Five Questions To Ask Before Your Breast Augmentation
Before choosing any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to be informed about your candidacy, the surgery and the surgeon performing it, and any aftercare considerations. You can gather quite a bit of information about breast augmentation online, but individualized advice can only come from your surgeon. Before your first appointment, here are five of the questions you may consider asking about breast augmentation.
Are you certified? How much experience do you have with breast augmentation?
Many patients are unaware that board certifications are not legally required for a doctor to perform cosmetic procedures; in Texas, only a medical license is required. However, the highest quality of care and best results come from practitioners who hold board certification, specialized training, and years of experience in plastic surgery. Dr. Erella has been an experienced surgeon since 1992 and is double board-certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery. He has received advanced training and education through a multitude of institutions and programs. You can read more about Dr. Erella here.
Is this a good time for me to have a breast augmentation?
Candidacy for a breast augmentation does not depend only on your physical health and medical history. There are right and wrong times throughout a patient’s life to undergo the surgery as well, which must be considered. For example, whether you wish to have children in the future should be considered, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the outcome of your procedure.
What kind of scars can I expect? What kind of incision is best for me and why?
There are three types of incisions: inframammary (below the breast crease) is the most commonly used incision among the three. There are also periareolar (around the nipple), or transaxillary (inside the armpit). Each of these incision placements has its own pros and cons, and choosing between the three comes down to the individual patient’s cosmetic goals and anatomy, among other factors.
What are some common complications for breast augmentation?
While breast augmentation is generally safe, there are a few complications associated with the procedure like a ruptured implant or capsular contracture. At the time of consultation, Dr. Erella can define these complications and how they occur.
How long will my results last?
Breast augmentation results are not considered permanent for a number of reasons. First, the body continues to age after the procedure, so the breasts will not look the same throughout the patient’s entire life. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also impact the appearance of the breasts after an augmentation. Finally, both saline and silicone implants have the possibility of rupturing and would need to be replaced. Generally, breast augmentation is a long-lasting procedure, but being informed about the longevity of your results will help guide you to the best decision.