Breast implant surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among women who want to improve their bodies. As such, many women have questions about breast augmentation. Our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis of Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery educates women on the procedure so they feel confident about their decision to have implants. Here are some of the most common questions about breast implant surgery.
The size of your breast implants is primarily dependent on your personal cosmetic goals. Implants can balance your proportions, or you can choose larger implants if you want a curvy figure. Breast implants are also available in round and teardrop shapes. Round implants give your breasts a fuller appearance, and teardrop implants look more natural.
Saline and silicone implants are made with a silicone outer shell. The difference between the two options is the filling inside the shell. Saline implants are filled after the shells are positioned in your breast area. This may require smaller incisions compared to silicone implants which are pre-filled. Some women find that saline implants have a more natural feel whereas silicone implants tend to be firmer.
You can breastfeed after your breast augmentation, if the implants are placed under the muscle. Incision placement may also affect milk production. The best incision locations for women who plan on breastfeeding are in the armpit area and in the natural breast crease. If your surgical plan includes any changes to the areola, you may produce less milk, but you can still breastfeed. If you plan on breastfeeding in the future, please discuss this with Dr. Saulis.
Breast implants are not intended to help with sagging breasts. If you have sagging, Dr. Saulis may recommend a combination breast lift/augmentation surgery. The breast lift removes excess skin and tissue that makes your breasts hang low. Breast lifts are most often recommended after pregnancy and for older women. The procedure also helps lift breasts that naturally hang low on the chest.
Breast implants are designed to last up to 15 to 20 years, but your breasts may change size and shape before the implants need to be replaced. Your skin stretches due to aging and pregnancy, and you may need a secondary augmentation to correct the sagging.
While Covid has been around for more than two years, our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon and her team are taking every precaution to keep patients safe and protected when they come into our office. We want you to know that we are still taking every precautionary measure, including wearing PPE and regularly sanitizing the office to keep you safe. We also ensure that patients experiencing respiratory symptoms reschedule their appointment once they feel better. Have questions about how we’re protecting our patients against Covid-19? Just call and ask.
Learn more about breast augmentation by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Saulis of Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serving Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL. Call us today at (630) 920-9404.