Will breast augmentation increase my risk of breast cancer?
No. According to research completed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, neither silicone nor saline implants increase your risk for developing breast cancer. There has been an indication, however, that women with breast implants have a slightly increased risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is not a type of breast cancer. The increased risk affects women who have textured implants. This risk is small, and ALCL is very treatable when caught in the early stages.
Should I wait until I’m done having children?
Just as the decision to seek breast augmentation is deeply personal, this is a decision which only you can make. If you are planning to become pregnant within the next twelve months, you should wait until after you have recovered from pregnancy and breastfeeding to give your breasts the time they need to recover from the physical changes before you elect to undergo surgery.
Can I still breastfeed after breast augmentation?
In most cases, yes. Your ability to breastfeed after undergoing breast augmentation is determined by several factors, including the placement of the implant and the location of incisions. When implants are placed under the pectoral muscles, the breast tissue and underlying structure that permits women to breastfeed are left intact and should not affect your ability to breastfeed your child after augmentation.
Will there be any pain?
During your breast augmentation procedure, you will not experience any pain as the procedure is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During recovery, after the anesthesia has worn off, you will be sensitive beneath your arms and in the chest area. This discomfort can be easily managed with pain medication provided by Dr. Brenner for the early stages of healing after your breast augmentation surgery. Once your breasts have healed, you should not experience any pain or discomfort related to your breast implants.
Will I need to replace my implants in the future?
While your breast implants don’t come with an expiration date, they aren’t intended to last forever. Most implants will have a lifetime between ten and twenty years. When choosing the size of your implants, you should select a size that you believe will make you happy for years into the future. The best way to ensure that your implants will last as long as possible is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in successful breast augmentation procedures, and have your implants examined annually.
What are the chances breast implant rupture, and is it an emergency?
With silicone implants, many cases of rupture are referred to as a “silent rupture,” meaning the silicone stays within the implant and can only be detected with an MRI. In cases of saline implant rupture, there will be a noticeable deflation in the breast. The longer you have your breast implants, the greater the chance that one may rupture. This rupture, however, is generally not considered to be emergency, and Dr. Brenner can perform a revision surgery to restore your breasts.