According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement procedure last year. As the field of breast surgery continues to advance, more and more women are becoming aware of the many benefits this procedure can bring and the natural-looking results that can be achieved. However, it is always important to have a thorough understanding of what can be expected from any type of breast surgery, and to be as prepared as possible before treatment. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Durst, offers the following list of things you should know if you are considering breast augmentation:
Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
A plastic surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has to undergo a rigorous testing process and must have extensive training. The surgeon you choose should be highly experienced with breast enhancement procedures and should thoroughly explain all aspects of the procedure. You should never be afraid to ask questions and all of your concerns should be addressed before you decide to have treatment.
Breast Augmentation Results
Remember that the best results from breast augmentation take into account both size and proportion to the rest of your body. Outcomes that compliment your silhouette and enhance your overall body proportions typically offer the most beautiful and natural-looking results. Dr. Durst will talk with you about your options during your initial consultation and go over the choices that can best meet your needs and goals.
Breast Implant Size, Shape, and Type
There are a variety of breast implant sizes and shapes; however, there are only two types: silicone and saline. Both types of breast implants have distinct advantages, and Dr. Durst will explain their attributes so that you can make an informed decision. In terms of size and shape, the right choice will depend on your ultimate goals. It’s important to note that “bigger” isn’t always “better.” Once you have been evaluated and Dr. Durst has answered your questions, he will be able to determine the size and shape that can meet your goals with the most natural-looking results.
Breast Implants and Breastfeeding
In a select number of cases, breast implants may affect the ability to breastfeed in the future. There are a number of techniques that can reduce this risk; however, please be sure to talk with your plastic surgeon if you would like to retain the ability to breastfeed.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
There is a recovery period that will be necessary after breast augmentation surgery, so please be sure to plan accordingly. The exact length of recovery will vary depending on each patient’s needs; however, most patients require about one week off from work to rest. Swelling and some post-operative soreness can be expected following the procedure. Any discomfort you feel can be alleviated with medication. The final results of breast augmentation are typically noticeable after about four weeks.
Dr. Durst is extensively trained and experienced with breast augmentation procedures and all treatments are customized to each patient’s needs and goals. He will thoroughly explain the procedure to you during your initial consultation and show you examples of various breast implants to give you an idea of the potential results. If you have questions about what to expect from breast augmentation, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact us today!