Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. It is also the most common procedure performed for young women.
In our practice, it is the procedure that delivers the most immediate changes and has the happiest overall patients.
Things to Remember Before Breast Augmentation
It is essential to consider several things when undergoing plastic surgery.
Find the Right Plastic Surgeon
It is of utmost importance that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation surgery. Here are some of the qualities you should look for in a plastic surgeon:
- A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
You need to make sure that you have a board-certified plastic surgeon who is distinctly different from a “cosmetic surgeon.” A plastic surgeon is trained for anywhere from 5 – 7 years and has specific cosmetic and reconstructive surgery training. However, a cosmetic surgeon can be anyone who has any form of any surgical training and then has a weekend course on a plastic surgery procedure. This is far different from six years of dedicated surgical training and dealing with complications and revision procedures.
- Have Hospital Privileges
Make sure that your doctor has hospital privileges to admit a patient to the hospital if needed. Hospitals are much more thorough in determining who should be performing specific operations. Doctors who aren’t adequately trained frequently won’t have hospital privileges for that procedure in a hospital.
- Fits Your Aesthetic Goals
It is vital to interview several surgeons to find the one that best fits your aesthetic goals. Different doctors frequently produce different results. Thus, it is essential to see a doctor who has results that you would be happy with. This can easily be determined by looking at photographs during your consultation.
Determine the Technique & Type of Implants
Once you have found your doctor, it is essential to determine the technique, type, and implant size you want.
Incisions can be placed in different areas, such as:
Few surgeons use the belly button approach as this operation can only use saline implants and has the highest incidence of complications and revisions.
For most patients, silicone implants placed under the muscle are the best and most natural results. The implants are covered by the patient’s soft tissues and muscles to keep the implants well hidden.
Implants range not only in volume or cup size (CCs) but also from low to ultra-high profiles, which allow for considerable flexibility in producing the look you prefer.
The key is communicating with your doctor about your goals. Frequently, we find that goal photographs are beneficial in this process. You should review these photos with your doctor to make sure that your expectations are reasonable.
Check the Reviews & Gallery
Do your homework and check reviews, before and after images from your doctor to help you make an informed decision.
Once you have done that and feel comfortable – go for it! Most of our patients only regret not doing the procedure sooner. Best of luck!
Here’s a clip of my interview with the Fox 5 Morning News team, where I discussed the Top 5 Myths of Breast Augmentation surgery. This can help you make a more informed decision in getting breast surgery.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.