Any of the questions within this FAQ section may be asked, however because of time constraints, it is best to ask questions that focus on the negatives, possible complications, and possible re-operations.
- What is the rate of re-operative breast augmentation surgery?
- What are the reasons for early re-operative breast enlargement surgery?
- What are the reasons for late re-operative breast enlargement surgery?
- Will I ever need another breast operation?
- What are the pros and cons of silicone versus saline breast implants?
- Why are there all kinds of different shapes, sizes and textures for implants, which one is right for me?
- Will the position of my implants change over time?
- Will I ever need a breast lift?
- If I decide to have the breast implants removed, and not replaced, will my breasts look deformed?
- Will I be able to breast feed?
- Will the shape and size of my breasts change during, or after pregnancy?
- How does the look of implanted breasts change over time?
- What happens if I don’t like the way my breasts look?
Asking about a surgeon’s credentials and experience should not make one apprehensive. Allowing a surgeon to alter your body is very personal. You must be very comfortable with the surgeon’s credentials, and with his or her understanding of your expectations.
- Can I see some preoperative and postoperative photographs of your work?
- Are you board certified in plastic surgery?
- Do you do many breast augmentations?
- What is your “re-do” percentage?
- What is the most common problem you’ve encountered post-operatively?
You should have at least a general idea of what you expect your breasts to look like after augmentation. After all, if you don’t know, how can you expect your plastic surgeon to get a result you will be happy with. Things to consider include breast implant size, and the particulars of shape such as cleavage, upper breast fullness or slope, and implant projection, or perkiness, placement under the muscle, or over it, incision site, and smooth versus textured implants. You should also consider the advantages and disadvantages of silicone breast implants vs. saline breast implants. All of this information will aid your surgeon in choosing the right implant size and type for you.