Breast augmentation surgery is a very common procedure that helps many women boost their self-confidence and improve their body image. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery in Belle Meade, Nashville, or Franklin, you should schedule a breast augmentation consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Garza.

During your consultation, Dr. Garza will educate you on the pros and cons of the procedure, and the different options available to you. He’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the procedure.

If you’re not sure what to ask during your consultation, here are 20 questions you can ask. We’ve also provided reasons why they’re important and a few general answers. Keep in mind that every patient has different needs. So, Dr. Garza will be able to give you more specific answers during your consultation.

What are my breast augmentation options?

Common Breast Reconstruction Procedures

At Garza Plastic Surgery, we provide several different options for breast implant surgery. The most common of which is soft tissue implants. We also use silicone breast implants that can be filled with either a saline solution or a silicone gel. The gel-filled implants are usually nicknamed “gummy bear implants” due to their texture.

gummy bear breast implants available at Garza Plastic Surgery in Tennessee

Both of these implants are teardrop-shaped in order to provide the most natural look and feel.

Beyond just your implant options, Dr. Garza will explain the other procedures you might consider with your breast augmentation.

Do breast implants need to be replaced?

Because implants are manufactured medical devices, there can be some errors in their design and production. Additionally, implants are typically the most effective for around 10 years. However, if you’d rather avoid implant replacement, you might consider a soft tissue implant.

What is the best method for breast enlargement?

Really, the best method is the one that is best for you. Because everyone’s body responds to surgery and implants in different ways, a silicone implant may be the way to go. Especially, if you don’t have time for a lengthy recovery process.

Am I a good candidate?

So long as you’re in overall good health and have reasonable expectations, you should be a good candidate. We also want to make sure that you can heal easily after surgery. So if you smoke or are a little older, you might want to wait before scheduling your surgery.

What type of breast implant would you recommend for me?

The most common implant surgery we perform is a soft tissue implant. For you, it means there’s no medical device and it’s your own tissue. And because it’s your own tissue, it ages with you and you don’t really have to do much to take care of it down the line.

But, a soft tissue implant through DIEP flap surgery does require a much longer recovery period. And if you have small children at home, that might not be the right option for you.

When you come in for a breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Garza will review all of your goals, needs, and health history to help you decide on the best option for you.

How should I prepare for my breast augmentation surgery?

In your recovery, you’ll need to wear supportive garments to ensure your breast tissue heals properly. You should also take time off so you can heal fully before you return to work. If you’re getting a simple silicone implant, you should expect to be out for at least two weeks to a month.

Make sure you have a friend or family member ready to drive you to your appointment on the day of your procedure. And if you’re taking any medications that could interfere with your anesthesia, you should work with your doctor to stop taking them.

Dr. Garza and our staff can help you make a more detailed plan after your initial consultation.

Can I switch the implants for fat grafting?

Well, it depends on your health and the condition of the implant when you want to get it removed. In most cases, we can remove the implant cleanly and then fill it with soft tissue.

Will my breasts still feel the same after implants?

Silicone and saline breast implants tend to give fairly natural-feeling results. With silicone gel-filled implants providing more natural results than saline-filled implants. However, the most natural results will be with soft tissue implants.

What certifications do you have?

It’s always important to ask for the credentials and certifications of a surgeon before receiving an operation from them. Dr. Robert Garza has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, so you can rest assured knowing he will give you the highest quality of care.

What will my recovery look like?

Once again, every patient’s experience is different. But you can expect to need at least two weeks of downtime in order to recover.

What steps will I have to take after my surgery?

The steps you will have to take will depend mostly on the type of procedure you receive. You will need to limit your physical activity, dress the incisions, and wear supportive clothing in order to heal properly.

What are the potential side effects?

Sometimes, a patient’s body may respond to the implant and start to form dense breast tissue and scar tissue around the implant. This is especially why you need to carefully follow the instructions for your recovery in order to prevent scar tissue from developing.

What can I do if there are complications down the road?

If you experience any kind of complications from your implants, you do have options. If the implant breaks, we can always remove it. Or even if you don’t like your results from one type of implant, we can change that as well.

In some cases, there may be fluid build-up, a rash, or infections that result from your surgery.

Will I be given general anesthesia for my surgery?

As with any invasive procedure, you will have the option to go under general anesthesia for your surgery.

Can Breast Implants Make You Sick?

While rare, some patients develop an autoimmune or allergic response to breast implants. Commonly, people refer to this response as breast implant illness. Currently, how and who manifests implant illness is not well understood. However, the current train of thought is it may relate to unrecognized conditions or autoimmune diseases.

You can rest assured that all breast implant devices are designed to be safe. And we do everything we can to place them properly in order to minimize your risks down the road.

Call Now for a Consultation

We hope that these breast augmentation consultation questions and answers have helped you gain a better understanding of breast augmentation surgery. So, if you’re considering breast implants and need a plastic surgeon in Belle Meade, come visit Garza Plastic Surgery.

If you did not find the answers you needed here, please schedule a consultation and we will be happy to help you. We also offer many other services such as breast lifts, tummy tucks, facelifts, Botox injections, and more.