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Archives for August 2012

Your Role in Getting the Best Breast Augmentation Results

Philadelphia breast augmentation surgeon Dr. David Bottger believes that if you are considering breast augmentation, it’s important to take some time to understand what you have to do to get the best breast augmentation results. Breast augmentation is a significant surgery, with real risks, although most women (80-90%) are very happy with the results. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you want to be among the happy ones.

Is this really what YOU want? It’s important to make sure that you have carefully looked at your desire for breast implants and make sure that you are getting them because they are what you desire, not because they are what your boyfriend wants or because you think they will make you more popular or successful.

Choose your surgeon carefully. Overall, complications of breast augmentation continue to decrease in frequency, and satisfaction rates continue to rise. However, the rate of complications can vary significantly among surgeons. Make sure the surgeon you choose is the right one for you.

Talk to your surgeon about your goals. Make sure your surgeon understands what you want in terms of shape and size from your breast augmentation.

Listen to your surgeon’s advice about the procedure. You chose your surgeon carefully, right? Now it’s time to listen to that surgeon’s expert advice about the procedure. When your surgeon makes recommendations about breast augmentation incision options, breast implant placement, breast implant size, and breast implant type. If you listen to their advice, you are more likely to get good results and less likely to have complications.

Follow your surgeon’s advice after surgery. Your recovery is just as important as your surgery in reducing your risk of complications. Listen to your surgeon’s advice and DON’T CHEAT.

If you follow these tips, you are much more likely to join the women who are happy with their breast augmentation results and not those who had unhappy experiences.

To learn more about getting the best breast augmentation results for you, please contact Philadelphia breast augmentation surgeon Dr. David A. Bottger in Philadelphia.

Setting Breast Augmentation Expectations with New Communication Tool

At Philadelphia breast surgeon Dr. David Bottger’s office, getting the breast augmentation results you desire is more than just getting the right size for your new breasts. In setting your breast augmentation expectations, it’s also important to get the shape you desire. When it comes to the problem of shape for breast augmentation results, there are two problems. The first problem is deciding what shape is generally considered aesthetic, which a British plastic surgeon addressed last year. The second problem is properly communicating with patients about the type of results they desire in terms of the shape of their post-augmentation breasts.

A US surgeon also attempted to address this problem this year by creating a classification system for breast augmentation results that helps patients and plastic surgeons talk about the desired results in terms of natural or artificial appearance based primarily on fullness in the upper pole of the breast. The surgeon’s classification system is broken into five classes:

  • Class 1: Appears “natural” with no fullness in the upper pole (straight or concave slope from shoulder to nipple)
  • Class 2: Appears “natural” with mild fullness in the upper pole
  • Class 3: Appears less “natural” with moderate superior pole fullness
  • Class 4: Appears round with significant upper pole fullness
  • Class 5: Appears very round with maximum fullness in the upper pole

Not all surgeons and patients may agree with the desirability of achieving a natural appearance with breast augmentation. It’s important to talk to your surgeon about this goal, and ask to see examples of surgical results that are designed to look more subtle or more full.

To learn more about getting the breast augmentation results you desire, please contact Philadelphia breast surgeon Dr. David A Bottger today for a consultation.