For patients who are considering breast augmentation surgery, there is a considerable amount of planning and research that must be done before your procedure. With so many cosmetic breast surgery options available to patients, it’s important to understand the specifics of your surgery and what it can and cannot help you accomplish. Due to its highly-customizable nature, there is a lot that many patients may not know about breast augmentation. So, to help steer prospective patients in the right direction, I have taken some time to answer a few common questions about breast augmentation surgery and breast implants.

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Question #1: Is there a way to prevent implant rippling after breast augmentation?

Implant rippling is a condition in which visible ridges or wrinkles in the implant begin to show through the skin. In my experience, the best way to prevent (or at least minimize) rippling is to place the implant below the muscle during surgery. It’s important to ensure the patient has adequate breast tissue and be careful not to over or underfill an implant, as this can lead to rippling as well. With the new highly cohesive implants and highly-filled silicone implants, implant rippling has become even more rate.

Question #2: Will I be able to accurately predict my new cup size before my breast augmentation procedure?

Typically, implant size does not directly correlate to new cup size. Because cup sizes vary from retailer to retailer, there is no way to guarantee an exact cup size following breast augmentation. In my office, we offer Crisalix Cosmetic Surgery 3D Imaging Technology for patients who are eager to see what their new breasts may look like following breast augmentation. Crisalix is able to create an accurate projection of your final results based on your preferred implant size and shape.

Question #3: Will my breast implants last forever following breast augmentation?

Although your breast implants are meant to be long-lasting, long-lasting does not mean “forever”. No matter the type or size of breast implant you choose, they may begin to move and shift within the body. This causes natural wear and tear that can eventually wear down and negatively affect your implants over time. I recommend closely following your plastic surgeon’s post-surgery instructions and coming back for regular follow-up appointments following your procedure.

After years of performing breast augmentation procedures and monitoring the results my patients have achieved, it’s amazing to see the positive impact this surgery can have on a woman’s appearance and self-esteem. In order to get the most out of your breast augmentation, it’s important to first visit with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. For more information or to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for additional cosmetic surgery tips, photos, videos, and more!