Although many breast augmentation patients at my Long Island practice have wanted the surgery for years, some need extra help deciding whether breast implants will help them achieve the look they want. If the answer isn’t as clear-cut for you, take a look at my suggestions for helping you make a good decision:
1. Peruse some photo galleries. These days, most plastic surgeons feature galleries of before-and-after photos right on their websites, making it easy for you to browse through them on your own time. These pictures are a great way for you to evaluate a surgeon’s skill and see the type of results he or she has created for other patients. Pay special attention to patients with body types that are similar to your own. Did they choose large implants for a dramatic increase or smaller ones for a subtle boost? These pictures can help you understand the range of options that might work for you.
2. Try 3-D imaging. At my practice, I offer 3-D imaging with the Axis Three system to help patients see a range of options on their own bodies. This option goes one step beyond before-and-after photos by capturing a special composite image of your own body and then manipulating that picture with software to let you virtually “try on” implants of different sizes and shapes to see how they might look.
3. Schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon. Of course, the best way to decide whether implants can give you the body you want is by seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon in person. It’s vitally important to me to help each woman who walks through my door make the right decision for herself, which is why I’m honest about her candidacy and the results she can expect from her desired procedure. During this appointment, I perform a physical examination to determine the quality of the skin and the amount of existing breast tissue. I also take measurements to ensure an outcome that aligns nicely with the woman’s frame. A great plastic surgeon is honest and realistic and never makes promises he or she can’t keep.