Nearly 300,000 breast implant surgeries are performed nationwide each year. With that in mind, it’s clear that many people believe it is the right choice for them.
As you are beginning your research into breast implants you’ve likely developed a few questions you want answered before meeting with a plastic surgeon. We’ve been working with breast implant patients in NJ for more than a decade and have found that many people are curious about getting implants.
Before delving into those details we find it is important to understand why women get breast implants and why the surgery may or may not be a good fit for you.
Why Women Get Breast Implants
If you feel that your breasts are not as large as you would like, are uneven, sagging or underdeveloped you may be considering getting breast implants. You’re in the company of thousands of other women here in northern NJ who are considering breast implants to enlarge their breasts. Many women choose to pursue breast implant surgery (breast augmentation) to address these issues.
A reassuring fact about breast implant surgery is that it has a very high rate of satisfaction, with 98 percent of women saying that their results met or exceeded their expectations, according to last year’s study by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
Many women report a boost in confidence or self-esteem and a better overall body image. Some have commented their “new body” inspired them to improve their eating habits and exercise more regularly.
Learning if Breast Implants are Right for You
Although breast implant surgery is a very popular procedure, that doesn’t mean it should be a decision you make quickly. It is important to keep in mind that all surgery is serious and none is risk-free.
It’s extremely important to research the procedure and make sure you’re a good candidate before moving forward. Women who begin by researching breast augmentation are generally the best prepared and have the highest satisfaction rates after breast surgery. If it turns out breast surgery is not for you, research will help you determine that with confidence as well. One of the first things you must learn about is finding a surgeon that understands and aligns with your goals.
Choosing a Breast Implant Surgeon
A large part of your research into breast augmentation will involve choosing your surgeon. Making a wise choice helps to ensure the best possible surgical outcome in a number of ways. By choosing an experienced breast surgeon in whom you have confidence, you can go into surgery without undue anxiety. A positive mindset greatly affects your healing process and improves your overall breast implant experience. In addition, your surgeon’s skill will allow him or her to use advanced techniques to reduce scarring, minimize recovery time and achieve the best and longest-lasting breast implant result.
Some of the best breast implant surgeons can be found right here in New Jersey. We recommend looking into your surgeon to make sure they have a current licensure in plastic surgery specifically and hospital privileges. These two items are crucial to determining that your surgeon, at the very least, is qualified to meet with you.
After finding a surgeon that you believe would be a good fit, schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and find out if you’re a good candidate. A dedicated breast surgeon will clearly explain the risks of surgery and anesthesia. They will also tell you if you are a good match for surgery or if they would recommend another procedure.
The Cost of Breast Implants
Breast implants are generally considered cosmetic and elective surgery, which is usually not covered by health insurance unless it is part of a breast reconstruction. Although breast augmentation is not a cheap procedure, you’ll find that some of the best surgeons provide complimentary consultations. That’s because they genuinely want to determine that you’re a good candidate and likely to have an excellent outcome before they move forward.
We recommend trusting your gut feeling after researching a few surgeons. An over-advertised or bargain basement price can be a red flag.
Your surgeon’s skill and experience, as well as the geographical area and length of your surgery will factor into the cost of your procedure. A seemingly low price may not include important aspects, like follow-up visits or anesthesia, or may indicate a tendency to cut corners by hurrying the procedure. If your surgeon makes you uncomfortable by intensely focusing on price–or if you feel pushed, rushed or oversold–think twice before proceeding.
How to Determine if You’re a Fit for Breast Implants
Breast implants may be an option for you if:
- You feel that your breasts are under-developed or too small.
- You believe your figure is out of proportion or out of balance, with smaller breasts in relation to your hips.
- You feel you have limited clothing choices.
- You feel your breasts are flat and would like a curvier or more rounded bust.
- You would like more upper pole fullness to your breasts.
- You feel that your breasts droop or sag or that they have lost shape or volume after pregnancy, weight loss or due to aging.
- Your breasts are asymmetrical in size or shaped differently on each side.
For women who feel that they’re “flat chested” or that “something is missing” and are unhappy with small breasts, breast implants can offer an option to correct the problem. After undergoing breast enlargement surgery with breast implants, women often report a sense of improved self esteem and renewed confidence.
The Breast Implant Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of breast implants to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts. Breast implants are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials to fulfill your unique aesthetic goals. Scars are inevitable with breast implant surgery, but can be minimized with meticulous surgical technique. Your surgeon should explain the method they will use in your specific case to decrease scarring.
Scars will fade and may eventually become thin white lines, generally hidden in the breast crease and around the areola. Scars are not visible when you’re clothed, even when wearing low cut or bikini tops. The most important thing you can do to speed recovery is to follow your surgeon’s advice carefully; both before and after your breast implant procedure.
Here at Cohen/Winters we’ve assisted patients for more than decade with breast implant questions, concerns and procedures. We believe your breast implant surgery should be just as unique as you are, which is why we offer a no-charge consultation in our NJ office.
We want to learn about you and your goals and help you determine if you’re a good fit for surgery. If we don’t think you’re the perfect candidate we’ll tell you why and make some recommendations. We’ll always put your health and well-being before everything else. In our practice, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery is our passion, so we take a thoughtful approach.