Top 8 Questions About Breast Implants to Ask Your Doctor

If you are considering getting a breast augmentation, you are not alone. According to the National Plastic Surgery Statistics, there were over 287,085 breast augmentations done in 2019.

For many people, the thought of having surgery can feel quite scary. This is why it is important to know how to ask the right questions about breast implants.

Getting breast implants is also known to increase confidence and make you more comfortable in your own body. Yet, your mind will ruminate with uncertainty until you ask your doctor about the breast implant procedure first.

So the question is when it comes to asking questions about breast implants, how do you know what to ask?

Thankfully, we’ve created this guide to teach you how to ask the right questions about breast implants, as well as the benefits of implants, and more. Keep on reading to learn how to gather the right information before your surgery date!

Find the Right Surgeon First

Before you begin to ask questions about breast implants, you need to know to who you are asking those questions first. This means that you need to find the right surgeon for the procedure.

The truth is that any doctor who graduated from medical school can claim that they offer breast implants. And unfortunately, many doctors are making this claim because of the rise of interest in breast augmentations.

You must ensure your surgeon comes from a list of qualified surgeons for the procedure. From this list, you can interview each doctor with the appropriate questions. Most surgeons offer a free consultation so you can ask questions and learn more about preparing for implants.

Another great way to find the right surgeon is to ask your friends who have had implants. Referrals from satisfied patients are the best way to ensure you are in connection with the right surgeon.

Some questions to ask the surgeon about their qualifications are:

  • How long have you been performing breast augmentation surgeries?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Do you offer different types of implants?
  • How many breast augmentations do you perform per month?
  • How many corrections have you had to make to your previous procedures?
  • Have you had any malpractice lawsuits in the past?
  • Have you experienced any complaints about your work? If so, what were the complaints?
  • Can I see some before and after photos?
  • If I am not satisfied with the results, what can I do?
  • What is the cost of implants? Different types?

It may feel uncomfortable asking some of these questions, yet they are crucial to ensure you are speaking with a qualified surgeon. If you feel awkward, look at this as a learning and growth experience for speaking up in essential moments.

Preparation Questions About Breast Implants

There are several things you should know while preparing for a breast implant procedure. While it is true that breast augmentations are not as technical as other operations, you should still be aware of what you are signing up for.

While preparing for implants, you must know what questions to ask, so you are well prepared.

Some of these questions include:

  • Do I have to refrain from specific exercises before my surgery date?
  • Should I follow a specific diet? If so, what and how long?
  • What type of bras should I purchase after the surgery?
  • Should I take any supplementation while preparing for surgery?
  • What medications do you prescribe for pain?
  • What are the risks associated with breast implants? What could go wrong?
  • Should I quit smoking before the surgery? (If applicable)
  • Should I refrain from alcohol before the surgery?
  • I take specific medications, will there be any contraindications? (Birth control, blood pressure, insulin, etc)
  • Do I need to purchase any first-aid supplies ahead of time? Gauze, tape, antiseptic wash, etc.

Knowing how to prepare will help you ease into the surgery date with more comfort and confidence.

Questions About Implant Surgery Techniques and Concerns

It is normal to feel concerned while considering breast augmentation surgery. You are deciding to willingly be on an operating table while a foreign substance is being placed inside your body. The more questions you ask, the more you voice your concerns, the more confidence you will feel about your decision.

Some questions to ask about the techniques and concerns about breast augmentation are:

  • What type of implant do you recommend I get?
  • How many CC’s do you think is good for my body type and shape?
  • If I end up wanting more CC’s, what would that procedure look like?
  • Will this be over or under the muscle?
  • As a surgeon, which type of implant do you prefer?
  • Is smooth or textured implants an important decision?
  • What does it mean by “overfilling” an implant?
  • Can I see what an implant looks and feels like now?
  • Will I be able to breastfeed after an augmentation?
  • Do you recommend I wait until after having children to have implants?
  • Will I need a lift?
  • What type of anesthesia will you use? Who will administer it?
  • Is that person certified to administer anesthesia?
  • If anything goes wrong, what is your protocol?

Now that you have cleared the questions with preparation, techniques, and concerns, you can now ask questions about the recovery. To do more research on your own time, check out this article about the different implant surgery techniques.

Questions About Breast Implant Recovery

Surgical recovery is a crucial part of any operation, and you must know exactly what to do when you are recovering at home. This is especially important if you are going to be alone for some of your recovery time.

Some recovery questions include:

  • Who will be monitoring me in the recovery room? How?
  • How much pain should I expect?
  • What medications do you administer for pain?
  • What if I react to that medication?
  • What should I avoid doing during recovery?
  • Are there exercises or self massages I should be doing?
  • How can I prevent capsular contracture?
  • How long should I refrain from exercise?
  • How can I reduce the scarring?
  • How can I reach your staff if I have any concerns?

Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions with your surgeon. Most surgeons are experienced with having numerous questions asked in preparation for the procedure, so they will be expecting your questions.

Additionally, your surgeon will have handouts to give you so that you have all the answers with you in case you forget what they have said.

Learn More About Breast Implant Surgery

Now that you are well prepared with the right questions about breast implants, it is time to get started. Remember to take your time during this process, and if it doesn’t feel right, wait until it does.

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