Breast Augmentation FAQ
Five Common Breast Augmentation Questions to Ask
Going under the knife for a breast augmentation is not taken lightly by most women. There are lots of breast augmentation questions to ask your surgeon during your initial consultation.
While you’re gathering your thoughts and questions about breast implants, consider these breast augmentation FAQ’s women are asking.
How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost for this surgery can vary greatly, depending on the doctor and the work being done. But the average surgeon charges about $3700. Other fees may be added, such as the fee for the anesthesiologist and others.
Many implant doctors offer a payment plan as long as you have good credit. Be aware of other fees that may come up due to complications. Most insurance plans will cover a portion of your costs should there be a health threatening complication, but get informed about your policy.
How Do I Choose Between Silicone & Saline?
For years, silicone was the only choice in breast implant technology. When a few implants ruptured and leaked in the late 80’s, it caused an unnecessary scare and led to the FDA banning silicone implants in 1992.
In 2006, the risks of a leak had been tested thoroughly and been found to be extremely minimal and the FDA approved them for use again. During that time and after, saline is still a popular choice.
If an implant filled with saline begins to leak, it would be easier to detect due to the rapid draining of the implant. Plus, saline is totally harmless to the body. One drawback to saline is that the final look and feel is less realistic. Your doctor can help you determine which implant is better for you.
How Often Do You Have to Change Breast Implants?
One misconception about breast implants is that it’s a one-time surgery. In reality, implants often need to be replaced in the first ten years. Scar tissue can build up, causing an unnatural shape, and weight gain or loss can change the way the implants look.
Some lucky women can go a lifetime without needed surgery again, but plan on a possible second go under the knife when considering breast augmentation with your surgeon.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Questions
How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation under the muscle?
There are several methods to performing breast surgery, each with a different recovery rate. Some women opt for placing the implant under the muscle, which is a little more painful and takes longer to recuperate from. But, the end result is more natural with this method.
What is the breast augmentation recovery timeline look like for over-the-muscle implants?
With typical over-the-muscle implantation techniques, you should plan on staying home for about a week and refraining from vigorous exercise for about 12 weeks. With the proper meds, many women report tightness and only minor pain during recovery. Some women experience more pain, some less. Talk to your doctor about the right pain medications for you.
How Do I Find the Right Breast Augmentation Surgeon?
The right doctor is really important to getting the results you want. Be sure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are other boards, but none as reputable as the ABPS. Also, check with people you know and get recommendations from them.
Remember not to put too much weight behind a recommendation for a brother or cousin or friend. Usually people are just trying to drum up business for their family and friends, and their recommendation shouldn’t be trusted too much. Google or Yelp ratings are another great source for unbiased reviews.
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