My Houston breast augmentation patients often contact my office with a lot of questions — and that’s a good thing. It’s important to me that my patients remain informed throughout the entire process. I want them to have the knowledge to help them make the best decisions for themselves and to feel confident and excited about those decisions.
Here are my top 3 choices for the questions you should ask your surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation:
- Is breast augmentation safe? Although surgical breast augmentation is one of the safest cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. today, it still carries some degree of risk, as any surgery does. Many of these risks are related to the anesthesia used during surgery. Other risks that are specific to breast augmentation, such as capsular contracture, are not life-threatening, but they may require revisionary surgery. Some people are also concerned about the safety of silicone implants. Let me reassure patients — silicone implants are as safe as saline. They were re-approved by the FDA in 2006 after more than a decade of study. Today, silicone gel-filled implants are just as popular as saline implants, and many people believe that they look and feel more natural.
- Do you have before-and-after photos? It’s imperative that a surgeon offer before-and-after photos of his or her previous patients. These are a wonderful resource for potential patients who wish to evaluate a surgeon’s skill and his or her aesthetic approach. These photos, which may be available on the surgeon’s website, should include a variety of body types to help you gain a good understanding of how your own results might look.
- What are my options? Today, breast augmentation patients have seemingly countless options for the specifics of their surgeries. Implant size, implant profile, incision location, and implant type are just some of the choices that patients must make, and a good surgeon provides thoughtful guidance throughout the entire process.