Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic or plastic surgical procedure. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation allows women with smaller breasts to experience the benefits a fuller, more proportionate shape and look. Many women choose to have a breast implants placed because they have lost breast volume from pregnancy or after weight loss. Others are born with small or uneven breasts and seek breast augmentation to correct this; often just so that they can fit into clothing better or improve their self-esteem. Breast augmentation has been shown in a number of studies improve self-confidence and heightened sexuality.
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The surgery involves the placement of silicone or saline implants into the breast to increase the size of the breast by one or more breast cup sizes. There are a lot of decisions that have to be made in the process of having a breast augmentation. A woman can literally customize the procedure. Here are some of the choices.
Breast Augmentation Choices
Size of Breast Implant
Shape of Breast Implant
Textured or Smooth
Silicone or Saline Breast Implant
Incision Placement or Site
Above or Below the Muscle
General or Twilight Anesthesia
Rapid Recovery or Regular
Additional Procedures (Breast Lift)
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BREAST IMPLANT FAQS
What will happen to my breasts if I get pregnant?
The effects of pregnancy on breast implants or a breast augmentation are usually minimal. A large weight gain with your pregnancy can stretch out the skin of the breast. After, as you lose the weight, and your breasts will go back to their original size and possibly smaller and if your skin did stretch it may hang off your implants and not look very good. You may need a lift if that happens.
But if you keep your weight under control during your pregnancy this is unlikely to happen. I always remind women who have implants prior to a pregnancy to keep their weight in check if they can and they will be very happy with their breasts after.
Should you wait until after you have had children to have breast implants?
Most women who have a breast augmentation have not had a child. Implants do not affect the pregnancy and pregnancy is not affected by breast implants. You can end up with unsatisfactory looking breasts after a pregnancy if you gain a lot of weight but usually everyone is happy with their augmented breasts after a pregnancy.
So why wait?
Is breast milk safe for my baby if I have breast implants in?
Yes. Breast milk has been shown to be very safe in term of silicone particles if you have had a breast augmentation.
What if I am not 22? Can I still get silicone breast implants?
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that only women 22 years of age or older should undergo breast augmentation with silicone breast implants. It is not “illegal” for women under 22 years of age to have a breast augmentation with silicone gel breast implants. The age limit of 22 is simply a recommendation by the FDA. Silicone breast implants in woman under 22 years of age is only permissible in the eyes of the FDA, if the woman is need of breast reconstruction with silicone breast implants or has a deformity that needs correction with silicone breast implants.
The use of silicone breast implants in women under 22, that do not have a qualifying deformity or who are not reconstructive surgery patients, is considered “off-label”.
In short, the answer is yes.
Will my breast implants still be under warranty if I get silicone breast implants before I turn 22?
If you are planning to have breast implants prior to your 22nd birthday, and you do not fall into a reconstructive or deformity category, you should understand the warranty WOULD TECNHIQUELY BE VOID.
However, Allergan, Mentor and Sientra, the makers of silicone gel filled breast implants in the United States, have all stated that they do not “investigate” warranty claims. They may talk to your surgeon about the specifics of the surgery, but there is no investigation about why the implant was placed. In other words, in cases of silicone recipients under age 22, or for that matter any silicone breast implant recipient, they do not ask if the implant was placed for reconstruction or deformity purposes. The representatives for one company, Sientra, specifically say that there is no age restriction on warrantee claims. You should be aware, however, that while Sientra’s official written warrantee does not mention age, their general literature says that silicone implants are not recommended for use under the age of 22.
If you want breast augmentation with silicone breast implants and you are under age 22, you should discuss this issue with your surgeon prior to surgery. You should always have a conversation with your surgeon about complications and the chances of a warranty claim for problems with your implants but if you are not 22 make sure you ask whether or not the reasons stated for you getting silicone breast implants will satisfy the manufacturer so that your warranty will not be void.