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Breast Augmentation FAQs

What is breast augmentation?

It is a surgical procedure to enhance the size of the breasts, restore volume, improve balance, and/or achieve a more pleasing shape, projection or symmetry; and to enhance your self-image and self-confidence. It can be accomplished with implants. Implants may also be placed for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

What is the difference between saline and silicone breast implants?

Both types have an outer silicone shell. Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are filled when placed, so the size can be adjusted based on the patient’s preference. Silicone breast implants are pre-filled, but most closely mimic the look and feel of natural breast tissue.

How can I tell the right size for me?

What is ideal for one woman is not right for another. This is a subjective decision based on your goals and expectations. Dr. Griffin will work with you to determine what is best for you, based on your body shape, your existing breast size and shape, your desired look and goals, your lifestyle and physical activity. The most natural results take into account your breast dimensions, width, diameter and position.

Which is better, to have implants above or below the muscle?

This depends on your preferences, and what will give you the enhancement you desire. Implants that are placed under the muscle tend to provide a more natural look. Placing the implants under the muscle offers soft tissue coverage and shape to the breasts.

When a woman has very little breast tissue, under the muscle placement may be important to make the implants appear as natural as possible and eliminate the ability to see the edges of the implants.

When can I return to work or exercise?

Most patients will need a week off of work and 6 weeks off from exercise.

Can I breast feed after augmentation?

Yes. It is best when the implant is placed below the chest muscle if you anticipate breast feeding. Placing the implant below the chest muscle does not interfere with the breast tissue and ability to produce milk. Implant incisions are typically made under the breast and will not interfere with your ability to produce milk. Studies have shown there is no risk to nursing babies.

Will my implants interfere with a mammogram?

Regular breast screening is important. The risk of breast cancer is no different for women with breast implants. However, X-rays cannot penetrate the implants and obscure the breast tissue. Thus, it is recommended that women with breast implants receive 4 additional views designed specifically to ensure that all breast tissue is available for examination.

What is capsular contraction?

It is an unpredictable but common complication following breast augmentation. The formation of scar tissue is the body’s natural response to a foreign object. Capsular contracture is abnormal formation of scar tissue around the implant and causes pain and hardening of the breast, and can displace or distort the implant.

Capsular contracture usually affects about 5% of women who chose breast augmentation with implants, and is more common with silicone implants. It is less common when the implants are placed under the muscle. It can occur at any time, and may require an operation to release the scar tissue, or removal of the implants. Before surgical revision, Dr. Griffin may recommend certain medications that may help to soften the scar tissue.

What about scars?

Scars are commonly hidden under the breast in natural creases or in the arm pit. 

How long do the results last?

Implants are not meant to last a lifetime. You may need reoperation to improve the appearance of your breasts or to correct any complications.

What happens if my implants leak or rupture?

If you have saline implants and they rupture, it will be obvious to you, because the affected breast will look deflated. The leaked saline will be absorbed by your body.

If you have silicone implants, the FDA recommends that you have an MRI three years after placement, to ensure no leakage, and every two years thereafter.

If they leak, replacement surgery will be necessary. The most common reason for replacement is rupture, leakage or capsular contracture.

For the best results you want a plastic surgeon who is board certified after years of rigorous training. Dr. Anthony Griffin has extensive experience in this procedure which is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the U.S. Moreover, he has the artistic eye to create for you the most aesthetically pleasing result. When considering breast augmentation, call Dr. Anthony Griffin, in Beverly Hills, California.