Breast Augmentation FAQ
While breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, many women continue to have questions and misconceptions. Our plastic surgeons believe that patient education is more than helpful — it is essential. On this page, they've provided answers to some of the questions they are most frequently asked by the women who visit them for breast augmentation in Palm Desert from Riverside, Palm Springs, and surrounding areas.
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Is there a minimum age for breast augmentation?
Our surgeons typically do not perform breast augmentation on patients who are younger than 18. It's important that your body has had a chance to fully mature, that you have reasonable motivations for choosing the procedure, and that you have realistic expectations for your outcome. The FDA has approved the use of popular silicone breast implants for women who are at least age 22; there is no minimum age for breast reconstruction patients.
Will I have to get my implants replaced every 10 years?
No. Breast implants do not need to be replaced within any particular timeframe. They should be replaced if there is a problem with them such as a leak or a thickening of the natural scar tissue around the implant (called capsular contracture). Women also have their breast implants replaced if they want a different size or material (switching from saline to silicone or vice versa), or want them removed altogether.
Will my risk of breast cancer or any other diseases increase with implants?
No. Long-term studies have shown no connection between saline or silicone breast implants and breast cancer or other diseases.
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Plastic surgeons Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor balance art and science using innovative procedures with skillful execution. Under their experienced direction, you can become the best version of yourself.
Will I be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation?
Yes. Our preferred approach to breast augmentation, usually involving an incision in the inframammary fold beneath the breasts, does not alter sensation to the nipples. In addition, the milk ducts remain intact so that breastfeeding will be possible.
What are the benefits of placing breast implants below the chest muscle instead of on top?
Placing breast implants below the muscle, called submuscular placement, produces results that look and feel more natural because the muscle covers most of the implant itself, including the upper edge. Other benefits of submuscular placement include a reduced risk of capsular contracture and improved visibility of the breast tissue during mammograms.
One of my breasts is smaller than the other. Would breast augmentation help?
Yes. While the majority of women have breasts of different sizes, breast augmentation can be performed to even out the size of your breasts. You can increase the size of both breasts with differently sized implants for an overall fuller appearance that is more symmetrical.
After nursing 2 children, my breasts sag. Will breast augmentation help lift my breasts?
If your breasts are slightly stretched from breastfeeding, breast augmentation alone may be enough to reshape your breasts while filling them out. However, in many cases a breast lift is required as well. Our surgeons are experienced in combining these 2 procedures in a single surgery for fuller breasts and a more attractive shape.