Breast Augmentation Facts / FAQs

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Breast Augmentation Facts / FAQs

Breast augmentation involves implant placement to achieve the desired size, shape, and profile of the breasts. Through his extensive experience working with breast enlargement patients, Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. LaBarbera emphasizes that patients should learn as much as possible about this treatment before undergoing it.

The Best Candidate for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a major surgery that involves a series of tests before pushing through with it. These tests are done to help the surgeon find the best method of treatment. The best candidate for this procedure is one who is fit physically, mentally, and psychologically, who is not breastfeeding, has asymmetrical breasts, one who is not pleased with the appearance of the breasts because of sagging, and one who has realistic expectations. Most importantly, she must update the surgeon about her medical history.

Most Appropriate Age for Breast Augmentation

When it comes to age, breast augmentation has no preference. As long as you are an adult above the age of 18, you can undergo it. Most women who have their breasts augmented are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. These are women who have given birth and have breastfed, which made their breasts lose their firmness hence sagging. Other women in this age bracket have either lost weight or suffer from aging effects that distorted the breasts’ appearance.

Must Breast Augmentation be Done With Implants?

Breast augmentation enhances breast size, and overall appearance. Depending on your breast tissue, size, aesthetic goals, and the surgeon’s medical evaluation, he could either use breast implants or the fat transfer method through liposuction from fatty areas of the body, to the breasts.

The Best Breast Implant for You

At this point, you should be aware that there are silicone and saline breast implants. Each type of implant has its own special advantages and disadvantages. When you go to a consultation, the surgeon will ask about the type of breast implants you mostly prefer. Though most women would choose silicone breast implants because they resemble natural breast tissues, saline breast implants also work for the same purpose. Silicone breast implants are approved for women from the age of 22 and above, whereas saline breast implants are approved for women 18 years and above. It is best advisable to consult your surgeon about the best type of breast implant for you.

The Best Size of Breast Implants for Me

Breast implant sizes depend on your body type, existing breast tissue, aesthetic goals, and the surgeon’s medical evaluation. The right breast implants size for you might be the wrong size for another individual. Most women choose large breast implants because they believe that they bring out the best results, with large breast volume. Before you select breast implant sizes, remember that as the breasts heal, the implants attach themselves more and can become heavy if they were of the wrong size. Always consult the surgeon when choosing the right size of breast implants.

Where is the Best Place to Position my Implants?

Generally, breast implants can either be placed over or under the muscles. Over the muscle, placement is best recommended to patients in search of an unnatural appearance. Such individuals are active in weight lifting, and sports activities. Under the muscle, placement gives the breasts a more attractive and natural look. It allows breast implants to stay higher and support for a longer period of time. The breasts remain tender, and perkier which lowers the chances of infections and breast implant complications.

The Risks of Getting Breast Implants

Breast implants are proven to be safe and secure. They are made with an outer silicone shell that can either be textured or smooth. Saline breast implants are filled upon insertion into the breasts with saline fluid, while silicone breast implants are first filled with silicone fluid before they are positioned inside the breast pockets. Both types of implants: silicone and saline have risks associated with them. For instance, they can both rupture after a period of time which will require breast revision surgery to replace them, they have a risk of infections, they can be felt through the skin, they can cause pain and swelling, and sometimes even result in capsular contracture.

How Long Will the Breast Implants Last?

The duration of which breast implants can last cannot be exactly estimated. Breast implants are meant to go for years without needing breast revision surgery to replace them. It could be 5, or 10 years. However, due to some unexpected situations, these implants may not last this long. They may develop complications that would need medical attention to correct or change. For this reason, surgeons advise patients to go for a check-up after 3 years of implant placement, and every year afterward to be able to detect a breast complication before it advances to worse conditions. Also, if you feel that your breast implants aren’t giving you the initial feeling they did when they were positioned, it would be the right time to have them checked.

Can Breast Implants correct Sagging Breasts?

Well, we know that breast augmentation is meant to enhance the size of the breasts. However, it can apply to correct sagging breasts. Depending on where breast implants are positioned, a person’s skin elasticity, and the existing breast tissue, the breasts can become firmer, and tighter hence no sagging.

How Long Will it Take to Recover?

All patients want to experience a faster, smoother, and safe recovery. It all depends on the breast augmentation procedure performed by the surgeon, and a person’s attitude towards recovery. Breast augmentation recovery usually lasts 6 to 8 weeks until a person can perform light activities. Surgeons advise patients to always wear recovery bras since they provide full support to the breasts.

How Visible Will the Scars Be?

Breast augmentation is an invasive surgery that naturally leaves a patient with scars. The surgeon is highly trained and knows the specific areas to place these incisions where they would have minimal visibility. Aside from the incision’s location, the visibility of scars is determined by a patient’s texture or skin tone. These scars are expected to fade over time, and initially, before they fade, they can easily be covered by bra lines and swimsuits.

Will Breast Implants Hinder Me From Engaging in Physical Activities?

Physical activities help us keep our bodies in shape. Breast augmentation procedures only improve the appearance of the breasts, not tampering with your ability to perform physical activities.

Will Breast Implants Prevent Me From Breastfeeding?

Generally, breast implants are not supposed to prevent a mother from breastfeeding. As a mother, have your breasts regularly checked to avoid putting your baby at risk.

Are Breast Implants Long Lasting?

Breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. They would have to be changed at some point to prevent causing complications such as capsular contracture, and rupture.


Breast augmentation is here to help a lot of women who feel insecure about their breast appearance to build their confidence. After reading through this article, we hope that you have gotten the clarity you were searching for.