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FAQ: Breast Augmentation

Get Your Breast Augmentation at Island Plastic Surgery

Are you thinking about getting a breast augmentation? This breast procedure is among the most common we perform at Island Plastic Surgery. Dr. Pamela Gallagher and her team have decades of combined experience and can complete your breast augmentation with skill, giving you peace of mind all the while. Many of our Long Island, NY patients report increased self-confidence and happiness with their more youthful appearance. If you’re unsatisfied with your appearance, breast augmentation may be the self-esteem boost you’re looking for. Learn more about this breast procedure from the staff at Island Plastic Surgery.

What Is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is what you might refer to as a “boob job.” This operation is designed to improve the size and shape of your bust with breast implants. Typically, women choose to schedule a breast augmentation if their natural breasts are asymmetrical or have become smaller after weight loss or pregnancy. No matter your reason for the procedure, the staff at Island Plastic Surgery is happy to consult with you.

Should I Have an Augmentation If I Want More Children?

Many of our patients are concerned a future pregnancy will alter the shape of their breasts again, even after augmentation. Pregnancy will affect the size and shape of your breasts, regardless of whether you have breast implants. You can minimize the chances of changes in your breast shape after pregnancy by waiting at least six months after the procedure. If you do choose to have another child, you can still breastfeed safely with breast implants.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Augmentation?

As with any breast plastic surgery, there’s such a thing as a good and bad candidate. For most breast augmentations, the ideal candidate is at least 22 years old (for silicone implants) with a stable, healthy weight. Candidates for breast augmentation shouldn’t smoke and shouldn’t be pregnant or breastfeeding. Be sure to discuss your circumstances with Dr. Gallagher, who can give you a definitive answer on your candidacy.

How Do I Choose the Size of My Breasts?

Deciding on the size of your implants is arguably the most important choice you’ll make before a breast augmentation. Bra size isn’t usually a good measurement of what you want, as sizes vary from brand to brand. The best way to ensure you’re getting the size you want is to bring a bra in the size you want. A general guideline for comparing breast implants to bra size is 125cc to 150cc of implant volume corresponds to one cup size.

Are There Different Types of Breast Implants?

There are two main types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants provide a more natural look and feel in your new breasts. On the other hand, saline implants can be absorbed by the body in the event of a rupture. You’ll also have your pick of several shapes and sizes, from round to teardrop-shaped. The team at Island Plastic Surgery can walk you through the pros and cons of each type of breast implant.

What If a Silicone Breast Implant Ruptures?

If one of your silicone breast implants rupture, you’ll need to get it replaced as soon as you can. While it’s not immediately dangerous to your health, if left unchecked, the silicone can result in small masses around the breast. These appear similar to tumors that could spread through the breast. Even if your implant has never ruptured, you should consider a replacement after 10 to 15 years.

How Do I Prepare for a Breast Augmentation?

Your specific preparation instructions will vary based on a number of factors, which Dr. Gallagher will explain to you. However, there are some general guidelines you should adhere to when preparing for a breast augmentation, like refraining from smoking and alcohol consumption. You should also limit your food intake the night before the breast procedure. When you arrive at Island Plastic Surgery, dress comfortably and make sure you have a ride home once the operation is complete.

How Much Pain is Associated with this Procedure?

Breast augmentation patients should be prepared for moderate pain after the operation. Fortunately, this pain is manageable with medication. Dr. Gallagher will recommend medication to take during the first two weeks of recovery. If the pain becomes excessive, don’t hesitate to contact Island Plastic Surgery. This can indicate an infection and will need to be attended to right away.

When Will I Be Able to Return to Work?

When you are recovered enough to return to work generally depends on your job responsibilities. For the first two weeks, you should refrain from reaching and strenuous upper arm movements. If your job involves lifting objects heavier than five pounds, you’ll need to wait six weeks before returning to work. Dr. Gallagher can give you a more accurate estimation of when you’ll be prepared to work again.

How Can I Learn More about Breast Procedures?

The team at Island Plastic Surgery is always happy to answer your questions about breast procedures. Not only do we specialize in breast augmentation, but we also perform breast lifts and breast reductions. Dr. Gallagher and her team have built a reputation for superior procedures and patient satisfaction. Though individual results vary, we strive to help you regain confidence in your body. Contact us today to find out more about scheduling a breast augmentation.

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