine the appropriate incision for your specific surgery. Incision types include:

  • Inframammary incision–within the curve beneath the breast)
  • Transaxillary incision–in the underarm
  • Periareolar incision–around the lower half of the areola
  • Trans-umbilical (TUBA) incision–on the rim of the navel

Should or could I have a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation?

A breast lift alone cannot add size or volume to the breasts—in order to achieve an increase in breast size, a breast augmentation procedure is necessary. If your goal is not only to enlarge your breasts, but also to correct the problem of sagging breasts, a breast augmentation performed in conjunction with a breast lift maybe the best option for you. These two procedures can be performed in a single surgery, or in two separate surgeries, depending on your preference. For specific information about breast augmentations with a lift, please see (link to breast augmentation with a lift document).

How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation surgery?

Recovery time varies because of the unique details of each patient’s surgery, and the diverse healing capacities of our patients. It is generally a good idea to have someone assist you for the first few days after your surgery. Discomfort after breast augmentation surgery is usually mild to moderate, and your sutures will be removed approximately seven days after your surgery. Two to four weeks is the typical duration of the recovery period for breast augmentation surgery; however, your results will be visible immediately after surgery, and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside.