Millions of women get breast implant surgery to feel more beautiful. One important thing about breast implant surgery is that it needs to be repeated every 10 to 15 years depending on the warranty of the implants. If you aren’t happy with the results of your previous implant surgery or have ruptured implants, a repeat procedure may be required even sooner than that. Before undergoing your next breast implant surgery, there is a lot to consider. Here are ten questions to ask yourself – or your plastic surgeon – before your next breast implant surgery.
- Are you happy with the results from your first breast implant procedure? Is there anything you want to do different this time?
Make sure to evaluate how you feel about your current breast implants and what you would like to change about them. Perhaps you want to go a size up or down or go with silicone instead of saline implants (or vice versa) this time.
- Is your plastic surgeon board certified?
There is a good chance the plastic surgeon who performed your first breast implant procedure may not be the one you go to again for your next procedure. Making sure your plastic surgeon is certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery will ease any concern about experience or expertise.
- How long has your plastic surgeon been performing breast implant surgery?
Your surgeon should be well-versed in breast surgery and may even specialize in it. Be sure to do due diligence researching your plastic surgeon to ensure you go with a reputable and experienced medical professional who knows how to perform your procedure in the safest and more effective way possible.
- What kind of experience does your plastic surgeon have in removing old implants and replacing them with new ones?
If this is a repeat procedure for you, your surgery will go a little differently than a patient who is getting breast implants for the first time. Be sure to find a plastic surgeon who is familiar and experienced in performing repeat breast implant procedures to ensure it goes smoothly.
- Will your plastic surgeon charge you an extra fee to remove the previous implants?
Some plastic surgeons may charge extra for removing old implants when they perform your surgery. Whether you are paying out-of-pocket or a co-pay/deductible, be sure to understand the whole cost of the procedure so you are prepared financially and avoid sticker shock.
- Which hospitals or surgical facilities is your surgeon affiliated with?
Plastic surgeons perform procedures at outpatient centers or hospitals. When you undergo your procedure, be sure the facility you go to is reputable, safe, and convenient. Research not only your plastic surgeon’s background but also that of the facility he or she will use to perform your procedure. You may also want to ask if the surgical team is one with whom your doctor has worked with before.
- Do you have testimonials of patients who would want to speak about their experience?
Sometimes hearing from someone else who shared a similar experience can help calm nerves, build trust with your surgeon, and give you an opportunity to learn more from the patient’s perspective. Ask your surgeon if any testimonials are available from patients who are getting the same procedure doe as you. They may be on your doctor’s website or on an online forum, like Yelp or Facebook. There may be some patients who would be happy to talk to you about their experience, as well.
- If I am not happy with the results of my surgery, what options do I have?
In the unlikely but possible situation in which you are unhappy with the results of your procedure, ask your surgeon what can be done. Will there be less cost associated with doing a revision? This will help you set expectations and be prepared if the “worst” happens.
- Whom can I contact for after-hour emergencies?
Like with any procedure, complications can happen and you may have emergency questions after your procedure. Check with your surgeon on what you should do if you need guidance after-hours.
- What kind of payment options do you offer?
Breast implant procedures typically are not covered by insurance and have to be paid out of pocket. Some plastic surgeons may accept only certain types of payment methods. Be sure to check if your preferred method of payment is acceptable. If you are interested in financing, ask your surgeon what kind of options they offer.
If you are searching for an experienced plastic surgeon for your next breast augmentation procedure, MAXiM Breast Surgery will be happy to help. Call (646) 475-2099 today to make an appointment.