BREAST AUGMENTATION, IMPLANTS AND LIFTS
The breast is the first beautiful thing we see, and breast augmentation is one of the most satisfying and exciting procedures I offer.
For many women, and trans-women, breast enhancement provides a feeling of completeness and femininity. For others, it is a restoration of something lost to surgery, or time, or the beautiful sacrifice of child birth and breast feeding. And for some it is the solution to an asymmetry or a deficit present since birth.
When you meet with us at our office in Charlotte, your consultation will include a discussion of your goals and expectations, an examination to determine which breast implant options could work for your body, a determination of whether you would also benefit from a breast lift and (this is the fun part!) trying on various implant sizes and shapes in private, or with a friend or loved one, to get a sneak preview of your new chest and pick the set that’s right for you!
Breast Lifts & Reductions
For some women, a breast reduction or breast lift is a more desirable option. A breast lift returns the nipple to a more youthful position while reshaping and resizing the nipples and breasts. There are multiple breast lift techniques; and it is important that you find a surgeon who understands your goals and communicates what you can expect for short and long-term results, the appearance of your scars , and your desired nipples size. You may discover that a combination of breast lift and reduction or breast lift and augmentation best meets your needs. Your cosmetic surgeon should be comfortable with all these techniques.
A breast reduction decreases your breast size while also lifting and reshaping your breasts and nipples.
A breast lift with augmentation restores fullness to the upper breasts while lifting and reshaping the breasts and nipples. Some surgeons require that augmentation and lift be done in two separate procedures. However, I’ve found that many clients prefer the option of having both procedures performed at once after we discuss the risks and benefits of that approach.
Six Things to Consider When Getting Breast Implants
What happens during your initial consultation for any breast procedure is crucial to achieving satisfaction with your end results! Before any surgeon begins a breast procedure, there are six key things they should do for you. At The Cosmetic Concierge, we’ll do all six and ensure you feel completely comfortable as we create your new, desired look.
1. Lets you try on sizers
Most cosmetic surgeons will have a variety of implant types and sizes for you to try on as part of your consultation. We’re amazed to find that there are still some surgeons who guess based on your desired “cup” size or even just pick the size for you!
There are several reasons this is a bad idea. Just as your real estate agent’s idea of a “cozy” single family home may be very different from yours; a particular surgeon’s idea of the “right” size may be much bigger, or smaller, than what you envision.
Similarly, we find that one woman’s idea of a “C” cup often differs from another. Even bra manufacturers can’t agree on the actual measurements of a cup size. If you have tried different brands you know that a Victoria’s Secret “D” is nothing like a Hane’s “D”!
Finally, putting the actual implants over you own breasts (don’t worry-we provide fitting bras), and under your own clothes, gives you a good idea how they will fit on your chest. Sometimes our clients make a second fitting appointment to bring in a specific bathing suit, dress, loved one or trusted friend to try on sizers again. We’ll never forget the bride to be who brought her dress in for a fitting in the clinic! Her wedding and honeymoon pictures made the extra time worthwhile!
2. Discusses the available implant options:
Saline or silicone? Round or shaped? Low or high profile? Implants now come in a variety of shapes and sizes and it’s important that you understand the pros and cons of each. For many women there is more than one right choice depending on your priorities. We can help you decide which option works best for you.
3. Understands what you want
Every woman has her own reasons for considering breast augmentation. It’s so important that your surgeon understands your goals in relationship to your lifestyle. The consultation should help you understand what a breast augmentation can and cannot do and allow you to pin down what you really want from the procedure.
4. Determines whether you also need a breast lift
Not every client will get the breasts she wants with augmentation alone. In fact, augmentation in someone who needs a lift can result in a deformity know as the “double bubble.” A careful examination will reveal whether you would also benefit from a lift to reshape the breast and reposition the nipple to a more youthful position. We will discuss whether your goals are best met by augmentation, lift, or both. Some surgeons require that augmentation and lift be done in two separate procedures. However, we’ve found that many clients prefer the option of having both procedures performed at once after we discuss the risks and benefits of that approach.
5. Outlines your postoperative course
No one wants to show up for surgery without knowing what to expect afterwards; but that is exactly what happens if your surgeon doesn’t discuss your incision placement, healing time, and the changes you can expect over the days, weeks, and months to follow. Your surgery can feel like a magical experience or a traumatic event; and knowing what to expect makes all the difference. At The Cosmetic Concierge, we’ll give you a full outline of your course of treatment and ensure you feel completely comfortable before beginning any procedure.
6. Gives you her number
Maybe you have questions about whether that bruise is normal or a sign of trouble or you and your care taker disagree about whether you were supposed to remove that itchy dressing. Whatever it is, you don’t want to speak to an answering service or wait until Monday morning. One of the advantages of investing in an elective surgery should be personal access to your surgeon. Dr. Sherie ensures each of her clients can get in touch with her. At The Cosmetic Concierge, we treat you like family, because you are!