Cosmetic surgery, such as breast implants, continues to grow in popularity. Before undergoing breast augmentation, there are a number of implant options to consider in choosing the right type, size, and shape for you. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery offer their expertise and surgical experience with breast augmentation by helping Jacksonville, FL patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Today, there are more enhanced surgical techniques that allow for quicker recovery. Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery is excited to offer Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics, enabling patients to view different sizes and types of implants on their body by wearing a virtual reality headset. This technology helps you to feel confident about your decision and appearance. Read on to learn more about what you should know before breast augmentation and how being better prepared before your surgery helps you get the results you want.

Why choose breast implants?

Every individual has their own reasons for considering breast augmentation. Breast implants can give patients fuller, larger breasts while adding more curves to their profile, resulting in some women feeling more confident and sexier after breast augmentation. Other reasons patients consider breast implants are:

  • Natural breasts look deflated and lack volume due to age, pregnancy, or weight loss

  • Small-chested women who have a disproportionate body frame

  • Reconstructive surgery due to a mastectomy or lumpectomy

5 Things to know before getting breast implants

Ask for referrals

Personal references are a helpful starting point when trying to find a plastic surgeon. Family and friends willing to share their experience can give a personal account of their plastic surgeon, and you can see their results firsthand. It is even helpful to ask individuals in the healthcare field. Nurses, doctors, or others in the medical industry will have useful knowledge of well-known plastic surgeons and possible suggestions on who to consult. Getting referrals and doing the research before a consultation allows patients to be more prepared and comfortable about their decision.

Seek out plastic surgeons with experience

With cosmetic procedures, especially breast augmentation, it is essential to find a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. It is considered major surgery. Patients should feel comfortable with their surgeon's level of experience with this type of cosmetic procedure. Seeing augmentation before-and-after photos of actual patients will give you a better understanding and more insight on the size, shape, incision areas, and more before the procedure.

Decide if a fat transfer or breast implant is right for you

With today's surgical and cosmetic advances, breast implants are not the only option for augmentation. Fat grafting procedures are rapidly increasing in popularity every year. Patients can opt to have liposuction to extract unwanted fat from another area to give their natural breasts more volume and shape. However, patients wanting to go up two or more sizes will likely have to consider a more traditional method of augmentation with breast implants.

Know your breast implant options

There are several factors to consider when picking the right breast implant. Working closely with an expert plastic surgeon, like the ones at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, helps make this process less overwhelming. With professional advice from their plastic surgeon, patients need to consider the following options:

  • Shape – teardrop or round

  • Texture – smooth or textured shell

  • Size ­­­– fits a patient's body type and proportions

  • Skin elasticity and amount of breast tissue

Breast lift with augmentation

Breast augmentation alone won't help correct sagging breasts (ptosis), and adding implants exacerbates the problem. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that can correct sagging breasts. It involves removing any excess, loose tissue to reposition the natural breasts to a higher location on the chest before inserting breast implants. It can also include repositioning the areolas and nipples if necessary. A breast lift can be done in conjunction with breast augmentation, allowing patients to heal from both in one recovery.

What is next?

By the end of a consultation, patients will have a better understanding of their surgeon's qualifications and a customized plan for their breast augmentation surgery. Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery offers a diverse group of board-certified plastic surgeons who have extensive surgical experience with breast augmentation procedures. If you live in the greater Jacksonville, FL area and have additional questions about breast enlargement surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.


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