Breast Surgery Questions & Answers
Q: Is it true that breast implants do not last a lifetime?
A: While there isn’t any breast implant expiration date, some patients need to return for a revision surgery at some point. However, if a patient remains pleased with her appearance and no complications arise, it’s possible for implants to last a lifetime.
Q: Is it true that natural fat can be used for breast augmentation?
A: It is possible, but this method is still being studied. Most surgeons agree that fat grafting for breast augmentation is not as predictable and not as effective as methods using silicone or saline breast implants. The New York Times just published a great article about that topic.
Q: Why has breast augmentation become so popular in the United States?
A: Without getting sociological about it, I’d say that breast augmentation is popular because many American women are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts and breast augmentation is a predictable procedure for correcting that situation.
Q: Have we seen a dramatic increase in the use of silicone implants since their return to the market?
A: Just 3 years have passed since restrictions were lifted on silicone implants, so that’s still difficult to measure. 2009 statistics haven’t been publicized yet, but so far saline implants remain the most common choice for surgeons in the United States.
Q: What type of surgeon is qualified to perform breast augmentation?
A: This can be a controversial issue, but many agree that a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon is qualified. It’s still recommended that you evaluate each surgeon on an individual basis.
Q: How much does breast augmentation cost?
A: It varies. According to the ASAPS, the national average cost is around $4000. However, according to this chart on RealSelf.com, the price is significantly higher. Call us or schedule a consultation to learn more.