Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which an implant is inserted to increase breast volume. Patients choose breast implants for a variety of reasons — to restore volume to the breasts after significant weight loss or breast feeding, or simply to enlarge naturally smaller breasts.

Whatever your reason for breast augmentation, you’re bound to have some questions. Below, you’ll find answers to some of common questions we’re asked about breast implants. Remember, if you have specific questions not addressed here, or if you would like to learn about the many options available to meet your particular needs, body and breasts, your best bet is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Deutsch.

What size implant do I choose?

Deciding on breast implant size is a personal decision. What’s “right” for one woman may not be for another. You will need to take into account your body shape, the size of your body frame, and your chest and breast measurements in order to find a size that looks natural. Obviously, your personal desires in terms of aesthetic outcome and what you are trying to accomplish are also considerations.

During a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Deutsch, measurements will be taken of your breast width and the distance between your sternal notch (the indentation above the breast bone) and nipple. These measurements will help determine the best size implant for you.

Keep in mind when you’re discussing your desired breast size, breast implants are measured by their volume in cubic centimeters (CCs), rather than with a letter based on your bra cup size. One CC is equal to one milliliter. The higher the CC, the larger the implant.

How and where will the implant be inserted?
What’s best—saline or silicone implants?
What is the recovery time after breast augmentation surgery?
What is the best approach to achieve the most natural look?
Can you exercise after a breast augmentation?
Do you have to replace breast implants?