Q: What are the disadvantages of silicone implants?
A: Silicone implants are more expensive than saline and the patient may not know when it ruptures. In addition, with larger volume implants they are heavier than their saline counterparts. Remember, the rupture rate is low and studies have proven that they are completely safe, even if they rupture. If a saline or silicone implant ruptures, it will require surgery.
Q: What are the different incisions used in breast augmentation surgery?
A: There are typically three different incisions: the axillary, the peri-areolar and the infra-mammary fold which is the fold underneath the breast. Dr. Lille prefers the infra-mammary fold because it is associated with the least amount of complications.
Q: Are the implants placed above or below the muscle?
A: Implants can be placed either above or below the muscle. Implants placed below the muscle have more camouflage over the implant and look much more natural therefore, Dr. Lille prefers to place the implants below the muscle. The exception would be for body builders who cannot have implants below the muscle.
Q: How is the size of the implant chosen specifically for me?
There are several important considerations in choosing the implant size. Detailed measurements are performed on the breast canvas and the elasticity of the breast skin is assessed. There is a range that is chosen based upon these measurements and the patient can choose within that range.
Q: Is there any pain associated with the procedure?
A: The is some pain, however, it is very manageable. Patients are given pain control pills for their post operative recovery. In addition, Dr. Lille places a special pain cocktail into the breast pocket during the time of surgery which significantly reduces discomfort within the first six to eight hours after surgery. Patient’s that are young and have very tight skin tend to have more discomfort than those that have looser skin.
Q: What is the recovery time following breast augmentation surgery?
A: Patients do not usually return to a desk job for one week. They are not allowed to return to the gym with full upper extremity workouts for a full three weeks. Running, bicycling and hiking should be refrained for six to eight weeks and swimming can be resumed at approximately six weeks. It takes approximately a full three to four months for the implants to settle and the vast majority of swelling will be resolved by that time.
Q: What is Dr. Lille’s complication rate?
A: Dr. Lille is considered a true expert and has performed over 3,000 breast augmentation surgeries in his 18 years of private practice and his overall complication rate is under 1%.
Q: My friend has a 350 cc implant and I like the way they look, should I get a 350 cc implant?
A: Everyone’s canvass, that is their breast width and size and dimensions, are different from one person to another. In fact, one breast is always different in characteristics compared to the other side. As such, an individual that has a certain amount of volume or cc’s in one patient will not look the same as another; and therefore, all people must be individually evaluated to the minute detail to determine which size implant will be optimal for their canvas.