Breast Implant Augmentation FAQ

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What are the limitations of breast augmentation with implants?

Breast augmentation with implants will not improve nipple asymmetry, move your breasts closer together, lift droopy breasts, or remove stretch marks. Also, breast implants are not completely free of problems.

What are the possible risks and complications of breast augmentation with implants?

Anesthesia reaction, asymmetry, bleeding, breast droop, capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around implants), deflation (approximately 7%), displacement, hematoma, implants leak, infection, interference with mammography, keloid (thick scar), nerve damage, nipple numbness, pain, permanent numbness (risk is 15%), reactions to medications, rippling, rupture of the implants (often due to injury), seroma (pooling of watery blood), skin irregularities, sloshing, slow healing, swelling, symmastia (breasts merge into one mass), and visible scars.

What are the patient recovery times after breast implants surgery?

After surgery your breasts will be very firm, high, and swollen. After about a month, the swelling will be gone and they will be lower, smaller, and softer. It may take several months for the implants to settle into a permanent position.

Above the MuscleBelow the Muscle
PainMild to moderate discomfort; 1-2 weeks of pain medicationModerate discomfort; 1-2 weeks of pain medication
Swelling4 days to 2 weeks2 to 12 weeks
BruisingUp to 2 weeksUp to 2 weeks
Numbness1 to 2 weeksUp to 2 weeks
WorkReturn to work in 1 weekReturn to work in 1 to 2 weeks. If job is strenuous or requires lifting, wait 1 month
ExerciseWait 2 to 4 weeksWait 2 to 4 weeks
Final Result1 Month4 Months

What kind of anesthesia is used by Dr. Shu?

Dr.Shu performs the majority of the breast implants procedures, including the endoscopic transaxillary approach, under local anesthesia using a modified tumescent technique and intravenous sedation (twilight sedation).

What are the advantages of breast augmentation by fat transfer versus breast implants?

  • Minimally invasive with less trauma to the breast
  • No visible scars
  • Can be done as an office procedure totally under local anesthesia
  • Avoids tissue or foreign material (implants) rejection because the fat is an autologous graft
  • Fewer postoperative complications
  • Touch up procedures are easily performed
  • Fat transfer does not make the performance on a future breast implants placement more difficult
  • Body contouring with liposuction in the donor site
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