1. How do you choose between Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Surgery?
If you like the size of your breasts when wearing a bra, but feel that your breasts sag, then a lift is a good option. If you feel your breasts are too small in your bra, then Breast augmentation is a better option. Some women need both, but this is best determined during a consultation with Dr. Sreekar Harinatha who is one of the best breast surgeons in Bangalore.
2. How do I choose the right size of breast implants for me?
Breast implant sizing is based upon a patient’s individual choice, measurements like the width of the base of her breast, the distance from her nipple to the fold underneath her breast, and the amount of stretch in the breast skin. Hence, there is no fixed formula for determining the size. It is done in consultation with Dr. Sreekar who will give you some sample implants to try under your Bra and also teach you the Rice tests to get a better idea of the required size.
3. Do breast implants lift sagging breasts?
Breast implants will lift the breast to a certain extent. The increased volume gives the breasts a fuller appearance, which also lifts the nipple as well. However, for a proper lift; it is recommended to combine a breast lift with augmentation.
4. How old do I have to be to have breast implants?
Although there is no scientific basis for the requirement, generally, you must be at least 18 years old to receive silicone breast implants. For saline breast augmentation implants also, you must be 18 or older.
5. Can I have breast implants under local anesthesia?
No, Dr. Sreekar performs all of his breast augmentation surgeries under general anesthesia. Patients require medication to relax the chest adequately for muscle relaxation, and it would be unsafe to attempt this under local anesthesia alone.
6. Can I have breast implants if I’m planning to have kids in the future?
Yes, definitely. Many women have had children following their surgery.
7. Can I breastfeed if I have breast implants?
Yes, most women with implants are able to breastfeed after surgery, as the ducts to the nipple are not cut. However, if you were unable to breastfeed prior to surgery, you obviously won’t be able to do so after breast augmentation either.
8. What is the best shape of implants to achieve more natural-looking results?
The best shape for a patient depends on the tissues and goals. Anatomic implants provide a very natural shape, but some studies showed there is no difference in the results with anatomic versus round implants after 6 months.
9. Do silicone implants harden over time?
Implants do not harden over time, but sometimes the normal scar tissue around the implant can become firm. This is called capsular contracture, and in 3-5% of patients, this scar tissue will be firm and sometimes painful. Unfortunately, we cannot currently predict which women will develop capsular contracture.
10. Do breast implants need to be replaced over time?
If an implant is soft and in a good position, it can be left in place indefinitely. However, the implant shell begins to weaken after about ten years. For this reason, the risk of rupture increases after this time. If an implant ruptures, replacement is recommended. However, personally speaking, such implant replacements in Indians is quite rare.
11. How long is the downtime for breast augmentation surgery?
Most women take leave from work for 2-3 days after the surgery. They can shower and perform most daily activities on the same day of surgery. Sexual activity and strenuous activity are not permitted for 2 weeks following surgery. Most patients are off of pain medication within 2 days and are able to return to work 4-5 days after surgery.
12. Which breast implants are safer: Silicone vs. Saline?
May studies say that both implants are safe. Numerous clinical studies have shown no increased risk of breast carcinoma, connective tissue disease, or other disorders with the use of either silicone or saline implants.
13. What are the risks of breast implant surgery?
The main risks following surgery include bleeding, infection, scarring, implant rupture, and capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant).