Breast Augmentations: Where to Begin

Craig W. Colville MD, FACS

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Breast Augmentation is one of the Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures (most requested surgical procedures). A Great deal of information has been written on this most popular surgery and breast implant options. Every surgeon’s approach to breast augmentation can be a little bit different.

Early in the process of a patient deciding on a breast augmentation, I like to have the patient concentrate more on the type of look that they want rather than the type of implant or a specific aspect of surgery. Some of the questions that I ask patients during their consultation are these: How do you want to look? What type of lifestyle do you have? What type of clothing do you want to wear? How do you want a dress to fit? How proportionate do you want to look in clothing, in a little less clothing or no clothing? Those are the things that are most important. I ask patients to look at their breasts and to tell me what they like and what they would like to change. Sometimes patients notice that they are unhappy with the lower aspect of breast, but in actuality the center and upper aspect of the breast is either lacking volume, projection or firmness. It is imperative that all questions and concerns are addressed in the consultation.

When it comes to surgery, the exact surgical method, procedure and the type of implant for a breast augmentation will be different for each patient. I cover these details during the consultation process. In addition to a full discussion and exam, I utilize 3D imaging for the patient to see their own body transformed with different shapes, sizes and projections of implants. 3D imaging can help the patient make a more educated decision on what type of implant they would like to have.

In terms of the patient doing research on the topic of a breast augmentation, there are several helpful sources. First, I would encourage the patient to read about breast augmentations on my website and in the blog section of my website. In addition, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has numerous articles and information that are available. Another source would be the Plastic Surgery Channel of which I am a member. The Plastic Surgery Channel has numerous videos and print material on all aspects of the subject of breast augmentation surgery. Always seek a physician who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Ultimately, my goal is to help patients make an educated decision on the look and type of implant they would like to use for their breast augmentation surgery. All of the sources listed above are great tools to utilize when studying the topic of a breast augmentation, however a consultation is the best place to start your breast augmentation journey.

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