Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure to enhance the size or shape of the breasts, improve body proportions, achieve more symmetry, as well as rejuvenate or reconstruct the breast post-pregnancy or post-mastectomy. Dr. Ankit Desai, Dr. Michael Fallucco and Dr. Joseph Parks from Florida Plastic Surgery Group, say that while the reasons women desire this procedure vary greatly, there are some common concerns about breast augmentation that many women share.
Patients who plan on having children often wonder how breast implants could impact their ability to breastfeed. Certain incision techniques may increase the risk of affecting the ductal system that produces breast milk. However, utilizing advanced techniques can help reduce this risk. As long as the proper technique is utilized, the vast majority of women who are able to breastfeed normally before the placement of breast implants, should have no problem breastfeeding after the procedure.
Age is another common concern among breast augmentation candidates. The doctors say that there is essentially no upper age limit for breast augmentation. Older patients who are in good health and free of medical concerns are often good candidates for the procedure – regardless of their age.
Health insurance providers typically consider breast augmentation as an elective surgery, thus, overall cost is often a concern. The exact price depends upon a number of variables. For example, the location of the incision, the position of the implant, the type of implant used and the experience of the plastic surgeon can all influence the final cost. However, the doctors note that financing options are available to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals in a manner that can fit comfortably within their budgets.
Women who are considering a breast augmentation should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Common concerns about breast augmentation should be discussed and answered before a final decision is made.