FAQ's Regarding Breast Surgery

James E. Murphy, MD Jun 5, 2019



Are Breast Implants safe?

Breast implants are the most heavily studied medical device in history. After years of testing and clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a variety of saline and silicone gel for use.

Will I ever need another breast surgery?  How long will breast implants last?

Breast Implants do not last a lifetime.  At some point you will need them replaced.  However there is not an exact expiration date.  So if you aren’t having any problems or issues, there is no reason to replace them.          


Am I as candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Being in good health is the first criteria for Breast Augmentation.The best candidate are those who, over a period of time

                Should my implants be put under or over the muscle?

The majority of surgeons place breast implants submuscluar, or underneath the chest muscle.  This provides a more natural shape and will also smooth out and improve the appearance of an implant in women who are thinner or requesting larger implants.  Mammograms after breast implants are also easier to perform for implants placed underneath the muscle. This placement is preferred however always have an in-depth conversation with your plastic surgeon to discuss what is the best plan for you.

        Which Implants are better? Saline or Silicone?

Each type of implant has its advantages. Saline is less expensive and is specifically approved for use in women under 22. Silicone gel has a more natural feel.  Your surgeon will go over your options and together you will decide what will work the best for you.



How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Cost is certainly an important question. We all want to save money if we can.  On the other hand, it is not wise to choose your surgeon solely based on price. Surgical expertise and a safe operating room are more important than cost. Saving a few hundred dollars is not worth compromising on your results or safety.

How Long is the Recovery?

Normally we recommend taking a week off work, however some people need less time off and some need more.  Keep in mind that pain and discomfort differs greatly from patient to patient.




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