Choosing a plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation may seem like a simple process. However, do not be fooled by a low-priced service or a luxurious looking office. There are many doctors available, but note that the procedure takes an experienced, well-trained cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon to safely provide you with the most natural-looking results.
Here are six simple questions to ask at your breast augmentation consultation. These answers will help you to choose the best cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon for your procedure.
Are you board-certified?
Being board-certified means that a physician has successfully completed an approved education and training program and a rigorous evaluation process designed to assess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in that specialty. In the case of cosmetic surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is the only board that certifies physicians exclusively in the field of cosmetic surgery. In the case of plastic surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a certification organization.
Where will my operation be performed?
Keep in mind all cosmetic plastic surgeries should be performed at an accredited ambulatory surgery center, accredited surgical facility or hospital surgical suite. You should also ask questions and discuss all concerns regarding anesthesia used during the procedure.
What size implants will be best for my body type? What cup size will my new breasts be after having breast augmentation surgery?
Implant sizing is individualized and based on a scientific approach to determine proportion. During your consultation, your cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon will take multiple precise measurements of your natural chest anatomy. Afterward, he or she will provide their recommendation for the correct implant size based on a combination of these measurements, which type is safest for you, and which implant will decrease the chance for post-op complication.
One drawback of breast augmentation is that you can’t be sure how your enlarged breasts will look until after surgical intervention. At SD Medical Arts, we offer a temporary inflation of the breasts with SD signature solution before undergoing implant surgery – SD 24hr Breast Augmentation. This is the most flattering and gotta-have-it experience which will rock your world! “Try on” implants can give you real expectations in a way that computer imaging just can’t mimic. It is an amazing and helpful test-drive to see what your breasts would be like. This eliminates making a wrong decision regarding size and shape of the breast. You can read more here.
What scars will result from the procedure?
While everyone heals a little differently, all women can expect a small scar to form along the incision lines. Doctors often use an inframammary incision, with a scar running along the bottom of the breast. However, a cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon may also use a periareolar incision (around the areola) or an axillary incision (at the underarm). No matter the location, a talented, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon will make sure your scar is well-concealed within the natural breast anatomy.
A specific and individualized scar management regiment will be discussed during your consultation, ranging from silicone scar sheets to silicone scar gel or a combination of the two. Your breast augmentation surgeon’s post-op instructions will be based on your unique needs and skin quality.
What are the risks of breast augmentation?
Note that the specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
What can I do to make sure I get the best results after breast augmentation?
Your cosmetic plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon should provide a clear, easy-to-follow set of instructions for before and after your breast augmentation procedure. The best thing that you can do to ensure a good outcome will be to carefully follow these instructions. While each plastic surgeon may have their own unique protocol, most post-op breast augmentation instructions include:
- no ibuprofen or aspirin before or after surgery
- no smoking for several weeks before and after the procedure
- no heavy lifting greater than five to ten pounds or exercise for four to six weeks after surgery
- no sleeping on your chest/stomach until your plastic surgeon gives you the go-ahead
Additionally, you will need to wear the recommended supportive post-surgical garments for the time specified by your doctor, often two or more weeks.
P.S. Do not be afraid to ask questions during your breast augmentation appointment and be sure to go over before and after pictures. Also, consider bringing your partner. to your surgical consultation. This is an important time for you to learn more about the doctor and determine if they are the right person for your needs, and if the breast augmentation procedure is suitable for you. It is very important to make a mutual decision.
You can read about the difference between cosmetic plastic surgery and plastic surgery here.