Breast Implants: How Much Research Should You Do?

Breast Implants: How Much Research Should You Do?

More information is available at our fingertips regarding plastic surgery than ever before. Many of the women considering breast augmentation at our Columbia, MO, practice arrive at their consultations having researched every last detail about breast implants, including the size and type of implant.

I encourage patients to research procedures they’re considering, but I recommend that breast augmentation patients focus on exploring the overall look they want, rather than trying to choose a specific implant size. In this post, I’ll explain the information that can help you get the results you want and why it’s important to have an open mind at your consultation.

TMI (Too Much Information)

When a breast augmentation patient says right off the bat that she knows the size and type of implant she wants, it often turns out that the patient changes her mind by the end of the consultation. That’s also true of patients who say they want a specific implant placement, either under or over the muscle. It’s best to wait until you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before choosing the size and type of implants, along with their placement.

Why? Because plastic surgeons can help determine what implants will best meet their patients’ goals based on their body types, how much existing breast tissue they have, and other physical factors that patients typically don’t consider.

What Should You Research?

Knowing what you want the final results to look like is a great place to start a conversation about breast implants with your plastic surgeon. Describing the types of clothes you want to wear, whether you lead an active lifestyle, and whether you want results that look more natural or that create more cleavage can all help a plastic surgeon narrow down the choice of implants. Your research should also focus only on plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS certification requires years of advanced training and experience that other plastic surgeons don’t necessarily have.

How to Research

I recommend looking through the before-and-after photo galleries of the plastic surgeons you’re considering. This will provide you with plenty of cases that they’ve showcased, so you’ll see whether they produce the kind of results you like. RealSelf is a valuable resource for reading what other women say about their breast augmentation experiences and reading reviews of plastic surgeons. Many plastic surgeons have YouTube channels with useful videos.

As you do your research, develop a general idea about what you like, rather than getting fixated on a specific size or how a certain celebrity looks. Remember that what looks great on someone else may not match your body type.

Once you’ve completed your research and browsed my gallery of breast augmentation before-and-after photos, you can contact us using the online form to schedule a consultation or call us at (573) 443-5500.

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John J. Seaberg, MD, FACS