Undergoing any cosmetic procedure is a big decision. When researching your chosen surgery, it’s normal to have lots of questions. As an internationally recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard D’Amico has helped countless patients achieve the beautiful results they desire. Here, he’s compiled some of the most common questions he hears from the women who visit him for breast enhancement surgery.
Who is a good candidate for breast enhancement procedures?
Though Dr. D’Amico performs several different kinds of breast enhancement surgeries, all the patients have one thing in common: they’re dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. In general, good breast enhancement candidates are:
- Physically and mentally healthy, with realistic expectations for their procedures
- Seeking surgery for their own personal fulfillment, not to satisfy cultural standards or the desires of others
Depending on your age, you may be required to undergo a mammogram prior to your surgery.
What improvements can breast enhancement surgery give me?
Women who feel their breasts are too small or not proportionate with the rest of their bodies may benefit from breast augmentation. Smaller breasts can impact their confidence and undermine their feelings of femininity. Breast augmentation can also correct breasts that are asymmetrical*.
Dr. D’Amico performs breast implant revision surgery for patients who are unhappy with the results of a previous augmentation*.
Conversely, women considering breast reduction surgery often suffer from the physical and emotional effects of breasts that are too large for their bodies. They may seek surgery to improve their appearances and to alleviate back, shoulder, and neck pain.
Breast lift patients are usually satisfied with the size of their breasts but are dissatisfied with their position. A breast lift can be especially beneficial to women whose breasts have lost their shape or sagged as a result of childbirth or age. A breast lift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other breast surgery.
Breast reconstruction following a partial or full mastectomy is a bit more complex. In general, a patient is eligible for breast reconstruction as long as she is physically well enough and her breast cancer treatment does not preclude it. Dr. D’Amico specializes in breast reconstruction, and he will work with you and your oncologist to develop a course of action that’s best for you.
Will I have scars after a breast enhancement procedure?
Unfortunately, some scarring is inevitable following a breast enhancement surgery. In most instances, Dr. D’Amico uses an anchor-shaped incision that goes around the areola, then down and under the breast crease. Because of the location of the incision, your scars should not be visible under clothing or swimsuits. Scars will fade significantly over time, and you can ensure their maximum refinement by closely following your postoperative instructions.
Can I undergo multiple procedures at once?
At Dr. D’Amico’s New Jersey plastic surgery practice, patients often combine 2 or more procedures into 1 surgery. Though this approach can create dramatic results, it’s important to note that the recovery will likely be longer and more complex than if the patient had undergone a single procedure. In some cases, a brief hospital stay may be required.
How will breast enhancement affect a future pregnancy?
Due to the wide variety among breast enhancement surgeries and methods, not all breast surgeries will interfere with future pregnancy or breastfeeding. In most instances, a woman who has undergone breast augmentation in the past is still able to breastfeed. A breast reduction, however, may diminish the ability to breastfeed.
Pregnancy also causes changes to your body that can alter the results of your surgery. Regardless of which procedure you choose, it’s important to talk to your surgeon about any future plans to become pregnant.
How do I know which size is right for me?
Every woman is different, and her desired breast size is a personal decision. Some women seek subtle changes, while others pursue more dramatic transformations. At your consultation, Dr. D’Amico will listen to your goals and develop a surgical plan to best provide the results you want*.
Will I lose nipple sensitivity after my breast enhancement?
For some women, loss of sensation in the nipple or hyper-sensitivity can occur following a breast enhancement procedure. In most cases, this side effect is temporary and will resolve on its own. In a small number of cases, however, the loss of sensation in the nipple is permanent. Dr. D’Amico takes every precaution during all breast enhancement surgeries to reduce the chances of any long-term side effects, including loss of sensation*.
Does breast enhancement surgery interfere with mammograms?
Depending on their placement, breast implants can interfere with mammography. Before your mammogram, be sure to inform the technician and other staff that you have implants. They will perform an adjusted mammogram to get a better view of your breast tissue.
Though breast reductions and breast lifts do not normally interfere with mammography, the redistribution of tissue during these surgeries can create abnormal but harmless changes on your next mammogram. If your doctor notices any of these changes, he or she may order further testing to rule out a malignant growth.