Recovery: 1-2 weeks and 6 months for full results
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgery performed to increase breast size and improve breast shape. The procedure involves placing the implant behind the breast or chest muscle through a small incision. Over the years, breast augmentation has proven to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. The reason for breast enhancement differs for every individual, but each shares a common goal, to have a more attractive chest.
What can a breast augmentation do for me?
- I am unhappy with my naturally small breasts
- I have experienced changes to my breasts after pregnancy
- My breasts have lost volume with age
- I have asymmetrical breasts
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
The best candidates for breast augmentation are healthy women with realistic expectations about what can be achieved in breast surgery. Dr. Kayastha will listen to your concerns and goals carefully and clearly explain to you what is possible to achieve with breast augmentation.
Typically, if you are seeking augmentation, it's mostly due to the fact that you are unhappy with the size of your breasts. In some cases, you might want to regain shape and volume loss due to pregnancy or weight loss. Others may have breasts that are different sizes and would like them to be more proportionate to each other.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How painful is breast augmentation recovery?
Your discomfort after breast augmentation will depend on the techniques used during the procedure as well as your pain tolerance. Dr. Kayastha uses meticulous pocket dissection and carefully avoids any unnecessary trauma to your tissues to minimize inflammation and pain. You can expect the most discomfort in the first few days following your procedure. Pain during this time can be easily managed with prescription pain medication and ice packs. After the first few days, many patients only need over-the-counter pain medication.
What activities should I avoid after surgery?
In the first week after your breast augmentation procedure, you will need to avoid movements that could strain your incision sites, including raising your arms and lifting. Strenuous activities that involve forceful contraction of the pectoralis muscle should be avoided for two weeks after your procedure. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
How should I sleep after breast augmentation?
After your breast augmentation procedure, you can sleep in any position that’s comfortable. Many women find sleeping on their backs to be the most comfortable because it keeps pressure off the breasts. You might also want to have pillows on your sides or under your back to maintain your position and comfort.
How do you know if you have capsular contracture?
Every breast implant develops a capsule around it after placement. This is a normal part of the healing process. Capsular contracture is when the normal reaction to a foreign object in the body goes too far. In that case, the tissue deposited around the implant becomes thick and tight around the implant. This can make the implant appear misshapen and make them firm to the touch, often associated with discomfort.
Can breast implants cause pain years later?
It is possible that a patient can have breast implant pain years later, but this is uncommon. A common cause for late onset pain with breast implants would be the development of scar tissue around the implant. The scar tissue can form a tight envelope around the implant that distorts it and causes pain. The treatment for this is to remove the scar tissue and replace the implants. The pain should resolve after removal of the scar tissue.
Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?
You do not have to replace breast implants every 10 years. This idea arises from the fact that manufacturer data shows most patients will replace their implants for one reason or another by 10 years after their initial surgery. That does not mean that people do not have implants for longer. I like to tell my patients that implants do not have an expiration date. If they look and feel ok and there are no problems, then you do not have to automatically have them replaced at the 10-year mark. If you ever detect an issue with your implant you should be examined by your surgeon. An MRI may be ordered if there is concern for implant rupture.
Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?
Yes, you can move your arms after breast augmentation. Excessive strenuous activity should be avoided, as should any activity that causes pain. Heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks and then gradually increased.
Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?
Yes, breasts can sag after augmentation. Whether or not this will happen depends on a number of factors. The quality of you skin and tissues is a major factor. If you have significant looseness and loss of elasticity in your tissues, then you are more likely to have sagging. If you have an overly large implant placed, sagging will be more likely. This is because of the weight associated with larger implants.
Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?
Getting breast implants does not cause you to gain weight. The only weight that is gained is due to the actual weight of the implants, which is minimal.
How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is generally not considered a dangerous surgery. With proper patient selection and careful attention to technique, risks can be minimized. All surgeries carry some risks. All patients undergoing surgery must have appropriate medical clearance and other studies as indicated by their age and underlying conditions.