When you make the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery, there are seemingly endless things to think about: what your results will be like, how long recovery will take, whether or not you will need to take time off of work, and more. Arguably the most important consideration, however, is your selection of a surgeon. Choosing a qualified, certified, and highly experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure is essential for ensuring the best chance for a safe, uncomplicated surgery and a beautiful outcome.
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient service and care, making him one of the most respected and in-demand surgeons in the Greater New Orleans area. Specializing in a variety of procedures, Dr. Walters can help you achieve your aesthetic goals through cosmetic surgery.
How do I get started with a breast augmentation in New Orleans?
If you are considering getting breast implants in New Orleans, you are not alone! Without a doubt, breast augmentation is one of the most commonly requested procedures year after year. As with any procedure, it is important to research all of your options before making the final decision to undergo surgery. The first step toward getting breast augmentation is to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your initial consultation, you will be able to ask questions to help you get a better idea of the surgeon’s training and experience, what your surgical options are, and what kinds of results are possible.
What questions should I ask during a breast augmentation consultation?
Your consultative appointment is the perfect opportunity to meet your potential surgeon and ask any questions that you have about the procedure. Some topics you may consider discussing during your breast augmentation consultation include:
- The surgeon’s background: Be sure to ask questions about the surgeon’s education and training. Find out what certifications and titles he or she holds.
- The surgeon’s experience: While many plastic surgeons perform breast augmentations, some are more experienced and/or talented with the procedure than others. Find out how many breast augmentations your potential surgeon has performed, and ask to see before-and-after photos of some of his or her patients.
- The surgical facility: In addition to having a capable surgeon perform your procedure, it is important that it takes place in an accredited facility. Find out what equipment is available and whether or not you will be able to stay overnight if needed.
You can also find a wealth of information online. Make sure to read reviews on the surgeon’s website as well as third-party websites and browse photo galleries specific to breast augmentation.
Once you feel that you have all of the information you need about the surgeon and the surgical facility, it is a good idea to discuss the specifics about the procedure itself and what you can expect before, during, and after surgery.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the volume of a woman’s breast through the use of artificial implants – either saline or silicone gel – or fat transfer to the breast.
What is the recovery like after a breast augmentation?
It is extremely important to have a realistic idea of what your breast augmentation recovery will be like so that you can plan accordingly. In the first 1 – 2 days after the procedure, patients can expect some level of discomfort, swelling, and significantly limited upper body mobility. Your doctor will give you medication to help relieve your symptoms, but it is imperative that you plan to have around-the-clock help during these first few days. This is particularly important for patients with young children.
After about a week, most patients begin feeling a little bit more like themselves, though there is still a considerable amount of swelling, bruising, and possibly discomfort. On average, patients take about two weeks off of work to recover from their breast augmentation. A longer period may be needed if the patient’s job requires heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity.
The majority of the swelling should subside after about 4 – 6 weeks, but your breasts will continue to undergo changes as the implants settle into place, and your final results may not be visible for several months.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
The best way to find out whether you are a candidate for breast augmentation is to be evaluated by a reputable plastic surgeon. In general, ideal candidates for the procedure are:
- In good health
- Over the age of 18 (or 22, for silicone gel implants)
- Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Have healthy motivations and realistic expectations for the procedure
If you are interested in breast augmentation in New Orleans, call our convenient Metairie, LA location to schedule your consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters today. Let us help you achieve – or restore – the body of your dreams!