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Breast Augmentation FAQs

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures Dr. Colville performs. When his patients are knowledgeable and confident about their procedure and their breast implant choices, they are typically happy with their results. Here are answers to some of the questions he is most frequently asked by the women who visit him in Toledo for breast augmentation from surrounding communities such as Maumee, Bowling Green, and Findlay, OH.

To find out more about breast augmentation in Toledo, Ohio, request a consultation with Dr. Colville, or call his office at (419) 534-6551 to schedule an appointment.

Before & After Breast Augmentation

Before After

See more real photos of Dr. Colville's breast augmentation patients.

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

One or more of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.

  • You feel that your breasts are too small.
  • Clothing that fits the rest of your body is often too large or loose at the bust line.
  • You feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top.
  • Your breasts have become smaller and/or lost firmness after having children.
  • Weight loss has changed the size or shape of your breasts.
  • Your breasts are uneven in terms of size.

What should I do to prepare for breast augmentation?

  • You will undergo a history and physical with your board certified plastic surgeon and a mammogram may, or may not, be indicated.
  • If you are a smoker, stopping smoking well in advance of surgery will improve your wound healing and overall surgical experience.
  • Medications like aspirin and NSAIDS that can lead to increased bleeding or bruising will most likely be discontinued prior to surgery.
  • The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, but you will need to arrange for transportation after your operation and also plan to have someone stay with you the first night following surgery.

What will the day of breast implant surgery be like?

  • Your breast augmentation surgery will be done in an outpatient, freestanding, ambulatory facility.
  • Medications are administered for your comfort before, during, and after the surgical procedure.
  • After surgery, you will be brought to the recovery area where you will be monitored until you are ready to go home.
  • No specific bra or wrap on the chest will be necessary.

How will my breasts look and feel after the breast implants have been placed?

  • Following surgery, you will be up for a short walk in less than two hours.
  • Two to three hours after surgery, you will be able to take a light shower at home that will help rinse away the feelings of your surgical procedure and anesthesia.
  • You will have a small waterproof dressing on the incision.
  • Support bra or sports bra would be optional.
  • While your activity will be restricted in terms of heavy lifting, you will be able to lift your arms above your shoulder immediately post-operatively.
  • A small stitch knot will be removed at one week.
  • Some swelling will occur for the first several days and most of the swelling will resolve in two weeks. A little bit of swelling will persist for perhaps one to two months.
  • Some discoloration or bruising near the incision site may occur, and you will notice this at about two to three days after surgery.

What should I expect during the recovery process?

  • Upon discharge from the surgical outpatient facility, you will have specific written instructions regarding activity, dressing, shower, diet, and exercise.
  • You will need to have an adult take you home from surgery and stay with you the first night following surgery.
  • You may feel tired for up to 72 hours post-operatively.

When can I expect to resume normal activities after breast augmentation?

  • Resuming light activity with gentle range of motion to the arms is allowed immediately; however, heavier exertional activity will be restricted for two to four weeks.
  • It is often possible to return to work in less than one week; however, depending on the specific job requirements or extent of exercise, these decisions will be on an individual basis after further discussion with Dr. Colville.

Will breast augmentation fill out sagging breasts?

Women who have minor breast laxity may attain the size and shape they want with breast augmentation alone. For most women with sagging breasts, though, Dr. Colville performs breast lift surgery to restore a youthful breast shape. He can combine breast augmentation with a lift to increase breast size, as well. He can also improve the appearance of enlarged nipples during this surgery.

Before & After Breast Augmentation with Lift

Before After

See more real photos of Dr. Colville's patients who have had a breast augmentation with lift.


Can I breastfeed after getting implants?

Dr. Colville can optimize your chances of being able to breastfeed by using a breast crease incision instead of a periareolar incision, and by placing the implants beneath the chest muscle where less pressure is put on the milk glands. Neither saline nor silicone implants will affect the quality of your breast milk.


Can I have my implants changed from saline to silicone even if I'm not having problems?

Certainly. This procedure, called elective implant exchange, has increased in popularity with advances in technology that have made silicone implants more durable, natural-feeling, and cohesive. Women also change their breast implants because they want a different size or shape, as well as for many other reasons. Dr. Colville is experienced in providing beautiful results that are personalized to his patients.


Will I need to replace my implants eventually?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. It is likely your implants will need to be replaced at some point in your life. Various factors like implant rupture or capsular contracture make implant removal and replacement necessary.


What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is scar tissue formation around the implant. Common symptoms include mild discomfort and firmness of the breast.

Craig W. Colville, MD, FACS

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