What Should I Know Before Getting Breast Implants?

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Posted on August 8, 2019 under Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery from year to year. With such popularity, it would seem like it’s easy to choose to go through with a breast augmentation, but there are a lot of things that should go in to your decision to get breast implants. The best way to make an informed decision is with the help of a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Richards, but here are some factors to be prepared to discuss during your consultation if you’re opting for breast enhancement.

Implants or fat transfer?

Although most people refer to breast implant surgery when they talk about breast enhancement, breast augmentation with fat transfer is another option. Sometimes called natural breast augmentation, it uses liposuction to collect fat from another area of your body and inject it into the breasts. This can be an option if you want to avoid implants or gain the benefits of liposuction at the same time as enhancing your breasts. However, the enlargement is only very modest, the grafter may need to be repeated, and the breasts may be lumpy afterwards.

You may need a breast lift

If you’re hoping to correct sagging or deflated breasts with a breast surgery, then you’ll likely need to add another step to your augmentation. This is called a breast lift, or mastopexy, and it specifically addresses breasts that deflate or sag because of things like pregnancy or breastfeeding. It does this by lifting the breast tissue to a higher, more upright position before excising any extra skin. This procedure, sometimes called a breast augmentation lift, can produce excellent, rejuvenating results.

Your implants will require some monitoring

Implants can come with some extra steps after your surgery and recovery are complete. The reality is that they can rupture or succumb to complications like capsular contracture, leading to the need for another surgery. For this reason, you’ll need to be familiar with them and monitor them for any problems. You should also be sure to keep a good relationship with your plastic surgeon so that they can address any complications and recommend a course of action.

There are a lot of decisions to make about your implants

One lengthy discussion that happens during your consultation is about your implants and the many different factors that affect your results. This includes things like your incision location, the implant placement, and the implant’s type, size, and profile. It can be overwhelming, so your plastic surgeon can guide you to the right implant and surgical plan for you. Keep in mind that they’re the expert, so be sure to have a good idea of what factors are most important to you— and your intended results, of course.

Your immediate results are not your final results

For the few weeks or so after your surgery, you’ll have to make do with swelling and bruising which can make your breasts look less-than-ideal. It’s important to keep in mind that patience is key, and that your final results will eventually settle in as swelling goes away and gravity lowers the implant. Keep in mind that many patients experience some emotional hardship during this stage as they wait and recover, so be sure to talk with your plastic surgeon about any concerns you have.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to get started on your ideal breasts is through a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeons who can guide you through the breast augmentation process. To schedule a consultation, contact our Bethesda office by calling or filling out our online form.

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