How To Know if Breast Augmentation Is Right for You?
There is a lot of information out there on what to expect after breast augmentation surgery. If you are considering breast implants and haven't decided yet if it's right for you, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao and his experienced team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ can answer your questions and discuss the different types of breast augmentation surgery during a private consultation. Read on to learn more about this popular cosmetic surgery and contact our office to help determine if it's right for you.
What are your reasons for considering breast implants?
This is typically one of the first questions asked by a plastic surgeon during a consultation, and it's an important one. Some women desire to have bigger breasts that are more proportional to their body type. Other women consider breast augmentation for uneven breasts. No matter the reason, your decision to have breast augmentation surgery should be solely for you and not for someone else. Patients are more content with their breast implant results if they are less concerned about receiving positive affirmation from someone else. Ensure that your decision to undergo this popular cosmetic procedure will benefit you and your self-confidence before anything else.
How will breast implants impact your lifestyle?
It is important for patients to make an informed decision, which includes knowing what to expect after breast augmentation. Some women are concerned about uneven breasts, while others have different cosmetic concerns. In order to help patients envision their results, progressive practices, like Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ, offer patients a highly advanced imaging platform called Crisalix 3D Virtual Aesthetics that allows them to see their projected breast implants results before surgery. Other aspects that can impact your breast implants decision and what type you should choose are:
- Body type
- Skin elasticity
- Lifestyle or future changes, like having children or weight gain
Am I the right candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
If you are considering this cosmetic procedure, you should be healthy and have fully developed breasts. Candidates for silicone breast implants must be at least 22 years old. Candidates for saline breast implants must be at least 18 years old. Your breasts are unique to you, so if you are unhappy with your breasts' appearance following pregnancy or weight loss, or if you desire to change your natural breasts in size and shape, then breast implants may be the right solution for you. Other aesthetic concerns can include:
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Small breasts
- Breasts that have changed in shape or lost volume due to pregnancy or weight loss
- Breasts disproportionate to their body type
Will breast augmentation for shape enhancement be a permanent option?
A one-time enhancement for patients is typically not possible. Breast implants don't come with a lifetime guarantee. Even though there is no definite expiration date, the typical "shelf life" of breast implants is about 10 – 15 years. Additional surgery may be necessary to alter the shape or size, or replace the existing breast implants with newer ones. Although rare, an implant can also tear or rupture. Breast implants are medical devices that need to be regularly checked and, possibly, replaced at some point and time. Before considering this cosmetic procedure, patients must commit to maintaining their breast implants to reduce the risk of any future complications. At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery, we recommend that patients schedule ongoing checkups as recommended by Dr. Rao.
Deciding whether or not to get breast implants is a personal choice. Patients will need to take time for the consultation, procedure, and downtime after breast augmentation surgery. Knowing facts upfront and consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Rao, is the best way to make an informed decision. He will go over every option for breast implants and discuss a surgical plan that fits your needs to give you the best results. You can even try out the groundbreaking Crisalix 3D imaging to virtually view your potential post-op results.
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact a member of our team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Arun Rao in Tucson, AZ. We also have bilingual Spanish speaking staff available if needed.