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Breast Augmentation Q&A with Dr. C

No matter how long you’ve thought about and prepared for your breast augmentation, making the final decision to move forward can still bring a lot of questions. Yet, it seems like so many of the FAQs answer the same things over and over… and none of them are the concerns you most want answered. Here, breast augmentation specialist Dr. Frank Campanile answers several of the more personal questions Denver women have asked about breast implants.

If you have a question about breast augmentation that’s not addressed here, please feel free to contact us online today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Campanile is a board certified plastic surgeon who focuses on developing a customized approach toward cosmetic surgery.

Q. I’ve thought about getting breast implants for a long time, but I’m still not positive they’re right for me. How can I know for sure?

A. The answer to this question is different for every woman, largely because the pros and cons for every woman are different too. At some point, every patient hits a sort of wall when it comes to researching. After all, there are only so many facts you can read about breast augmentation before they all start blending together. If you feel like you’re as well-informed as you can possibly be but still can’t make up your mind about getting implants, I recommend coming in for a consultation. Talking in person will give you a whole new perspective on your surgery and what to expect—not just in the general sense, but what specific results you can expect to see on your body, and my personal recommendations that are customized to your needs and goals. From there, you’ll have a much clearer idea about the best way to proceed.

Q. For me, the question isn’t whether my implants will look real, but how they’ll feel to my partner. Can breast implants ever feel natural?

A. Absolutely. Today’s breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue than ever.* The current generation of silicone breast implants is specifically designed to mimic the slightly firm yet yielding texture of your existing breast tissue.* The feel of your implants will also depend on whether you choose saline or silicone, your current breast size and whether implants are placed over or under the muscle.*

Q. Reading so much about capsular contracture has me feeling nervous. How likely are the chances I’ll end up with CC?

A. Despite all the discussions surrounding capsular contracture, the actual percentage of women who will end up with Grade III or Grade IV capsular contracture (that is, serious enough to consider revision surgery) is only in the 5 to 10 percent range. This number varies depending on manufacturer, implant type, implant placement and whether augmentation was performed for cosmetic purposes or reconstruction. The numbers also vary according to which study you read. Although there’s no way any surgeon can completely prevent capsular contracture, there are a number of steps I can take to minimize the risks of this and other potential complications.*

Q. Will implants move my breasts closer together and give me more cleavage?

A. Breast implants won’t significantly change the placement of your breasts, either to make them higher on your torso or closer together in the middle. If you imagine that your implants will be centered under your existing nipple position, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect in terms of final placement. Women whose breasts sit wider apart will still have a wide cleavage after surgery. If cleavage is a priority for you, we can talk about some options that may be able to help give a little more fullness through the inner breast, like opting for subglandular placement.*

Q. Since my breasts are a bit saggy, I’m worried I’ll need a lift with my implants—but I don’t want bigger scars. Can I get implants without a breast lift?

A. Most women who are candidates for a breast lift worry about the incisions that are required during surgery. Yet, upon seeing how well healing progresses after the procedure, the vast majority of breast lift patients feel that the scars are well worth the trade-off for their results.* The fact is, breast implants only make your breasts larger, and placing implants in breasts that already have some droopiness to them isn’t likely to give you a final outcome that you’ll be happy with.* If I recommend combining a breast lift with your implants, rest assured it’s because I think that’s the option that will best help you meet your cosmetic goals.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.