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Undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery procedure requires research. This is certainly true for breast augmentation. It’s important for patients to go into their procedure with an understanding of what breast augmentation can realistically help them achieve. This means learning about breast implants and ultimately deciding which type of implant will best help them reach their specific aesthetic goals. That’s why I am happy to answer some common questions about breast implants.

 breast augmentation, breast implants, education, cosmetic breast surgery, plastic surgeonQuestion #1: Why are most breast implants placed below the muscle?

In my experience, inserting the implant below the muscle during breast augmentation leads to more natural-looking results and a more comfortable fit for most patients. I believe that implants inserted below the muscle will stay softer longer and provider better long-term results. Additionally, implants placed below the muscle are less likely to obscure mammography results.

Question #2: How long can I wait before having a ruptured silicone implant replaced or removed? 

While it is very rare, implant ruptures can occasionally occur. This may not be an emergency situation for some patients, but I strongly recommend undergoing breast revision surgery or breast implant removal as soon as possible after experiencing an implant rupture. After an implant ruptures, it leaks and begins to form painful scar tissue in the breast area. The longer you wait to have this addressed, the more scar tissue will form. 

Question #3: To what level can you underfill saline implants during breast augmentation?

In my opinion, you should always fill an implant to its maximum level and avoid underfilling or overfilling. Underfilled saline implants create an increased risk of deflation or rupture due to potential flow issues. Additionally, filling the implants to their maximum reduces your chances of experiencing rippling that can affect the appearance of your breasts. 

Question #4: Is it common to experience loss of nipple sensation after breast augmentation? 

Experiencing some degree of sensory changes in the nipples can occur after breast augmentation. This is especially true for patients who receive larger implants. However, this is very rare (less than 5% in my experience) and typically only temporary. In some instances, it can take between 3-6 months after your procedure for the sensation to return, so try to be patient and don’t panic if you notice this effect. 

When performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation can be an excellent way to rejuvenate your body contour and achieve the larger breasts you desire. However, it’s up to you to follow your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions in order to achieve the best possible results from your procedure and help make them last as the years go on. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional cosmetic surgery tips, photos, news, and more!