Oakland County Surgeon Answers
Breast Implant FAQs
Who can get a breast implant?
Virtually any woman in reasonably good health is a candidate for breast implant surgery. Women who are thin, normal body weight or even slightly overweight typically qualify for breast implant surgery.
Since hormonal changes in a teenager’s growing body can affect breast size, a woman must be over the age of 18 to have breast implant surgery. Silicone breast implants are only FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older. Women who are substantially overweight are not ideal breast implant candidates. And women who are smokers must stop smoking completely for 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after breast implant surgery.
Breast implant surgery can be performed to increase the size of breasts that a woman feels are too small. It can also be done to balance the size of two unequal or asymmetrical breasts. Breast implant surgery can also fill in breast volume that was lost after pregnancy or nursing. And, of course, breast implants are frequently used during breast reconstruction after breast surgery.
If a women has breasts that are very “droopy” – a condition called ptosis – a breast lift is typically also performed, along with the breast implant procedure. This ensures that the implants are positioned at the correct height.
What are breast implants made of?
There are currently many different types of FDA approved breast implants. All breast implants consist of a silicone outer shell – which is filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water (saline) solution. They come in different sizes, shapes (round or teardrop), “profiles” (projection from chest) and dimensions.
Dr. Ali has decades of experience helping women choose the best breast implant for their, size, frame, shape, body-type and lifestyle. He will discuss the advantages of each type of breast implant with you at your initial consultation.
You can also read more about choosing the right breast implant HERE.
Does insurance cover breast implants?
Insurance will typically cover breast implants if they are used for reconstruction after a mastectomy, or to match a reconstructed breast on the other side. But if your breast implants are purely for cosmetic reasons, most insurance companies will not cover the cost of this procedure.
However, Dr. Ali’s office participates with two very good providers of financing options. So you may be able to obtain financing, and pay for the breast implant procedure over time. Our office staff will be happy to provide you with the financing information at your first consultation.
Is breast implant surgery painful?
The pain associated with breast implant surgery varies from patient to patient. Every person has a different pain tolerance. And each patient’s surgery will be performed slightly differently, in order to customize the breast implants to match their body.
Pain after any surgery, including breast implants, is always worse in the first few days after surgery. But the pain after breast implant surgery tends to rapidly improve. If you have had other surgery before, this can be an indication of how you will feel after breast implant surgery.
Dr. Ali will do everything possible to minimize your pain, including making the smallest incisions possible, and prescribing the most effective pain medication. Typically, by or before the end of the first week you will only need Tylenol or Motrin to control any pain.
Dr. Ali’s thousands of satisfied breast implant patients almost unanimously agree that any short-term pain or discomfort was well worth it, to have the breasts that they have always dreamed of having.
Top Oakland County Breast Implant Surgeon
Top surgeon Dr. Ali has provided breast implant surgery for thousands of satisfied patients across Oakland County. If you are considering breast implant surgery, he will be happy to offer you a consultation to answer any additional questions you may have.
Feel beautiful inside and out, with breast implant surgery. And remember, financing options are also available.
CLICK HERE to schedule a consultation to see if breast implant surgery is right for you.