Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed by Dr. Gartside. Due to this popularity and the wealth of information available today, most of her Washington DC area patients enter their initial consultation with a solid understanding of the procedure. That being said, most patients don't know everything they need to know about breast augmentation at this stage of the process.
Here are 4 facts you should understand before deciding whether to move forward with breast augmentation:
- Breast implants aren't "one size fits all" -- Choosing a breast implant size isn't like choosing a bra or bikini top size. You can't just come in and ask for 36B breasts. The right breast implant size for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your skin elasticity, the amount of natural breast tissue you have, your chest and body proportions, and your aesthetic goals. Dr. Gartside will work with you to determine the right implant size for your unique goals.
- You will experience some pain and discomfort -- Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure involving anesthesia, incisions, and the implantation of a medical device. As a result, some degree of pain and discomfort is inevitable, and it will take time for your body to heal after your breast augmentation procedure. The good news is that Dr. Gartside can prescribe medication to help you manage the pain and in most cases you'll only experience some mild to moderate discomfort after your surgery.
- Breast implants don't last a lifetime -- As with any medical device, breast implants aren't meant to last forever. Over time, they'll wear out. You should be able to expect that your breast implants will last 10-15 years or longer, but at some point you may need a breast augmentation revision procedure to replace an old implant.
- Breast augmentation isn't intended to help you achieve a "perkier" appearance -- If you're looking to improve sagging issues and restore the firm, youthful, perky breast appearance you had before pregnancy, then a breast lift is most likely the right option for you. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gartside will listen carefully to your goals and concerns and recommend the right procedure to achieve your desired outcome.
If you're interested in learning more about breast augmentation, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates using the form at the left side of the page or call 703-742-8004 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Roberta Gartside serves patients in Washington DC and throughout the surrounding areas of Reston, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia.