Breast Augmentation FAQ

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The decision to get breast enhancement surgery is one of the most personal choices you can make. Most women want to learn as much as possible to make informed decisions about the size and type of breast implants and the breast augmentation procedure. Patients from in and around Westchester County, NY rely on the board-certified surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York to answer their questions.

If you would like to find out more about breast enhancement at any of our locations, request a complimentary consultation online or contact us at (914) 761-8667(914) 761-8667. Our surgeons look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.

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Common Questions

Our surgeons answer a range of questions from patients in each of our locations, including 2 in the Westchester area, about breast augmentation. Some of our most common queries are included below with our doctors' answers:

Do I need a breast augmentation or a breast lift?

Breast implants are designed to do one thing: increase the breasts' volume. They will not make sagging breasts perkier. A breast lift combined with augmentation can increase the size of your breasts and lift them to a more youthful position. A good way to determine whether you're a candidate for a breast lift is to look in a mirror and note the position of the nipple in relation to the fold at the bottom of the breast. If the nipple points downward and hangs below the fold, a breast lift may help you.

What should I consider when choosing the size of implants?

This can be a difficult decision for many patients, but we can guide your choice. Although the ultimate decision is yours, our surgeons can help by making recommendations based on their experience and observation of your body and existing breasts. The size of your frame and the amount of existing breast tissue will be factors in your decision, but the biggest factor will likely be your preferences. Feel free to bring photos with you to your consultation of the way you'd like your breasts to look. You can also peruse our photo gallery.

Is it better to have implants in front of or behind the pectoral muscles?

The best location for your implants is based on a number of factors. The most important of these are the amount of existing breast tissue you have and your cosmetic goals. If your breast tissue is thin, it's more likely the implant will be visible if placed in front of the muscle (subglandular). A subglandular placement offers more upper pole fullness, which means greater cleavage. Research shows submuscular placement carries less risk of capsular contraction, which is the primary complication associated with breast implants. Many women consider submuscular placement more natural looking. Your surgeon will you through each of these factors until you come to a decision you're confident in.

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I exercise every day. How long after getting breast implants until I can resume activity?

This is a common question. The answer, of course varies from patient to patient depending on how quickly they recover. Some activity is encouraged, such as short walks, starting on the day of the surgery. Most other exercise, however, should generally be avoided for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Avoid increasing your heart rate or blood pressure. You can then gradually resume more active exercise after 2 weeks, taking care to avoid engaging the chest muscles until at least a couple of months have passed.

Can breast implants correct asymmetrical breasts?

Most women's breasts are slightly different sizes. The difference is usually less than the woman thinks. In most cases, saline implants can be adjusted slightly so that the 2 breasts look virtually identical. With silicone, each implant could be a different size to account for asymmetry.

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What will my scars be like?

This depends on the type of incision you choose. Our doctors perform breast augmentation using the following incisions: periareolar (along the areolas), inframammary (in the fold under the breasts), or transaxillary (in the armpit). No matter which location you choose, our doctors are very careful to create delicate, fine incisions that heal rapidly and beautifully. We will also give you detailed aftercare instructions for your incisions to ensure they fade quickly. Learn more about your incision and other augmentation options.

How long do breast implants last?

Although implants last many years, they are not lifetime devices. Most implant manufacturers give their products a life span of 10 to 15 years. At that time, you can have breast augmentation revision surgery to remove your implants or replace them with new ones.

Can I undergo another procedure at the same time as my breast augmentation?

Yes! Many women choose to combine their breast augmentation with procedures such as tummy tuck and liposuction surgery. We typically use the term "mommy makeover" when referring to these procedures performed as a single surgery. However, you don't need to be a "mommy" to select this option. During your consultation, we'll review your goals, medical history, and lifestyle to determine whether this approach is right for you.

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