Summary: Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, and for good reason. Women choosing breast implants typically enjoy a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence along with a sexier, more feminine figure. If you’re considering implants, a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is the best place to start. Here are three questions you should ask during your visit to help ensure beautiful results.

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1. Am I a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for breast augmentation should be highly informed and have realistic expectations. While breast augmentation surgery can undoubtedly improve the look of your breasts, it should not be used for other reasons such as improving your life or fixing a broken relationship. Your cosmetic goals should be discussed with your surgeon in detail prior to surgery to make sure that you have practical hopes for the outcome of your enhancement.

2. How Do I Know What Size to Choose?

Once you’ve decided to get breast implants, there are many decisions that must be made, but the most difficult of these is determining the right implant size. This should be a main topic of conversation during your consultation. Many women are concerned that if they opt for a smaller implant, the result won’t be noticeable enough and they will later regret not going larger. Others worry that if they choose larger implants, the result will be too dramatic and cause them to feel self-conscious about their new breast size. In the end, it’s important for the patient to choose an implant size that will make her feel comfortable and confident about her new breasts.

There is a happy medium that can be achieved by using your surgeon’s input. Based on his or her many years of experience and the help of tools like 3D imaging, you can feel confident about selecting the perfect size for your body’s frame, shape and proportions.

3. Will I Need a Breast Lift?

If a patent is happy with the location and perkiness of her breasts, implants may be all that is needed to create the look they hope for. However, breast implants will not correct sagging or asymmetry that are very common due to age, weight loss and breastfeeding. Instead, they simply increase breast size and volume.

For some women, incorporating a breast lift into augmentation surgery is an excellent way to address droopiness as well as asymmetry. By reshaping natural breast tissue and adding implants, your surgeon can restore a perky, youthful appearance to your figure. Combining these two procedures into one offers a more comprehensive approach to help ensure total patient satisfaction. Following an exam to determine tissue and skin quality, your surgeon will be able to determine whether breast augmentation, a breast lift or a combination of the two will be necessary to achieve your desired aesthetic result.

Why Communication Matters

A consultation is a very important step in your breast augmentation journey. It’s imperative that you use your consultation time to talk openly and honestly to your plastic surgeon about your goals and expectations. You should also use that time to make sure every question you have about the surgery gets answered. The best plastic surgeons will make every effort to ensure that all aspects of your surgery are discussed ahead of time, and make sure you are informed and confident about your decision to move forward with breast augmentation surgery.