When it comes to plastic surgery in America, the most popular procedure is breast augmentation. That’s true at my Paramus, NJ, practice too. My patients appreciate the feminine curves and youthful volume breast implants provide. However, many women know little beyond those impressive results when they first start their breast augmentation research.
Knowing the basics about your surgery before your consultation helps you ask more specific questions and generally have a more positive, informative experience. Here are 5 important things you should keep in mind when starting your breast augmentation journey.
Find the best implants for your body type.
Breast implants aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” situation. They come in many sizes, shapes, and materials to suit your unique needs. Round implants, for example, add more fullness to the upper portion of the breast. Teardrop-shaped implants create a more subtle look by mimicking the natural slope of a breast. You and your surgeon can decide which combination of details is best for you.
You may benefit from adding a breast lift.
While breast augmentation adds fullness and volume, it cannot “fill up” a sagging breast. If you struggle with excess breast skin after pregnancy or weight loss, a breast lift may be a good addition to your procedure. A breast lift with implants restores lost volume while also creating a more youthful, perkier shape. The procedure can also improve symmetry and proportion.
Breastfeeding in the future? Let your doctor know.
Many of my breast augmentation patients plan on having children in the future. They often want to know if breast implants will impact their ability to breastfeed. Good news: With a few alterations to the procedure, breast implants won’t hinder your breastfeeding plans. Let your doctor know if this is a concern so they can adjust your surgery accordingly.
Take enough time off work for recovery.
Like any surgery, you will need time to recover after your breast implant surgery. Most patients can return to work around 1 week after the procedure—but don’t rush the healing process. Be easy on your body and give yourself enough time to rest and heal as needed. By investing yourself in the recovery process, you can enjoy your beautiful results as soon as possible.
Check that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
While many doctors offer breast augmentation at their practice, not all plastic surgeons are created equal. When looking for a surgeon, check their CV and make sure they are appropriately certified. Board certification means they’ve undergone many hours of extensive training in their chosen field. Plastic surgery is always an investment, so choose a doctor you know you can trust.
By knowing more information before your procedure, you can head into your first plastic surgery consultation with confidence. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real examples of my breast augmentation patients.
If you would like to learn more about your breast augmentation options in the Ridgewood area, request a consultation online. You can also contact my practice by phone at (201) 967-1212.