Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation: 9 Questions to Ask

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation: 9 Questions to Ask

Congratulations on considering breast augmentation surgery! Thousands of women opt to enlarge their breasts each year, and breast augmentation has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States for 14 years. 

At Matthew J. Lynch, MD, in East Windsor, New Jersey, we know that scheduling any type of surgery can be stressful. And when that surgery impacts your appearance and confidence, your nerves can skyrocket, making choosing a surgeon even more difficult. 

As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Lynch knows how essential the right surgeon is when it comes to the outcome of your breast augmentation. So he and the team put their heads together to create this list of must-ask questions before choosing your breast augmentation surgeon. Keep reading for the information you need!

1. What are your qualifications?

With breast augmentation, you want a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Be sure to ask them about their other qualifications, including:

A qualified surgeon will not be offended by these questions and should be more than happy to discuss them with you. 

2. Do you specialize in breast augmentation surgery?

Just because a surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery doesn’t mean they specialize or even have much experience with breast augmentation. Be sure to ask potential surgeons these follow-up specialization questions:

You’ll also want to look at before-and-after pictures and be sure to ask them for patients with current breasts and aesthetic goals similar to yours. 

3. What is your rate of capsular contracture (a type of breast augmentation complication)?

One common type of post-op complication with breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which occurs when hard scar tissue forms around the implant. Ask your surgeon about their rate of the complication, their reoperation rate, and what steps they recommend you take if you experience a complication. 

4. What are my implant options?

Breast implants come in different shapes filled with different materials. Ask your surgeon about the types of implants they offer and which they recommend for you. You’ll also want to ask their opinion about your desired size. 

5. How long will my implants last?

Breast implants last a long time, but not your lifetime. Most should last at least ten years, and many can last much longer. Ask your surgeon about how you can get reliable results and what you can expect over time. 

6. How will aging or pregnancy affect my implants?

As your breasts change over time or with other factors, like pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and skin changes, your breast implants may change in their appearance, too. Ask your doctor about what you can expect as you age or encounter other factors, and what they can do to help if necessary in the future. 

7. Are there any risks during my breast augmentation surgery?

All surgeries come with risks, and your breast augmentation surgeon should be willing to cover them with you. Some of the risks vary depending on the type of implant you choose, and some are the same risks that accompany any surgery, like complications with anesthesia. 

8. Which implant and incision locations do you think will be best for me?

Your surgeon can place your implants below or above your chest muscles. The right placement for you depends on the size of your natural breasts and the type of implant you’re getting. 

When it comes to breast augmentation incisions, surgeons may opt to use different types, including:

Less commonly, a surgeon may make the incision around the belly button. Ask your provider which incision location they think will be best for you and what kind of scarring you can expect. 

9. Do you think I’m a good candidate for breast augmentation? 

Your surgeon should review your medical history, current health condition, and perform a physical exam as part of your breast augmentation consultation. They should discuss whether you plan to get pregnant in the future and review your goals. Based on these factors, they should be able to tell you whether you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation. 

Ready to learn more about breast augmentation surgery? Contact the team at Matthew J. Lynch, MD, in East Windsor, New Jersey. You can book an appointment by calling us at 609-448-6200 or request a consultation online now.

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