Breast Augmentation FAQs
Women considering breast augmentation from Huntsville and Birmingham, AL understandably have many questions about the procedure. Below, Dr. Beckenstein has provided answers to some of the most common questions he gets during breast enlargement consultations.
Will my enhanced breasts look fake?
It's a common misconception that it's obvious when a woman has undergone breast augmentation. In fact, many of the women who visit me in Birmingham for breast augmentation choose this procedure to achieve an enhanced, feminine shape that is not overly large or has that "augmented, fake look." Placing implants beneath the chest muscle and carefully choosing the right implant size can contribute to a more feminine, but still very natural look. Choosing anatomically-shaped gummy bear breast implants can also make the breasts appear more natural. To see results attained by some of my actual patients, view our photo gallery online.See Your Procedure in 3D
Which incision is best for me?
Breast augmentation incisions are most commonly placed under the breast crease (inframammary), around the areola (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary). At your confidential consultation, Dr. Beckenstein will help you decide which incision is best for you by taking into consideration such factors as implant size, shape, and placement (above or below the chest muscle). He also considers aesthetics related to the location of the surgical scars.
Can breast augmentation improve the look of sagging breasts?
Breast augmentation can improve the appearance of slightly sagging breasts by filling out the stretched skin. Women with more severely sagging breasts might better benefit from a breast lift, or a combination of breast augmentation and lift, when fuller breasts are desired. Dr. Beckenstein will perform a thorough physical examination during your consultation to help him recommend the most appropriate surgical plan for your body and cosmetic goals.
Are silicone implants safe?
After 14 years of study, the FDA approved silicone gel implants in November 2006 for cosmetic use in women who are at least 22 years old, and to rebuild breast tissue (during breast reconstruction) in women of any age. More recently, in February 2013, the FDA approved Natrelle® 410 highly-cohesive anatomically shaped silicone breast implants. This advanced generation of silicone breast implants gives women an alternative to saline implants that looks and feels very natural.
Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement surgery?
While actual results depend on a variety of factors, many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. If you plan to breastfeed, be sure to inform Dr. Beckenstein before your surgery so he can minimize any impact to the milk glands.
Will I need to have my implants replaced in the future?
Breast implants are not designed to be "lifetime" medical devices, but they can last many, many years with proper care. It is immediately noticeable when a saline implant leaks, but the salt water solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body. The implant can be replaced through a simple surgical procedure. The gummy bear silicone gel implants available from Dr. Beckenstein are made from a strong, durable silicone gel that will not leak or cause the breasts to change shape if the implant is ruptured. Because it is not apparent when a silicone implant has failed, an MRI or an ultrasound can be used to detect this.
For more information about breast augmentation, request a consultation online with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Beckenstein or call the office at 866-MSBMD77 (866-672-6377) today.