Breast augmentation research can be a daunting experience. The first step usually involves scheduling a private consultation with a plastic surgeon. However, you may feel nervous and not know which questions to ask. What are the most important things to know about breast augmentation and plastic surgery in general?
At my Sacramento practice, I always want patients to feel comfortable and confident in the office. If you’re heading into your first consultation in the near future, here are 5 useful conversation starters you should consider asking.
#1: Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a very personal decision. It’s important to be healthy—both physically and emotionally—before embarking on this journey. Be honest with your surgeon when talking about your goals and potential concerns. They will carefully analyze your body, tell you what the surgery can accomplish, and decide whether you’re a good candidate.
An ideal breast augmentation patient is someone who:
- Has no underlying medical issues
- Understands the potential risks and rewards of surgery
- Knows the limitations of the procedure
- Has realistic expectations about their results
#2: What are the best proportions for my body?
Breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. No two women are exactly alike, so each surgery is adjusted to the size and body type of the patient. Your surgeon can help you choose the best breast implants that will create flattering, proportional results. Many patients come in with a specific cup size in mind, but your doctor will guide you toward something beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
#3: Do you specialize in breast augmentation procedures?
First, be sure always to find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. After you’ve established that important credential, ask if breast augmentation is a procedure of specialty. Not all plastic surgeons have the same experience and background, so it’s important to find a doctor who has extensive breast enhancement knowledge.
A good starter question is to ask how often the surgeon performs breast augmentation in a given month. Choose someone with a lot of cases and experience under their belt.
#4: What are the potential risks from surgery?
Like any surgery, breast augmentation comes with a certain amount of potential risk. While these issues are unlikely to occur, some side effects include bleeding, infection, or poor scarring. Talk these risks over with your doctor to see if you feel comfortable with undergoing surgery. Luckily, with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you will be in safe and experienced hands.
#5: What can I expect from breast augmentation recovery?
It’s normal to want to get back to “regular life” as quickly as possible. However, recovery isn’t a process that should be rushed. The best results are obtained by letting your body properly heal. Talk with your doctor about how long you’ll be out and what you can expect from recovery. They’ll give you guidelines—like when you can safely swim or exercise—that will keep your body healthy and comfortable.
Looking into breast augmentation and scheduling a consultation can be an exciting time. With a few of these starter questions in your back pocket, you’ll have a friendly and informative conversation.
Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, request a consultation online. You can also call our office at (916) 929-1833 (Sacramento) or (916) 773-5559 (Granite Bay).