It’s a fact of life that when people consider cosmetic plastic surgery, their first stop is usually various online forums and review sites. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important to remember that the information you compile during online searches, even if accurate, may not apply to you. When I consult with a breast augmentation patient at my Gilbert, AZ, practice, for example, she may have an implant size in mind that would not be proportional to her body type even though it looked great on someone’s before-and-after photos.
Vetting answers to online queries about breast augmentation is also important, especially if you don’t know the background or qualifications of the people providing answers. Sites such as RealSelf are typically good sources because the specialists who answer must be board-certified. I’ve earned patients’ trust during my career by providing honest answers to their questions, and in this blog post, I’ll answer some of the most common questions asked online about breast augmentation.
Can breast augmentation help with uneven breasts?
Most women have some degree of breast asymmetry, meaning one breast is slightly larger than the other. Usually the difference is imperceptible, but in some cases, there’s enough discrepancy to make a woman self-conscious. If that’s the case, getting breast implants is a solution. An implant can compensate for the size difference and look completely natural when a board-certified plastic surgeon performs the surgery.
How do I choose the right implants for breast enhancement?
Choosing between saline or cohesive silicone gel implants is largely a personal choice based on what a patient believes will result in a more natural look and feel. When it comes to the size of implants, it’s a bit more complicated, and your surgeon can help after hearing a patient describe their cosmetic goals. Most patients want breasts that look proportional to their bodies, and the surgeon can recommend sizes that will accomplish that goal. Looking at before-and-after photos can help you envision the results you want.
Is breast augmentation painful?
The surgery itself is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, so she remains comfortable throughout the procedure. The amount of discomfort during the recovery varies for each patient, but most of our patients tolerate the recovery quite well. Prescription pain medication can help initially, but often women can rely on over-the-counter pain relief products to manage discomfort.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
As you might expect, the cost of breast augmentation surgery depends on a few variables, including the fee charged by the surgeon, the type of implants used, the geographic location of the practice where you get the procedure, and a number of other factors. In Arizona, women can typically expect to pay from $4,900 to $6,500 for breast augmentation.
How long does it take to recover after breast augmentation surgery?
Again, this will vary from patient to patient. We tell our patients that most women return to work 5 to 7 days after getting breast implants. A patient who schedules breast augmentation for a Thursday may be able to return to a non-physically demanding job on the following Monday. We want patients to walk starting on the day of the surgery, but more strenuous workouts involving the upper body should be postponed for 4 to 6 weeks.
If you’re looking in Phoenix or Gilbert for a plastic surgeon to perform breast augmentation, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or call us at (480) 466-7355 (Gilbert) to schedule an appointment.