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Top 5 breast augmentation questions

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. Also referred to as breast enlargement, breast augmentation surgery can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of breast implants. Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation surgery for many different medical and aesthetic motivations.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, you likely have a lot of questions about the procedure.



Here are the top 5 questions our Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery patients ask about breast augmentation:

1. What are the different types of breast implants?

There are two main types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel, a type of silicone that holds its shape and feels more like natural breast tissue. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, and typically have a slightly firmer feel than silicone implants. Both types of implants have their own unique characteristics and benefits. Silicone implants tend to have a more natural look and feel, while saline implants are typically less expensive and require a smaller incision for insertion. Silicone implants also come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and profiles to better match patient’s needs. It’s best to consult with our plastic surgeon, Dr. David Lo to understand which type of implant is best suited for your body and aesthetic goals.

2. How long does the breast augmentation surgery take?

On average, breast augmentation surgery takes about two to three hours to complete. The entire process is done under general anesthesia. The exact duration of the procedure will depend on a number of factors, including the type of implant being used, the placement of the implant, and the specific surgical technique being used.

3. What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?

The recovery time for breast augmentation surgery can vary depending on the individual, the type of procedure and implant used, and the patient’s overall health. Most patients can expect to take about 1-2 weeks off work, and should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities during the first several weeks after surgery. The initial post-surgery period might cause swelling, pain, and discomfort and are generally controlled with medication.

4. Will I have scars after breast augmentation surgery?

All surgery leaves some degree of scarring, however, breast augmentation incisions are usually made in locations that are less visible like under the breast, armpit, or the bottom of the areola. In most cases, the scarring will be minimal and will fade over time.

5. How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are not meant to be permanent. Most people will need to have the implants replaced at some point, although the timing can vary. On average, silicone implants last about 10-20 years, while saline implants may last for about 10-15 years. Factors such as your age, weight, and lifestyle can affect the lifespan of your implants.


If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. David Lo, our Plastic Surgeon at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville. During your consultation, he will meet with you one-on-one so you have time to ask questions, share information about yourself, and discuss how breast augmentation can help you return to a more vibrant, youthful you. To REQUEST an APPOINTMENT call (865) 306-5680 or book online at: https://www.premiersurgicalplasticsurgery.com/request-a-consultation/