Summary: Women who are interested in the benefits of breast augmentation with implants may find themselves full of questions regarding the procedure, their surgeon, and what results they can expect. To ensure that you do enough research to feel fully confident about your decision to move forward with breast augmentation, here are seven questions to ask before getting implants.
1. What Are Your Surgeon’s Qualifications?
Choosing an experienced breast enhancement surgeon is an essential step in getting beautiful breast implant results. Be sure to look into your surgeon’s qualifications before committing. Look for a cosmetic surgeon who has trained specifically in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body, and has undergone post-doctoral training in cosmetic surgery in the form of either a residency program or fellowship.
2. How Often Does Your Surgeon Perform Breast Augmentation?
The more frequently your surgeon performs breast augmentation, the better. If your cosmetic surgeon performs a high volume of breast augmentations annually, he or she will likely have experienced a wide variety of augmentations on different body types and be well-versed in the procedure.
3. Should You Choose Saline or Silicone?
While both saline and silicone implants can create great results in the right candidate, you should consider which implant type may be best to meet your needs. Today, silicone implants are the most popular choice, as many women feel that silicone has a texture that feels more like natural breast tissue.
4. Placement Over or Under the Muscle?
Breast implant placement is another major factor in your final breast augmentation results. Women with a fair amount of existing breast tissue may opt for subglandular placement, so implants would be placed under the glandular breast tissue but over the muscle. This can create a very natural look, especially for women who experience a slight degree of sagging, or ptosis. If implants are placed behind the muscle and the breasts are already droopy, the results may not be as ideal.
On the other hand, women with little existing breast tissue will likely benefit the most from submuscular breast implant placement. This is because they may not have enough tissue to adequately cover the implant otherwise, which could result in visibility of the implant or even rippling.
5. Will Implants Affect Your Ability to Breastfeed?
If you plan on breastfeeding in the future, you will want to ask your surgeon if his or her approach to your augmentation could affect your ability to breastfeed. Most women with implants experience no difficulty breastfeeding, but whether you face any challenges in this regard could depend on the surgical technique that your surgeon uses during your procedure. For example, a periareolar incision could compromise the integrity of the milk ducts.
6. Do You Need to Include a Lift with Your Implants?
For some women, the best way to achieve their ideal breast appearance is to include a lift with their implants. A breast lift can be performed at the same time as your augmentation, and raises the breasts to a more youthful position on the torso while reshaping them for a perkier profile. Women with any amount of existing sagging may wish to consider combining a breast lift with implants for the best in both breast enhancement procedures.
7. How Can You Choose the Right Implant Size for Your Body?
Choosing the right implant size for you requires carefully communicating your goal appearance with your surgeon. Bring in photos of women with your ideal look to help ensure that your goals aren’t lost in translation.