Your Breast Augmentation / Enhancement Consultation
Confidence, sex appeal and self-love directly relate to how we feel about ourselves and as part of this, our bodies too. When we’re feeling insecure, anxious or embarrassed about a part of our body, our self-confidence takes a beating as well.
And as much as we like to embrace ourselves just as we are, having breasts that you aren’t comfortable with can impact your confidence, how you feel about yourself and what you project out onto the world.
So if you’ve dreamed of having perfect, well-balanced breasts, it might be time to investigate Breast Enhancement surgery. Here are three steps to get you through your first Breast Enhancement Consultation and on the way to perfect breasts.
Step 1. First and foremost, you need to do your research. Even before you’ve had your first consultation, you need to know what to expect before, after and during surgery and research the type, size and placement of implants you’d like to get. It’s important to keep in mind that breast enlargement is an important decision and one that will impact your life for years should you decide to go ahead with the surgery.
At Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Nezami takes the time to go through all of the options relating to breast augmentation and enhancement, including the type of implants desired. Breast implants fit into two categories: saline and silicone. Dr. Nezami will not use silicone implants on anyone under the age of 22, but saline can be used on patients over 18. This is FDA requirement.
Both implants are similar in appearance as they have outer shells made of silicone (and you should get a chance to feel the implants during your consultation), but are actually quite different.
With saline implants, there is an injection port in the implant where the saline solution (i.e. sterile salt water) is inserted into the implant during surgery. Meanwhile, silicone implants come pre-filled by the manufacturer.
There are different profiles and sizes of saline and silicone implants. Saline implants aren’t as soft and natural looking as silicone, and silicone implants are more expensive.
You should know too that both saline and silicone implants will leak and need to be changed at some point during your lifetime. Saline implants will leak into the implant capsule and then be absorbed by your body and eliminated via your urine. You’ll know a leak has occurred because the breast will decrease in volume.
There was some controversy with the hazards of silicone implant leakages in the past, but today in order to get FDA approval, silicone gel implants had to undergo significant changes and improvements. The silicone implants now have a cohesive gel which means that if the implant is damaged the gel will stay together in the capsule (scar) that your body forms around the implant. The appearance or the volume of your breast will not change. It’s recommended by the FDA to have an MRI three years after your breast surgery and two years after that in order to detect silicone implant leaks.
While you’re conducting the rest of your research, you might like to collect photos and images of breasts you like the appearance and shape of and speak to friends and family who have had the procedure done as well.
You should also be aware of the complications that can come with Breast Augmentation and Enhancement Surgery. No surgery is without risk, and being fully aware of the side effects and possible complications is crucial.
Step 2. During your consultation
When selecting a plastic surgeon to speak with, start with a short-list and make sure the American Board of Plastic Surgery has certified them. We always recommend choosing a surgeon that has more experience (i.e. has been practicing for longer) as this will usually lead to a better result. For example, Dr. Nezami at Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center has over 34 years of experience.
When you meet with each of the surgeons on your short-list, ask to see before and after photos of both breast enhancement/augmentation surgeries and also other surgeries so you can see their skill level. You should be looking for four things: symmetry, proportion, beauty and aesthetic appeal.
Most plastic surgeons will also have patient testimonials that you can read through.
Pay attention to the way each surgeon conducts your first consultation, as this will give you an indication of his or her bedside manner and style. They should take their time, be happy to answer any of your questions, examine you, find out more about your current overall health and discuss your goals and expectations. They should also be honest and let you know straight away if your expectations are unrealistic so you avoid disappointment after surgery.
At Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center, part of your consultation will include 3D Photographic Simulation. This revolutionary new technology allows you to preview what the end result of your breast augmentation surgery will look like from all viewpoints. Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center is the only practice in Jacksonville offering this new technology.
A normal consultation should last around 45-minutes, 30-minutes at a minimum.
You can read our blog: “What to expect and how to benefit from your first breast enlargement consultation first consultation” to make sure you get all of your questions answered and the information you need during this time.
Make sure you end the session with comprehensive quote that lists all of the fees and charges associated with your surgery. At Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center, we take the time to clearly explain the charges to you, which include Dr. Nezami’s surgical fee, the charge for an M.D. anesthesiologist, implants supplies, follow-up sessions, operating room costs and any lab work required.
Step 3. Once you’ve completed your due diligence, you should have a fairly good idea of whether you’d like to proceed with the surgery and which surgeon you would like to use.
If you haven’t found a cosmetic surgeon you like – keep looking. It’s important that you have full trust and faith in your surgeon. If you’re unsure, you can book in for another consultation and ask any lingering questions. You can even bring a friend or family member to help you with your decision.
At no time during the consultation process should you feel pressured to book in for surgery. At Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center, you will never be pressured to schedule your surgery and we give you the space and freedom to think carefully about your decision.
When you’re ready to proceed, you can book in your surgery date and begin making preparations for before and after your surgery. It’s a good idea to ask your plastic surgeon for a checklist of things to do before and after surgery and to ask a friend to be with you for at least 24- 48 hours after your surgery.
For more information on post-op care, watch out for our upcoming blog post: “How to take care of your breasts after Breast Enhancement Surgery”, or call Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center at (904) 399 5061