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Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

To ensure the best possible outcome, a candidate for breast augmentation should be healthy. Because of this, it’s best to quit smoking. In addition, a good candidate should also have adequate skin elasticity and muscle quality to support breast implants. Your surgical consultation is designed to evaluate the many factors that determine if you are a candidate for breast augmentation surgery, as well as answer any questions you may have.

A variety of factors determine the best size and shape for your individual goals and body type. Your surgeon is prepared to go over the many options available and help you decide the best option for you, based on your individual goals and desired results.

Breast implants can be placed above or below the chest muscle, depending on your goals. The size, shape, and type of breast implants will help determine placement, as well as the volume of existing breast tissue and skin quality. Your surgeon is experienced in breast implant placement and will advise you on the best placement.

Properly performed breast augmentation shouldn’t impact a woman’s ability to breastfeed normally. If this is a concern, however, your surgeon can tailor your treatment plan to minimize damage to the mammary glands.

The FDA requires that patients be at least 18 years old to have saline implants and 22 years old for silicone implants, except in the case of breast reconstruction. There is no upper age limit, though skin quality, health, and desired results will factor into candidacy over age 22.

Breast implants do not interfere with mammograms. A highly-qualified radiologist will adjust the mammography technique to perform mammograms effectively. In some cases, a breast implant may obstruct the view of breast tissue, so an MRI will be used instead. Be sure to inform your radiologist of your implants prior to your visit so they can adequately prepare.