Breast Augmentation: Breast Implants, Breast Revision and the “What Was I Thinking” Moment

young woman who had a breast augmentation and got implants that are too large - what were you thinking?Having been in the plastic surgery practice for 3 decades has brought a lot of perspective to my passion. I have gone from the days of learning how to do simple techniques to accomplishing in-depth procedures like breast augmentation. It’s been a natural progression based on a lot of experience and a bit of trial-and-error to find out what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly, I have learned how to make my patients happy.

Making the best breast augmentation choice for Yourself

You may think that this would entail simply “giving them what they want” but this isn’t the whole story. I want my patients to be happy with my work, but I’m not willing to do things to them just because they ask me. I’m not a waiter, I don’t just take peoples orders and dial up the breast procedure of their choosing. My job as a senior surgeon is to provide the trusted guidance and counseling to keep my patients safe and happy. I also have to be the “MythBuster-in-chief”, helping my patients to decipher what is real and what is bogus.

Breast augmentation usually ranks as the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States. There is high demand for this procedure so there are plenty of qualified (and unqualified)surgeons who offer this service. Breast augmentation is not without the potential for complications and one of the most common “mistakes” that I have seen is getting the procedure done when you’re young and somewhat naïve, only to regret your decision when you grow older and wiser. “It’s not that I didn’t want an enhancement or that I hate the results, but why oh why did you allow me to choose such a large implant? Better yet, why did you put such a large implants in me to begin with knowing that I was certain to have issues in the not too distant future?” A qualified surgeon wouldn’t let this situation happen.

Planning for the future

Truth be told, youngsters are not experienced enough to make the best decisions. We have all been there and can easily come up with stories of stupidity and regret. In my humble opinion, your surgeon should be your advocate. This means telling you what you may not want to hear—that these big breast implants that you are considering will probably not work with your anatomy, will make you look overdone, and are associated with more complications which require additional procedures to “fix”.

This is NOT an uncommon scenario. If you are reading this blog and this may be applicable to you, please consider avoiding the “what was I thinking” moment by choosing a surgeon who can help you to make a good choice.