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Women often elect to have breast augmentation surgery for their own individual reasons.

Many patients wish to improve the size, shape, and projection of their breasts and believe that cosmetic surgery is a simple and effective way to achieve these results.

Here are eight facts about breast augmentation that patients should consider:

1. Breast Augmentation Does Not Correct Sagging Breasts

Patients with significant laxity, may want to consider a breast lift or mastopexy to tighten breast tissue and remove excess skin.

A breast lift and augmentation are often performed together to improve the fullness and position of sagging breasts.

2. Breast Implants Must Be Maintained

Patients should keep in mind that breast augmentation surgery requires maintenance including replacing implants every 10 years.

Additionally, women with silicone implants should have an MRI three years after their surgery, and every two years after that, to evaluate for any potential leaks or malposition.

3. Establish a Relationship With a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

It is extremely important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation for their skill and experience during and after surgery.

Post-surgery, patients will have routine follow-ups with their surgeon to monitor recovery, manage complications, and evaluate results.

4. Implant Size Is Not the Only Factor to Consider

Many patients may focus on the size of their implants, but shape, texture, and profile are other choices to make with the help of your doctor.

Additionally, some patients forgo implants and elect an autologous fat transfer for their breast augmentation.

5. Discuss Incision Location Before Surgery

During a breast augmentation, an incision must be made to access the breast and place the implant. It can be made under the breast fold, in the underarm, or in the areola.

If being able to breastfeed is especially important to you, request discuss the incision site with your surgeon.

6. Discuss Implant Placement Before Surgery

In addition to incision location, patients should talk with their surgeon about whether their implants will be placed sub-glandular, sub-muscular or sub-pectoral.

7. Results Are Not Immediate

After breast augmentation, patients will be able to note an increased volume of the breasts.

However, it can take six-to-12 months to visualize the final position, shape, and fullness.

8. Stop Smoking at Least 2 Weeks Before Surgery

Patients must stop smoking or using any other nicotine product at least two weeks before your breast augmentation.

Smoking can significantly impair blood circulation and healing after surgery.

If you would like additional information about breast augmentation, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.