DR. KATZEN’S BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQ’S
How should I prepare for my breast augmentation surgery?
Planning ahead is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth and successful recovery after your breast augmentation surgery. Being prepared enables you to focus solely on resting and allowing your body to heal. Some of the most helpful ways you can prepare for your breast augmentation surgery include:
- Request and read Dr. Katzen’s pre and post-operative instructions 2-3 weeks prior to your surgery
- Make sure your prescriptions are filled in advance
- Designate a room or section of your home as a recovery area, and stock it with blankets, pillows, books, water, medicine, remote controls, cell phone, charger, and anything else you think you might want close by as you recover
- Make arrangements for a friend or loved one to assist you for the first few days after surgery. Additionally, if you have children, and/or pets, arrange for someone to help you care for them as well, as you will be unable to drive or perform any lifting activities for the first segment of your recovery
How should I choose between silicone and saline breast implants?
Implant type selection is a highly personal decision, and factors such as your medical history, anatomy, and personal aesthetic preferences will all factor into your decision-making process. Below you will find a brief synopsis of each type of implant; however, you do not need to make this pivotal decision on your own. During your initial consultation, Dr. Katzen will use his extensive knowledge and experience to guide you in your implant selection process, helping you to select the ideal implants to bring your surgical goals to fruition.
- Saline Implants: The primary benefit saline implants offer is that your body can safely and naturally absorb the saline solution should the implant deflate or rupture. Saline implants also require a much smaller incision than silicone implants. This minimizes the scar. Saline implants also offer a flexible fill volume allowing Dr.Katzen to perfectly adjust the implant volume during breast augmentation surgery. On the negative side, saline implants are more prone to ripple than silicone implants. Also, some patients prefer the more authentic feel of silicone breast implants.
- Silicone Implants: Silicone implants experienced a surge in popularity following the FDA confirmation in 2006. This confirmation stated that silicone breast implants were “safe and effective” for use in breast surgery. In 2012, silicone breast implants were utilized in 62% of all breast augmentation procedures in the United States. Over time, silicone breast implants are less prone to rippling or textural changes. Silicone breast implants are the preferred choice of many patients and plastic surgeons. Many feel that silicone breast implants offer a more authentic simulation of actual breast tissue than saline breast implants.
Will breast implants obstruct my mammogram results?
Clinical studies from the National Cancer Institute have demonstrated that breast implants do not hinder doctors or patients from detecting breast tumors. If you notify your mammography technician about your breast implants, they will employ additional breast scans in order to ensure complete and accurate mammography results.
What can I expect in the first few days of my recovery after breast augmentation surgery?
For the first few days after your breast augmentation surgery, you can expect to experience some pain and swelling. You will be prescribed pain medication for pain. Most of the soreness will be concentrated in the neck, chest, and back regions, and you may have redness at the incision sites. If you experience nausea as a reaction to the anesthesia, you can try ginger ale, crackers, or ginger chews/lozenges to ease your symptoms. All of these symptoms are normal, temporary, and will pass within a few days.
What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture refers to a potential complication of breast augmentation surgery. All patients develop a reaction to a foreign body; a foreign body reaction to a pair of breast implants is nothing abnormal. The foreign body reaction is the creation of scar tissue. Some patients create a little scar tissue around a breast implant, whereas other patients form excessive, thick scar tissue. When the scar tissue around a breast implant becomes thick, the breast implant can become distorted. In addition, the scar tissue around the breast implant can become extremely painful. Distortion and pain around the breast implant are described as capsular contracture. Dr. Katzen specializes in treating and correcting capsular contracture complications. Dr. Katzen will utilize special surgical techniques to minimize the potential of capsular contracture.
Will I lose sensation in my nipples or breasts after my breast augmentation surgery?
Although temporary hyper-sensitivity or sensation loss in the nipple/areola is common after breast surgery, for the vast majority of patients, this is not permanent. Clinical studies have reported that fewer than 5% of breast surgery patients experience permanent sensation loss of the nipple/areola region.
How long will my breast implants last?
Breast implants do not come with a universally applicable time frame for their duration because there are a myriad of external factors responsible for impacting how long a patient’s implants will last. The lifespan of a breast implant depends on many factors. These include:
- Varying surgical methods and implant placement techniques
- The unique nature of each patient’s body, and how their body responds to the breast implants
- The potential for implant rupture or deflation
- The possibility of capsular contracture complications
- The potential for a patient’s aesthetic preferences to shift over time, causing them to desire larger/smaller implants, or the removal of their implants.
Ten years is the industry average for how long breast implants last. Unless a patient experiences a complication with their breast implants or seeks to alter the size of the breast implants for aesthetic reasons, there is no need to replace breast implants. Some patients have kept the same breast implants for over 20 years without any complications whatsoever.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, so if you have any additional questions about breast augmentation surgery that were not answered above, please contact our office. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.