Five Questions to Ask When Considering Breast Augmentation Surgery
Hopefully, it goes without saying that patients should check to ensure their plastic surgeon is board-certified before scheduling breast augmentation. But beyond the initial research, you might do online before your appointment, there are specific questions that only your plastic surgeon can answer during your consultation.
Dr. Nana Mizuguchi is a dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation surgery at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY. Below, he shares advice on some of the most important questions patients can ask their surgeons before undergoing breast augmentation.
1. Can I see before and after photos of your work?
You can learn a lot from looking at breast augmentation before and after photos online. You can even learn about the results that different kinds of implants can provide.
But what you can’t learn from online research is how good the work of your own plastic surgeon looks. Many patients don’t consent to having their photos placed on the internet, so an office visit is one of the only ways to see just how talented your surgeon is.
A plastic surgeon should be eager to show you a portfolio of the work they’ve done on patients. Ideally, they should be able to show you results of patients with a body type similar to yours who have had the type of implants you are interested in.
2. What results are reasonable for me?
People tend to think breast enhancement surgery is a one-type-fits-all procedure, but there are many personal considerations that a surgeon will take into account before advising you about your surgery.
Be prepared to speak about your goals and show photos of your ideal breasts. An honest surgeon will be able to tell you frankly if those results are possible.
Because there are different types of implants with different shapes, fillings, and dimensions, be prepared to hear about options you may not have considered to achieve the look you want. There’s also a chance that your health status could affect whether or not you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation.
3. Will I need further breast surgery?
Ideally, you will only need one breast augmentation procedure. However, not all implants last a lifetime, some have a higher risk of leaking, and others can be affected by significant weight gain or loss.
Ask your doctor about how long you can expect your results to last. Roughly 25% of people who get breast implant surgery need a second procedure at some point, whether it’s a replacement or removal.
4. What are the risks of breast implant surgery?
Expect your plastic surgeon to be honest with you about what to expect after surgery, how to know when something has gone wrong, and even the downsides of having breast augmentation. Dr. Mizuguchi wants you to be as educated as possible about your decision to ensure you’re happy with your results.
And it’s important to remember that every surgery comes with potential risks. From anesthesia risks during surgery to scarring afterward, you want your surgeon to be honest about the potential risks and long-term consequences so you can make an informed decision about moving forward.
5. How long will my implants last?
Breast implants typically last around ten years. However, new fat transfer methods are potentially longer-term since they often use your body’s own fat cells to add volume to your breasts. However, pregnancy or significant weight loss or gain can affect your long-term results.
Learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Louisville, KY
Patients in the Louisville, KY area who want to learn more about if and what type of breast enhancement surgery is right for them should schedule a private consultation with dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi. Many breast implant procedures are performed at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, and we’re eager to show you the beautiful results.