Breast Augmentation: Essential Pre-Operative Considerations

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During a consultation for breast augmentation, there are many important decisions to be made. It’s not just about the procedure itself, but the thoughtful considerations made beforehand that pave the way for a successful and satisfying outcome. Here are some crucial pre-operative considerations to help you navigate this journey confidently:

  1. Define Your Goals:

Before scheduling your surgery, take time to reflect on your goals. Understanding why you want the procedure and what you hope to achieve is pivotal. Is it about enhancing volume, restoring symmetry, lifting, improving shape, or a combination of these? Clear communication helps me tailor the procedure to meet your specific desires.

  1. Choose Implant Type and Size:

Selecting the right implant type and size is crucial. During your consultation, we’ll discuss various options and the pros and cons of each. Factors such as body frame, breast anatomy, and personal preferences play a significant role in determining the ideal size and shape for you.

  1. Consider Incision Placement:

The choice of incision location is another essential decision. We’ll discuss incision options, such as inframammary, periareolar, or transaxillary, highlighting the advantages and potential limitations of each approach. Your anatomy and desired outcome will guide us in determining the most suitable incision site.

  1. Discuss Placement (Over or Under the Muscle):

The placement of implants, whether over or under the muscle, impacts the final results. We’ll evaluate your natural breast tissue and anatomy to decide the best placement option for achieving your desired look while ensuring natural-looking results and minimizing potential complications.

  1. Review Risks and Recovery:

Understanding the potential risks and the recovery process is essential. We’ll discuss potential complications, such as infection, scarring, or changes in nipple sensation, and steps to minimize these risks. Furthermore, having a realistic expectation of the recovery period ensures you’re mentally and physically prepared for the post-operative phase.

If you’re considering breast augmentation or have any questions, I encourage you to schedule a consultation. Together, we’ll embark on this journey towards your enhanced confidence and beauty.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where I’ll delve into the post-operative considerations and recovery tips after breast augmentation.


John Larson, MD, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon