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If you still have questions regarding breast surgery after reading our frequently asked questions below,
please contact Dr. Bowen for a consultation.

  • 1. What is a breast implant?

    When someone says “breast implant,” they are describing a silicone shell that is filled with either silicone gel or saline solution. Breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeons insert these implants under breast tissue or under the chest muscle to create a fuller looking and feeling bust line.

  • 2. What is silicone?

    Silicone is derived from silicon, a semi-metallic or metal-like element that in nature combines with  oxygen to form silicon dioxide, or silica. Beach sand, crystals and quartz are silica. Silica is the most common substance on earth. Heating silica with carbon at a high temperature can produce silicon. Further processing can convert the silicon into silicone, which can be a liquid, a gel or a rubbery substance. Various silicones are used in lubricants and oils, as well as in silicone elastomers. Silicone can be found in many common consumer items, such as chewing gum, nail polishes, suntan and hand lotions, antiperspirants, bath soaps and processed foods.

  • 3. Are silicone gel-filled implants safe?

    After decades of research and testing, MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MemoryShape® Breast Implants are FDA approved for augmentation and reconstruc-tion. Mentor has conducted rigorous safety evaluations of their gel-filled breast implants, including two 10-year Core studies to provide even more information to patients and surgeons.

    Each Core study is a prospective, 10-year, multi-center clinical study conducted to examine the safety and effectiveness of MENTOR® Silicone Gel Breast Implants.  As they have for many years, Mentor will remain committed to providing objective  information about breast implant safety.

  • 4. What are MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants?

    MemoryGel® Breast Implants are Mentor’s most popular line of breast implants. They are pre-filled with Mentor’s proprietary cohesive silicone gel. MemoryGel® Breast Implants hold safely and uniformly together to deliver a natural feel that closely resembles natural breast tissue.

  • 5. How do MemoryShape® Breast Implants differ from  MemoryGel® Breast Implants?

    MemoryShape® Implants, are teardrop-shaped and made of a more highly cohesive silicone gel, designed to impart a natural silhouette and give you a youthful feel. In comparison MemoryGel® Implants are round and made of a slightly less cohesive silicone gel which resembles the natural give of breast tissue.

  • 6. What is gel cohesiveness and why is it important?

    Gel cohesiveness is determined by the amount of  cross-linking within the silicone gel filler. The more cross-linking, the more cohesive the gel and the more it helps to maintain its shape. As such, highly cohesive silicone gel filled breast implants are able to retain their molded, teardrop-shape whereas MemoryGel® Implants (round) are more pliable.

  • 7. Why are MemoryShape® Implants teardrop-shaped?

    They are shaped to match the silhouette of a natural breast with more fullness at the bottom than at the top. Also, a teardrop-shaped implant is thinner at the top, therefore it gradually blends into the upper chest.

  • 8. How do shaped implants stay in the proper position?

    MemoryShape® Breast Implants have orientation marks to help Dr. Bowen place them correctly during surgery, and their textured surface is specially designed to help keep them in place. Dr. Bowen is experienced at placing shaped implants.

  • 9. Why Choose MemoryShape® Implants?

    Our greatest satisfaction is our patients’ satisfaction. Women who had breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure with MemoryShape® Implants reported a three-fold increase in satisfaction scores, with improvements in self-esteem, appearance and quality of life.2

    2 Data on file at MENTOR Worldwide LLC.

  • 10. What are Saline Filled Breast Implants?

    Saline Filled Breast Implants are silicone shells filled with saline (a saltwater solution) that is very similar to the bodies natural fluid which makes up most of the human body. Saline implants are inserted into the body without fluid and then filled with the saline fluid through a fill tube during the surgery to adjust and achieve optimal volume. Certain MENTOR® Saline Filled Breast Implants also allow for adjustments after surgery.

  • 11. Do MENTOR® Breast Implants include latex?

    No. Because latex allergies are so common, MENTOR Breast Implants are not made with natural rubber in the manufacturing of any of its breast implants.

  • 12. How much do breast implants weigh?

    You can use this formula to estimate the weight of your MemoryGel® Breast Implants and Saline Filled Breast Implants:

    1 ounce = 30 cc’s.

    Example: A 300 cc implant = 10 ounces

    Implant weight will vary with implant size.

  • 13. How do breast implants affect mammography?

    With breast implants, routine mammography screening may be more difficult. The implant may interfere with finding breast cancer during mammography and generally requires additional x-rays and more potential exposure to radiation. If you are of the proper age for mammography screening, you should continue to undergo routine mammography screenings as recommended by your primary care surgeon. When you do, be sure to inform the mammography technician that you have implants.

  • 14. What is the average life expectancy of a breast implant?

    It’s important to know that breast implants don’t last a lifetime. While implant duration varies from woman to woman, implants need to be replaced at some time. Replacement is often prompted by choice, such as a desired size change, or implant style change. Some women undergo breast implant replacement because of a complication, such as saline deflation or gel rupture.

  • 15. Do implants influence the occurrence of breast cancer?

    Patients with breast implants have not been found to be at a greater risk of developing breast cancer than those without breast implants.

  • 16. Should I be at my ideal weight before I have a breast implant procedure?

    You should be close to your ideal weight when you have breast implant surgery. Why? Because women who lose or gain a significant amount of weight after receiving breast implants sometimes alter the results in unpredictable and/or undesirable ways.

  • 17. Will my breasts still move like normal breasts?

    The goal is to create soft and natural moving breasts. Achieving this depends upon multiple factors. For some women, implants are firmer and more fixed in their position than their natural breasts.

  • 18. I’m over 50 years of age. Am I too old to get breast implants?

    Your general health is far more important than your age. Women over the age of 50 can and do get implants. You are never too old to look your best.

  • 19. Will getting breast implants cause stretch marks on my breasts?

    Rarely, but it can happen. If you want to take every precaution to avoid stretch marks you have a few options that can reduce their likelihood. You can choose a smaller size breast implant to minimize the stretching of your skin or choose a SPECTRUM® Adjustable Saline Breast Implant so you can slowly stretch your skin over time.

  • 20. Will I lose nipple sensation?

    There can be an increase or decrease in nipple sensation after your breast implant surgery. A small number of women experience intense sensitivity and others, no feeling. These effects can be temporary or permanent.

  • 21. What will happen during pregnancy?

    Every woman has different results with breast implants before or after a pregnancy. If you become pregnant after receiving breast implants, your breasts will grow and go through all the usual changes associated with pregnancy. The amount of enlargement will vary from woman to woman, and the size of your implants will be a factor.

  • 22. Will I be able to breastfeed?

    Many women with breast implants successfully breast-feed their babies. Some breast-feeding difficulties have been reported following breast surgery particularly if we have to use a periareolar (around the nipple) incision. It is important that you let Dr. Bowen know if you are planning or considering getting pregnant post-surgery.

  • 23. How long should I wait to resume exercise and other strenuous activities after breast implant surgery?

    Because recovery periods vary from woman to woman, Dr. Bowen will determine how much recovery time you may need and when to resume normal activities. As a rule of thumb, the first few days are the most uncomfortable. Most women return fully to their regular lives after four to six weeks. Be careful about resuming strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure, or require strenuous use of your arms and chest through the entire recovery process. Be sure to check with your surgeon before returning to your workouts.

  • 24. What affect does smoking have on the healing process following surgery?

    Smoking can compromise recovery by causing blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow and the oxygen it carries to the surgical area. Your tissues need this blood and oxygen supply to heal properly. When your blood supply is reduced, tissues heal more slowly and irregularly. That’s why we ask patients to refrain from smoking for one to five weeks prior to and after surgery.

  • 25. When can I wear an underwire bra again?

    Dr. Bowen prefers that you wait three months before wearing underwire bras after breast implant surgery because the body continues to form scar tissue around the implant for that time.

  • 26. Can I go to tanning salons, infrared saunas or sunbathe  if I have breast implants?

    These activities will not hurt the breast implants in any way, however, they may make scar tissue more visible.

  • 27. When can I fly and/or scuba dive?

    Once fully recovered, you can feel free to scuba dive and fly in airplanes with some minor considerations since there may be slight expansion and contraction of the shell with changes in pressure. With saline-filled implants, this may result in a minimal amount of air bubbles in the implant, and you may feel or hear fluid sounds (gurgling). This should correct itself within 24 to 48 hours.

  • 28. Are MENTOR® Breast Implants covered by a warranty?

    Your peace of mind is important to us. All MENTOR® Products come with the Mentor Lifetime Product Replacement Policy which provides for the free lifetime product replacement of their gel-filled and saline-filled breast implants, worldwide. When  implant replacement is required, and the Mentor Product Replacement Policy applies, Mentor will provide, throughout the patient’s lifetime, the same or similar MENTOR® Breast Implant at no cost. If a more expensive product is requested, Mentor will invoice Dr. Bowen for the price difference.

    Please visit to learn more about the terms of our Limited Warranties and Product Replacement Policy.


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