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4 Common Breast Augmentation Questions

Women consider breast augmentation for many reasons. For some, they simply aren't happy with their breast size or with the appearance of their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding or as they age. Some women consider augmentation as their breasts are asymmetrical. Others still consider breast augmentation as part of the reconstructive process after breast cancer. Regardless of the myriad reasons, women have many questions about the procedure. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions. 

1. What Age Can Women Have Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery should not be done on a younger woman until she has completely passed through puberty. This is because the breasts often change as a woman enters early adulthood. Breasts that felt too small or appeared uneven often balance themselves out. The procedure can also be performed on an older woman, even one who has surpassed her childbearing years, as long as she is otherwise healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and surgery. 

2. Can A Woman Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

When breast implants are placed under the chest muscle and under the breast and through the armpit rather than inserting through the nipple, there usually isn't any issue with breastfeeding. However, your breasts will change after both pregnancy and breastfeeding, whether you have implants or not. Therefore, many women choose to wait for breast augmentation surgery until they have finished having their children.

3. Will Breast Implants Improve Sagging Breasts?

In some women, implants alone will improve sagging. This is common in women with small breasts or where their sagging is minimal. For many women, however, if sagging is a concern and they are going up in size considerably, they will likely need another procedure called a mastopexy, or breast lift, will be required. During the consultation procedure with the plastic surgeon, they will assess your goals and needs.

4. What Is The Difference Between Saline And Silicone Implants?

When silicone implants were first used, they could cause issues in some women. Today's silicone implants are completely safe. They are also usually the implant of choice as they will look and feel the most like natural breasts. Implants that are filled with a saline solution don't feel as natural and can tend to look more obviously "fake." However, some women prefer that look. A big advantage of saline implants is that should one break, there is no need to worry about the leaking saltwater, as it is a natural substance.