Breast Augmentation: 12 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

breast augmentation - 12 questions to ask your plastic surgeon

Are you considering breast augmentation? It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about each stage of the procedure. The more you know about the surgery itself, types of implants, the recovery stage and the potential for complications, the more confident you’ll feel about the decision you are making.

You can do plenty of research online and speak to those you know who’ve had the breast augmentation procedure. While this might help to fill in the blanks you have, some of the information that you hear may not be relevant for you and some of it may even be outdated.

The best way to get the right answers is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who will be able to provide you with answers that pertain to you and your aesthetic goals. Getting answers will help you to feel confident in your decision and the expertise of your surgeon.


1. What is your background and experience with breast augmentation?

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The selection of your surgeon is the most important decision that you will have to make about your breast augmentation procedure.

Some surgeons may call themselves general surgeons. While this does not indicate a lack of knowledge and experience, a cosmetic surgeon will have the right skills and expertise that you are looking for.

Ask your surgeon how many breast augmentation procedures they perform each year. Don’t hesitate to ask to see a gallery of before and after photos of previous patients. These photos can help to instill a sense of the quality of work that the surgeon produces.


2. What can I expect from surgery?

It can help to set any anxiety about the surgery to rest if you know what will happen during the procedure. Your surgeon will be able to answer any of your questions and address all of your concerns.

You can also find more details here about the breast augmentation procedure. The procedure itself should last between one and two hours, based upon the type of procedure that your surgeon performs. Once you have recovered from the anesthetic, you’ll be released to recover in comfort at home.


3. What breast implants are the right choice for me?

There are several options in breast implants, including saline implants, round silicone implants and teardrop-shaped silicone implants.

During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to determine which implants will best help you to meet your aesthetic goals. There are benefits to each type of implant, but each can provide lovely natural-looking results. Silicone gel implants can feel more natural, while saline may be ideal if you’d like to minimize scarring.


4. What size implant is the right choice for me?

questions to ask your plastic surgeon about breast augmentation

Determining the right implant size is an important decision that should be made working with your surgeon. We all have an idea as to what we’d like our results to be after surgery. However, the reality is that the wrong size won’t be comfortable or look natural. If you want your results to look natural, it’s important that you select an implant size that will work with your body frame and also the elasticity of the tissue on your chest.

It can be tempting to opt for an implant that is too large for your frame. The results will not look natural and your implants may wind up being too firm and uncomfortable. You may also experience other long-term complications associated with large breasts.


5. Which implant placement option is right for me?

The placement of your implant can contribute to the results of your surgery. The breast implant can be placed underneath or over the pectoral muscle. Your body type, natural breast volume and chest wall can contribute towards the placement option that is right for you.

Your surgeon will be able to offer you the best advice during your consultation.


6. How safe are breast implants?

Breast implants are considered to be one of the most heavily studied and researched medical prosthetics. Complications are rare but do occur. The vast majority of women who get breast implants have no issues with them. Implants may leak, rupture or shift, and infections may occur.

Your surgeon will be able to let you know just how safe your selected implants are.


7. How long will it take to recover from surgery?

Most patients find that they are able to resume light activities within three to seven days. Individual recovery times can vary and may be impacted by the type of procedure that is performed.

Patients will typically be cleared to return to work and full activities within six weeks. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with clear guidance based upon factors unique to you.

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8. Will I see a loss of nipple or breast sensation?

It is very possible to see a loss of sensation to your nipple or over your breast. The numbness should wear off after several weeks of healing.

Within six months any loss of sensation should have worn off.


9. Are there any complications to be aware of?

Like all surgeries, breast augmentation can have some potential risks and complications. It’s important to be aware of them so that you can take steps to avoid them or address them if they become a reality.

Some of the potential complications could include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Implant shifting
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Implant rupture

Be sure to provide your surgeon with a full medical history, including any previous concerns you may have had with anesthesia.


10. How long will my breast implants last?

breast augmentation - how long will my breast implants last

It’s true that breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. However, there should be no need to consider replacing them unless a problem arises with them.

The majority of breast implants last for a decade, or more. Implants can rupture, leak or slip out of place. If your implants change shape or firmness, be sure to reach out to your surgeon.


11. Should I consider breast lift surgery?

Whether as the result of weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding or the natural aging process, some women may have issues with their breasts drooping.

Even smaller breasts can be seen to be drooping. In these situations, many find that combining the breast augmentation with the breast lift procedure can get them the results that they are looking for.

Your surgeon will be able to evaluate your breasts during your consultation.


12. Can I still breastfeed after augmentation surgery?

The majority of women who get breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully. Be sure to let your surgeon know if you plan on having more children in the future, as it can impact the technique that your surgeon opts for during your procedure.

Be sure to ask any questions or bring up any issues that you feel need to be addressed during your consultation. You’ll find that your plastic surgeon and entire support staff will be more than happy to answer your questions and do their best to set your mind at ease so that you can make your decision in confidence.

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