Today, breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure, and has been since 2006. So, it would be no surprise if you have been considering the procedure to enhance your breasts. While doing your own research on the procedure can be very helpful, a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is the first step towards your breast augmentation journey. Here are four things to ask your surgeon during your consultation.
1) Is your surgeon a board certified plastic surgeon?
One of the most important decisions you will make regarding your breast augmentation surgery is choosing a surgeon. It is important to be sure that you seek out a board certified plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Not only do these surgeons undergo extensive plastic surgery training, they must also pass oral and written tests.
When you find a board certified plastic surgeon, be sure to discuss the number of breast augmentation surgeries he or she performs every year, and which implants are used the most in the practice. This will get you an idea of what results to expect.
2) Are you a good candidate for breast augmentation?
During your consultation, your surgeon will perform a breast examination, as well as discuss your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or smokers are not candidates for breast augmentation surgery, so it is important to share your medical information with the surgeon, as well as your expected aesthetic goals.
3) Which incision is best for you?
With breast augmentation, there are a number of incisions that can be made in order to place the breast implant. These include the inframammary incision (along the breast crease), periareolar incision (around the nipple), and transaxillary incision (in the armpit). Incision placement will depend on your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you during your consultation.
4) How long do breast implants last?
While breast implants are long-lasting devices, they are not meant to be life-long. Most breast implants can last for 10 to 15 years or more. Regular MRIs and self-breast exams can help to detect any complications that may occur such as rupture or capsular contracture.
If you are located in the Jacksonville Beach, FL area and are interested in learning more about breast augmentation, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Basile.