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Top 10 Questions To Ask About Breast Augmentation

August 19, 2013 by

Most women who are considering breast augmentation consult with several plastic surgeons before they reach their final decision about the surgery. If you’re interested in breast enhancement but aren’t sure which questions to ask, here are some questions you might ask during a consultation. Asking the right questions prepares you for the procedure so you’ll be excited about the new you. Getting the right answers gives you the confidence you need to make a final decision!

Are Breast Implants Safe?
Yes. Some plastic surgeons feel that breast implants are the most heavily studied medical device in history. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a variety of saline and silicone gel implants—but only after years of clinical trials and studies to assure their safety.

How Long Do Implants Last?
While breast implants aren’t marketed to be lifetime devices, there is no need to replace them unless issues arise. Ask the surgeon about the longevity of implants based on his or her experience. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime replacement policy on the implants themselves.

Which is Better—Silicone or Saline?
Each type of implant has its advantages. Saline is less expensive and is specifically approved for use in women under 22. Silicone gel feels more natural and is ideal for women who are thin. Like many other factors involved with research about breast augmentation, much of your decision rests with your desired outcome and the guidance of your surgeon because both types of implants are viable options.

Which is the Best Size Implant for Me?
Breast augmentation is tailored to the individual. The best implant size for you may not the best solution for your friend. It’s vital your surgeon understands your wishes—do you want a subtle improvement or do you want to look more curvy? To give an informed recommendation, your doctor takes into consideration your overall build, chest circumference, shoulder width, height, weight, and current breast size as well.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Cost is certainly an important question, because you may need to plan carefully to afford the surgery. On the other hand, it is not wise to choose your surgeon solely based on price, because surgical expertise and a safe operating room are more important than cost. Saving a few hundred dollars is not worth compromising on your results or safety.

What is the Surgery Like?
Breast augmentation is a fairly standard procedure that takes between one and two hours; it is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Each surgeon develops his or her own preferences for breast augmentation, so be sure to ask about the specifics of the procedure.

Which Implant Placement Gives the Most Natural Results?
There are many factors that contribute to the final results of a breast augmentation. Placement is one factor—whether the implant will be placed over or under the pectoral muscle. Your body type, chest wall, skin thickness, and existing breast volume also play a part. Ask for a detailed answer to this important question.

What is the Best Incision Site?
There are three primary incision sites for breast augmentation: along the breast fold underneath the breast, in your armpit, or along the areola surrounding the nipple. There are pros and cons to each site, so be certain to have a thorough discussion about this topic when you’re discussing this with your plastic surgeon.

How Long is the Recovery?
After breast augmentation most women return to work and light activity within one week. Your surgeon may have his or her own guidelines, so it’s important to ask.  Newer, cohesive silicone shaped “gummy bear” implants allow return to full activity earlier.  Your surgeon will help you decide if these are the best choice for you.

How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Having Breast Implants?
Many women have breast augmentation when they are young and haven’t yet had children. Pregnancy plans are important to discuss with your surgeon as it may affect the timing of your surgery. Ask if your surgeon has general guidelines about this important topic.