FAQ’s about Breasts Implants: What You Really Need to Know

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How often would I have to have my implants replaced?

With saline implants, statistics indicate you could expect to spring a leak at around 12 to 15 years — less for some.  With the new silicone gel implants, there is much less likelihood of implant failure.  This means that the new gels are likely to last in the neighborhood of 20 years or more.  If you are not having any problems, there is no need for a routine change out.

Are the new silicone gels safe? 

In 2006, the US FDA approved the most recent version of silicone gel implants, and since then, they have been widely used and successful.  They are very natural and soft, and no negative side effects have been shown in comparison.

What are gummy bear implants?

Recently, implant companies have been able to offer even stiffer gel-filled implants that have a tear-drop shape to more anatomically resemble a woman’s breast–these are often referred to as gummy bear implants. Some women may prefer this option, though it is not for everyone.

How will having implants affect my mammograms?

Of course you must still obey the rules regarding mammography, and do them regularly as would any woman. You may feel like your implants are being squished into pancakes, but there is no indication that it does any long-term damage to your implants or affects your mammography results.

Will I be able to breast feed with implants?

Your breast glands will still likely be able to produce milk, especially if your implants were placed in incisions made via the inframammary folds (underneath the breasts).  Some woman inherently may not have been able to produce milk or enough of it even without implants, so those risks would still be the same.

Do I have to wait until after I am done having kids to get implants?

No way — women in their early 20’s and 30’s do not have to wait to rock their bikinis! Breast implants are not dangerous to an unborn or breast-feeding child.  The way our bodies change with pregnancy is definitely unpredictable, but the more you control your weight during and after pregnancy, the less it will affect your breast and nipple appearance, with or without implants.

How do I decide what size implant is right for me?

It’s like choosing a wedding dress—you really gotta’ try on a few to decide.  There are many different sizes and profiles to choose from to help you get the look you desire.  With so many choices though, the best advice will be from your plastic surgeon.  They are experienced in knowing what implants look best with different body shapes and sizes.  You really have to be honest with your surgeon about the look you are going for, so they can offer you the best suggestions and help you make the right choice that will be perfect for you.