Summary: People have a lot of questions about a lot of procedures. Ultimately, no single question is more important than any other question. But there are some big questions to ask before your breast augmentation procedure. And the more questions, you ask, the better.
Getting to Those Three Big Questions to Ask Before Your Breast Augmentation
Most people think they know breast augmentation procedures pretty well. Sure, they might call it something a little less formal—they might call it a “boob job,” for example. But there’s a certain amount of confidence out there about what a breast augmentation is and does.
However, that confidence doesn’t always exactly translate into accuracy. Even patients who have done their research, who know what they’re getting into, can still have some misinformation to correct during their consultation. That’s why today we’re discussing three big questions to ask before your breast augmentation.
These questions will help you get answers to the most important aspects of your surgery. And if you research these questions, we’re convinced you can have a better idea of what to expect from your procedure.
Question #1: Can I See Before and After Photos?
The first question you should ask your surgeon is about evaluating the quality of that surgeon’s work. Before and after images are one of the best ways to get a sense of how a surgeon performs his or her work. This is especially true of a breast augmentation, where the before and after results are often quite striking.
There are several conditions under which you might see before and after photos. Many patients’ first exposure to before and after images is on the website of a plastic surgeon. These photos typically highlight the first and last stages of any breast augmentation procedure.
However, it never hurts to ask for more photos. During your consultation, you might be able to see photos of previous patients at various stages of recovery. This should give you a good illustration of what your breast augmentation will entail.
Question #2: What Size of Implant Will Work Best on my Frame?
It shouldn’t be terribly surprising that this is the second question you would ask of yourself or of your surgeon. After all, increasing the size of your breasts is the primary objective of a breast augmentation procedure. But the size of those new breasts—the amount of increase—will have a significant impact on your overall satisfaction.
When it comes to the size of the implant, there is a great deal to balance:
- The weight of the new implant (and the larger breasts)
- The proportion between the bust, the hips, and the waist
- The size of the implant in comparison to the size of the patient’s shoulders
- The initial size of the breasts (in other words, the factor of change)
According to the website of the Milwaukee breast augmentation experts at Milwaukee Plastic Surgery, selecting the right size for your breast implants will usually happen in conversation and consultation with your surgeon (your surgeon will also work with you to make your own ideas and desires come to life).
Question #3: What if I Don’t Like My Results?
No one likes to think about the downsides of surgery or the possibility of disappointment. But occasionally, results don’t live up to expectations. It’s important to ask your surgeon about this. For example, you might ask your surgeon how many revision breast augmentation procedures he or she has performed on his or her own patients.
To a certain extent, revision procedures are expected when it comes to breast augmentation. The shelf life of most implants is roughly 15-20 years (so many patients decide to switch or remove their implants at that point).
But it’s important to know how your surgeon would treat results that don’t live up to your expectations. We know it’s not the most pleasant thing to think about, but doing so can give you insight into the character and skill of your surgeon (even if that disappointment never occurs).
The More Questions You Ask, the Better Informed You’ll Be
Now, to be sure, I said that these are three big questions to ask before your breast augmentation. But by no means are they the only questions you should ask. In fact, the more questions you ask the better.
Surgeons make time for this: during your consultation, most surgeons expect you to have a lot of questions. No matter how much research you do or how much you already know about breast augmentation procedures, it’s important to get your surgeon’s take on things.
The more you ask, the more you’ll know. And the more you know, the better prepared you will be for anything that comes your way—even if the only thing coming your way is happiness and satisfaction!