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Informed breast augmentation patients are far more likely to achieve their desired results. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg in Long Island, NY, has provided this breast augmentation FAQ to help you understand the procedure, its variations, and the simple measures you can take in order to ensure that your results provide long-term satisfaction.
Which Type of Implant is Right for Me?
Implants can be filled with saline, silicone gel, or cohesive silicone. Most patients believe that silicone gel provides the most natural feel. However, those with ample natural breast tissue are often satisfied with the results of saline implants. Cohesive gel implants carry the lowest risk of rupture and rippling. Your surgeon should spend plenty of time during your consultation helping you determine which implant best meets your goals.
What Breast Implant Size is Right for Me?
The recommended size of implant depends on a number of factors, including your frame, the amount of natural breast tissue, and your desired results. At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, we understand this is a very personal decision. Dr. Greenberg and our team of highly trained nurses will examine your body type and provide implant samples so you can determine which size is best for you.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
Traditionally, breast augmentation requires at least a few days of downtime followed by several weeks of minimized physical activity. Dr. Greenberg performs breast augmentation using mini-incision techniques designed for 24-hour rapid recovery with less soreness, swelling, and bruising than traditional breast augmentation surgeries. With this specialized technique, most patients are able to return to work and normal activity 24 hours after surgery. However, this technique is suitable for every patient.
Will I Have Scars?
Yes, but choosing the right surgeon and taking excellent care of your skin can result in minimal scarring that is virtually unnoticeable.
How Long Will My Breast Implants Last?
Although breast implants placed by an experienced surgeon can provide long-lasting results, they will eventually need to be replaced. Even if your implants never rupture, changes in your skin elasticity over the years will affect the appearance of your breasts. Revision surgery can help to ensure that your implants complement your figure as you age.
Although breast implants placed by an experienced surgeon can provide long-lasting results, they will eventually need to be replaced.
Can I Receive Implants If I Plan to Have Children in the Future?
Yes, and most patients are able to breastfeed.
Do Breast Implants Cause Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks after breast augmentation are relatively uncommon.
What is Capsular Contracture?
Capsular contracture is the constriction of scar tissue surrounding a breast implant, which results in a distorted shape. It is not clear what causes the condition, but research indicates that the risk can increase due to smoking or improper sterilization protocol in the operating room. Research also indicates that patients who choose smooth surface implants (as opposed to textured surface implants) have a greater chance of developing capsular contracture. Special post-surgical massage techniques can reduce your risk of developing capsular contracture.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon?
Your choice of surgeon is the single most important decision you must make if you wish to undergo breast augmentation. In general, you should choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable, performs breast augmentation frequently, provides excellent results, and is board-certified. Board certification means that he or she has completed many years of special training and passed an extensive exam by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Contact Us Today
For additional questions regarding breast augmentation, contact our knowledgeable and friendly staff at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery online, or call (516) 364-4200. We believe patient education is a must, and you can depend on us to help you make an informed decision regarding your goals.