are breast implants safe?
Whatever the filling of the implant, the outer layer is made of silicone. Silicon is a naturally occurring element which becomes silicone when it is combined with carbon hydrogen and oxygen. Silicone is manufactured into many items including cosmetics, foods and medical implants. Many studies have been conducted to establish whether silicone breast implants cause certain diseases. As a result of these studies we can say that at present there is no evidence to suggest that silicone breast implants are associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer. There is also no evidence to suggest that these implants cause autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Who is too old to get a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation can be performed from an age of 18 years old on up. You are never too old to improve the appearance of your breasts.
Should implants be placed under the muscle or over the muscle?
Every patient’s anatomy is different, therefore, the only way to know which procedure would give you the best cosmetic result is by having a board certified plastic surgeon examine you and discuss your options with you.
Is it necessary to wait until after having children before having breast augmentation surgery?
No, it is a matter of choice for each woman. More than half of patients perform the surgery before having children and the majority of them have no problems breast feeding afterwards. The incisions used are small and the surgeon attempts to minimize the amount of disruption of the glands to the nipple/areola. The underlying breast implant does not harm the breast fed baby in any way.
Do breast implants interfere with mammography?
Yes. Breast implants, regardless of their location in the sub-muscular or sub-glandular location, can interfere with mammography. Generally, the breast implants placed in the sub-muscular position tend to interfere with mammography less than those placed below breast tissue. Mammography centers are well accustomed to performing mammography on patients who have had breast implants (using displacement techniques).
How do I decide to go over or under the muscle with the breast implant?
The decision to do a sub-muscular (under the muscle) or sub-glandular (under the breast tissue) breast augmentation is based on several factors. Some of these factors include the patient’s preference and the patient’s anatomy. Each type of augmentation has its pro’s and con’s
What medications should I stop before surgery?
It is recommended not to take any aspirin containing medication, ibuprofen containing medication or any herbs or weight loss medications for at least 2 weeks before surgery.
How long is the recovery?
Every Patient is different in their recovery. Most patient’s are able to resume the majority of their normal activities 4-6 weeks after the procedure.