What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon During Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Have you decided to get breast augmentation in Orange Beach, CA? You’re far from alone in that decision. Whether your goal is to enlarge small breasts, correct asymmetry, or reconstruct breast tissue after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, breast implants can significantly improve your physical appearance.

Breast augmentation is the nation’s second most popular cosmetic surgery. Despite its widespread recognition, many women lack the necessary information to make the best decisions regarding their breasts and bodies. If you are considering surgically enhancing your breasts, here are 12 questions you should prepare to ask when you come in for a breast augmentation consultation.

1. Is This Procedure Right for Me?

Deciding to pursue plastic surgery is an intensely personal choice. Your goal should never be about pleasing others or trying to attain an unrealistic body image, but about improving your self-confidence and comfort. Determining whether implants are right for you requires carefully examining what issues you would like to correct with the surgery. Women who are excellent candidates for breast augmentation in Newport Beach meet the following criteria:

  • They have realistic expectations
  • They are physically healthy
  • They struggle with asymmetrical breasts
  • Their breasts are fully developed
  • Their breasts have lost volume during weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process
  • One or both of their breasts failed to develop naturally

2. What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Implant Types?

Dr. Ali Sajjadian will explain the available implant types, including cohesive silicone implants and silicone shells filled with saline solution. After reviewing your medical history and examining your breasts, he will recommend the best implant type for your cosmetic goals.

Saline implants contain a saltwater solution. If the saline leaks, your body will absorb it safely. Saline implants are a little less expensive than their silicone counterparts.

Silicone implants comprise a prefilled silicone gel with a natural breast feel. However, these devices require routine monitoring. You should get an MRI after your implants have been in place for three years to ensure the silicone isn’t leaking, followed by checkups every other year.

Form-stable or “gummy bear” breast implants maintain their shape if the shell ruptures. Much like its namesake, the silicone has a thick consistency, making the implants firmer and less likely to rupture. Their form is more natural, projected at the bottom and tapered at the top. However, placement requires longer incisions with a higher risk of scarring.

3. What Implant Size Is Best for Me?

Dr. Sajjadian uses advanced computer imaging to help him devise a tailored surgical plan, which includes choosing the optimal implant option. For example, if you have naturally smaller breasts and have always dreamed of going up several cup sizes, it’s better to choose modestly sized implants rather than larger ones. Not only will medium-sized implants look more natural, but they will also help you avoid complications like neck and back pain that are likely to happen with a dramatic size increase.

4. Will I Lose Nipple Sensation?

In the first weeks after surgery, you may experience some numbness. Still, your nipples should eventually return to the same level of sensation as before the operation. With larger implants, there may be some degree of lost feeling.

5. Do You Have Before-and-After Images of Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Sajjadian will show you before-and-after photos from his gallery to provide a realistic image of how your breasts will look after recovery. 

6. What Possible Complications Exist, and What Should I Do If There Is One?

Don’t be afraid to ask Dr. Sajjadian about potential complications from your breast surgery. It’s critical to enter into elective surgery knowing about issues that may arise.

Your body reacts to foreign objects like breast implants by forming scar tissue around them. Sometimes, this “capsule” hardens and contracts, causing pain and detracting from your breast augmentation benefits. Dr. Sajjadian employs his surgical skill and advanced techniques to minimize the possibility of capsular contracture.

7. Are Implants Safe During Pregnancy?

Breast implants should not interfere with your ability to get pregnant or carry a healthy baby to term. Your breasts will get more prominent when you’re pregnant due to your body changing in response to pregnancy hormones.

8. Can I Breastfeed Safely?

Yes, you can safely breastfeed your baby with breast implants. First, let Dr. Sajjadian know whether you hope to breastfeed in the future. During surgery, he will place incisions in areas that are less likely to interfere with breastfeeding, like under your breasts, inside your armpits, or around your navel.

9. Will My Breasts Still Feel the Same After Implants?

Both materials used to create breast implants tend to feel like breast tissue, but most women feel silicone implants provide more natural results. However, soft tissue implants will deliver the most realistic results.

10. What Certifications Do You Have?

It’s always critical to ask a potential surgeon about their credentials and certifications. Fortunately, Dr. Sajjadian has an extensive amount of training accreditation. In addition, he is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who continues to study and improve his craft. Learn more about this Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s honors.

11. What Will My Recovery Look Like?

While every patient’s experience will vary, we recommend setting aside at least two weeks to recover. Over the following six to eight weeks, your swelling will continue to go down and scars will fade as your implants settle into their final positions.

12. How Long Will My Implants Last?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can expect your breast implants to last at least 10 years. However, many women choose to exchange or remove their implants as they age, due to lifestyle changes and priorities.

Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Schedule a consultation with triple-board plastic surgeon Dr Ali Sajjadian today to have all your breast implant and augmentation questions answered.

For more information regarding breast surgery, contact our Newport Beach practice online or call (949) 515-0550.