While a breast augmentation surgery can give you the breasts you’ve always dreamt of, there are many important aspects to consider before going into the OR. Breast augmentation surgery is an incredibly popular procedure that thousands of women undergo annually. A breast enhancement will not only change the way you look, but also the way you feel about yourself and your body. The plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston in Reston, Virginia, have put together a list of items to consider before you decide to take the plunge and commit to a breast augmentation surgery.
How do you want your new breasts to look?
The most common question that Northern Virginia women consider when contemplating breast augmentation surgery, is how big do I want to go?
Are you interested in attaining a moderate sizing increase or do you want something more dramatic? Multiple factors will need to be considered in order to make the best decision regarding implant size and type. You’ll need to make sure you pick an implant that is in proportion with your body shape and frame. Keep in mind that implants come in round or teardrop shapes and they will sit differently on your body depending on which one you choose. If you decide you want to go for a more dramatic look you need to make sure you have enough breast tissue and skin to cover the implant to avoid complications later. Determining the size of the implant is probably the biggest decision you’ll have to make when meeting with your plastic surgeon. If you’re on the fence ask your surgeon for advice and also request to see some photos of previous patients in order to get a better idea of how the implants will look on your body.
Silicone or saline
Aside from sizing, choosing whether to go with silicone or saline is generally the next big decision. Silicone and saline each have their own pros and cons and both are still widely popular today, with silicone taking a slight edge over saline due to the natural look and feel they offer. Silicone implants are only approved for women ages 22 years and older and are a great choice for most women, especially those on the thinner or leaner side since they have a lower chance of rippling when compared to saline. Silicone implants come prefilled so the size of the implant cannot be modified once it’s been placed. Saline implants are approved for women that are 18 years and older. They require a smaller incision since saline implants aren’t filled until after they’ve been inserted into the chest.
How active are you?
Large implants may look great in a swimsuit or nice top, but you also have to take into account how they’ll feel while you’re working out or doing any high-impact activities. Larger breasts can get in the way in these situations and some women even have to double up on sports bras to make sure they have the support they need. While implants can make you feel beautiful, you don’t want to go too big to where they make you feel uncomfortable and create issues like back and neck pain. Discuss your lifestyle with your surgeon. If you are a highly active individual, you may think twice about going too big.
Will implants give you the results you want?
Breast implants solve the issue when it comes to the size of your breasts, but if you’re also noticing sagging or drooping of your breasts then you may need to consider having a breast lift procedure. So, while implants can deliver outstanding results, they may not deliver the right results if in fact you need a breast lift first. The good thing about this procedure is that it can be performed at the same time as your breast augmentation surgery. If you’re unsure if a breast lift is necessary you can discuss this option in further detail when you meet with your surgeon.
Finding the right Northern Virginia plastic surgeon
Selecting the right Northern Virginia area plastic surgeon is paramount to getting the results you desire. Inquire about the surgeon’s medical background and ask if they’re board certified, and how long they’ve been practicing. It’s a good idea to find out how often the surgeon performs breast augmentation procedures. Ask the surgeon what method they’ll use to perform the surgery. There are so many new and changing advances in technology and surgical techniques and this is a great way to see if your surgeon stays up to date with newer methods. A great way to learn even more about your surgeon is by opening your Internet browser and performing a quick search on both the surgeon and the practice. A simple Google search will provide useful information and hopefully, if the surgeon has a great reputation, the reviews will agree.
Your consultation is your interview
One of the best ways to find out whether or not you and your surgeon are on the same page is by scheduling a consultation. This is valuable time you’ll have to meet with the surgeon and ask whatever questions are on your mind. This is also when your surgeon will conduct an examination and provide suggestions on next steps. By the end of your consult, you should have a better understanding of sizing, shape, placement, and the type of implant that may work best for you. If you and your surgeon don’t click, or your concerns are being ignored, you may decide to continue your search so that you can find the best plastic surgeon to meet your aesthetic goals. Don’t feel pressured to move forward with the first surgeon you meet.
If you’re still on the fence about committing to a breast augmentation surgery then give our Reston, VA office a call to set up a consultation with one of our highly skilled surgeons. The Northern Virginia area board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston perform numerous breast augmentation procedures on a routine basis and can help guide you on your decision.
A breast augmentation surgery will not only increase your cup size, but it will also increase your self-confidence and transform your life. We look forward to joining you on this journey to a new and improved you.