Breast Augmentation Q and A
Many misconceptions have been perpetuated about breast augmentation thanks to rampant media misinformation. In fact, the science behind breast surgery is actually quite interesting to most people who learn the facts. That’s why our team of experts in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice put together this Q&A with all of the information you need to know about breast augmentation options and safety as well as what to expect during your consultation, surgery and postoperative recovery period. Continue to learn more about breast augmentation surgery below, or contact our office to setup a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons here in Las Vegas.
Breast Augmentation: Overview
Breast augmentation surgery usually involves the use of breast implants or, less commonly, the use of fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. If you’re like many women, you may notice your breasts have lost volume over time due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or simply as a normal part of the aging process. For others, you may never have been happy with the smaller size of your bust. Natural-looking breast augmentation can enhance the overall balance of your figure, increase your breasts’ fullness and projection and even improve your self-confidence.
Why Choose Plastic Surgery Associates for Breast Augmentation in Las Vegas?
Experienced, skilled and professional are just a few of the words that describe our aesthetic plastic surgeons. All of our surgeons are board-certified and recognized among the best in their specialties by their patients, the media, and their peers. Dr. Michael Edwards, a breast surgery and body contouring specialist, served as president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS). Dr. Terrence Higgins, a “mommy makeover” and breast surgery specialist, has been recognized as a Las Vegas Top Doctor and is called upon frequently by the media to share his expertise in plastic surgery. In all, the team at Plastic Surgery Associates of Las Vegas is one of the best you will find anywhere in the country in terms of skill, expertise, education, experience and patient satisfaction. We treat patients the way we would want our own family to be treated, and it shows in our results.
Common Breast Augmentation Questions and Answers
As with any medical procedure, the best way to understand a plastic surgery for yourself is to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They will be able to give you a full examination and explain the risks vs benefits of having the surgery in addition to answering your questions. In the meantime, we’ve assembled this helpful patient FAQ about breast augmentation. These are questions we commonly hear from patients just like you during a consultation for breast augmentation in Las Vegas.
- What Should I Expect During a Breast Augmentation Consultation?
- What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips: What are they?
- Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
- Who is Not a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
- How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
- Will Insurance Cover My Breast Augmentation?
- Can I Get a Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift at the Same Time?
- When Can I Start Wearing a Bra Again?
- What are the Possible Complications of Breast Augmentation?
- Can I Have a Breast Augmentation Without Implants and Instead Have a Fat Transfer?
- What are My Options for Breast Implants?
- Will I Have a Scar After Breast Augmentation?
- Will My Breast Augmentation Look Natural?
- Breast Implants Under vs Over the Muscle: Which is Better?
- What Other Questions Should I Ask During My Consultation?
- Does Your Office Use a Breast Augmentation Simulator?
- Will Breast Implants Affect Future Mammograms?
- How Can I Schedule a Consultation with Drs. Edwards and Higgins for Breast Augmentation in Las Vegas?
What Should I Expect During a Breast Augmentation Consultation?
A breast augmentation consultation typically provides an opportunity for a plastic surgeon to evaluate and discuss your personal cosmetic goals with you. A complete medical history is taken, including:
- Family health and medical history
- Previous surgeries, if applicable
- Current list of medical conditions
- Current list of medications and supplements
- Any cosmetic procedures you have had in the past
Your plastic surgeon will examine the current size and shape of your breasts during your initial consultation and ask questions to determine what you’d like to change. They will also help you choose the ideal size, shape, and material for your implants to best provide body symmetry with more natural results. Your surgeon may even recommend a breast lift to go along with the augmentation for a fuller, perkier or more youthful appearance.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
On the day of your surgery, you should expect to be in the hospital or surgical suite for several hours. Although the actual surgery usually takes between one and three hours (depending on whether or not you also have a breast lift), you’ll have a little time before your surgery as well as a recovery period after the procedure is complete. Throughout the process, you’ll receive medications designed to keep you comfortable at all times. Unless otherwise discussed, you should expect to receive general anesthesia.
Throughout the entire surgery, a variety of monitors will keep track of your heart, blood pressure, oxygen circulation and pulse rate. Your board-certified surgeon will perform the surgery according to your treatment plan with the help of a surgical team, and you will then be moved to an area for recovery and observation.
Breast Augmentation Recovery: Can You Offer Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips?
After your breast augmentation surgery is over, the surgical staff will apply the appropriate dressings to your breasts and the incision site. You may also be instructed to wear a support bra to support your breasts while you heal.
Here are some tips to minimize your breast augmentation recovery time:
- Follow up with your surgeon as directed.
- Follow all post-surgical instructions.
- Keep the incision sites clean and apply topical ointment as directed.
- Take any prescribed or over-the-counter medications and supplements only as directed by your plastic surgeon.
- Avoid any medications or supplements that haven’t been approved by your surgeon.
- Do not return to normal activity or an exercise regimen until your plastic surgeon gives you the go-ahead.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
This is one of the most common questions that arises during a patient consultation. Although each patient is treated and evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the following are indicators that may make you an exceptional candidate for breast augmentation surgery:
- Your breasts are asymmetrical or different in size and shape.
- Your breasts are fully developed and you’re physically healthy.
- You want to increase the size of your breasts to gain confidence in your appearance.
- Your breasts have lost volume and shape after pregnancy or weight loss, and you’re unhappy with their appearance.
Who is Not a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you are healthy and possess realistic expectations, you are probably a great candidate for breast augmentation. However, if you have unresolved questions or concerns, you’re not sure that you want the surgery or your expectations are unreasonable, you may want to reconsider breast augmentation until you feel ready. Some patients aren’t good candidates for cosmetic surgery due to medical history, required medications or age. Discuss your full medical history with our providers as this will ensure that you’re a good candidate for surgery.
Teens and Breast Augmentation: Is it Appropriate? Dr. Edwards Says,”No.”
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The average cost of breast augmentation surgery can vary greatly depending on a number of unique factors. Although you may not realize it, the truth is that a well-performed breast augmentation can deliver benefits that far outweigh the costs.
When you begin comparing prices and seeking out breast augmentation quotes, you must also be very careful about advertised “discounts” like Groupon sales because of the high risk of fraud or low-quality patient care. Anytime you have a surgical procedure done, it’s best to seek out a highly skilled, reputable surgeon who takes pride in a job well done. When it comes to your body and overall health, saving a few bucks is simply not worth the risks.
Will Insurance Cover My Breast Augmentation?
Insurance carriers typically will not cover breast augmentation surgery or any related costs associated with surgical complications or medications. Some insurance carriers will cover some or all costs if your surgery is for medical reasons, such as with a breast reconstruction after mastectomy. You should speak with your insurance carrier and our staff for more information.
Can I Get a Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift at the Same Time?
Yes. Many women discover their breasts begin to sag over time, and they come to our practice in Las Vegas for a breast lift with their breast augmentation. That’s why we offer treatment options that include both procedures.
When Can I Start Wearing a Bra Again?
Immediately following surgery, your breast augmentation aftercare will likely involve a variety of surgical dressings and bandages on your incision site. These will be removed within the next several days. Your plastic surgeon may require you to wear a breast augmentation bra designed to provide additional support for a designated period during your breast augmentation recovery.
What are the Possible Complications with a Breast Augmentation?
Complications can arise with any surgery, and breast augmentation complications are certainly possible. That’s why it’s so important to choose an ASAPS member board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience, impeccable skills, and excellent patient results who can and will do what is necessary to minimize or eliminate potential complications of breast augmentation.
Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?
Despite their checkered history and former link to breast cancer, the FDA has declared that silicone breast implants are safe. Even in a rupture, silicone breast implants will not likely harm the patient, though quick treatment is recommended to ensure a positive outcome.
FDA Approved Silicone Breast Implants
Can I Have a Breast Augmentation Without Implants and Instead have a Fat Transfer?
Yes. Breast augmentation with fat transfer consists of two separate procedures. The initial surgery will remove unwanted fat cells from a location on your body previously determined by you and your surgeon. The second part of the procedure will require your doctor to process the removed fat and inject it into your breasts to create a fuller appearance.
What are My Options for Breast Implants?
Breast implants can consist of a wide range of materials.
A few of the more common options include:
- Saline breast implants
- Cohesive gel silicone implants (Gummy Bear Implants)
- Silicone breast implants
What will My Incision Look Like? Will I have a Scar After Breast Augmentation?
When it comes to breast augmentation incisions and scars, a number of factors can affect the final results. Your incisions may be located underneath the breast or around the lower edge of the areola. All surgeries have scars, but you can minimize scarring by following post-operative instructions very carefully and thoroughly. Additionally, we have a number of skin care treatments for scars available to help minimize their appearance once you’ve fully healed.
Will My Breast Augmentation Look Natural?
Yes. When you work with a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon, your breast augmentation can look natural.
What’s the Benefit of Getting Breast Implants Under vs Over the Muscle?
Many factors are involved when choosing the best breast implant types and location. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each choice, making knowledgeable recommendations based on your unique circumstance.
Breast Augmentation Under Muscle Implant Placement
Your surgeon may recommend breast augmentation with implants under the muscle. The implant is placed in a pocket just underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located between the chest wall and breast tissue. This method can reduce interference with mammograms and breastfeeding in the future. This placement tends to look and feel more natural.
Breast Augmentation Over the Muscle Implant Placement
Over-the-muscle implants are also placed in a pocket. However, rather than placed between the pectoral muscle and chest wall, the implant simply sits on top of the pectoral muscle and just underneath the breast tissue.
What Other Questions Should I Ask a Plastic Surgeon During a Breast Augmentation Consultation?
You should definitely prepare a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your breast augmentation consultation. With honest answers to your questions and concerns, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision.
Some questions you may want to ask are:
- What are the risks and complications?
- Are my goals realistic? Why or why not?
- What type of implants do you recommend?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can see?
- How will you handle potential complications if they arise?
- With which medical board(s) are you certified?
- In which surgical center will my surgery be performed?
Can I See My Possible Results Through a Breast Augmentation Simulator?
Yes. We utilize modern technology to create a 3-D image of your potential breast augmentation results with VECTRA 3D.
How Will Breast Implants Affect Breast Exams for Detection of Breast Cancer?
Once you’ve undergone breast augmentation surgery, you’ll want to make sure you choose a radiologist with experience in X-raying augmented breasts for your regular mammograms. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon during your consultation, and note that under-the-muscle placement of implants has less interference with mammograms and early breast cancer detection than over-the-muscle placement.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Augmentation in Las Vegas with Drs. Edwards and Higgins
If you’re looking to enhance your overall appearance or hoping to transform your breasts into the full, symmetrical look you deserve, the board-certified Las Vegas plastic surgeons at Anson, Edwards and Higgins Plastic Surgery are ready to meet with you. We can even help you with a breast reduction if that’s what you’re looking for. Our board-certified professionals are eager to earn your business and your trust. Contact our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice to discover what makes us an exceptional resource for all your plastic surgery needs or to schedule your initial consultation today.