Thinking about Breast Augmentation? | Best Plastic Surgeon In OKC By Jim Lowe, MD on March 25, 2016

I'm Interested in Breast Augmentation, Where do I Start?

It is important prior to surgery for patients to spend time educating themselves about the pros and cons of breast augmentation.  Although patients who undergo breast augmentation are typically very happy, this elective operation is not for everybody.  The big risks of surgery are infection, bleeding, implant loss, and scarring.  Make sure that your surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 

Should I have Gel or Saline implants?

One of the biggest concerns for patients considering breast augmentation is choosing saline vs. gel implants.  The cosmetic choice is simple in most cases but there are often other issues to consider.  Is the patient scared of gel implants?  Patients who are afraid should get saline implants and not worry.  Is the patient planning to follow the FDA gel implant guidelines and does the patient have the resources to pay for recommended screening?  Simply said, gel breast implants look and feel better (a lot better).  Gel implants scar more (capsular contractor), rupture silently, cost more, incisions are bigger, age is restricted, and safety concerns exist.  Saline implants do not look and feel as good as gels. Saline implants sag quicker, deflate, cost less, incisions are smaller, and safety is rarely a concern. 

What is the best technique for implant placement?

Patients should take some time to decide where and how to place their breast implants. The best approach can usually be determined during consultation.  In most cases it is best for patients to have implants placed under the muscle to decrease scarring and visible rippling. The surgical incision may be placed around the nipple complex, armpit, belly-button, or breast fold.  This depends on the patient’s anatomy, preference, and the type and size of the implant. 

Should I wait and think about my options?

Breast augmentation is an important lifelong decision.  The surgical procedure carries risks and benefits.  Patients require a period of recovery and long term implant maintenance.  Patient should choose a board certified plastic surgeon that they feel comfortable, takes time, reviews risks, puts safety first, and trust.  One of the most important aspects of the surgery is patient care and follow-up.  Breast augmentation is often the right thing for the right person

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James B. Lowe, MD, FACS

Lowe Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lowe is a triple board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive care. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand 

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