The top three breast augmentation questions probably won’t surprise you. They’re common, to some extent. And they’re the kind of questions that you figure are top of mind for any breast augmentation patient. But you’d be surprised how often people forget to ask questions that are, well, top of mind.
What Are the Top Three Breast Enhancement Questions?
To add yet another disclaimer, these questions aren’t going to be equally important for every single breast augmentation patient. Some patients will prioritize other areas of the procedure. Then again, some patients won’t. (Everybody is different is what I’m getting at, I suppose.)
But these top three breast augmentation questions should at least get you started in the right direction, whether you’re asking yourself during your own research or whether you’re asking your plastic surgeon during a confidential consultation. At some point in your plastic surgery journey you’ll likely ask these questions–or, at least, questions not unlike these. That’s why they’re the top three breast augmentation questions, after all.
Question #1: Silicone or Saline?
The most common question that most patients ask about breast augmentation has to do with implant type. For most patients, that boils down to the age old question of silicone vs. saline implants. There are advantages and drawbacks to each choice, but it’s worth pointing out that silicone implants are by far the most popular choice among patients and surgeons.
The reasons for that are relatively straightforward:
- For most patients, silicone implants are more natural looking and feeling than saline implants
- Silicone implants tend to be more robust than their saline counterparts.
- Most silicone implants are available in a greater variety of sizes and shapes than saline implants
Many patients will go even further down the silicone line and choose what are called “gummy bear implants,” which are reported to have an even more natural look and feel than typical silicone.
Still, saline is an appropriate choice for some patients, especially when those patients are particularly interested in less invasive incision types or have an aversion of some kind to silicone. You’ll want to talk to your plastic surgeon about what type of breast implant will be best for you and your body.
Question #2: How Long Will Recovery Take?
Many patients want to know when they’ll be on their feet again. That makes a lot of sense–you’re trying to figure out exactly when you’ll be able to start showing off the results from your surgery! Or, perhaps more likely, you want to know when you’ll be able to return to work after your procedure.
The answer to that question is going to vary based on the specifics of your particular procedure. The incision length, for example, will have a significant bearing on how quickly you heal. So too will the implant size you select.
However, patients can ballpark their recovery like so:
- 3-7 days: You should be able to return to light activities; maybe even return to work if you don’t have to lift anything heavy.
- 1-2 weeks: After a couple of weeks you should start feeling more like your normal self. You can return to more vigorous work (but still don’t lift anything).
- 1-2 months: Once you get the okay from your surgeon, you can lift again. Additionally, you should be able to return to most normal activities and the implants should be approaching their final resting positions.
Most patients are mostly healed up after the two month mark. Though, it’s not as though patients are confined to bed rest until then. You can return to most activities after a few days.
Question #3: How Long Can I Keep My Implant?
Rounding out the top three breast augmentation questions is one that involves the shelf life of the implant. Patients want to know how long they can keep their breast implants. If you had a saline or silicone implant inserted during your augmentation, it’s usually recommended that you remove them every fifteen years or so.
That gives patients a good long time to enjoy the results of their procedure. And if patients want to remove the implants before then, they can undergo a breast explant procedure or a breast implant revision procedure (depending on what they actually want to happen).
In other words, you don’t have to keep your implant any longer than you want to or need to. Granted, it will take another procedure to remove those implants, but that’s something that every breast augmentation patient is made aware of moving forward. All implants have a suggested shelf life of some kind.
There’s no doubt that breast augmentation is full of decisions. You have a lot of choices these days! Hopefully these top three breast augmentation questions will help you make the choices necessary to get the results you want. Because that’s what it’s really all about: ensuring that you end up incredibly happy with your breast augmentation procedure, no matter how you answer these three questions or the questions that come after.
The top three breast augmentation questions are really only the beginning.