We’ve all done it. You get out of my shower, look in the mirror, and wonder what happened to your 20-something breasts. Maybe you’ve had children, maybe you’ve suddenly (and gladly) had a dramatic weight loss, maybe you suffered breast cancer, or maybe you’ve simply never been happy with your breast size. Or, let’s face it, gravity. There are plenty of reasons why women want to alter the size and shape of their breasts. Breast augmentation performed by one of The Derm Groups’ breast surgery specialists in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut is a safe way to get them right where you want them.
With breast augmentation, there are a few things to consider:
Is Now the Right Time for My Breast Augmentation?
Well, let’s talk about this. If you are going to get breast augmentation, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions first:
- Are you at or near your ideal weight. Remember that if you suddenly gain weight after your surgery, your breast size will change well.
- Are you planning on getting pregnant? Sure, you can certainly have surgery beforehand but you’d be better off waiting. Breasts typically change after pregnancy and breast feeding. Also, some women have difficultly breast feeding with them.
- Can you quit smoking? You should plan to stop smoking at least a month before surgery to reduce the chance of any risks during surgery or recovery.
Saline Vs. Silicone Breast Implants
Typically, breast augmentation surgery is performed using saline or silicone breast implants. Some people opt for fat transfer instead, which uses liposuction to remove fat from another part of the body and transfers it to the breasts. As for deciding between saline and silicone breast implants, here’s what you should know.
Saline breast implants are available to women 18 years and older. They are inserted empty and then filled with sterile salt water once in place. Alternatively, silicone breast implants are pre-filled with silicone gel before implanting them and are only available to women over 22. Most women believe the latter look and feel more natural. It’s a matter of preference.
Breast Augmentation Risks and Recovery Time
Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery that takes about an hour and has about a one- to two-week recovery time. You’ll have swelling and tenderness for a few months but you can get back to work within a week. Just no heavy lifting or exertion for the first six weeks (that includes sex).
Breast implants aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime. Many women have them removed or replaced in 8-to-10 years, but they can last much longer. Age, body changes, and weight gain or loss will affect how they look over time. There are some risks involved with all breast implants so it’s important to discuss it with your doctor first.