Breast augmentation surgery is an incredibly popular procedure. It not only enhances your breasts, but also boosts your confidence and self-esteem. While a breast augmentation procedure seems pretty straightforward, there’s a lot to consider when making sure you’ll get the most out of your surgery. Dr. Erick Sanchez with Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA, has years of experience in performing breast augmentation procedures and has compiled a list to help you go into this procedure better prepared.
Make sure a larger breast is what you want
This is a pretty obvious statement, but make sure you’re getting this procedure done for you, and nobody else. A breast augmentation surgery is a serious commitment, because it is surgery. If you’ve been feeling insecure about your chest or if you’re just ready for a change and have put a lot of thought into your decision then those are the right reasons. If this is something that was brought up casually or suggested on a whim, make sure you take the time to decide if this procedure is right for you.
Do your research on plastic surgeons
Breast augmentation can produce gorgeous, natural results. However, surgeon skill and experience does matter. You’ll want to interview various Baton Rouge area plastic surgeons and do your diligence until you find the one you feel most comfortable with. It’s good to ask questions and learn about the surgeon’s background including whether or not they’re board certified, what their area of specialty is, and how often they perform breast augmentation procedures. Request some before and after photos from the surgeon as they will provide insight into what you can expect from your procedure.
How large do you want to go?
This is the million dollar question and requires some serious thought. You’re finally able to get the larger breasts you’ve always wanted, but just how big do you want to go? It’s a good idea to bring some photos to your appointment so your surgeon can get an idea of what you’re interested in. From there, your surgeon can guide you and help you select the size of implant that works well with your body type and frame, and one that can provide the results you’re after.
Understanding the world of CCs
You’ll hear this abbreviation thrown out a lot during your consultation. Basically, CCs stands for cubic centimeters of either saline or silicone and the higher the number of CCs there are in an implant, the larger the implant will be. It’s important to keep in mind that each 150 to 200 CCs are equal to an additional cup to cup and a half in size. This all may sound pretty foreign right now, but your surgeon will be able to provide you with a visual to help give you an idea of how many CCs are in the implant.
Know what you need done
Some women go into their consultation thinking they just need breast implants in order to have the chest they desire. This is not always the case and depending on if your breasts are also sagging you may need a breast lift in addition to a breast augmentation procedure. The best way to determine what all is needed is to schedule a consultation so your surgeon can perform a physical examination and suggest next steps.
Silicone or saline
Silicone and saline each have their own pros and cons. Both are widely used and are popular among both surgeons and patients depending on one’s cosmetic goals and body type. Generally, silicone is typically the most popular choice since it looks and feels the most natural and mimics real breast tissue. It also has a lower chance of rippling when compared to saline. Silicone implants are only approved for women that are 22 years and older.
Saline implants are filled after they’ve been inserted into the chest. This allows for a smaller incision and you have more options when it comes to where you want them to be inserted. Saline implants are more firm and they also weigh slightly more than silicone. There is a greater risk of rippling with a saline implant. Saline implants will also deflate if they rupture, whereas you won’t always be able to tell with silicone. Saline implants are approved for women that are 18 years and older.
Incisions and Scars
As with any surgery, some scarring is to be expected. Depending on which type of implant you select, you can also decide where and how you’d like to have them inserted. Most women opt for having their implants inserted under the breast so the scar is somewhat hidden. You can get a better idea of what the scars will look like from the surgeon’s before and after photos from previous patients.
Things to consider after surgery
Once you have your surgery and are enjoying your new implants there are a few things to keep in mind. If you decide to get pregnant and are worried about breastfeeding just know that you can still choose to breastfeed if you’d like. Also, if you need to undergo a mammogram procedure having implants will not be an issue. Mammograms are performed all the time on women who have implants.
Schedule a consultation
The best way to learn more about a breast augmentation procedure is to stop by our Baton Rouge office and setup an initial consultation. You’ll be able to meet with Dr. Sanchez and discuss your problem areas and desired results. Dr. Sanchez can then create a treatment plan and go over your options with you.
A breast augmentation surgery is an excellent option to help give you the body you’ve always dreamed of. Contact our Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgery office today to learn why so many patients choose Sanchez Plastic Surgery for their new and improved bodies.