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Breast Implants and Augmentation

There are many questions surrounding breast implants in Princeton or Montgomery County, PA. With top plastic surgeons, we know that you want to be comfortable whether you’re undergoing a procedure for implants, a tummy tuck in Philadelphia or a facelift in Philadelphia. Here are some common questions we hear from patients considering augmentation.

Q. Am I a candidate?

A: Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA, is usually performed on women between the ages of 18 and 45. A basic history and physical is performed at the initial complementary consultation, which quickly and easily determines the underlying health of the patient. Most women in this age group are otherwise healthy and excellent candidates.

Q. How long will I be out of work?

A: Patients usually require 1 full workweek off following breast augmentation in Bucks County or Philadelphia. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as directed by our board certified anesthesiologists, here at the Philadelphia Surgi Center. As a result, patients feel tired and worn out for a few days after surgery. A pain catheter is placed along with the implant to keep patients comfortable over the first three days. No lifting over 10 pounds should be performed until 1 full month after surgery.

Q. When can I return to the gym?

A: At 1 month after the breast implants in Princeton or South Jersey, patients can begin to exercise the chest muscles. Most patients will actually begin to exercise their legs and abdomen as early as 2 weeks. As long as you discuss your exercise plans with the doctor, a safe regimen can be “worked out.”

Q. What kind of pain can I expect?

A: Most women describe more of a pressure than a pain experience. This is likely due to the use of pain catheters here at the Philadelphia Surgi Center. These thin catheters control the majority of the pain during the first 3 days after surgery. This is the critical time when pain would be the greatest. Prescriptions for appropriate pain medicine are written during the pre-operative visit.

Q. What scars will result from the procedure?

A: The skin of the breast including the nipple and areola supports excellent healing and minimal scarring. As a result, we offer two incision locations; periareolar and inframammary crease. Each an excellent option as far as scar invisibility is concerned. When choosing a silicone gel implant, it should be noted that implant size does dictate incision location sometimes.

Q. What implant is offered for augmentation?

A: Mentor saline and silicone gel implants are offered at the Philadelphia Surgi Center. Each has a reported rupture rate of only 1.1%. Mentor stands behind their product with a 10-year warranty on corrective repair of any implant rupture. While implants are not considered permanent devices, they only need replacement when the patient cosmetically desires. These implants have been used exclusively at the Center for more than 6 years. We stock a significant range of sizes to accommodate all patients.

Q. Do I still get mammograms?

A: Absolutely. Special techniques are used by the mammographer to assure a complete radiographic evaluation. Continue to see your primary doctor and gynecologist with the appropriate age related evaluations.

Q. Can I breast feed?

A: Yes. No change in the ability to breast feed has been related to breast augmentation. Eighteen percent of new mothers cannot breast feed for a multitude of reasons related to both the mother and the child. This procedure in no way changes that percentage.

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