What is the Breast Augmentation Process?
- This is your opportunity to ask questions, share your concerns, discuss your goals, and determine which implants, placement, and size will work best for you. Nikko will ensure that all of your questions are answered. After meeting with Dr. Nikko a Patient Coordinator will review pricing details and financing options with you, and you will select a date for your procedure.
- Two weeks before your procedure, Dr. Nikko will meet with you to go over details and explain what to expect before, during, and after surgery. It is the appointment in preparation for your surgery day. You will have the opportunity to ask any lingering questions you have and discuss your final goals.
- Breast Augmentations are performed at the Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, Texas. All breast augmentations are outpatient procedures performed under general anesthesia. You will be closely monitored as you wake up from the surgery, and released as soon as you are approved by the doctor.
- Nikko requests to see all patients 24 hours after their procedure to ensure that they are healing properly. Bandages will be removed and incision sites will be cleaned. One week after surgery any sutures or taping will be removed to avoid any visible scarring. Post-op appointments will continue being scheduled according to each person’s recovery progress and needs.
- Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure. You will be initially monitored before being released. Soreness and swelling will be most pronounced during the first 24-48 hours and will subside after a few weeks. You can read more about the breast augmentation process here.
Dr Nikko Answers Breast Implant Questions
Dr Nikko answers questions about breast implants from online users.
What is Breast Sagging?
Breast sagging is also known as breast ptosis, it is a completely natural result of weight loss, pregnancy, aging, heredity, and other factors. Breast ptosis can be:
- Mild: The nipple lies slightly above, or directly level with, the crease under the breast.
- Moderate: The central point of the nipple falls slightly below the crease under the breast.
- Severe: the central point of the nipple falls more than 3cm below the crease under the breast.
Although the placement of the nipple can give the appearance of breast ptosis, breasts may also appear to sag due because:
- Their natural placement is low on the chest without any breast ptosis.
- They have a large or flattened breast lobe within them, referred to as pseudo-ptosis.
What is a Capsular Contracture?
A capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast surgery. It occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant, causing the breast to begin hardening. Although there are some measures we can take to minimize the likelihood of capsular contraction, there are variables we cannot control. For example, Dr. Nikko teaches his breast augmentation patients special massage techniques, and he also strongly advises all patients to take Vitamin E and other supplements for a week following their surgery. However, it is a natural reaction of the body for a small percentage of patients.
Will I Need to Replace My Implants?
Over time, implants will move and shift around the body; there is also always the chance for rupturing. However, the technology has improved significantly over the years and implants are stronger and more durable. In some cases implants will need to be replaced within just a few years of surgery; others can last for as long as 25 years or more. In general, the lifespan varies and patients will have revision/replacement/removal surgeries based on how they feel about their look and feel after any certain amount of time.
- If a leak or rupture occurs with saline implants deflation will appear immediately.
- If a leak or rupture occurs with silicone implants it will be harder to detect because the cohesive gel will hold together within the breast capsule. It is important to do yearly checkups and be aware of any changes or different feelings in your breasts.
For more information on the process of replacing your implants and on breast augmentation revision procedures, click here.