Breast augmentation is still one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world.

Countless women are interested in this procedure but their interest is usually paired with a set of questions that they’re too embarrassed to ask their surgeon.

We look at some of the most popular questions about breast implants that you may not want to ask your surgeon.

Breast augmentation FAQs

What breast implant options are available to me?

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. In terms of materials, saline implants contain sterlised water, while silicone implants are filled with a gel that gives them a very natural feel. The latest kind of implant is a “Gummy Bear”, which is able to maintain its shape even if it ruptures.

How long will my implants last?

Saline and silicone implants won’t last forever, with most surgeons recommending you replace your implants every decade. However since every woman is different, a revision may be required sooner than this. If the breast implant is damaged it should, of course, be removed immediately.

Are breast implants painful?

During your recovery, you can expect swelling, bruising and some pain but this can be controlled with medication. Once you’ve recovered, you shouldn’t experience any further pain.

What size implant should I choose?

This is dependent on a number of different factors, including your body type and your aesthetic goals. Jade is a top plastic surgery in Cairns and believes that it’s important for a surgeon to take the patient through all of the size options, while keeping their body type in mind. Your surgeon will also be able to show you how heavy each implant size is and may even be able to give you a preview of your new size on a computer.

Can I still breastfeed?

Even though there is a chance that you won’t be able to breastfeed, most women are still able to after their breast augmentation. It should also be noted that the implant material shouldn’t change the composition of your breast milk either.

Do breast implants increase my cancer risks?

Breast cancer is a common concern amongst women, with many worried that breast implants will increase their risk of developing it. Even though there is no direct link, some studies have shown that textured implants can lead to the development of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). However, this risk can be minimised by choosing the right surgeon who uses proper sterilisation techniques and prescribes the right antibiotics.

How will I know if my implants have ruptured?

Saline implants will deflate if they rupture, making it quite obvious if a rupture has occurred. Fortunately, the saline won’t be harmful to your body. Silicone and Gummy Bear implant ruptures are a little harder to notice, which is why you should get an MRI every 2 – 3 years to check for damage.

Are there other ways for me to get bigger breasts?

Fat grafting is another alternative that you could look at. Basically, fat is taken from another area of your body such as the stomach or thighs and transplanted into the breasts. Most fat grafting is also paired with a breast lift procedure.