How long should I wait????
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How long should I wait for revisionary breast surgery?
Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering revisionary breast augmentation surgery (regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:
1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully. Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you are looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.
2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "C or D cup” etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful. Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly, allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals. Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery ( after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers). Viewing the patient's chest wall in the upright and supine positions, with temporary sizes in place, help select the best breast implant size/profile for the specific patient.
I hope this, and the attached link (dedicated to revisionary breast augmentation surgery concerns), helps. Best wishes.
Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision
How long should I wait to revise implant size?
Your healing has just begun and your ultimate appearance is many months away. Size increases are best discussed well after the surgical sites are well healed and the expected position and shapes have been achieved.
6-9 months or more would be a prudent waiting period.. Your plastic surgeon could then re-examine you to determine whether you are a good candidate for a larger implant. This decision is influenced not just by your size expectations but also by the quality of the soft tissues covering your original implants. Over-augmentation at a second surgery can create very thin breast coverage for your implants with increased palpable or visible rippling.
You should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon at your follow-up appointments.
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