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5 Things to Know Before Breast Augmentation

As the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States and beyond, breast augmentation has remained a steadfast technique to enhance the volume, shape, and symmetry of the breasts without sacrificing a natural aesthetic. Pursued by millions of patients worldwide, breast augmentation involves an array of considerations that can impact the final results. Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz, our board-certified plastic surgeon, has outlined some of the factors that potential breast augmentation patients should consider when researching their treatment options.

Implants vs. Fat Transfer

The volume and shape of the breasts can be enhanced through two techniques: placement of an implant, or redistribution of excess fat into the chest to improve symmetry and achieve a mild increase in breast size. Fat transfer breast augmentation has the benefit of using a patient’s own tissue to augment the breasts, but this technique is only appropriate for women who are not looking for major volume enhancement.

Will Not Address Sagging Breasts

While capable of an effective increase in bust size, breast augmentation cannot remove the loose, inelastic skin that often causes breast sag. If you desire a perkier, more youthful breast appearance, combining augmentation with a breast lift can resolve both size and positioning concerns.

Saline or Silicone Isn’t the Only Decision

Breast implants offer a variety of customization options, from round vs. teardrop-shaped to smooth vs. textured implants. While this can sometimes make the process overwhelming, rest assured that Dr. Joe will make your experience as seamless as possible by walking you through every aspect of breast augmentation with his recommendations and personalized medical advice.

The Final Result Will Not Be Immediately Apparent

The breasts typically require time to “settle” after augmentation to allow all post-operative swelling to resolve. Therefore, the final outcome will be realized a few months after your surgery, with results often improving as swelling gradually dissipates.

Implants May Need to Be Replaced

As decades pass, you may wish to exchange your implants with a different size or type. Alternatively, your implants may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years due to rippling, scar tissue formation, or rupture. Not all breast augmentation patients will experience issues with their implants, but the possibility should be considered before surgery.

Dr. Joe performs Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation at his Minneapolis practice, a specialized procedure that can reduce the recovery period to as little as 24 hours. If you have questions, please call our practice today to schedule a consultation or to speak to a member of our team.

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