Breast Surgery Overview
Breast Augmentation FAQ from Dr. George Kouris MD
Hinsdale Breast Augmentation’s Most Frequently Asked Questions
Of course, you have questions. The decision to have breast augmentation is a big one. Dr. Kouris works in the Hinsdale area and is happy to answer any that you have. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Kouris gets about breast implants and augmentation. We hope they help you with your research and give you a guide that you can use during your consultation with Dr. Kouris while discussing your particular goal.
I haven’t had children yet. Am I a candidate for breast augmentation before childbirth?
By and large, breast augmentation is better left until a woman has finished having children. That being said, women often undergo breast augmentation prior to childbirth or before completing their families. Those who breast feed encounter no problems. Dr. Kouris is very experienced in the latest augmentation methods that reduce any effects on glandular tissue and nipples.
I understand that there are several incision options. What are they?
Incision options during the breast augmentation procedure include inframammary (which is an incision done within the curve beneath the breast where it meets the chest); transaxillary (which is an incision done in the arm pit); and periareolar (this incision is done along the curve of the nipple).
Each is concealed as much as possible along the body’s contouring. How the doctor determines which incision to use will depend on several factors that include your body’s unique shape, the type of breast implants you select and the degree of breast enlargement you will want. But the doctor also takes into account your personal preference regarding incisions. Discussing the types of incision that are best for you is one of the things you and Dr. Kouris will talk about during your consultation.
Is it possible to get a breast lift simultaneously with breast augmentation surgery?
Yes. Breast lifts can be performed at the same time as your breast augmentation. Breast lifts can also be done as a separate procedure prior to having your breast implants added during a second scheduled appointment.
What should I know about post surgery recovery after my breast augmentation procedure?
Some soreness or tenderness in the chest for several days after surgery is perfectly normal. But you will be given medication, along with pressure bandages or a specialized support bra that helps in minimizing pain and swelling. The bandages or special bra will also help by firmly supporting your new breasts. Many women go back to working and resuming light or moderate activity in approximately a week. Keep in mind, however, that recovery can vary from woman to woman.
What are the chances that nipple sensation will be lost or diminished, or that I’ll lose feeling in my breasts once they are augmented?
Chances are very low. Less than five percent of people who undergo breast augmentation experience permanently lost sensation in the nipples or areolas after surgery. Some degree of temporary post-surgery loss of sensation or, alternately, hyper sensitive nipples or areolas is experienced by many patients. But, again, it is most commonly temporary.
I’ve heard of something call capsular contracture, What is that?
Capsule development in general is actually quite normal and will form around any foreign object inserted into the body. But should the scar tissue tighten, this is known as capsular contracture. It is a pocket of scar tissue that may surround and encapsulate the breast implant. These days, risks for capsular contracture are low due to the placement of high-profile breast implants beneath the muscle as opposed to over the muscle.
On the occasion when capsular contracture occurs, the scar tissue tightens around the implant causing it to harden and distort, which makes the breast appear misshaped. A second procedure will remove the scar tissue and replace the breast implants in order to rid capsular contracture.
Will my breast implants affect my mammograms?
Yes, but the majority of mammography technicians are well aware that an additional scan for those with breast implants is needed. It is helpful if you inform your technician ahead of time. Having breast implants does not decrease the sensitivity of mammograms as a screening tool.
How likely is it that I’ll need to get implant replacements at some point years later?
Quality matters. Your breast implants will only require replacement if they leak. Many implants last as much as twenty-five years. Others may last ten years or less.
Talk With Dr. Kouris
When you consult with Dr. Kouris, the two of you will discuss your expectations, along with determining your breast implant options. You will also be told how the procedure will be done and what you should expect post-surgery, including the possibility of any side effects.
Dr. Kouris’ staff is happy to help you with any questions you may have before scheduling your breast augmentation consultation with the doctor. Please call 708-354-4667 or use our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.