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breast augmentation faqsUndergoing breast augmentation is an exciting journey for any woman. There are many reasons to undergo breast augmentation, but first, there are several questions to consider. Here are some of the most common questions and concerns that surround breast augmentation that you can review prior to your breast augmentation consultation.

What happens during my consultation with Dr. Quinn?

During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your breast augmentation goals, surgery, and any concerns that you may have. The benefits and risks of surgery will also be covered, and you will learn about your options, including implant size and type, incision options, and implant placement. You will also have the opportunity to try on several different sizes and types of implants, and will learn about both the surgery itself and how to care for yourself during the recovery period.

What are my options for breast implant sizes?

An implant fitting will give you an idea of how you will look after augmentation. During your fitting, you will try on different sizes and types of implants to help you further refine your choices and goals for breast augmentation. Be sure to bring several tops, a bathing suit top, and a tight fitting t-shirt. You will be given a special bra in which to insert different implants, and you will have the ability to try on implants with several tops to get a clear picture of how you will look in different styles and with different types of implants.

What types of breast implants does Dr. Quinn offer?

Your breast implant options are silicone or saline, both of which are safe and FDA-approved. While there are pros and cons to each, choosing silicone or saline is a personal choice best made with your goals in mind. In choosing silicone or saline implants, you will want to consider how you wish to look and feel after surgery and recovery. Your goals will play a large part in determining which option is best for you.

What are the pros and cons of silicone implants?

Silicone implants typically feel more natural, as they are close in consistency to natural breast tissue, and also have a lower risk of rippling of the skin over the breasts. However, it is important to note that you must be over the age of 22 to have silicone implants. Silicone implants do not deflate if they rupture or leak, so you will need to have regular screening MRIs or ultrasounds to ensure that they have remained intact.

What are the pros and cons of saline implants?

One of the biggest advantages of saline implants is the ability to have the size of your implants adjusted during surgery to achieve your ideal size and to make them as equal in size as possible. This is particularly important for women who hope to correct asymmetry, and incisions for saline implants are also typically smaller. Saline implants are approved for women over the age of 18. The primary drawback of saline implants is that they may feel firmer and thus less natural, and are slightly more likely to cause rippling of the skin over the breasts.

What are my breast augmentation incision options?

The preferred incisions for breast augmentation are transaxillary (in the armpit) or inframammary (in the fold under the breast). Transaxillary incisions are well hidden in the armpit, and both silicone and saline implants may be used through this incision. Incisions below the breast are slightly longer, but still discreet. An inframammary incision is ideal for larger, pre-filled implants.

What are my options for implant placement?

Although it is possible to place breast implants below (sub-muscular) or above the muscle (sub-glandular), Dr. Quinn recommends sub-muscular placement. Sub-muscular placement has reduced risk for certain complications such as capsular contracture, and implants placed below the muscle also lend a more natural look and feel.

Can you breastfeed with implants?

The vast majority of women are able to breastfeed without difficulty after breast augmentation. The incisions and breast placement options preferred by Dr. Quinn also reduce the risk of post-augmentation breastfeeding difficulties. The FDA has deemed that both saline and silicone implants are safe for breastfeeding.

Will I have to have my implants replaced regularly?

While breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, many women can go decades without complications, leaks or ruptures. Implants are FDA-approved and guaranteed by Mentor, the company which manufactures the implants used by Dr. Quinn. You are encouraged to keep all follow-up appointments with Dr. Quinn and to keep in touch for as long as you have your implants.

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

While breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States and performed without complications in the vast majority of women, there are still potential risks associated with the procedure. Follow your post-operative instructions and keep all follow-up appointments with Dr. Quinn to help reduce your risk for complications. The most common risks are reactions to anesthesia during surgery, uneven healing of incisions, bleeding, excess bruising or swelling, changes in sensations, and capsular contracture.

If you have additional questions or concerns about breast augmentation, or are ready to schedule a consultation, call Quinn Plastic Surgery today at (913) 492-3443. We look forward to meeting you.

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