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3 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Considering Breast Augmentation

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When it comes to breast augmentation for our Charlottesville and Richmond patients, we want our patients to head into surgery with confidence. To help you avoid any doubts or worries, our team makes it a priority to answer any and all questions you may have.

From implant sizes to breast lifts, you’ll need to consider many details and make several choices before your procedure. In this blog post, we’ll discuss 3 things you should know while planning your breast augmentation surgery.

#1: Your Body’s Proportions Will Affect Your Implant Size.

Just as no two patients are exactly alike, neither are any two breast augmentation procedures. It is an adaptable surgery that is very customizable and will be adjusted to your individual needs. The implant size and profile that’s right for your body may differ from the implant that worked best for a friend who also had breast augmentation. A certain projection or cup size might look better on curvier women, for example, while another might look good on those with less breast tissue.

#2: You May Need a Breast Lift, Too.

Breast augmentation works best for women who want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. This size increase is often desired after pregnancy, weight loss, or other body changes that cause the breasts to lose volume and appear smaller or “deflated.” However, a breast lift may benefit those who also have lax, drooping breasts by adding a youthful perkiness to the breasts. Breast lift surgery removes loose, saggy skin and places the breasts higher along the chest wall.

By combining an augmentation with a lift, your breasts will appear fuller and younger. You can discuss all of your treatment options during your initial consultation with your doctor.

#3: Your Lifestyle Will Play a Role in Your Implant Choices.

Breast implants are diverse and come in many shapes, sizes, and profiles. Younger women who want dramatic volume might enjoy high-profile saline implants, while mature women may want a more subtle, low-profile silicone version. Similarly, if you’re a runner or very active, a more modest increase in breast size might suit your needs better. Considering how you live now and how you plan to live after your surgery can help you make the right implant choices for you.

The good news about breast augmentation is this: Your final look never has to be set in stone. You can change your implants if your lifestyle or preferences shift over time, allowing you to feel confident about your breasts throughout the course of your life.

Your breast augmentation experience should be a rewarding and empowering journey. While there are many things to consider before heading into surgery, a bit of forethought will give you beautiful results to enjoy for years to come. To see examples of real results from real patients, browse our before-and-after gallery.

If you’re want to discuss your breast augmentation options with a plastic surgeon in the Charlottesville or Richmond area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (434) 924-1234.

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