Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US. According to the 2014 statistics of The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), there were about 286,254 breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States.
About 86% of women start to consider plastic surgery because they feel self-conscious about their breasts due to size, shape, volume or firmness. After the surgery, only 13% felt self-conscious. In fact, an incredible 98% of women are satisfied with the results of their breast augmentation procedure, and the procedures met or exceeded their expectations. Women turn to plastic surgery to feel better about their bodies and a boost of self-confidence only enhances a woman’s life.
What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a medical procedure that enhances the shape and size of breasts. There are several different types of procedures that involve the plastic surgeon placing implants inside the breasts. Implants are made of silicone or saline. A newer procedure involves using liposuction to remove fat from your body and then transferring the fat to your breasts.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Although you may want breast augmentation surgery, are you a good candidate for the procedure? Most doctors feel you are a good candidate for the following reasons:
- your overall health is good.
- your breast have fully developed.
- you feel your breasts are too small.
- you feel your breasts lack firmness or volume.
- your breast are noticeably different in shape and size.
- your breasts (one or both) did not develop properly.
- you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts due to aging, pregnancy or weight loss.
Below are a few important reasons why you would not be a good candidate for breast augmentation:
- you’re pregnant, or are breastfeeding or recently stopped.
- you have breast cancer and have not begun treatment.
- your most recent mammogram was abnormal or you may have an undiagnosed breast condition.
- you have a severe infection or a serious illness.
Although having breast cancer in your family doesn’t preclude you from having the surgery, it is something you need to discuss with your surgeon to determine what is best for you.
The Cost of Breast Augmentation
Money is a consideration when deciding if you are a good candidate. Most insurance companies won’t pay for plastic surgery. The fees all vary depending on the skill level of the surgeon, the type of procedure performed, the type of implants used, and the region you live in. Although you may have to pay for the surgery yourself, many plastic surgeons offer financing plans to their patients.
Choosing Your Breast Augmentation Surgeon
To find a highly qualified plastic surgeon to give you the results you want from your breast augmentation procedure, take into account the following tips.
1. Only Use a Board Certified Surgeon. You need to make certain that the plastic surgeon you choose is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can check for certification on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.
2. Research the Surgeon. Conduct a background check on any surgeon you’re considering. Look for any formal complaints against the doctor and any medical malpractice lawsuits.
3. Have a Full Consultation. Schedule an initial consultation with any surgeon you are considering. The surgeon should explain the procedure fully. You should feel comfortable with the doctor and he or she should be willing to answer your questions.
4. Look at Before and After Photos. Ask to see before and after photos of patients to get an idea of how the surgery will turn out. Examine each photo and ask question if you have them.
Questions to Ask the Surgeon
Although your research into a surgeon will yield many answers, there are still questions you need to ask your doctor during the consultation.
1. Am I a good candidate for these types of procedures?
2. Where will you perform the surgery?
3. What are the most common risks and complications with my procedure?
4. How long is my recovery time? Will I need help during this period?
5. What are my choices if I am not happy with the results?
Women consider plastic surgery for many different reasons. It’s a personal choice that only you can make. Having breast augmentation surgery may make you feel better about your body, but there are other factors you need to consider such as whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. It’s also crucial to find the best surgeon to perform the procedure. Breast augmentation surgery will have a large impact on your life so you want to make the decision that is right for you.
To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA