Have you always wanted larger breasts? Or have you lost volume after pregnancy, breast-feeding or weight loss?
These are the most common reasons women seek breast augmentation. The decision to undergo breast augmentation can be exciting and scary all at once. We understand this because we’ve been there. Dr. Gordon, Brandy and over half of the staff at Restora Austin have undergone breast enhancement. We know that you are excited about the idea of throwing out all of those padded bras and looking great in AND out of your clothes, but you may be nervous about choosing the right implant size or looking fake. When you choose Restora Austin, you can put your fears to rest. Dr. Reid and Dr. Gordon have a reputation for creating the most natural-looking breasts after augmentation. The fact that you have implants can be our little secret. One of the keys to Drs. Reid and Gordon’s success is their commitment to individualized care. One size does not fit all, and many factors must be considered. The goal of breast augmentation should be to enhance, rather than to overwhelm, your figure. We want your implants to become your best accessory and to never interfere with your lifestyle.
As you can probably already tell if you’ve explored our website, one of our passions is patient education. We believe the more information you have before your consultation, the more in-depth the conversation we’ll have when you come in to meet with us. While the internet can be a fantastic resource and a great starting point for women who are curious about breast augmentation, a lot of the information is outdated and generic.
We do things a little bit differently here at Restora Austin, as we constantly strive to provide the ultimate experience in plastic surgery. Our success as one of the busiest breast augmentation practices in the USA is a direct result of that experience and the connection we make with our patients. We want to give you a glimpse of what you can expect when you choose us, so what better way to do that than to chronicle the journey of one of our patients, Lauren, from her initial consultation, to the day of her surgery through recovery to her six-month follow-up? The video entitled, “The Insider’s Guide to Breast Augmentation”, has been a great tool in eliminating the anxiety and fear of the ‘unknown’ and in providing an accurate overview of our specific process. Many of your questions will be answered, but more importantly, you’ll learn the reasoning behind Drs. Gordon & Reid’s approach. The video has been very well received by patients with many commenting that it answered questions they didn’t even know they had. We hope you find it helpful too.
We couldn’t possibly cover everything related to breast augmentation in the video, so we compiled a list of other commonly asked questions in the section below. Please continue reading the “HOT TOPICS; Breast Augmentation” in the section to the right. As you read, write down your list of questions and/or concerns and bring them to your consultation. We want to ensure you have all of the information you need to make this very important decision.
Breast Augmentation Basics
WHO IS THE “TYPICAL” BREAST AUGMENTATION PATIENT?
Breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States, so there really isn’t a “typical” patient. Women choose breast augmentation for very personal and diverse reasons. We have patients in their late teens to mid- 60’s who simply want to enhance their size. Many of our patients are women who once had full, perky breasts, but pregnancy or breast-feeding left their breasts deflated and droopy. Full, shapely breasts can make a woman feel more feminine, attractive and confident, so it’s no wonder that more and more are choosing breast enhancement.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
We want to know what is motivating you to consider breast augmentation, so we can help you best achieve your aesthetic goals. You are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation if you are healthy and have specific concerns about the size and shape of your breasts. You should be internally motivated and are doing this for yourself and not from pressure by your husband or partner. You also must have realistic expectations about what implants can and cannot achieve. While you may have an idea of what you want your “ideal” breasts to look like, it’s important to know that what nature has given you may limit the outcome. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation, and we will explain how your unique “Breast-Print” may affect your results.
HOW DO I SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR MYSELF?
This is a very important question, because we don’t want you or any other patient to be disappointed with their result(s). Honest communication between you and your surgeon is of utmost importance.
These are the three most common ideas that lead to UNrealistic expectations in breast augmentation:
- that an implant alone will correct all issues with the breast
- that an implant alone will change the shape of the breast
- that all asymmetries will be corrected
Every woman has a different breast shape and breast structure, and the “canvas” we start with isn’t blank. Our surgeons will listen to your concerns about your breasts, and they will point out unique features of your breast that will influence your final breast shape and position after surgery. Many patients don’t realize that implants will make their breasts larger, but they won’t necessarily change their shape, and they won’t change the position on your chest wall. Implants also cannot lift your breasts if your nipples are below the IMF, and you really need a breast lift. It’s helpful when looking at B&A pictures to not just look at the after photos. Look back and forth between the 2 front images and, and you’ll see what we mean; the “before” dictates the “after”. While implants can greatly improve the appearance of the breasts, they are not designed to correct every concern.
At your consultation, we will discuss your unique Breast-Print. Think of this like your fingerprint. It’s unique to you and takes into consideration your specific breast anatomy like:
- the distance between your breasts
- prominence of your breast bone or sternum
- the position of your breasts on your chest wall
- the position of your right and left IMF (infra-mammary fold) or breast crease
- the distance between the bottom of your areola and the IMF
Here’s a list of other factors that will influence your result:
- your natural breast shape and size
- the quality of your skin, especially the dermis, which provides support
- elasticity of your skin (how much it stretches)
- the size, position and direction of each nipple and areola
- degree of projection of each nipple and areola
- the definition or strength of the IMF (infra-mammary fold) on each side
- curvature of your rib cage or prominence of certain ribs
- curvature of your spine (scoliosis)
Take a look in the mirror again or, better yet, take a picture of your breasts and see if you can identify some of these factors. Having knowledge of your unique features will help you better understand what results you can expect for yourself.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BREAST LIFT?
This question comes up all the time, and depends on several factors, so we’ve dedicated an entire section to this topic: To Lift or Not to Lift.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR BIG DAY
Will I need to stop any of my medications before surgery?
You will be advised to stop taking certain medications and vitamins or herbal supplements that can contribute to excess bleeding 2 weeks prior to surgery. You will be given a full list of medications to discontinue, but the most common ones are Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E and Aspirin. Please be sure to include all vitamins and supplements you are taking on your health history form.
Does smoking affect the healing process, and if so, how far in advance of surgery should I quit?
We recommend you quit smoking 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. Smoking can lead to delayed wound healing and increase your risk of infection.
Will I need a mammogram prior to my surgery?
If you are under the age of 40 and do not have a family history of breast cancer, you do not need a mammogram prior to surgery. If you are close to 40, we may recommend that you have a baseline mammogram prior to surgery. If you are 40 or older, you will need a mammogram performed within the last year prior to surgery.
Will I need any other tests or blood work done?
Lab work will be performed prior to surgery to ensure that you are not anemic, do not have an infection, and are not pregnant. Based on your medical history, you may be asked to have additional laboratory studies or other diagnostic tests to ensure your overall health and breast health.