Breast Enhancement + Surgery

Breast Enhancement Services


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Frequently Asked Questions


Swelling usually peaks at 72 hours post-surgery and will usually subside in 2-3 weeks. However, swelling may continue for several months, up to a year. You will be given special instructions or treatment if swelling persists.

You will need to perform daily massage (manipulation) of the breast implants following surgery in order to properly keep the “pocket” open. This involves moving the implants up to the collar bone at least twice a day as instructed post-operatively by Dr. Shumway. This manipulation will be a daily necessity for the life of the implants.

There are many ways to enlarge your breasts, but breast augmentation surgery is the only proven way to significantly enlarge them permanently.

Following breast augmentation, there is usually some incapacity or discomfort. This must be accepted with the realization that it is temporary. Most of the discomfort will occur during the first week. You may experience, however, tenderness in the breast, which may last from a few weeks to several months. There is usually some minor swelling as well as numbness to the nipples, which will subside.

A common problem with any type of breast implantation is firmness. The implant itself does not become firm; rather, the firmness is due to the formation of excessive scar tissue around the implant. The incidence of contracture varies upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, implant type, tobacco use, auto-immune disease, and individual patient healing. If excessive firmness develops, you may benefit by re-opening the incision and splitting the scar capsule which has formed around the implant. This secondary surgery would not be considered until four to six months following the original surgery.

Yes, a bra that is variable cup size, stretch type, without an underwire, and with a clasp or zipper in the front, a sports type bra is best.

You may return to light exercise after 3 weeks. Avoid strenuous workouts and sports activities for the first 8 weeks. Physical injury to your breasts will affect the healing process and could cause hematoma or excessive bleeding.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. You should discuss this with Dr. Shumway during your consultation to determine which approach would be best for you.

The cost of breast augmentation varies depending on if you desire silicone or saline implants and which payment method you prefer. We are happy to work with the patient depending on their budget needs.

Deciding whether to have a breast lift or augmentation depends on how much your breasts are currently sagging and what look you plan on achieving. Women who have only a slight amount of sagging and wish to have fuller breasts should choose to just have a breast augmentation. Women who have a more significant amount of sagging but who do not wish to have bigger breasts should choose a lift. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Shumway will make his best recommendation according to your specific needs.

You can have your breast augmentation procedure before or after you have children. Keep in mind that your body will change after you have children and some women prefer to wait until after they have been pregnant to correct loss of volume and sagging.

For the first few days following surgery, you must rest and relax. Do not engage in housework for the first full week. Avoid contact with small children, excitement of any kind, and arm movements during this period to eliminate the possibility of injury, hematoma, or excessive bruising. You may, however, gently raise the arms above the shoulders as needed. During the first 2-6 weeks after surgery, absolutely avoid lifting heavy objects.

This depends on how your own body handles the healing process and varies from person to person. Generally, you can return to a push-Up bra anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months following surgery.

You are able to sleep on your back or either of your sides following surgery but must refrain from sleeping on your tummy for 4 weeks.

Cigarette smoking and the use of tobacco and/or other smoking products affects the blood supply to your tissues and skin which in turn contributes to a much slower healing time. Smoking also increases the risk of bleeding, infections, capsular contracture (scar tissue build up around the implant), and numerous other complications.

There is no evidence linked to weight gain and breast augmentation.

You may return to light exercise after 3 weeks. Avoid strenuous workouts and sports activities for the first 8 weeks. Physical injury to your breasts will affect the healing process and could cause hematoma or excessive bleeding.

Hormone therapy can increase breast size, but it is not recommended for this purpose by Dr. Shumway.