Posted: 25 January 2018
If you’re thinking about getting a breast lift or implants, you’re not alone. In 2016, over 101,000 women got a breast lift and over 290,000 had a breast augmentation.
When deciding to get a breast lift and implants, it can be difficult to collect all the information you need. You’ll likely ask friends who have done similar surgeries and of course, you’ll talk to your surgeon.
Even then, you might not know all the right questions to ask. You might even be embarrassed by some of the questions you have.
In this article, we’ll discuss the things you should know about getting a breast lift and implants.
Scarring Depends on the Incisions
You’ll hear some people say scarring is unavoidable when it comes to getting a breast lift. This can be true in some cases.
The incision made will depend on your existing breast tissue and how much skin needs to be removed to achieve your lift goals. For breast lifts, there are four types of incisions.
- Crescent lift – minimal scarring for small amount of sagging
- Peri-areolar lift – circular scar around the areola for minimal sag correction
- Vertical lift – two incisions that create a vertical line for moderate sagging
- Inverted T lift – three incisions to correct severe sagging; can be visible
When it comes to breast augmentation, most procedures allow the surgeon to go through the nipple. This results in minimal and unnoticeable scarring.
It’s Not Cheap
Even though getting a breast lift and implants doesn’t take much time (2-3 hours), you will pay a pretty penny for the procedures.
On average, a breast lift costs $4,600 while breast augmentation costs $3,700.
You should also consider the fact that these procedures won’t be your last. You might need to have another surgery to adjust the previous procedure or to replace the breast inserts if they break. Removing breast implants can run you up to $2,500.
Because these procedures are elective and cosmetic, you shouldn’t expect insurance to cover any part.
Know Your Options
When getting breast implants, you’ll have to choose between silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants tend to be ubiquitous with most breast implant surgeries, but there are some benefits of saline implants.
Silicone implants usually look more natural after surgery. The silicone pocket is filled with gel, also made of silicone, and is inserted into the breasts. The size of the incision depends on how large the implants are.
The outer skin of saline implants are made of silicone but they’re filled with salt water. Some women prefer this option because the empty sac is inserted into the breast first, then it’s filled with saline solution. This means you’ll have a smaller scar.
The downside to saline implants is they are firmer than silicone and can look more unnatural.
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Cancer Detection Can Be More Difficult
When you get breast implants, you’ll want to touch them a lot. This is completely normal and OK.
There’s a good reason to get familiar with how your new breasts feel which is cancer detection. Each month, you should continue to do your self-exams by feeling around for abnormalities. The more familiar you are with your implants, the easier it will be to detect changes.
However, traditional cancer screening, i.e. mammograms, can be more challenging if you have breast implants. The implants can interfere with the X-rays and conceal abnormalities in the breast tissue.
The American Cancer Society does recommend that women with implants should request further mammography scans in addition to their four standard X-ray photos.
Your Nipple Sensitivity Might Change
It’s not abnormal to hear women who have had a breast lift with implants say she can’t feel her nipples anymore. In the majority of cases, the loss of feeling is not permanent.
During the procedure, the nerves in your nipples can get nicked, leaving you with a temporary loss of sensation that can last from six months to over a year. Your chances of losing sensation in your nipples increase if your surgeon is making an incision on your nipple.
Talk to your surgeon about your chances of losing sensation in your nipples before the procedure.
You Should Still Be Able to Breastfeed
In most cases, women who get breast implants are still able to breastfeed. That’s because many women elect to have their implants placed under the breast muscle.
However, choosing a procedure where the surgeon enters through your nipple might affect your ability to produce milk. Your nipple’s sensitivity can dictate whether milk flows or not. If your baby has a hard time sucking the milk, your body will start to produce less milk.
If you plan on having more children and breastfeeding them after your breast augmentation, speak to your doctor about the best course of action to increase your odds of being able to breastfeed.
You Can Get Stretch Marks
While most surgeons agree that stretch marks rarely occur after surgery, there is still a chance you could get them. Your likelihood of getting breast stretch marks depends on a couple of factors.
First, you’re more likely to get stretch marks near your breasts if your skin has already proven to show them elsewhere. This is particularly the case if you’ve already had children or have thin skin.
Second, if you get very large implants, the additional weight will put added strain on your skin which can lead to stretch marks.
They Won’t Look Normal Right Away
Don’t expect to walk out of your breast lift and implants surgery with amazing, perky boobs.
In addition to the pain you’ll have after surgery, your breasts are going to look swollen and a bit bruised. Inevitably, you’ll look in the mirror right after surgery and be disappointed with what you see.
Like with any surgery, your tissues will need time to recover from the surgery and adjust to having a foreign object near them. As your body heals and adjusts, you’ll see how your breasts adjust and become as you imagined.
Wait for about two to three months to see the results you and your doctor discussed.
See Amazing Results with a Breast Lift and Implants
Getting a breast lift and implants are no small procedures to consider. Finding the right surgeon and understanding what will happen after the surgery is all part of the research you should do.
Whether you’re having these procedures after having breast cancer or simply want to add some pep back into your breasts, know that it’s your choice to have those procedures done and no one else’s.
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