5 Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

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Do you have questions about breast augmentation? Our Tallahassee plastic surgeons have answers!

In this blog post, we’re answering 5 of the questions our surgeons hear most often from women interested in breast implant surgery. Read on to get helpful answers to your frequently asked about breast augmentation.

Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 198 View #1 View in Tallahassee, FL
Before & After Breast Augmentation
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 195 View #1 View in Tallahassee, FL
Before & After Breast Augmentation
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 428 View #1 View in Tallahassee, FL
Before & After Breast Augmentation

Am I too old (or too young) for breast augmentation?

As long as you are healthy enough to undergo a surgery performed using general anesthesia, it is unlikely you are too old for breast augmentation. Many women choose the procedure later in life to restore the fullness lost during the aging process and rediscover confidence in their bodies.

On the younger end, there are 2 age guidelines to be aware of:

  • Saline breast implants are FDA approved for people 18 years old and up.
  • Silicone breast implants are FDA approved for people 22 years old and up.

As long as you have met those requirements and your breasts have finished developing, you can have the procedure done at just about any point in life.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

In most cases, yes, you can breastfeed with breast implants. This is safe for both parent and baby; the CDC reports no recent cases of clinical problems in infants of breastfeeding mothers with silicone implants.  

However, you should let your surgeon know if you plan on having children in the future so they can plan your surgery with this in mind. Surgeons often use the inframammary incision (along the breast crease) rather than the periareolar incision (around the areola) to preserve milk duct function.

Does it hurt to exercise with breast implants?

If you choose a breast implant size that suits your frame, it’s unlikely you will have trouble exercising with breast implants. Discomfort typically happens when the breasts are disproportionally large, which is one reason some women opt for a breast reduction.  

Implant placement—placing the implant either above or below the pectoralis muscle—can also affect your comfort while working out. Learn more about the best breast implant options for active women in this blog post.

What is the best way to sleep after breast augmentation?

Immediately after your breast augmentation, you will need to sleep on your back, ideally in a reclined position. You can do this by sleeping in a recliner or propping yourself up on pillows. You may also find it helpful to place pillows under your arms to keep yourself from rolling onto your stomach. After the first few weeks, you can transition to sleeping on your side if that is more comfortable for you.

How should I choose the right breast implant size for me?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a breast implant size, including your aesthetic preferences, your body proportions, and your long-term comfort. It’s important to speak candidly with a plastic surgeon you trust during the consultation process so they can recommend an ideal size with all these factors in mind.

To see examples of the results you can expect after breast augmentation, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you have more breast enhancement questions not answered here, please request a consultation online or call (850) 219-2000 to learn more. Our Tallahassee plastic surgery practice welcomes people interested in breast augmentation from Destin and throughout Florida.

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