Breast implant surgery has one primary goal—to provide patients with satisfying results, which is only possible through strict patient selection, careful surgical planning and preparation, and proper postop care.
Of course, honest communication between plastic surgeons and patients also plays a crucial role in achieving cosmetically pleasing results.
According to a survey involving board-certified breast plastic surgeons and female patients, the satisfaction rate after breast augmentation was around 98 percent. Nevertheless, the same study has shown that 15 percent of the respondents would have preferred a smaller or bigger result.
* The general rule of thumb is to wait for all the residual swelling to subside and the implant to drop to its final position—a process that typically takes around six month—before any revision is attempted to make sure the breast has reached its final size and “stable” appearance.
“Waiting” instead of rushing to make a decision is also helpful because temporary postop blues is not uncommon after surgery, and some people just need to get used to their new appearance. Nevertheless, some complications—such as inframammary fold asymmetry and capsular contracture—are best treated early on.
* Return to the original plastic surgeon. Assuming that he is board-certified and qualified to perform breast augmentation, and the patient remains confident in his skills, he might be in the best position to provide a sound advice.
* Find a second opinion. It remains helpful to consult two or more plastic surgeons, especially if you have postop complication or deformity that is difficult to address or improve.
It is particularly helpful to discuss your options with plastic surgeons who mainly focus on revision breast implant surgeries, which in some situations are more complex than primary procedures.
* Consider non-surgical treatments first. Some postop complications can be treated or improved by “simple” procedures. For instance, breast implant massage, or medically referred to as prosthesis displacement exercise, can correct the appearance of excessive fullness in the upper cleavage.
Aside from implant displacement exercise, chest band, thong bra, and compression garment might also prevent or address minimal breast displacement.
For patients with early symptoms of capsular contracture (i.e., hardening or abnormal thickening of the scar tissue around an implant), non-surgical treatments typically include off-label use of asthma medications, ultrasound, breast massage, and vitamin E.