Breast Augmentation FAQs

If you’re considering breast augmentation, it’s perfectly normal to have a lot of questions before your surgery. Below, you’ll find answers to some of our patients’ most commonly asked questions so you can feel confident about your choice to get breast implants.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Regarded as one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in the San Diego Area, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Halls and his staff take a patient-first approach toward your care that includes an emphasis on patient education. If you have any concerns that are not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call (858) 458-0100 today to request a breast augmentation consultation at La Jolla Breast Institute.

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

The best candidates for breast augmentation should be in good general physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results. While breast implants will increase your cup size, they won’t lift saggy breasts to a higher placement. For women with ptotic (droopy) breasts, Dr. Halls may recommend combining breast augmentation with a breast lift for the best results.

Should I choose saline or silicone implants?

Dr. Halls offers all breast implant options, including saline, silicone gel and highly cohesive form-stable silicone implants (more commonly known as “gummy bear” implants). Deciding which type of implant will be best to meet your goals depends on a number of different factors.

  • Saline implants reliably deliver good breast augmentation results in women who already have a fair amount of natural breast tissue that provides additional coverage over the implant, which helps reduce the possibility of visible ripples. The least expensive option for breast augmentation, saline implants also carry the benefit of using smaller incisions, as they can be inserted while empty and then filled after placement.
  • Silicone gel implants have a jelly-like texture compared to the liquidity of saline implants. The preferred choice for the majority of breast enlargements, silicone gel implants feel and respond more like natural breast tissue, and they don’t carry the same likelihood of wrinkling as saline.
  • Form stable gel implants have a firm yet yielding texture that’s similar to the gummy candies that’s given them their nickname. Because they are anatomically shaped, they can be ideal for use in breast reconstruction and in women with very little existing breast tissue. Their firmness can also provide a foundation for a naturally rounded breast shape that can be particularly beneficial when performing breast augmentation in women with tuberous breasts.

The decision of which implant type is right for you depends on a number of different factors, not the least of which includes any personal preferences you may have. Dr. Halls will discuss your goals with you in detail during your consultation before recommending a specific implant type.

How do I know what implant size, shape and profile is right for me?

Like choosing the right implant type, the most suitable size, shape and profile of your breast implants will depend on many different things. The qualities that Dr. Halls will take into consideration include the results you’d like to see, your natural anatomy and breast measurement, your age and the position of your breasts and your lifestyle. For example, very active women may not be the ideal candidates for overly large breast implants, while slim, petite women could see a better outcome from silicone implants rather than saline. Dr. Halls will explain how each aspect of your implants can affect your final look so you can feel confident that you’re making the most appropriate choice for you.

Should I worry about scarring?

Any cut in the skin, even a surgical incision, typically leaves a scar behind, and breast augmentation is no exception. There are several options for incision placement during your procedure, all of which are positioned as discreetly as possible to be hidden by clothing, bras or swimwear. The appearance of your scar should improve significantly throughout the first year after your surgery, and eventually fade to nearly invisible.

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Possible locations include around the areola (periareolar incision), following the natural crease below the breast (inframammary incision) or in the underarm (transaxillary). Dr. Halls will talk about all of these options with you so you understand the pros and cons of each one, and how incision placement can impact some of the other decisions you’ll need to make as part of your breast enlargement, such as implant type.

Will my breast implants look fake?

Modern-day breast implants look and feel more natural than at any other time in history, so your results can look as dramatic or as subtle as you’d like. Some women only want an increase of a cup size, while others want an unmistakably voluptuous look. Essentially, your implants can look high, round and full if that’s your preference, or they can offer a more refined enhancement that looks incredibly natural. The way your figure will look after breast augmentation depends entirely on your personal goals for breast surgery, as Dr. Halls will adapt his surgical approach to help you meet those goals.

What will my augmented breasts feel like?

The answer to this varies depending on which implant type is used, their placement (below the muscle or below the glandular tissue) and how much natural breast tissue you had before surgery. Many women have said that saline implants feel firmer than silicone, while silicone gel implants have a softer texture. Gummy bear implants are denser than silicone gel, but in a different way than the firmness of saline. With today’s breast implants, it’s more than possible to enjoy augmented breasts that don’t feel noticeably different from natural breasts.

How long until I see my results?

You should see a difference right away after your surgery, although your final results will be disguised by some swelling at first. Implants can take several weeks to settle into their final position, as it takes time for the surrounding tissues to soften and relax. By about 3 months after surgery, you should have a good idea of the size and shape of your breasts, and you can expect the profile and placement of your breasts to be in their permanent position at the 6-month mark.