Questions to Ask Before Your Breast Augmentation

One of the most important parts of your journey through plastic surgery is the consultation with your doctor. This is the time for you to have your concerns addressed and your questions answered. Lubbock women might know a thing or two about the procedure; but when it comes to the important questions, only trust your doctor.

How Safe are Breast Implants?

Very. The FDA has concluded through many studies that implants used for breast augmentation are safe. It has even been said that they have been studied more than any other medical device ever.

Should I Choose Silicone or Saline?

The type of implant a woman picks is a personal choice. There are pros and cons that come with each, but there is no right or wrong answer. If a more natural look and feel are important to you, silicone might be your best bet. Saline implants, however, offer more peace of mind when it comes to potential leakage.

What Does the Surgery Involve?

Every experienced surgeon has his or her own specific methods and procedures, and yours will no doubt walk you through them. The relatively routine surgery usually lasts only about an hour or two. Plan to have someone drive you home afterward and stay with you the first night.

What Happens Afterwards?

When your breast augmentation is complete, you will be able to notice immediate results. It is normal to experience some pain after the anesthesia wears off, but the worst of it should only last a day or two. Exercise should be limited during the first couple of weeks, but you will most likely be able to return to normal life very quickly.

There is plenty of information out there about breast implants, but it is important to get your facts from a plastic surgeon you trust. Dr. Rowley is committed to earning her Lubbock patients’ trust through communication, expertise, and skill. Call our office today to schedule a personal no-obligation consultation.

BARGAIN SHOPPING FOR A BREAST AUGMENTATION

Everyone likes to get a deal. We bargain shop for shoes and look for the best prices for our produce. But when it comes to plastic surgery, Lubbock patients looking into breast augmentation get the best deal when their plastic surgery results reflect the talent and training of a board certified surgeon. You don’t want the health risks of a surgery gone bad just to save a little money. Here are a few of those risks you need to consider:

Poor Implant Placement— A talented surgeon can show you where your implants will be placed and how that placement affects your appearance. An inexperienced surgeon might place your implants either too low, too high, too close together or too far apart. An incorrect placement can make your breasts look unnatural or asymmetrical. It’s not just your breast that you want to look good, you also want your cleavage to look natural as well. Implant placement is critical for your results.

Incorrect Implant Size Choice— Finding the perfect implant size for an individual requires clear communication between patient and surgeon. Your body build and appearance expectations all play a role in the implant size you choose. A good doctor will help you see what sizes fit your body type best, so you don’t come out of surgery with a chest that shouts “Bad Boob Job” because implants are clearly too big for your body.

Implant Wrinkling or Rippling— Breast augmentation is both science and art. How your surgeon places your implants, what type of implants you choose, how your implants are filled can all have an effect on whether or not your implants wrinkle or ripple under your skin. An expert plastic surgeon will look at your breast tissue carefully to determine the best plan for implant placement.

You want the outcome of your surgery to be your dream come true. You’ve heard the adage that you get what you pay for. Surgery is not the time to bargain shop. For trusted results, Lubbock patients have been visiting Dr. Jane Rowley for over 20 years. She understands the little and big details of breast augmentation and carefully consults with her patients before any surgery happens. You can have confidence in your surgeon when you choose Rowley Plastic Surgery. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more about your breast augmentation options.

What’s the Difference Between Saline, Silicone, and Structured Breast Implants?

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Aside from size, implant type may be the most important decision regarding breast augmentation. For years, patients had to choose between saline and silicone. Saline is often perceived as safer yet may not feel as natural. Silicone is better known for a realistic feel but puts some patients at risk of silent ruptures. Now there’s a third option – structured implants, also known as Ideal Implants. These offer natural feel of silicone with the peace of mind of saline.

Here’s a closer look at all three implant options for Lubbock patients seeking breast augmentation.

Saline

Typically cited benefits of saline implants in breast augmentation are safety and lower age restrictions. Saline implants are approved for patients 18 and older, and if a rupture does occur, the sterile saltwater solution simply absorbs into the body safely. The downside is that a saline implant is much like a water balloon. It lacks structure, and therefore can lack a natural look and feel.

Silicone

Silicone implants look and feel much more like natural breasts when used for breast augmentation. They are limited to patients 22 and older, however, and silicone is a sticky substance that the body can’t absorb. Instead, ruptured silicone can become trapped near the rupture site and eventually cause breast pain or a change in breast shape. This is called a silent rupture because it’s only detectable on an MRI. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration recommends patients who choose silicone implants with their breast augmentation surgery get an MRI every two years, which can add to the overall cost and aftercare of the surgery.

Structured

A newer option available now is structured implants. They combine a structured yet flexible shell with a saline solution filling, giving the look and feel of natural breasts from the structure and the peace of mind of silicone. Additionally, patients can tell if they’ve had a rupture just by looking in a mirror. This saves on the cost, inconvenience, and radiation exposure of MRIs.

Saline, silicone, and structured all have their place in the breast augmentation world.  Since each patient is different, it’s important to discuss the options with a trusted professional like Lubbock’s most experienced surgeon, Dr. Jane Rowley.  Dr. Rowley seeks to understand your preferences, needs, and body type. Together, you can discuss the best option for you. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today.