If you are considering whether a breast augmentation is right for you, you’re not alone. According to a report from The American Society for Plastic Surgery, there were 329,914 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2018. Breast augmentation is a customizable procedure that enhances the size, shape, and contour of the bustline, creating an attractive, balanced figure. Breast augmentation is an ideal option for women that want to increase the size of their breasts, as well as for women that want to return lost volume after the effects of pregnancy or weight loss.
While the very personal decision to get breast implants can be extremely rewarding, patients should always perform their due diligence in determining whether the procedure is a good fit for their aesthetic desires.
So, what do you need to know? We’ve compiled a list of questions to help you.
Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if you are physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding, and have realistic expectations. You understand that breast enhancement should be done for yourself and because you believe it will increase your happiness or confidence, not because someone else wants you to. Breast augmentation is a good option if you are dissatisfied with the size and shape of your breasts, are unhappy with the upper part of your breasts appearing “empty” due to weight loss or aging, or if you want to correct asymmetry.
What type of implants are available?
Breast implants come in many different shapes, sizes, and types – saline and silicone, textured and smooth. Desired increase in size, current breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type must be taken into consideration when selecting the implant.
To pick the right implant, Dr. Lohner will provide professional guidance on your options based on your desired outcomes and individual needs. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available at the time of your consultation.
Are there different options for enhancement?
Breast augmentation can be performed alone or in combination with other complementary procedures, such as a breast lift, to return the breasts to a natural, attractive position. If a breast augmentation is right for you, it can also be paired with other body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck for a flatter, tighter midsection or VASER liposuction to create a sculpted figure. By combining procedures, you can achieve dramatic results with only one recovery time, although it is important to note, it generally requires more extensive downtime.
What should I expect during my consultation?
Communicating openly and working with your plastic surgeon will help to ensure the highest satisfaction. During your breast augmentation consultation, be prepared to:
- Discuss why you want breast augmentation surgery including physical and emotional reasons, your expectations, and your desired outcome
- Disclose any medical conditions, drug allergies, and previous medical treatments and surgeries
- Share a current list of all medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Share your family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
- Have a physical examination of your breast size and shape
Ultimately, the criteria listed above are just guidelines to help you get an idea of whether or not breast augmentation is the right choice for you. Breast augmentation is not a one size fits all procedure because each woman has a unique body and specific vision for how she will look post-procedure. The final decision on pursuing a breast augmentation is between you and your doctor. Dr. Lohner has a one-on-one consultation with every patient to discuss her aesthetic goals, give expert advice, and create a treatment plan that will provide optimal results.
Dr. Ronald Lohner is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Dr. Lohner holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last eleven years.
Breast augmentation is a highly personal choice that can help you to become a happier, sexier, and more confident version of yourself. If you are ready to find out if a breast augmentation is right for you and how it can help you love the way you look, call (610) 519-0600 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lohner.