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Frequently Asked Questions

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants

How do MemoryShape® Breast Implants differ from MemoryGel® Breast Implants? »

What is gel cohesiveness and why is it important? »

Why are MemoryShape® Implants teardrop shaped? »

How do shaped implants stay in the proper position? »

Why choose MemoryShape® Implants? »

Breast Augmentation Procedures

How is the procedure done? »

Will my breast surgery be performed in a hospital? »

How long does the breast implant procedure take? »

What anesthesia will be used? »

When can I resume my normal life? »

Should I be at my ideal weight before I get breast implants? »

What are the alternatives to breast augmentation? »

Understanding Breast Implants

What gives the breast its shape? »

What is a breast implant? »

MemoryGel® Breast Implants? »

What is the silicone used in breast implants? »

Are silicone breast implants safe? »

Is there latex in breast implants? »

Are breast implants permanent? »

Are there different styles of breast implants? »

Who Is eligible for MemoryGel® Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants? »


Who Is eligible for saline-filled breast implants? »

Who is not eligible for breast implants? »

What are other sources of additional information? »

Health & Safety Concerns

Can I have a mammogram if I have breast implants? »

Is it possible to get a silicone allergy? »

Why does the body form a capsule (capsular contracture) around the breast implant? »

With my MemoryGel® Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants will I need routine MRI’s? »

What are the long-term major problems and safety issues with breast implants? »

What are the contraindications, warnings, and precautions I should consider? »

Do silicone implants* cause major disease? »

If I experience a problem, should I report it? »

What are the repercussions of implants that are "too large" for my frame? »

Do breast implants* influence the occurrence of breast cancer? »

Do breast implants interfere with radiation therapy? »

What is capsular contracture? »

What causes a saline breast implant to deflate or rupture? »

General Lifestyle and Post-Operative

I’m over 50 years old. Am i too old to get breast implants? »

Will the feeling in my breast or my nipple change? »

Will my breasts still move like normal breasts? »

Will getting breast implants cause stretch marks on my breasts? »

What effect does smoking have on the healing process after surgery? »

How long should i wait to resume exercise after breast implant surgery? »

Can I go to a tanning salon or sunbathe if I have breast implants? »

When can I fly and/or SCUBA dive? »

When can I wear an underwire bra again? »


What will happen during pregnancy? »

Can I breast-feed with breast implants? »

1Mentor Worldwide, LLC. MemoryShape® Post-Approval Cohort Study (formerly Contour Profile Gel Core Study) Annual Report. June 2014.