You have decided that a breast augmentation procedure is the right choice to help you feel more confident and attractive. Now, it’s time for your first consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss the procedure. We understand that this can be overwhelming, especially since there are so many choices and decisions that go into the procedure and affect your final results. To help you prepare for your consultation so you can feel more empowered and know what to expect, Dr. Ortiz, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, is sharing the six breast augmentation questions you should ask your doctor during your consultation.
Are You a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
The first question you should ask during your consultation is whether the plastic surgeon is board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) requires doctors to go through rigorous training and pass thorough exams in order to get certified, then they must renew it every ten years. Dr. Ortiz highly recommends only working with board-certified plastic surgeons as this shows proof of their skill and ability for your safety and protection.
How Many Breast Augmentation Procedures Do You Perform Per Year?
Doctors who perform numerous breast augmentation procedures a year will be up to date on the latest techniques and practices, plus they will have more knowledge and experience. You can use this time to ask for before and after images to get a better idea if your doctor can help you achieve the results you want.
What Are the Risks of Breast Augmentation (Short & Long Term)
Breast augmentation is generally a safe procedure and implants are FDA approved for use. However, all surgical procedures do carry some risk, including bleeding, infection, and blood clots, though these are rare.
Long-term risks with breast augmentation include capsular contracture, in which the scar tissue around the implant becomes painful or creates a rippled texture around the breast. Ruptures are also possible the longer you have your implants, though they are very rare.
When you ask this question, it’s important the doctor does not dismiss your valid concerns and provides you with an in-depth explanation of what you can expect.
During this time, Dr. Ortiz recommends asking:
- What is your rate of complications and reoperation?
- What is the most common cause for reoperation?
- How can I minimize the risk of complications?
What Type of Breast Implants Do You Recommend?
As we mentioned above, there are numerous variables and choices available to get the best results for each woman. During this time, make sure to ask about the plastic surgeon’s recommendations as well as why these are the recommendations. If they say, “this is the only type I do,” this may be a red flag that the doctor isn’t customizing the procedure to your unique needs.
- Size: Your doctor will help you choose a size that is realistic and safe while helping you meet your goals when possible.
- Placement: Breast implant placement can be above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below the muscle (submuscular).
- Type: Saline or silicone breast implants are the two options. Saline implants are rounder and firmer, but they are safer if they rupture (which is rare). Silicone is a more natural-looking breast implant option.
What Does Recovery from Breast Augmentation Look Like?
A breast augmentation procedure requires significant recovery in order to minimize complications and get the best results. This involves taking time off work, wearing compression garments, and minimizing physical exertion for several weeks. It’s important that your plastic surgeon walks you through exactly what you can expect during your recovery.
What Kind of Follow Up Will I Need?
Your doctor should have a specific timeline for follow-up care to ensure you are healing properly. They should also discuss any issues to look for during your healing or into the future (such as rupture or capsular contracture) so you know when to call with concerns or seek emergency treatment.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Augmentation in Raleigh Today
If you are ready to have a breast augmentation procedure, we’re here to help you reach your goals and feel more confident. During your first consultation, Dr. Ortiz will answer any questions and walk you through the procedure so you can feel comfortable and know this is the right step for you to take. To get started, call us at 919-532-2270 or fill out the form below.