Breast Augmentation FAQ
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
There are many unique reasons why a woman may seek breast augmentation surgery at many different stages in her life. Good candidates are physically healthy, fully grown adults that are not pregnant or breast feeding. It’s important for a woman seeking any breast enhancement procedure to have realistic expectations and to be fully informed of the options involved.*
How big should my breast implants be?
The size of implants appropriate for you depends on individual factors, including your preferences and the size of your frame in general. Ideally, this decision should be made in consultation with your plastic surgeon, who can provide you with detailed information,3D imaging, and guidelines for selecting a size. During your breast implant sizing and shaping session, you will have the opportunity to “try on” various shapes and sizes of breast implants before making your final decision. Another valuable resource is our before and after gallery. Identify a patient with a similar height, weight, age, and breast type to help you choose the look you are trying to achieve.
How long will it take me to recover after breast enlargement?
Because of the wide variety of procedures available, the answer to this question will vary quite a bit. As a general rule, though, most patients are able to return to work within about a week, and can resume most or all of their normal activities within a month.
Can I breast feed after breast augmentation surgery?
While breast augmentation should not interfere in any way with milk production, some procedures rarely cause a decrease in sensation that could interfere with breastfeeding in the future.
Will I be able to have mammograms after a breast augmentation?
Some breast implants have been known to make it more difficult to read a mammogram, introducing potential for error. This risk is increased somewhat with subglandular implants. You should still obtain routine mammograms after breast enlargement, but it is important that you inform the technician performing your mammogram about your implants, so potential problems can be avoided.
What is the difference between silicone and saline implants?
Silicone implants are a safe, FDA approved option for breast enhancement.* Silicone gel implants look and feel more natural and weigh a little less than saline implants. Further more, they have less tendency to ripple. Silicone implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be either round or anatomical (teardrop-shaped), and can have either a textured surface or a smooth one.
Saline implants also come in different sizes and shapes with smooth or textured surfaces. They are filled with sterile saline, and typically cost a little less than silicone gel. However, many times they feel and look a less natural and are prone to rippling.
Can I exchange my Saline implants for Silicone gel implants?
If you have saline implants and would like to switch to silicone gel implants, we offer this option. Please email us for a consultation.
What are the different types of incisions?
There are three types of incisions currently in use for breast implants: The periareolar incision, the transaxillary incision, and the inframammary fold incision. A periareolar incision is made just below the nipple where the areola (the darker colored skin surrounding the nipple) meets the skin of the breast. It allows for the surgeon to place and adjust the implant with some precision. The transaxillary incision is made in the underarm area, through which the surgeon works to insert the breast implants. Transaxillary incisions do not usually allow the surgeon to manipulate the implants with the same precision as incisions closer to the implant site. The inframammary fold incision (which is the most common) is an incision made along the lower crease of the breast very close to the implant site. Due to the location, it allows the surgeon to adjust the implant with the most precision compared to other sites.
What are the options for breast implant placement?
There are two primary types of placement available for breast augmentation procedures: Subglandular and submuscular. Implants placed subglandularly are located above the muscles of the chest and underneath the breast tissue. The drawbacks to this type of placement are that the implants are more likely to interfere with mammograms, and depending on existing breast tissue can even be visible. Submuscular implant placement refers to implants that are positioned beneath the pectoral muscle. The recovery from this type of implant placement may be slightly more uncomfortable due to the stretching of the muscle,but the implant is less likely to interfere with mammography and results in a very natural appearance.
What will my scars look like?
For each patient, scarring varies depending on many different genetic factors. Each of the breast augmentation incision options will leave some type of scar that will fade over time. During your consultation, your surgeon will carefully explain the different incision options and show you photo examples of breast augmentation patients so that you know what to expect. We also have several different modalities that we employ to insure that you are pleased with the end result and that your scars heal well.
Are my Mentor Breast Implants under warranty?
Our relationship with you does not end on the day of your breast augmentation. After the amount of consideration and time you have given this decision, you deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve partnered with an industry leader. Mentor proudly stands behind the products they manufacture with its lifetime product replacement policy and limited warranty programs.
Mentor’s Lifetime Product Replacement Policy provides for the free lifetime product replacement on all its Breast Implants, worldwide. When implant replacement is required and the Mentor Product Replacement Policy applies, Mentor will provide — throughout the patient’s lifetime – the same or a similar MENTOR® Breast Implant at no cost. Click here to register for your Mentor Warranty. **Contact us at 616.454.1256 if you already have breast implants and require more information about the warranty program.
If you need help exploring options for breast augmentation and implants, please feel free to email us or call for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.