Q. Can I still breastfeed with implants?
A: Yes, you can. Breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding as the breast glands and ducts are not affected.
Q. Doesn’t under the muscle look more natural?
A: Implants are placed under the muscle (actually partially under the muscle) in thin women who are at risk of seeing or feeling the edge of the implant in the upper part of the breast. For most women the implants are located on top of the Pectoralis muscles and look and feel very natural.
Q. Can I still have mammograms in the future?
A: Yes, you will still be able to have normal breast cancer screening.
Q. How much time off work will I need?
A: Patient recovery time is quite variable, but most patients return to work at the one week stage. With the rapid recovery procedure, most patients are up and out of the house the following day.
Q. Do teardrop implants look more natural?
A: Most patients with teardrop implants feel that is the case, although the main difference between the more common round implants and the newer teardrop is that the round implants result in more fullness at the top part of the breast.
Q. What size should I get?
A: This is the main area of uncertainty for patients and a major concern. No one wants to go too big, or not big enough. During your consultation you will try on different implant sizes to see what looks right for you. Looking at pictures of other patients on the internet is only helpful to a degree, because everyone is different and the same implants will look different in different women.
Q.Do they need to be replaced every 10 years?
A: This used to be the recommendation. However, we now believe that breast implants should last a lifetime, only being replaced if there are problems with them.
Q. Where is the scar placed for the operation?
A: The safest place to have the scar is in the crease under the breast. It is well hidden here and most patients could be topless without anyone noticing the scar.
Q. Do I need to massage the implants to prevent capsule formation?
A: With the polyurethane implants there is no need to massage, as the risk of capsule formation is 20 times lower than standard smooth or textured implants. They also interact with your existing tissue differently.
Q. Which are the safest implants to use?
A: Polyurethane-covered silicone implants have been shown to be far safer than smooth or textured implants. They have also been in use for the same period of time as the standard implants, and their safety profile is well understood.
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