Breast Augmentation FAQ’s

Breast Augmentation FAQs Palm Springs

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Below are some frequently asked questions about breast augmentation and breast implants. Dr. Quardt encourages you to come in for a consultation to discuss these and other questions as they relate to your own individual goals.

Should breast augmentation only be performed after a woman has completed childbirth?

In general, breast augmentation is recommended after a woman has finished having children. However, many women have breast augmentation and go on to breastfeed children with no trouble. Dr. Quardt is well-versed in the latest augmentation techniques in order to minimize effects on the glands and nipples.

What are the different incision options?

There are several incision options for breast augmentation. They include inframammary incision (within the curve beneath the breast), transaxillary incision (in the underarm), and periareolar incision (around the nipple). All of them are hidden as best as possible within the natural contours of the body. The choice of incision depends on many factors, including the shape of your body, what type of implants you will have, how much your breasts will be enlarged, and your personal preferences. Dr. Quardt will talk with you about which incision type is most appropriate.

Should or could I have a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation?

Breast lift can be performed at the same time as breast augmentation, or you can have a breast lift at one appointment and add the implants at a second appointment.

What is recovery like from breast augmentation?

Most women have sore or tender chests for several days after breast augmentation. Dr. Quardt will give you medications and pressure bandages or a special support bra to help minimize pain and swelling and support your new breasts. After that, most women return to work and resume light to moderate activities within a week or so. Of course, recovery time varies for every woman.


Is there a risk that I will lose sensation in my nipples or augmented breasts?

A small percentage (less than 5%) of patients have permanent nipple/areola sensation loss after breast augmentation surgery. Many patients have temporary loss or hyper-sensitivity of the nipple/areola complex.


What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast augmentation. It refers to a pocket of scar tissue that forms around the breast implant like a capsule. This capsule formation is normal and occurs around any foreign object that is inserted in our bodies. However, if the scar tissue tightens—known as capsular contracture—it can cause the implant, and therefore the breast, to harden and appear misshapen. It takes a second surgery to correct capsular contracture by removing the scar tissue and replacing the implant. Nowadays, the risk of capsular contracture is lowered by placing high-profile breast implants beneath the muscle rather than over it.

Can breast implants interfere with a mammogram?

Yes. However, most mammography technicians know to perform an extra scan of the breasts for women who have implants.

Will I need to replace my implants down the road?

It depends. Implants only need to be replaced if they leak. Some implants end up lasting 25 years, while others last less than 10.


Talk with Dr. Quardt to find out more about breast augmentation and whether it is right for you.

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