Breast Augmentation FAQ

In his 20+ years in private practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Louis Cutolo has answered thousands of questions about breast augmentation and breast implants. Women from Long Island to Staten Island and surrounding areas trust him to provide the information they need to make informed decisions. You are invited to use this page and our breast augmentation page to help you plan for your procedure.

After you have explored our site, feel free to make a list of any remaining questions to discuss with Dr. Cutolo during your consultation. You can request your complimentary consultation online now or call  (718) 720-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Will breast augmentation make sagging breasts look better?

Breast implants may take up some of your breasts’ laxity, but they will not correct excessive ptosis (sagging). In fact, the weight of the implant can make it worse. If you wish to lift sagging breasts, you would benefit from a breast lift. My patients from Staten Island and Brooklyn often combine breast augmentation with breast lift to improve the position and volume of their breasts.

Are there age restrictions for breast augmentation?

The FDA has approved the use of saline filled implants for women 18 years and older. Silicone gel implants are indicated for women 22 and older. As far as a maximum age, healthy women in their 80s have successfully undergone breast augmentation.

Can breast implants fix uneven breasts?

If correcting asymmetry is one of your goals, Dr. Cutolo can use breast implants of varying sizes or profiles to create greater symmetry in shape, projection, and volume. No woman has completely symmetrical breasts. Unless the difference is drastic, you are likely more aware of it than others are.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Most women do not experience complications with breastfeeding after breast augmentation. In addition, breast implants have been proven to present no risk to breast milk and nursing infants. Subglandular placement and areolar incisions pose slightly higher risks of interfering with nursing, but other incision and placement options exist. A possible compromise for some women is to wait until after you have weaned your last child to undergo breast enhancement.

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Will I have to replace my breast implants someday?

Breast implants are not designed to last for a lifetime; however, some women have had the same implants for as long as 30 years. Implant manufacturers recommend replacing implants every 10 years. But as long as you are satisfied with your implants and there is no medical reason for removal, you do not have to replace or remove your implants.

How long will I need to take off of work after breast augmentation?

For most women, no more than 5 days provides adequate recovery time. You will want to refrain from lifting more than 20 pounds for at least a week and more than 50 pounds for at least 2 weeks. If you have a physically demanding job or one that requires a lot of arm or upper body movement, you may require a longer period for recovery.

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