Breast Augmentation Consultation Series: Part One

Imagine that you are ready to take the plunge and have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Many factors are considered in making the right choices when it comes to having a breast augmentation. In this two-part article we will examine what a consultation is like and the four steps that go into the decision-making process for your implants.

Picture yourself walking into Dr. Farber’s office. You are there because you want to improve the appearance of your breasts. Perhaps you feel that your breasts are too small. You are now ready for a change. Maybe you have had children and after nursing or other body changes, your breasts have lost their perkiness, or you lost a cup size. Maybe you just feel like you want to have larger breasts, with no reason other than that they would make you feel prettier.

Whatever your reason, it is important to share it with your doctor. Telling him your needs will help him understand your aesthetic goals and help you achieve optimum results.

It is helpful to bring pictures of someone you would like to look like. Although you can use words to describe what you want to Dr. Farber, pictures are more effective to get an exact idea of the look that you wish to achieve. Make sure the photos are of women who have the same body size and shape as you. It’s important that your expectations are realistic for your body type.

According to Dr. Farber, an expert in breast enhancement surgery in South Florida, “There are four key elements that must be addressed to achieve an excellent result. The best breast surgeons no longer use the same implant or a range of implants for every patient. Dr. Farber takes the time to individualize the treatment for each and every patient because he understands that women’s bodies are all different and every patient has a different aesthetic goal.   The four key elements are the following:

  1. Type of implant
  2. Size of implant
  3. Placement in the body
  4. Placement of incision

These criteria are all carefully weighed before a breast enlargement surgery. This article will explore the first two of these options.

1. Selecting the Type of  Implants for Breast Enhancement

There are two main categories of implants: saline and silicone.

Saline implants are made with silicone shells that are filled with saltwater.

Who chooses saline over silicone for breast enlargement?

  • Age. The law states that if you are under the age of 22, you can only get saline implants.
  • Cost. Saline costs less than silicone. If the patient is on a budget, this may be the way to achieve their goal while staying within their budget.
  • Women who have had saline in the past and are happy with the result but want to replace their implants. Implants generally last 10 – 15 years).

Silicone implants are also called memory gel or cohesive gel. The newest type of silicone implants is commonly called “Gummy Bear” implants. This is because if they are cut in half, they actually look like the inside of a gummy bear. This is important because the silicone maintains its shape if the implant were to rupture.

People choose silicone for several reasons:

  • More natural looking appearance and more natural feel. Silicone breast implants also come in teardrop shapes to simulate a more natural appearance.

Now that the type of implant has been decided, the next step is deciding on a size.

2. Selecting a Cup Size for Breast Enlargement

YDr. Farber emphasizes good communication with his patients. He often poses the following scenario to better understand his patients and their aesthetic goals.

You have recently undergone a breast augmentation. You are meeting a friend for lunch. You would like it if:

  1. Your friend can’t tell any difference in your body.
  2. Your friend notices your breasts look bigger, but they look natural.
  3. You friend notices your breasts look bigger and they have a slightly augmented appearance.
  4. Your friend thinks you look like Pamela Anderson.

While these questions may seem trivial, they are critical in helping identify the best size implant for you.  You may want to increase just by one small cup size, or maybe you want a more augmented look. It’s all up to you, but there are some factors to consider. Dr. Farber has the just the right method to make your breast enhancement perfectly tailored to fit your body.

Dr. Farber  uses a bio-dimensional approach to help match the implant size to your anatomy.  It is critical to ensure that the width of the implant correctly matches the width of the chest. After measuring your body width, Dr Farber will give you a special form-fitting bra. From there you will try on a wide array of implants of all sizesThis will allow you to see how you will actually look with the implants in place.

The bottom line is that people come in all shapes and sizes and thus, desire all kinds of shapes and sizes for their new breasts. Dr. Farber is very cognizant of this and will do everything necessary to guide you through the process of selecting the perfect new breasts for your body. If you’re ready for a new look and a new you, contact Farber Plastic Surgery for a consultation today. Call (561) 503-2700 or click here to fill out a form online.

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