Because we believe that your treatment decisions should be based on realistic information, we have compiled some of the more frequently asked questions for you to review at your convenience. If you have further questions about breast augmentation in Midvale, Utah, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Moore, call Just The Right Curves today at 801-506-6380.
What is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is also sometimes called:
- Breast surgery
- Breast enlargement surgery
- Breast enhancement surgery
You may also hear it called augmentation mammoplasty.
The breast augmentation procedure has become very popular over the past several years because it enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. There are many reasons you might want this procedure, and two frequent ones are for correction after:
- Weight gain/loss
How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Essentially, if you are 18 years or older and in good physical and psychological health, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation surgery. In your confidential consultation, our patient coordinator will gather personal information regarding your reasons to have breast surgery. It is important to be realistic about your desired surgical outcome. Dr. Moore will review your goals and candidacy in your consultation.
What kind of breast implants are available?
The two basic types are:
- Silicone gel breast implants
- Saline-filled breast implants
The FDA has limited the use of silicone breast implants pending further research, so saline implants are the default choice at the present time.
There are many different shapes, sizes and textures available today in saline breast implants. During your confidential consultation, our plastic surgeon and his staff will review the different types of breast implants with you and help you choose the one that will best flatter your physique.
What happens during surgery?
You may schedule your breast augmentation surgery at your confidential consultation or call us when it fits your schedule.
On the day of surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia, and the incision you have chosen will be made either below the nipple, under the breast, or in the armpit. The breast implants are positioned, sutures are put in place, and you will have time to recover afterwards.
The breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour, and absorbable sutures are used. Soft tape may also be used to keep the breast implants in place during the healing process. You will be sore for a few days after breast augmentation surgery, but you will be up and about within 24-48 hours. Any pain can be managed with medication.
What happens after surgery?
You will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions and when to remove the tape. As you heal, you will begin to experience different sensations such as burning and tingling, but this is normal. Everyone is different, and each person’s experience will also be different. Another important thing to remember is that each breast will also heal independently.
When can I start driving again?
Once you no longer require your pain medication and have been free from it for at least 24 hours, you may begin driving again.
When can I return to work?
Most clients typically return to work within one week after their breast surgery if their jobs do not involve a lot of physical activity. With our ‘Rapid Recovery’ Procedure, you could return to work as early as the next day!
How long will my breasts be extra sensitive to touch?
Generally, your breasts will be extra sensitive to direct touch for up to three weeks after your breast augmentation surgery. Then, you will have less sensitivity and better tolerance to touch.
Will my scars disappear?
Because of Dr. Moore’s technique, most patients only have slight blemishes that diminish overtime.
If you do have a scar, because the incision is discreetly placed and relatively small, it will eventually be almost invisible. It is important to keep in mind that we are all different when it comes to healing.
How will the breast implants affect future mammograms?
It is important to tell the mammogram technician about your breast implants. They can use a special technique to get you a more reliable reading.
Are there many risks involved with the surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can occur during breast augmentation surgery.
Fortunately, it is unusual to have serious complications, and the procedure is considered quite safe.
We employ all of the necessary precautions in our Midvale, Utah office to minimize risk. It is important to make sure that your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, and that the operating facilities are State certified.
Dr. Moore is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and insists on the highest standards of excellence.