From the type of implant to the option of where to place it, breast augmentation is a highly versatile procedure that contains many decisive moments leading up to the procedure that have major influence on the final results. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Nakamura makes this process much easier, as he offers medical recommendations given your anatomy and desired goals, although it’s always best to be an informed patient even before your first consultation.
As a starting point, consider these factors of the breast augmentation decision process to help prepare you for the many choices you’ll make with Dr. Nakamura.
Breast augmentation is almost always considered an elective cosmetic procedure, so you shouldn’t expect your insurance to cover the costs of it. The only situation where insurance covers breast implants is potentially when you’re having reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. Learn about payment and financing options at, Accent On You here.
There are two different types of breast implants you can choose for your augmentation: saline or silicone. Each has its advantages for different types of aesthetic goals. Saline implants are cased in silicone and filled with saline (salt water) while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. The implant can be inserted over or under your pectoral muscle. The specific options that are best for you depend on a variety of factors, and Dr. Nakamura’s medical evaluation.
The goal of breast augmentation is not to completely change the way you look but rather to provide a balanced enhancement to your natural figure. In this regard, the biggest size you can safely achieve may not give you an ideal final appearance. Small breast implants are often a naturally beautiful way to enhance breast volume without looking “worked-on.” Dr. Nakamura will also advise you on the maximum size that is safe for your anatomy.
Breast implants have a lifespan of around 12 to 15 years on average. As a result, you’ll need to have them replaced or removed when they no longer meet your aesthetic needs. Other factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain, and weight loss can also impact the way your breasts look and feel. These things can require you to have another surgery to ensure the most natural-looking enhancement.
Immediately after breast augmentation, patients experience bruising and swelling throughout their chests. Breast implants also take around four to six weeks to settle into their new position and look natural, rather than the high and “boxy” look that often accompanies the first few days or weeks after surgery. Breast augmentation is for long-term enhancement and requires downtime and patience as the results gradually appear.
If you’re located in or around Arlington, Texas and are interested in breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura at your earliest convenience. In a consultation, Dr. Nakamura will go into the specifics of what you can expect from breast augmentation and give you an examination to provide personalized recommendations that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call or contact Accent On You online today to get started.