Are you thinking about getting breast implants? Are you tired of not liking what you see in regards to the shape or size of your natural breasts? Do you want to move forward and change the way you look with breast augmentation? Whether your natural breasts have changed with age, weight gain/loss, or pregnancy, or you were just born with small breasts, breast augmentation can be life-changing, giving women in the New Orleans area the opportunity to love how they look.
One of the leading breast augmentation experts in the New Orleans area is board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery. Practicing out of the New Orleans and Metairie LA area, Dr. Walters is highly regarded for his expertise and experience in breast augmentation procedures as well as breast lifts, reductions, and reconstruction. A patient's concerns and needs are at the forefront of his practice to give every person the results they want.
Below, Dr. Walters answers eight of the most common questions asked about breast augmentation so his New Orleans plastic surgery patients can be better prepared before the procedure.
Can I get a quick overview of breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S. because it gives women the immediate results when it comes to reshaping and resizing their breasts. Dr. Walters is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans, LA, who can help determine the right shape, size, and type of breast implant that best suits what you need. Typically, saline or silicone breast implants can be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle which will be determined by Dr. Walters during your initial consultation. Thousands of women undergo this cosmetic procedure every day and as a result are left with more voluminous and shapelier breasts.
What are some reasons why women get breast implants?
With today's advancements in breast implant devices, there are several different options when it comes to the type, size, shape, and material. Patients in New Orleans and Metairie, LA have their own individual reasons as to why they are considering breast augmentation, but some of the most common ones include:
- Small chest so clothes or bathing suits don't fit right
- Weight loss, pregnancy, or age has changed the look of their natural breasts
- Reconstruction due to a mastectomy
- Want to simply look and feel better about the appearance of their chest area
What size breast implant should I choose?
A common question that is asked by women in New Orleans when it comes to breast implants is, "what size should I be"? The trend in implant size has shifted slightly as women become more aware or concerned about looking too big or too “fake”. Women are also becoming more fitness-focused, so they are more cognizant of wanting their enhanced breasts to look more natural and not get in the way of their active lifestyle. Each breast augmentation performed by Dr. Walters can be customized to what each patient aesthetically and physically needs. Your body type, as well as your height, weight, and current chest size, are all factors taken into account at your consultation to determine the best implant size and type.
What type of implant should I select?
Another popular question that goes along with the size of the implant is what type of implant a patient should choose. Today there are several different options compared to implants types in the past. Silicone implants are still the most popular. Saline implants are also an option for some patients. There are also teardrop-shaped "gummy bear" implants that contain silicone and can be indicated in certain circumstances.
Some patients are opting to forgo the use of breast implants altogether and opt for a fat grafting or transfer procedure. This innovative technique extracts unwanted excess fat from another area of the body with liposuction and reinjects it back into the breasts to boost the appearance of their chest in a less invasive option. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans or Metairie, LA, like Dr. Walters, can help determine the right type of implant for you.
Will augmentation improve my sagging breasts?
Breasts that have severe sag (a condition called ptosis) may need a breast lift in order to avoid sagging breast implants. The good news is that both procedures can be completed at the same time. A breast lift, or mastopexy, repositions the breasts for a more perky appearance and removes any excess skin improving the overall look of the natural breasts before the insertion of implants. Dr. Walters will determine during the consultation if a breast lift is needed to optimize the results.
Will I lose nipple sensation?
Some patients do have sensory changes after breast augmentation, especially in women who get larger implants. Although not uncommon to lose some sensation, in most cases it returns within 6-12 months after the procedure or sooner.
Can "post-surgery" blues happen?
While doing breast augmentation research, you may have seen this condition mentioned. It does occur in some patients who struggle after surgery. When changing an aspect of your body, such as with breast augmentation, some patients go into the procedure with high expectations. Days after the surgery, they begin to worry they went too big or too small. The key to any cosmetic procedure is to be patient and let your body heal properly. It takes months for the body to get back to normal and for your new implants to "settle in." The concerns will dissipate, and eventually, you will be enjoying your new look.
How much time do I need for breast augmentation recovery?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, so planning ahead of time makes for a smoother recovery. Patients who do their due diligence before surgery can give their body time to heal and avoid unnecessary complications. Most patients will only need to take a few days off from regular activities and have full time help the first 48-72 hours. Make sure your recovery space is ready and all your medications are available upon your arrival home. Take adequate time off of work, the gym, and other obligations to allow your body time to heal.
Even though breast augmentation is performed daily throughout the country, patients always have important questions that require answers from a reputable plastic surgeon who is experienced in the procedure. Deciding to change your appearance cosmetically is a big decision. Doing your homework before the procedure will only make you better prepared. This surgery can transform the way you look and feel, so finding the right New Orleans plastic surgeon is also an essential part of the process.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters along with his dedicated and professional staff, invite you to schedule a breast augmentation consultation. After a thorough exam, he can answer all your questions about this transformative procedure and customize your breast augmentation experience so you can start loving your new look!