Breast Augmentation FAQ: Answering Our Patients’ Top Questions

Woman in bikini top with natural-looking breast implants

When women start to consider plastic surgery, they usually begin their research online. Many blogs, videos, and testimonials on the internet address some of the most common questions. However, sometimes the information you find on the internet may not be exactly what you’re looking for. 

Whether it’s implants, pain levels, or cost, I’ve answered countless breast augmentation questions at our plastic surgery practice. Here are the answers I give my patients from Granite Bay, Sacramento, and beyond.

How can I make my breast implants look natural?

Breast implants come in many sizes, shapes, and materials so you can create the look you want to achieve. For a more natural appearance, consider silicone gel implants with a lower profile. This material feels more pliable and “real” to the touch, and a lower profile offers a more subtle curve to your breasts.  

Can breast implants fix saggy breasts?

No. Breast augmentation can add volume, but placing implants in a drooping breast adds more weight to already lax skin. To help the breasts appear perkier, consider a breast lift to remove extra skin and tissue. Many women combine their breast augmentation with a lift to add fullness and elevate breasts to a more youthful-looking position.

Is breast augmentation painful?

You will be under general anesthesia during the actual procedure, so you won’t feel any pain during surgery. However, like any surgery, you can expect a certain amount of discomfort while recovering. The amount of pain varies depending on the patient, but most women describe a tight or tender sensation in their chest. This pressure will fade after the first few days. Prescription pain medication or over-the-counter products help manage any discomfort.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The price of breast augmentation in the Granite Bay and Sacramento area depends on several factors. The type of implant used, the physical location of your doctor’s practice, and the skill level of your surgeon all play a part. We will analyze your breasts and discuss your treatment options during your one-on-one consultation. After this time, we can present you with a customized quote that reflects your surgery details.

When can I go back to work after breast augmentation?

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most women can return to work 5 to 7 days after receiving breast implants. If you have a non-physically demanding job, you may be able to head back to the office after a long weekend of recovery. Be sure to start walking around the day after surgery to encourage proper blood flow and healing. More strenuous workouts should wait 4 to 6 weeks, but gentle movement is allowed immediately after treatment. 

By knowing more about breast augmentation, you can prepare for your procedure with confidence. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real breast augmentation results. If you want to learn more about cosmetic plastic surgery and you’re in the Granite Bay or Sacramento area, please request a consultation online or call our office at (916) 929-1833 (Sacramento) or (916) 773-5559 (Roseville).

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