Breast Augmentation: 5 Things to Know Before You Make a Decision

Breast augmentation — an effective method for improving breast shape and cup size for women that want larger breasts — is the most popular aesthetic breast procedure performed by plastic surgeons. In fact, in 2017 more than 300,000 women opted to have this procedure, which was up 3 percent over 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Your decision about whether or not to have breast augmentation is a big one and should be made slowly and deliberately. Reviewing the five things you should know before you make your final decision is a great place to start.

1. Breast Implants are Safe

Numerous studies have demonstrated the safety of breast implants. Made from medical-grade silicone bags filled with either saline or silicone gel, implants can vary in shape and size. Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine the best implant type and placement for you.

During your procedure, the implant is placed above or below your chest muscle. Your body keeps the implant in place and prevents it from shifting.

2. Incisions are Virtually Unnoticeable

The most common incision site is in the inframammary fold — the natural crease under your breast — since it’s hidden and heals very well, leaving almost an invisible scar. Again, your surgeon will work with you to determine the best incision site for you.

3. Your Consultation is Key

During the consultation, you’ll meet with your doctor to discuss your goals for surgery. Many factors, including your age, desired cup size or additional need for rejuvenation of the breast, such as a breast lift, will be considered.

Your consultation offers you and your surgeon the opportunity to create a plan that will give you the results you want. The details of your surgery, including where your implant and incision are best placed, is discussed during your consultation.

4. Ideal Candidates are Healthy

Your health is an important consideration for your surgery. Ideally, breast augmentation candidates are healthy, non-smoking women with good skin elasticity and realistic expectations about the results of their procedure. It’s important that you are willing to follow all pre- and post-operative care instructions to optimize your healing, and promote good results.

5. The Road to Recovery

Performed under general anesthesia, breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour on average and is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

You can expect your initial recovery to take one to two weeks, but you’ll likely be able to return to work after one week. During your recovery period, swelling is normal and is most evident in the first month after surgery. You should avoid intense exercise for the first two to four weeks after your procedure. Your final results will be achieved after about 6 months post-surgery.

Breast implants need to be replaced usually between 10-15 years after the initial surgery.

Emory Aesthetic Center

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a complimentary consultation for breast augmentation. This consultation is the perfect opportunity to learn more about which procedure is right for you and have any additional questions answered. Our team includes highly qualified plastic surgeons that teach the next generation of plastic surgeons. Learn more and find out about our services and which treatment options will best meet your needs.

About Gabriele Miotto, MD

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the Associate Program Director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship program. She is fellowship trained in aesthetic and oculoplastic surgery and certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miotto is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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