Common Questions About Breast Augmentation
Posted May 25, 2017
Every year, as bathing suit season approaches, the interest in Breast Augmentation increases. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions of Dr. Antimarino regarding this procedure.
1. How many breast augmentations have you performed?
With more than 15 years of experience in private practice, Dr. Antimarino has performed more than 1,500 breast augmentations and more than 750 breast re-augmentations.
2. How do I know what size implant to pick?
Dr. Antimarino’ s philosophy is to create or restore a natural, balanced breast to a woman’s body. A well-proportioned breast will give balance and create curves that enhance a woman’s shape. With an in-office consultation a patient can be individually fitted for their best shape and size. Important elements to be considered when choosing an implant include a patient’s activity level, height, weight and body type.
3. How will I know if the implant ruptures?
Implants are not lifetime devices. Dr. Antimarino encourages patients to see a board certified plastic surgeon after 10 years of the original date of their breast implantation. Any changes in size, shape or consistency of the breast should be evaluated. As a rule, when a saline implant ruptures the affected breast will become smaller. When a silicone gel implant ruptures, the breast will become firmer. An implant rupture is not a health risk but should be dealt with in a timely manner.
4. Should the implant be placed above or below the muscle?
There is still debate among plastic surgeons about which location is better. Dr. Antimarino, along with many other plastic surgeons, feels that there is only one place to safely place a breast implant and that is under the muscle. The most common risk associated with breast augmentation is “capsular contracture”. This means the breast can become hard or firm after healing from an augmentation. Placing the implant under the muscle will decrease a woman’s risk of developing a contracture. Another reason to support under the muscle placement is better breast cancer surveillance. An implant above the muscle may interfere with mammography results more than if the implant is placed below the muscle. Aesthetically, there is no difference in the outcome based on the location of implant placement.