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Stephen Miller MD PC FACS
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Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants

What are the risks and complications involved with having Las Vegas breast enlargement?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved. But, the most common complication is capsular contracture where the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. The breast can begin to feel hard with this squeezing of the soft implant. Treatment for capsular contracture varies from removal or “scoring” of the scar tissue to removal or replacement of the implant. Other possible risks associated with breast augmentation are deflation, infection and shifting. Dr. Miller will fully present the risks and complications to you during your consultation. Having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the likelihood of complications.

What gives the breast its shape?

The breast consists of milk ducts and glands that are surrounded by fatty tissue. That’s what gives the breast its shape and feel. The implant should “augment” or fill out the natural breast.

Is Las Vegas breast enlargement painful?

Pain of varying intensity and duration can occur, but depends on the individual. After surgery, most women feel tired and sore for a few days. Usually women are able to return to work and normal activity in three to four days without much pain. Their breasts can remain swollen and sensitive to physical contact for a month or longer, but this is usually minimal. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, you may feel tightness in the breast.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples?

Feeling in the nipple can increase, decrease or stay the same after implant surgery. Changes in feeling are usually temporary.

How will my breasts look if I choose, later on, to have the implants removed?

Some women who choose to have their implants removed should find that their breasts are the same size as before implantation. Other body changes such as pregnancy, weight gain or loss can offset the appearance.

What shape, size, surface texturing, incision and placement site is recommended?

Dr. Miller will recommend the ideal shape, size and texture and position of the implant during your consultation.

Will I still be able to breast feed?

There is no evidence that breast implants will affect your ability to nurse.

I hear that some people produce milk after breast surgery? What happens if that occurs?

This condition, galactorrhea, may present after breast surgery. It is more likely to occur if you have previously lactated. The milk production will sometimes stop spontaneously or can be terminated by medication. On rare occasion, the implants may require removal.

How will my breasts look over time?

Gravity will take its natural course. Implanted breasts may begin to sag or droop over time like any other breasts would.

How do MemoryGel® Breast Implants compare to MENTOR® Saline Filled Breast Implants?

There is no right choice for every woman. The physician and patient can review options, individual anatomy, and appearance goals and find the right solution. Here’s a quick comparison:

MemoryGel® Breast Implants
MemoryGel® Breast Implants are FDA approved
Each implant is filled with Mentor’s proprietary cohesive gel
The gel filler holds together uniformly and retains a natural give that resembles breast tissue
The implants have a set fill volume for predictable results
MemoryGel® Breast Implants come in four projection options: Moderate Classic, Moderate Plus, High, and Ultra High Profile to give you just the look you want
They come in two shell surface options: smooth and textured
Our MemoryGel® Breast Implants are covered by the Mentor Premier Advantage Warranty
MENTOR® Saline Filled Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants are FDA approved
These implants are filled with a saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body
Saline implants have a slightly firmer feel than gel-filled implants
They have a flexible fill volume that can be adjusted by the surgeon during the procedure
They come in two shell surface options: smooth and textured
You can choose from three projection options: Moderate, Moderate Plus and High Profile
Our saline implants are covered by the Mentor Standard or Enhanced Limited Warranty and Lifetime Replacement Policy

Are mammograms still possible with implants?

Routine screening mammography can be more difficult with implants and will require additional views.

Will the implant rupture if I have a mammogram?

Women need to inform the mammographic technicians that they have implants. Displacement techniques can be used to minimize the possibility of rupture and to get the best possible views of the breasts.

Is there a higher risk for cancer in women with implants?

No study has shown that breast implants are associated with a higher cancer rate.

What happens if the implant does rupture?

If a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate and the salt water will be absorbed into the body. If this happens, the implant will need replacement.

How long will the scars last?

The scars can be noticeable for a few weeks, but usually fade very nicely. The area under the breast tends to heal exceptionally well.

Will Las Vegas breast enlargement improve nipple asymmetry?

No; it will simply enlarge the breasts.

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