Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Some patients report decreased sensitivity in their nipples for a few weeks after their surgery, but nipple sensation will eventually return. Only patients with anatomically oversized implants that stretch their sensory nerves may have long-term decreased nipple sensation.
If the implant is suitably sized, it is unlikely to have any interference with milk production. Some women are unable to breastfeed regardless of implants. Also, due to skin laxity concerns, some women wait until after they have had children to undergo breast augmentation to reduce the possibility of breast sagging later in life.
Most studies support the fact that breast implants, especially when placed behind the pectoral muscle, have little effect on the results of a mammogram. It is important to let your doctor know if you have breast implants when going in for a mammogram to ensure you a have a mammographer who is experienced with implants. Patients with a family history of breast cancer should undergo a mammogram before breast augmentation surgery. Women over the age of 40 (with or without breast implants) should have routine mammograms.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that breast implants cause breast cancer. Women with implants have the same chance of developing cancer as the general population (around 10 percent). Patients with a family history of breast cancer or severe fibrocystic breast disease might consider an evaluation by a breast oncologist before augmentation.
Breast asymmetry occurs when one breast is larger or has a different shape than the other. Breast asymmetry is common and can present itself as subtle or significant differences. Utilizing two differently sized implants can help improve breast asymmetry but it is important to remember that no two breasts are ever exactly the same.