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Breast Augmentation FAQ

Breast augmentation in Portland can be a complex procedure. As you research and prepare for your own breast augmentation, you'll have many decisions to make: What kind of implants are best? Where will they be situated? How can you maintain your results in the long term? These kinds of questions are common. The surgeons at Portland Plastic Surgery Group encourage their patients to be educated and informed, so they have compiled a list of the most common questions asked by their breast augmentation patients in Portland, Oregon.

If your question isn't answered here, or if you'd like to meet with us, request a consultation online, or call our office at (503) 292-9200.

Breast Augmentation Before & After


This patient wanted her breasts to look like they did before she had her 2 children. During breast augmentation at Portland Plastic Surgery Group, her surgeon placed 325-cc silicone gel implants. For additional photos of our breast augmenation patients, visit our online photo gallery.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

The best breast augmentation results occur when the patient's breasts have fully developed. This process is usually complete once a woman reaches her early 20s. Heredity and hormones can determine how much and when a woman's breasts develop. Sometimes, patience pays off!

Besides being old enough, Portland Plastic Surgery Group recommends that their breast augmentation patients in Portland, OR be in good physical and mental health. A positive, realistic outlook for surgery is vital to obtaining the best results. Patients should also be nonsmokers who are fully committed to following their post-op instructions. Rushing into activity too soon after a breast augmentation can alter the results.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The amount that you'll end up paying for breast augmentation depends on a few different factors, including the complexity of your case and the implants you select. That makes it difficult to provide a cost before meeting you. In general, silicone implants cost a bit more than saline, but the difference is negligible. During your consultation, we'll offer you a written quote that reflects the particulars of your surgery.

Which type of implant is best?

Saline and silicone breast implants are approved for use in the U.S., and they both have advantages. Some women choose silicone because they believe it creates a more natural look and feel, while other women opt for saline to avoid adding unnecessary chemicals to their bodies. It's also easier to notice when a saline implant ruptures, while a silicone rupture is not immediately evident. Rupture is rare in both kinds, though.

Both saline and silicone implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Your surgeon can help you determine which implant will be most compatible with your lifestyle and desired results.

What will my scars look like?

Most surgeries create some degree of scarring, and breast augmentation is no different. Women receiving breast implants in Portland have several options for incision sites, including the armpit. Which incision you will have is dependent on factors such as implant placement and your own anatomy.

Breast Augmentation Before & After


This patient had implants placed using incisions in a small crease under each arm (transaxillary incisions). The result is a beautiful enhancement without scars on her breasts. For additional views of this patient, visit her photo gallery page.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

In most cases, your scars will not be visible in regular clothes or swimwear. Following your post-op instructions and practicing good sun protection habits will further diminish the long-term appearance of scars.

Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

Many women are pleasantly surprised to learn that breast implants do not automatically restrict them from breastfeeding in the future. Provided that the nipple is not affected by the incision, breastfeeding is usually possible, and the presence of breast implants has not been shown to affect the quality of milk.

It's important to discuss your options with your doctor prior to your surgery, especially if you'd like to breastfeed in the future. He or she can develop a surgical plan that preserves the anatomical structures necessary for breastfeeding.

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What are the potential risks associated with breast augmentation?

All surgeries carry inherent risks, such as infection, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthetic. When performed by a properly trained, board-certified surgeon, these risks are minimized.

There are some risks and complications that are specific to breast augmentation. You may have heard of capsular contracture, a condition that occurs when excessive scar tissue develops around the implant. Capsular contracture can cause the breasts to feel hard and uncomfortable.

Another potential complication is sometimes referred to as "bottoming out," which occurs when an implant shifts lower than it was originally placed, resulting in a misshapen breast.

Though these complications are not life-threatening, they generally require additional surgery to correct them. Your doctor will ensure you are fully informed of your risk potential before you undergo your breast augmentation.

How long will my breast augmentation results last?

With proper care, the results of your breast augmentation can look beautiful for many years. However, breast implants are not permanent. Implant manufacturers assign implants an average "lifespan" of 15 years, though yours may vary depending on your lifestyle and other factors.

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