5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Breast Implants

Over the past 20 years, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the world has been breast augmentation, otherwise known as breast implants. Women find that having larger breasts gives them the curves they want, it helps to make their body more evenly proportioned, they become more attractive and it increases their self-esteem. When the breast augmentation procedure was first developed in the 1960s, there were some health risks to women. Over the years, improvements have been made and now the risks are extremely minimal. That having been said, there are still a few things that you need to be aware of before scheduling a breast augmentation procedure. You must never lose sight of the fact that this is major surgery.

Here are five of the most common mistakes that women make when they have a breast augmentation procedure performed. Read below so that you can prevent these same mistakes from happening to you.

1. The breast implant is the wrong shape

All breast implants are not created equal. All implants used in this procedure are made in a specific shape. Teardrop or round are the two most common shapes you will encounter. The shape you choose will determine what your breasts look like after the surgery has been successfully completed. Some women want to have breasts that stick straight out from their chest with little or no hang to them. Round implants are used to achieve this sort of appearance. For many women who want this type of look, it results in a very unnatural look to their breasts, making it easy for people to tell that they have had breast augmentation surgery. While some women do not care if others know they have had surgery, there are others who would prefer their surgery remain a secret. Implants that are designed with a teardrop shape add fullness to the breast without causing them to have an appearance that is obviously unnatural. You need to talk to your doctor about the exact look that you desire.

2. The breast implant is the wrong size

Selecting the size of the implant is a critical decision. For many women, there is the temptation to choose a large implant. However, if a woman is thin and has extremely small breasts to begin with, the implant will stretch the skin and create an unnatural and unattractive appearance. It is also possible that choosing the wrong size implant could result in complications down the road. Bigger is not always better. Many women who choose implants that are too big for them experience back pain from having to support the large implants all day long. You need to choose an implant that is the right size for your body type. Your doctor will be able to give you advice on the size of implant that is going to give you the look you want without causing you discomfort.

3. The breast implant is the wrong texture

One of the things that is commonly overlooked in a breast augmentation procedure is the texture of the implant. There are implants with a texture that is aggressive. Other implants are smooth and do not have any texture. The reason that some implants have a texture is to make it more difficult for the implants to shift once they are inside of you. However, they are not recommended for some people. Your doctor can tell you which texture is correct for the size of breasts you want and the body type that you have.

4. The breast implant is the wrong type

The decision of silicone or saline implants is one of the most important decisions you will make before your breast surgery. Both types have their own advantages and disadvantages. After consulting with your doctor, he or she will tell you which one will best provide your desired results. Your available breast tissue and the thickness of your skin tissue will both play a role in which type of implant you should choose. Some doctors will not give you a choice. They only use one type because they think it is the safest.

5. The wrong plastic surgeon was chosen to perform the procedure

Since breast augmentation is a major surgical procedure, there are serious complications that could happen. Therefore, you need to make sure that the doctor who is performing the surgery has the necessary experience. It is your responsibility to do research to find the most qualified doctor in your price range. If the procedure is not performed properly, you could have many negative side effects. In addition to that, you will need to spend more money on an operation to fix the mistakes that the surgeon made. You need to look at before and after photos of other surgeries that the doctor has performed. Look at the doctor's experience and credentials. Read reviews from the doctor's previous patients.

Dr Robert Goldman is a leading cosmetic surgeon in Perth, Western Australia. He specialises in Breast Implants, Liposculpture, Tummy Tucks & Lapbiaplasty.