Breast Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting breast implants. However I’m terrified of losing sensation in my boobs and not be able to breast feed. What are the chances I will lose sensation? Also I’m worried my implants won’t look symmetrical, what are the chances this will occur. Because of these concerns that’s why I’m trying to find a doctor that I know cares about my results and does the best job that they possibly can!

A: Breast implants are placed in a partial submuscular position which means there is no chance of any interference with the ability to breastfeed. Loss of nipple sensation, while a risk of breast augmentation surgery, is very uncommon in my experience and only patient in the past twenty years has reported it to me. The biggest reason for revision in breast augmentation surgery in my experience is implant asymmetry. That risk is about 5% to 7% and is highly influenced by how much breast asymmetry one has initially and whether there is any existing breast ptosis. (sagging)

An important consideration in having breast implant surgery is that there are risks like any surgery and one should have a full understanding of them before undergoing the procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana