Los Angeles Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions

What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as breast implants or breast enhancement, is a procedure that places an implant under the breast or under the breast and muscle to increase the size of your breasts.

Is there much pain following the breast implant procedure?
Usually not. When we do breast augmentation at our Los Angeles facility, we place a long-term pain killer or local anesthetic directly where we work during the surgery. This helps to minimize discomfort and is part of our successful Minimal Pain Program.

What is a saline breast implant?
A saline implant is a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater solution. This saltwater solution is very similar to body fluid. Learn more about saline breast implants.

What is a silicone breast implant?
A silicone implant has a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. For certain select people, this style of implants has some advantages. Learn more about silicone breast implants.

Do breast implants have an expiration date once they have been placed, meaning is there a fixed time when they need to be changed or replaced?
No, if your body shape is stable and there are no problems with the implants, there is no fixed time frame for when they need to be replaced. However, if your body changes with age or pregnancy, or your tastes change, or you develop problems with the implants they might have to be changed at some point in the future.

How long is the recovery period after breast augmentation surgery?
The recovery period for most women is usually short following breast augmentation. Most people return to work within a few days or a week. Exercise will be somewhat limited during the first few weeks following the procedure, but your plastic surgeon will work with you to describe which sorts of exercises you can do during the various phases of your recovery.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery?
In most cases, women can successfully breast feed following breast augmentation. However, a small percentage might experience some difficulty.

Will breast implants prevent me from getting screening mammograms?
No. You can still get mammograms following breast augmentation. However, the mammogram will need to be performed in a slightly different manner than for people without breast implants. You might need to have the procedure performed using different techniques. Most radiology centers are familiar with how to perform mammograms in people who have had breast augmentations but you should confirm this prior to having the study done.


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