One survey has suggested that about 15 percent of breast augmentation patients were not happy with the postop size, with 13 percent of them saying their implants were too small for their liking, while the remaining thought they had gone too big relative to their body-frame.
Perhaps the best way to meet the desired breast implant result is use 3D computer imaging technology, which allows surgeons to show the surgery’s potential outcome and help them improve their communications with patients.
But aside from postop size, take note that dissatisfaction may stem from other factors such as breast shape, projection, nipple and scar position, cleavage appearance, and implant palpability.
If you’re not happy with the breast implant result, a good rule of thumb is to wait six months to a year. This might allow you to adjust to your new figure and be more “objective” when it comes to final appearance, as suggested by renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili.
The six-month guideline, Dr. Smaili adds, will also allow the residual swelling to subside and the implants to settle into their proper place, leading to a more natural breast contour and cleavage appearance.
In the first few months after breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Smaili says it is not uncommon to have high-riding implants that result in excessive cleavage and “fake” appearance, which for the vast majority of patients will resolve as the prostheses drop a bit, the muscle becomes more relaxed, and the skin redrapes to the new contour. This “process,” he explains, generally takes six months.
But if your skin has a good amount of elasticity and your original breast size is relatively small, the leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon says it could take more than six months for the implants to drop into their final position.
In case that you remain dissatisfied with your breast implant result after a year or so, Dr. Smaili suggests that you talk to your plastic surgeon and try to be as clear as possible when describing your concerns, or you might seek a second opinion from another expert.
Dr. Smaili highlights the importance of your input and detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon to achieve the desired result and avoid the need for revision breast augmentation.
If a surgeon asks too little input from you, the renowned breast surgery expert says the right course of action is to find someone else who will demand your active participation.