Dr Michael Kaplan - Frequent Breast Implant Questions

What Is The Average Life Expectancy Of A Breast Implant?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. Therefore, it is likely they may need to be replaced sometime in your life. The time period varies from woman to woman. There are several different reasons why a woman might need replacement surgery. Sometimes it's a matter of choice, such as a size change or an implant style change, and sometimes removal and replacement is necessary because of a complication, such as deflation or rupture.

Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?

The FDA determined that there was adequate data to support the approval of the Mentor products and they have determined breast implants to be safe and effective. As a condition of approval, the FDA has required that we continue to monitor their safety and effectiveness by conducting a study of approximately 40,000 women through 10 years. The large post-approval study will gather data on long-term local complications, connective tissue disease and its signs and symptoms, neurological disease and its signs and symptoms, reproductive issues, offspring issues, lactaction issues, cancer, suicide, mammography issues, and MRI compliance and rupture results. The FDA anticipates that data from these long-term studies will provide important information for patients and physicians and may lead to improvements in device labeling.

Is It Possible To Get A Silicone Allergy?

It is possible for anyone to develop an allergy to almost any substance on earth. However, silicone allergies are very rare. We are all exposed to silicone in our environment every day. It is found in many household items, such as polishes, suntan and hand lotions, antiperspirants, soaps, processed foods, waterproof coatings and chewing gum.

Is There Active Platinum In Breast Implants?

Platinum is a metal used as a catalyst in the manufacture of silicone breast implant shells and gel filling materials. Because small amounts of platinum remain in the product following its manufacture, concerns have been raised that platinum may enter the body and cause adverse effects-either by diffusing through the intact shell, or through an implant rupture. The FDA believes the platinum contained in breast implants is in the zero oxidation state, which would pose the lowest risk, and thus the small amount of platinum that leak through the shell do not represent a significant risk to women with silicone breast implants.

How Do Breast Implants Affect Mammography?

With breast implants, routine screening mammography for breast cancer will be more difficult. If you are of the proper age for mammography screening, you should continue to undergo routine mammography screening as recommended by your primary care physician. The implant may interfere with finding breast cancer during mammography. More x-ray views are necessary for women with breast implants; therefore, you will receive more exposure to radiation. However, the benefit for having the mammogram to find cancer outweighs the risk of the additional x-rays. Be sure to inform the mammography technologist that you have implants.

Should I Be At My Ideal Weight When I Get Breast Implants?

You should be close to your ideal weight. A significant loss of weight after receiving breast implants could alter the results in a manner that is not satisfactory to you. There could be some ptosis (drooping) and a reduction in size. A significant gain in weight could cause an increase in breast size.

Will My Breasts Still Move Like Normal Breasts?

Breast movement depends upon multiple factors, such as the type of implant you receive, the pocket dissection, the way your body holds the implant and whether or not there is any degree of capsular contracture. It is possible for many women to have breast implants that are soft and move nicely. Other women have results in which their implants are firmer and more fixed in their position.

Will Getting Breast Implants Cause Stretch Marks?

Having breast implants inserted in your chest can cause stretch marks, but rarely does. If you are concerned, choose a smaller size breast implant to minimize the stretching of your skin; or choose a Spectrum adjustable implant so you can slowly stretch your skin over time.

Will I Lose Nipple Sensation?

There can be changes in nipple sensation after breast implant surgery. Feeling in the nipple and breast can increase of decrease. The range of change varies from intense sensitivity to no feeling, and can be temporary or permanent.

What Will Happen During Pregnancy?

Every woman had different results with breast implants before or after a pregnancy. Your breasts will enlarge and go through all the usual changes associated with pregnancy. The amount of enlargement will vary from woman to woman, and the size of your implants will be a factor. Many women with breast implants have successfully breast fed their babies but breast feeding difficulties have been reported following breast surgery. If your surgeon uses a periareolar (around the nipple) incision, it may further increase the chance of breast feeding difficulties.

How Long Should I Wait To Resume Activities And Exercise?

Your doctor will be your best guide for determining how much time you should take off from work. He or she will also advise you about when and how to resume normal activities. Recovery periods vary from woman to woman. Generally, the first few days are the most uncomfortable. The average time until you can return to full activity is four to six weeks. At our recommendation, you will most likely be able to return to work within a few days, although for at least a couple of weeks you should avoid any strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure, or require strenuous use of your arms and chest.

How Does Smoking Affect My Healing After Surgery?

Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict. This reduces blood flow, and the oxygen it carries, to the surgical area. Your tissues need this blood and oxygen supply to properly heal. When your blood supply is reduced, tissues heal more slowly. Lots of doctors have different time frames in which they ask patients to refrain from smoking before and after surgery. This time usually ranges from five weeks prior and after surgery, to one to two weeks before and after your breast implant procedure.

When Can I Wear An Under Wire Bra Again?

Most doctors ask women to wait three months before wearing under wire bras after breast implant surgery. Your body will be forming scar tissue around the implant for three months.

How Much Do Breast Implants Weigh?

You can use this formula to estimate the weight of your MemoryGel and saline-filled breast implants.

1 Ounce = 30 CC'S

Example: A 300 CC Implant = 10 Ounces.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

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