Summary: Whether you’ve already decided to get breast implants or are still looking for more information on the subject, you probably have plenty of questions about the procedure, some of which may be a little more difficult to ask than others.

During your consultation with your cosmetic surgeon, asking as many questions as possible is a good way to prepare for your breast augmentation and recovery, but if you’re having a hard time discussing some of these topics, take a look at these eight common questions about breast implants.

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1. Do Implants Feel Like Natural Breasts?

If you’re worried about having to answer the stereotypical question, “Are those real?” you can rest assured that today’s implants can look and feel quite natural. There are some options to consider if you’re looking for subtle results that closely resemble natural breasts. Talk with your cosmetic surgeon about different implant types, as well as your various implant placement options to yield excellent natural-looking results.

2. How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

The cost of your breast augmentation will vary depending on things like your location, the type of implant and your unique needs and goals. Some women choose to add a breast lift to their breast enhancement procedure, which can affect the cost as well. Do keep in mind, though, that many reputable cosmetic surgery practices offer financing options to help make your implants as affordable as possible.

3. Will I Lose Nipple Sensitivity?

While it is a possibility that you could experience some loss of nipple sensitivity following your breast enlargement, this side effect is rare and most women enjoy the same level of sensation as prior to their procedure.

4. Can I Still Breastfeed?

If your ability to breastfeed is important to you, this is something that you’ll want to bring up during your initial consultation. While breast augmentation doesn’t typically interfere with breastfeeding, various surgical techniques can maximize the likelihood that you’ll still be able to breastfeed in the future.

5. What’s the Most Popular Size?

Although there are trends that occur in breast procedures, the answer to this question is truthfully that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all implant. The best way to determine how large you should go is to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can help you assess your unique body type and choose an implant size that will complement your natural assets.

6. Are There Risks Involved?

The most common risks associated with breast augmentation is the possibility of a ruptured implant or a capsular contracture, which occurs as a result of hardened scar tissue around the implant. In either of these cases, there are treatment options that can restore your original results.

7. What Is Recovery Like?

Knowing what to expect after surgery can help to ensure that you have a smooth, seamless recovery. Everyone’s healing process will vary, but generally speaking, you should be able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks following your breast enhancement, and can gradually increase your level of physical activity over the next weeks and months. Make sure you keep an open line of communication with your cosmetic surgeon during recovery so that you stay on track for optimum results.

8. Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to Implants?

Despite the wide array of creams, pills and other gimmicks out there that claim to offer breast enlargement results, there’s currently no proven alternative to a surgical procedure. If you want a boost in volume and think you’re a candidate for breast augmentation, consult a trusted cosmetic surgeon to discuss the best options for you.