Questions to Ask your Surgeon About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is currently the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed to date. However, this is no surprise, as women’s breasts have been a sign of beauty and sensuality for thousands of years. If you are considering breast implants and are ready to meet with a board-certified surgeon, be sure to ask these questions to cover all of your bases.
Is He Board Certified?
Individuals should only trust experienced and reputable plastic surgeons that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform their procedure. Board certified plastic surgeons have undergone extensive training with the most current aesthetic techniques, as well as a comprehensive educational training. Remember, picking the right plastic surgeon is key to a successful breast augmentation procedure.
Are You a Good Breast Augmentation Candidate?
During your consultation, your surgeon will perform a physical exam. He will also discuss your medical history, personal aesthetic goals, and any plans for childbearing in the future. Combining these factors will help him determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation, you will also have the opportunity to try on implant sizers to help you decide on the perfect type of breast implant for you.
Which Breast Implants are Right for You?
There are many different breast implants that can be used for your breast augmentation surgery. The two most common are Saline and Silicone breast implants. Both implants have pros and cons.
Saline Implants – Saline implants are salt water filled implants that once inserted can be filled to its desired volume. Saline implants feel harder to the touch than silicone implants. Patients must be 18 years of age or older in order to get Saline breast implants.
Silicone Implants – Silicone implants use Silicone gel which has no known allergies, reactions or sensitivities. Silicone implants usually create a more natural look for the breasts than Saline implant and feel the closest to natural breast tissue. Patients must be 22 years old in order to get Silicone implants.
Which Implant Placement and Incision Location is Right for You?
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the chest muscle. The placement that is right for you will depend on the implant type chosen and the amount of natural breast tissue present. There are also a number of incision locations to choose from. The most popular locations include inframammary (along the breast crease) and periareolar (around the nipple).
How Long Will Breast Implants Last?
Generally, breast implants can withstand many changes in the body, including pregnancy. Modern breast implants are long-lasting, and most individuals can expect them to last for 10 years or more. However, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and gravity can all take a toll on the breasts, and cause breast tissue to sag over time. Be sure to speak with your surgeon about the expected longevity of your breast augmentation results.