What this Plastic Surgeon wants you to know about Breast Augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common surgeries that I perform. In the past 25 years I have done thousands of augmentations. Here are some things I've learned.
Women seek breast augmentation surgery for several reasons. They may want to restore breast volume that has been lost as a result of pregnancy and breast feeding. They may want to restore volume after major weight loss. They may want to balance out breasts that are two different sizes. They may want to augment underdeveloped breasts. They may have had a mastectomy and are seeking to reconstruct their breast or breasts. Whatever the goal, each of my patients has their own set of reasons that is unique and personal to them.
The benefits of a breast augmentation often goes far beyond just appearance. It can go a long way in boosting self-esteem. Such psychological effects are immeasurable. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that breast augmentation surgery has a 95% satisfaction rate.
One common misconception is that women seeking breast augmentation surgery are seeking enormous breasts. I have not found this to be the case. Generally, women coming to me for an augmentation are seeking a well proportioned contour and outcome.
Another common misconception is that breast implants look fake. Some implants DO look fake. When the wrong size of implant is used, or the wrong type of implant is used or placement of the implant is incorrect, they can look obvious and fake. Achieving a natural look depends on several factors. It starts with the initial patient consultation. I let my patients tell me what type of look they want to achieve. From there I take into consideration their frame, the size of implant, the style of implant and the placement of the implant. I discuss the options available and which options will give them the look they are seeking. I like to empower my patients. By giving them correct information they can then make their best and most informed decision.
A word of warning. It does matter who does your surgery. I can't stress this enough. Over the past 25 years I have had many women come to me to fix botched procedures that they have had done by untrained, unskilled and unqualified doctors. I have seen implants that were placed too high or too low. I have seen implants that have been placed too far apart or too close together. I have seen implants put in upside down and backwards. I have seen patients left with deformed nipples and horrible scars. All because they trusted a doctor who had no formal training in doing breast augmentation surgery. If flying out of the country or going to a doctor offering you bargain basement prices seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your homework when choosing a surgeon because you may end up making a decision you will regret for the rest of your life.