Answers to Common Breast Augmentation Questions
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Where will my surgery take place?
Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias perform their breast augmentation procedures in Southern California at the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center in Marina del Rey. The fully-accredited facility combines the utmost in state-of-the-art technology, a clear focus on patient safety and a warm, refined ambiance. Most patients find their surgery to be a pleasant, relaxed experience.
Should I choose silicone or saline implants?
The FDA approval of silicone gel implants gives women more implant options than ever for their breast augmentation. Many patients report silicone gel implants feel more like natural breasts and many physicians prefer them for that same reason. Saline implants are time-tested and have advantages as well. You can read more about your options for Los Angeles breast implants. And, don’t forget that Dr. Stevens or Dr. Macias will give you plenty of information in your consultation and assist you in making the right choice.
How will I decide what size implant to have?
This is a tricky question for many women who choose breast augmentation in Los Angeles. Be assured that the surgeons have lots of experience with implant sizes and patient reactions. They’ll be able to help you think this decision through, considering your body type and other factors. It’s helpful to bring pictures of breasts you find appealing to your consultation appointment.
How do I know the results will look natural?
Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias have performed thousands of Los Angeles breast enhancement surgeries. All of our physicians pride themselves on giving their patients a beautiful, natural look and their surgical techniques are designed to do just that.
How long will the surgery take?
Most breast augmentation procedures approximately one hour. You’ll spend some additional time being closely monitored in recovery, then most likely you will go home to relax.
Can I have a combination procedure, like an augmentation with tummy tuck?
Most patients can safely have procedures combining different aspects of breast surgery, such as an augmentation and lift at the same time. Many women interested in that particular combination opt for The Stevens Laser Bra procedure which Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias offer. The surgeons also perform the popular Mommy Makeovers combining breast and abdominal procedures to help women tune up after childbearing. It’s even possible to combine breast and facial surgery. Consult with your physician to find out more. He or she will have your convenience in mind, but safety will always be the top priority.
How much pain can I expect after surgery?
Patients are often surprised by how little discomfort they suffer after surgery. Some report using only over-the-counter pain relief. Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias will prescribe stronger medication, however, and you’ll have time to ask them about what to expect during your consultation.
What will the recovery be like?
You’ll be alert and walking around the day of your surgery, but you’ll want to spend most of your time resting quietly at home for about a week. Your doctor may advise you to nap as much as you can. You’ll want to rest on your back, and you may want to use ice packs to ensure swelling is minimal.
How long will I need to stay home from work?
If your work involves light activity, you can probably plan to return in 5 to 7 days. You will find you tire more quickly than normal for several days or even a few weeks, so you’ll want to factor that in to your schedule.
What other kinds of restrictions will I have after surgery?
You’ll probably find your new breasts will be sensitive for 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure, so you will want to limit physical contact until the sensitivity passes. You’ll also want to curtail strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or vigorous workouts, for several weeks. Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias will ensure you understand how to take care of yourself after surgery, and their team will see that you get clear post-op instructions.
What are the common risks of breast augmentation?
There are risks associated with any surgery, even procedures as uncomplicated as breast enlargements. A few patients experience bleeding, swelling or infection. Your surgical team will prepare you so that you’ll know what to do if any of these occur.
The most common undesirable outcome of breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This condition results when the normal scar tissue “capsules” that form inside the breast contract and squeeze an implant. You’ll be glad to know that as implant technology advances, capsular contracture rates are on the decline. And you can help prevent the condition by massaging your breasts after surgery as your surgical team will explain. In rare cases when capsular contracture causes distortion, the condition may require additional surgery.
What impact will the surgery have on my nipples?
Nipples respond to breast augmentation surgery in a variety of ways. Some women report increased sensitivity, others notice decreased sensitivity. Whatever your experience, know that any change will likely subside over time. In rare cases, a change in sensitivity is permanent.
How extensive will my scars be?
All surgical procedures leave scars, there’s just no way around that. Most patients find their scars fade with time to a point where they’re quite acceptable. Incisions around the areola are especially inconspicuous after a few weeks of healing. Occasionally patients will experience more scarring than normal, especially patients with darker skin or a history of extensive scars. If you should find your scars unacceptable after a few months have passed, your surgeon will most likely be able to improve them in a short outpatient visit to his office.
How long will the results last?
All breasts droop to some degree over time as the effects of gravity and aging skin set in. This is true whether a woman has implants or not. Many women who enlarge their breasts consider a lift after a few years to maintain their youthful, perky shape. The Stevens Laser Bra can be a good option and can often be performed at the same time as an augmentation.
Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?
The vast majority of women are still able to breastfeed after their procedure.
Will I still be able to get mammograms?
Yes, you’ll follow a normal schedule for mammograms after your breast augmentation. You’ll need to make sure your technician is experienced with breast implants to get an accurate reading.
I live out of the area. Do you have a program for me?
Marina Plastic Surgery Associates designed the Fly in for Surgery program just for you. It allows clients from out of town to take advantage of the skills and experience Dr. Stevens and Dr. Macias have to offer conveniently and comfortably.