#1: What do I hope to achieve from this procedure?
Believe it or not, breast augmentation is not always about larger breasts. Many women pursue breast surgery to correct an asymmetry or to even perk up “the girls” after pregnancy. But this might not be the best approach. A breast lift might be more appropriate for breasts that droop or nipples that point down, below the breast crease. A breast lift can be performed on its own or combined with breast augmentation to improve both volume and position. A breast augmentation on its own doesn’t noticeably lift the breasts and may actually make sagging worse.
#2: Am I a good candidate?
When evaluating a woman for breast augmentation, I look for several clues–both internal and external–to tell if surgery is the right fit to meet the patient’s concerns. Overall health is an important factor in determining candidacy. You should be in generally good physical and mental health, and free of conditions that can make surgery dangerous. Additionally, you should be a nonsmoker–or willing to quit at least several weeks before your surgery. You also need to consider your motivations for undergoing surgery. Don’t undergo breast augmentation to please someone else. Any type of cosmetic procedure should be done entirely for yourself.
#3: Am I comfortable with the risks, possible complications, and recovery?
Although breast augmentation is extremely safe and very common, it’s still surgery–and surgery comes with risks. These include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, changes in your breast or nipple sensation, scarring, and implant malposition. These complications are uncommon, especially when you choose a qualified surgeon (see my next point). Regardless, you should consider the risks carefully and decide whether you’re comfortable with them.
#4: What am I looking for in a doctor?
Your relationship with your plastic surgeon is similar to other relationships in your life. When you click with someone, you know you have something special. Your chosen surgeon should strike a good balance between credentials and personality. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon, especially one who has extensive experience performing breast augmentation. Assess your rapport during the consultation. You should feel heard, valued, and understood, and your surgeon should explain your procedure in a way that makes sense to you. If it doesn’t feel quite right, trust your gut. Your perfect match–and your perfect surgery–is out there.
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