Every year, thousands of women decide to have breast augmentation, either to enhance naturally smaller breasts or to restore volume and shape following pregnancy and breastfeeding. Whatever your reason for wanting breast augmentation, it’s important that you carefully weigh the pros and cons of the surgery before you go forward. Breast augmentation has a number of advantages, but there are also a few risks and issues you want to know about.
Pro: Feel Happy and Confident With Your Shape
Some women with smaller breasts may feel somewhat self-conscious about the size of their breasts or embarrassed to be seen as “flat.” Although breastfeeding a baby has numerous benefits for both mom and child, the practice tends to wreak havoc on the breasts. Even if yours were full before you breastfed, they might be deflated and saggy.
Whether you had small breasts to start with or as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, getting implants can help you finally feel more confident about the shape and size of your breasts. Surveys of women who have had breast augmentation reveal that the majority of women note an improvement in their self esteem and happiness with their appearance after the surgery.
Pro: Implants Last a Long Time
Although neither saline nor silicone implants are designed to last forever, many women get years of wear out of their implants before they decide to either replace or remove them. For the most part, implants can last for a decade, if not longer.
There are a few reasons why you might decide to replace your implants even if they are not worn out or leaking. You might decide that you’d like smaller breasts as you get older or you might decide that you’d prefer to go a bit bigger. Natural changes to the shape or size of your breasts as you age can lead to asymmetry and you might wish to replace your implants to correct that.
Pro: Surgery is Customized to Your Needs and Shape
Breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. You and your plastic surgeon will work together to come up with a treatment and surgical plan that will best meet your specific needs and that will best help you.
Although many women prefer silicone implants for their shape and feel, it might be that saline implants are the best option for you. Depending on the size of your natural breasts and the amount of natural breast tissue you have, it might make sense for the surgeon to place the implants under the muscle.
For some patients, placing the implants on top of the chest muscle but beneath the mammary gland makes more sense while other patients benefit from implants that are partly covered by the muscle.
Your surgeon will also work with you to help you decide which size of implant is the best for you. The most appropriate size of implant is influenced not only by how big or small you want to be, but also by your height and frame and the natural size of your breasts.
Pro: Look Better in Clothes
Women with smaller breasts often have trouble finding tops and dresses that fit. Even if the waist and hips of a blouse or sweater are the right size, the chest area can be too baggy, which creates an unflattering look. After getting breast implants, many women find that they look and feel better in their clothing and that it is easier to get the right fit when shopping off of the rack.
Con: Surgery Requires Downtime
One of the biggest drawbacks of breast augmentation is that it requires a fair amount of recovery time afterwards. You’re not able to simply head back to work immediately after your procedure.
Usually, women take about a week off from work after breast augmentation. It’s common to feel some discomfort during the first few days after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain relievers to help you manage the discomfort.
Even after you’re able to return to work and resume light activities, such as walking, it’s important to continue to take it easy for a few more weeks. You’ll want to avoid lifting anything heavy (more than 10 pounds) and should avoid strenuous activity until your surgeon gives you the all-clear.
Con: Risk for Complications
While choosing a skilled, trained and experienced plastic surgeon can greatly reduce your risk for complications during and after surgery, there is always some risk for issues. A few potential complications that can occur after breast augmentation include capsular contracture, loss of sensation in the nipples and asymmetry.
Con: Choosing the Wrong Implant
Another potential drawback of breast surgery is that you’ll choose implants that are the wrong shape or size or that are made of a material that doesn’t work with your body. For example, saline implants are the right choice for some women. But they are likely to cause visible rippling beneath the skin in others.
Some women choose an implant that is simply too large for their frames, often against the recommendation of their surgeons. Picking an over-sized implant can lead to deformities or irregularities in the breast and make it more likely that you’ll need a breast implant revision in the near future.
Con: Complicated Mammograms
Breast implants won’t increase your risk for breast cancer, but the presence of implants can make it more difficult to get a clear mammogram image. The implants can cast shadows during mammography, which can make it harder to detect cancer. If you do get regular mammograms, it’s important to let the tech know that you have implants. Some techs have more experience taking and reading mammograms of women with implants. It’s likely that you’ll need more images taken to get a clear result.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today
To learn more about the pros and cons of breast augmentation, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with Dr. Ross. Dr. Ross believes that educating and communicating with patients are the keys to helping them achieve successful, natural-looking results. She will discuss your goals with you and tailor the procedure to help you meet them. Book your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Pkwy, Suite 100, Naples, FL, by calling 239-594-9100.