The first thing that might go through your mind after getting implants is
probably renewing your entire wardrobe and lingerie, which is absolutely
well-deserved, but there are also some really important medical and
health-related changes many women have questions about to help keep their
amazing surgery results and over-all health, so we’ve gathered a few for you
1. How do mammograms work now that I have breast implants?
Now that you have breast implants, you can still get regular screening
mammograms as recommended by your doctor. It’s really important to mention
this right when you make your appointment, this way you can find out if the
facility has experience doing mammograms for women with breast implants. To
help the doctor see as much breast tissue as possible, women with implants
often have 4 extra pictures done (2 on each breast), as well as the 4 standard
pictures taken during a screening mammogram. In these extra pictures,
called implant displacement (ID) views, the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled
forward over it and then compressed. This allows better imaging of the front
part of each breast.
Breast self-examination also works a little different after breast implants.
To learn how to perform it step by step, make sure you check out our tutorial
2. Follow-up care: How often will I have to visit my surgeon a year
For most young women, the breast augmentation recovery process takes only a
couple of weeks or months. Many patients get back to their lives and don’t
feel the need to take time out of their busy schedules to make any further
appointments because they don’t have any “issues”, but it’s actually really
important to schedule an annual follow-up visit with your surgeon. Just as our
bodies change each year, breast implants can change as well, therefore it’s
important to check them once a year.
3. How long will my implants last?
It’s possible you will feel that your breast augmentation has improved your
appearance, self-esteem and/or self-image and are now set for life, but it’s
important for you to know that implants may need replacement down the line.
Part of monitoring your breast health and the status of your implants through
follow-ups scheduled by your surgeon’s recommendation from time to time will
help determine if and when it’s time for a
revision surgery. For some, replacement implants may be needed at a 10-year mark, but this is
a decision that will be made by you and your plastic surgeon when the time
comes. For now, you can keep enjoying your results and focus on loving and
taking care of your body as a whole.
4. Can I breastfeed after a breast augmentation?
The majority of women with breast implants are able to breastfeed, though
there are a few exceptions. Actually whether you’re able to breastfeed or not
usually depends on the original state of your breasts before surgery and
possibly the type of incision you and your surgeon prefer. Breast implants may
affect the amount of breast milk you’re able to produce, but in some cases,
milk supply isn’t affected at all.