After having breast enhancement surgery, the results will vary from individual to individual. Most women generally will be happy with their new breasts, but one should go into the procedure not expecting miracles. Most importantly, be realistic.
How your new breasts appear after the procedure will depend on your age, health, ability to heal, skin texture, and how your breasts originally looked of course. Generally, the look and feel of your breasts will change as you get older, and implants will not stop them from sagging over time.
The most common worry that women tend to have after the operation is that their breasts no longer feel the same. Your breasts will first feel taut and rigid, making them look quite unnatural, but note that over time they will loosen up. Another change will be sensitivity, as some areas will now be more or less sensitive than they used to be. These changes will be temporary, and it will take several months after the operation for your breasts to both feel and look natural. This will be because the muscle, skin and breast tissue will all require some time to stretch over the new implants.
If you want to breastfeed after having the implants in, in most cases, you should face no difficulty and the baby will have no side effects. However, some women may either produce slightly less milk or not be able to breastfeed at all. Furthermore, there have been myths about flying on a plane with breast implants, suggesting that the implant can rupture. This is not true as implants are not put under any strain when flying.
Another myth is that there is a link between breast implants and breast cancer. While there is strong scientific evidence that a link does not exist, it is still vital that women aged over 50 go for regular check-ups. The NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 to go for a breast screening every three years, with invites being sent through local GPs. Regardless of whether you have had an implant or not, it is vital that you get yourself checked every few years, even if you show no symptoms.
Do note that implants can affect screenings because it is difficult for doctors to distinguish the difference between a lump and an implant in mammograms. If you are going for a screening, you need to tell the radiographer that you have implants so that all factors are considered when analysing your results. A mammogram will not rupture your implants, unless the implant is already damaged in some way.
If you do develop breast cancer after having had implants, your chances of recovery will not be affected in any way, but you may need to have the implants removed as part of the treatment.
Always consult with your doctor about how to estimate realistically what the final results of breast enhancement will be. Speak to others who have had the procedure done and never expect miracles overnight.