You’ve been giving breast implants a lot of thought, you’ve spoken to family members and friends about their own augmentation procedures, and you’ve likely done a bit of online research. While you may have gathered together some really helpful information, there are good odds that much of what you’ve heard is not applicable to you or is outdated and downright incorrect. The only way to determine whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a certified and experienced plastic surgeon.
Listed below are six questions that you need to ask during your consultation, so you can ensure you are thoroughly informed prior to making the decision to move forward with your surgery.
- How much experience do you have with performing breast augmentation surgeries?
To ensure your health and safety during your procedure, you should place your trust only in a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should have training with the most current plastic surgery techniques and should have many years of breast augmentation surgery under his or her belt.
You should feel comfortable and confident in the experience and knowledge that your surgeon shares with you.
- What are the most common postoperative complications do you see?
According to Dr. Sharp, plastic surgery in Brisbane is largely complication free when performed by qualified surgeons. It’s still important that you take the time to learn as much as you are able about the augmentation complications that your surgeon handles most often. How does your surgeon handle complications? Does your surgeon have much experience with capsular contracture? This is a common postoperative complication where painful hard scar tissue forms around the implant. Be sure that you understand the steps that both you and your surgeon should take if you do happen to have a complication after surgery.
- Am I a good candidate for surgery now?
Only after meeting with you will your surgeon will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will perform a complete physical examination and also review your medical history. Your cosmetic goals, along with whether you plan on having children at some point in the future, will all factor into your candidacy for the procedure.
Being a non-smoker in good overall health, with realistic expectations about what is possible with your surgery, will help to go a long way to ensure you are the ideal candidate for breast augmentation.
- What type of implants are best for me?
Broadly speaking, there are two types of breast implants. Silicone and saline implants. They each have their own potential downsides, in addition to the benefits that they can offer. Your surgeon will help to determine which type, shape and size of implant will help you to meet your aesthetic goals.
- What implant placement is the best option for me?
Breast implants can be placed either beneath or above the chest muscle. The best option in placement will depend largely on the amount of breast tissue and the type of implant. Your surgeon’s physical examination of your chest will help to determine the right placement to help you meet your aesthetic needs.
- What will happen if I do get pregnant?
Your breast implants will be able to withstand a number of changes in your body, and that does include future pregnancies. Only rarely will implants interfere with your ability to breastfeed, but it’s important to mention to your surgeon that you may wish to breastfeed in the future.
- How long will my implants last?
Today’s breast implants are designed to last. Most women can expect to see their implants safely lasting 10 or more years. Implants may leak or rupture, or there may be some other type of damage or issue that’ll require another surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon for a list of signs of a rupture or leak in your implants, so that you know what to look for.
- Will my breasts sag as I age?
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, along with gravity and the aging process can lead to sagging breast tissue. Your breast implants may start to take on a drooping appearance over time. There are a few steps to take to restore your youthful silhouette. Your surgeon can swap out your implants for some with a slightly large volume, in order to restore some of the fullness in your breasts. You may also opt for a mastopexy, a breast lift. The breast lift can raise the breast to a more youthful position and can also remove any loose tissue.
Prior to your consultation, you should consider jotting down your questions and any concerns that you might have about breast augmentation. This can help to ensure that you don’t forget anything while you’re caught up in answering questions about your medical history and your aesthetic goals. Remember that selecting the right plastic surgeon is a key part of ensuring that your breast augmentation procedure is successful.