Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgical procedures performed today. In 2014, there were nearly 300,000 breast augmentation cases in the United States, making it the number one choice in plastic surgery procedures performed across the country. Although the idea of augmentation conjures images of disproportionately large and/or fake-looking breasts, many women opt for subtle, small implants to improve shape and symmetry. This procedure is equally well-suited for women with naturally small breasts, deflated breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or disproportionately shaped or asymmetric breasts. If the breasts exhibit a moderate to significant amount of sag or droop, a breast lift procedure may be necessary in conjunction with the augmentation to maximize the aesthetic result. Whether its augmentation, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a combination, Dr. Song will work with you to develop a surgical plan designed to deliver the breasts you fondly remember having, or that you’ve always dreamt of.
FINDING THE RIGHT PLASTIC SURGEON FOR YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION
Before having a procedure of any sort, it’s important to pick a surgeon you are comfortable with. Your plastic surgeon should not only be board certified in plastic surgery, but he or she should also be someone that you feel comfortable communicating with. Plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures are very personal and patients have high expectations. Be certain to communicate with openness and clearly express your wishes.
PREPARING FOR YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION
After you select a plastic surgeon, set up an appointment for a consultation. During your consultation for breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Song will listen to your aesthetic goals and surgical concerns. He will guide you through the surgical process and will offer his recommendations based on your body and breast type, skin quality, and surgical goals. Using Illusio, an augmented reality breast imaging system, you will be able to visualize a realistic expectation of surgery on your body in real time. At the end of the consultation process, you will have a firm understanding of breast enhancement surgery, and will be able to make an educated decision on several main points:
✦ Size & Type of Implant (there are literally thousands of round and shaped and saline and silicone implants, but don’t worry, Dr. Song will work with you to pick the right implant to match your vision)
✦ Incision Location
✦ Placement Above or Below the Muscle
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION
- Discussion regarding your medical history
- Discussion regarding the different kinds of breast implants: round, shaped, smooth, textured, saline, silicone gel, gummy bear implants
- Discussion regarding the different type and size implants for your body
- Ask about the surgeon’s undergraduate degree, medical school, training, and residency programs
- Ask to speak with or to read testimonials from other patients
- Have all of your questions addressed. Be sure to state your concerns and fears, as well as your expectations
- Visualize an augmented reality image of augmented breasts on your body in real time
- Ask to see before and after photos
After surgery, you will be sent home in a soft, wire-free, front-opening bra. You will need to wear this bra continuously for the first four weeks to facilitate healing and minimize swelling. Post-operative discomfort is directly related to the size of the implant chosen, but is readily managed with pain medicine and stretching exercises that begin immediately after surgery. You should be able to resume normal daily activities within a few days, and can return to work within one to two weeks. You may return to the gym for non-strenuous activity including walking on the treadmill and riding the stationary bike at two weeks after surgery, and can resume any activity at four weeks.
THE SONG PLASTIC SURGERY DIFFERENCE
At Song Plastic Surgery we do things differently. Dr. Song goes above and beyond what most plastic surgeons do by taking a personal approach and focusing on each patient’s unique needs. Call Dr. Song at 949-701-4454, or contact him by completing our convenient online request form. It is time to enhance your natural beauty and enjoy an incredible result that you will love for years to come.