Frequently Asked Questions
Today, enhancing the look of your breasts with plastic surgery is a straightforward procedure. Our breast enhancement surgeons in Columbus, Ohio use modern techniques and a variety of FDA-approved implants to create shapely new figures with fewer complications, shorter healing time and more natural looking results than ever before.
Many women wish to undergo a breast augmentation procedure but not every woman is a good candidate for this type of procedure. The best candidates are women who have all the information regarding the procedure, understand what the surgery involves, understand the limitations of the surgery, and are realistic with their expectations.
Women who are not good candidates for a breast procedure are:
- Women who have an active infection anywhere in the body.
- Women with existing cancer or pre-cancer who have not received adequate treatment for those conditions.
- Women who are currently pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Women with other physical and emotional factors that can affect the procedure, recovery, and final result.
It is also important to carefully consider these additional factors and discuss them with your surgeon during the consultation:
- Your overall health.
- Your healing capabilities, which can be affected by alcohol, medications, and smoking.
- Bleeding tendencies.
- Prior breast surgeries.
The first step when considering undergoing a breast augmentation procedure is finding the right plastic surgeon. The team of plastic surgeons here at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery understand that any breast augmentation is a big decision and each surgeon is here to help ensure all decisions are made in your best interest, as well as reduce your risk of complications. It’s important to understand that all surgical procedures involve some degree of risk and it’s very important to know what these risks are before making your decision. Breast augmentation is a personal procedure and every patient that comes in for a consultation has his or her own reasons, goals and concerns. At Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, we work with each individual to address these goals and concerns and create a procedure plan to best meet your needs and provide you the best possible outcome. If you are ready to discuss the next step for your breast augmentation procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Breast Augmentation is a very personal decision. The initial consultation is the most effective way for you to know if plastic surgery is right for you. It can be helpful to bring in a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed by the surgeon during your consultation. These questions can be general augmentation questions about they types of implants you are considering, or more personal questions you wish to have answered. It is important to feel comfortable with everything involved with the surgery, so no questions are off limits.
During the consultation, you and the surgeon will discuss all of your options, questions, and what you can expect from your breast augmentation procedure. You will discuss your incision options, the benefits and disadvantages of saline and silicone implants, and both your short term and long term goals for the surgery. The decision to undergo any breast augmentation procedure is not one to be taken lightly so it is important to be confident that you will be able to meet your goals and that you feel comfortable with the doctor you’ve chosen to preform the procedure.
After your surgery, your activities will be limited for the first few days. It is advised that you not drive for at least 3 to 5 days after surgery. As the pain and swelling decreases, you will be able to resume normal activities. Depending on what you and your surgeon discuss, typically you will be able to resume strenuous exercise with your arms after 4 to 6 weeks but may be able to resume exercise with your legs (walking, jogging, bicycling, etc) slightly sooner.
After surgery, it is expected that the breasts will have a moderate amount of swelling but most of the swelling will resolve over 2 to 4 weeks. Your breasts will at first appear slightly larger than they will ultimately become due to the swelling. Both breasts may have some bruising although it is generally mild and this will resolves over 1 to 2 weeks. The amount of pain post-surgery varies depending on the patient. Some patients will experience mild discomfort, particularly with raising the arms and with increased activity. It is unusual for patients to experience significant pain. The majority of patients report that the pain is tolerable but some patients have reported difficulty getting comfortable when going to sleep for the first 1 to 2 weeks. Pain and discomfort will resolves completely with time, and generally takes 2 to 4 weeks.
Typically, it will take 3 to 4 weeks for most of the swelling to resolve and about 3 months for the swelling to go away completely. After the swelling goes down, you should have a good idea of how the final results will look. It generally takes about 3 months on average for the implants to drop to their final position if they are placed under the muscle. Your breasts may still be a little firmer than they will ultimately be, however, as it often takes months before the breasts and the implants feel soft and natural.
With any invasive surgical procedure, there are always potential risks but overall, they are not common. There is only a very small risk of any serious complication. These complications include capsular contracture, rupture of the implants, asymmetry of breast mound, asymmetry of nipple/areola, loss of all or a portion of nipple sensation, loss of or decreased ability to breast feed, wide scar, extrusion of implant, palpable implant, malpositioned implant (too high or too low), numbness on breast, upper arm numbness with axillary approach, infected implant requiring removal, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), rotated anatomic implant, skin rippling, pain, or nipple hypersensitivity. It is important to understand the risks and discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon. Undergoing any breast augmentation procedure is a personal decision, so it is critical to ask questions and feel confident with your surgeon.
Other Breast Procedure Options
For added fullness and breast volume.
To counteract the inevitable impact of gravity & aging.
To restore the breast after disease or trauma.
A natural solution to enhance your shape.
To eliminate the physical & emotional discomfort of large breasts.
To treat gynecomastia.