* UPDATE – Dr Patrick Briggs is now based in Melbourne at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery *
The popularity of breast augmentations or boob jobs has also given rise to the number of plastic surgeons performing the procedure today. You want to make sure you choose a surgeon who has a proven track record, particularly in this procedure, such as Dr Patrick Briggs in Perth, Western Australia. We had a chat with Dr Briggs to help us know what to look or ask for to find a competent surgeon.Dr Briggs says you can ask friends or family members for recommendations if possible, but take note of the following criteria when choosing a plastic surgeon:
- The surgeon is fully qualified with board certification in plastic surgery
- Specialises in breast surgical procedures
- Has received plenty of positive feedback from happy patients
We always suggest you meet and have a consult with at least two plastic surgeons. You should go with the one who you feel most comfortable with, and who you feel is going to give you the results you want. Price should not be your only consideration when choosing your surgeon. Although most of us have to consider the cost of the surgery, sometimes it’s absolutely worth paying a little bit more to get the best outcome. After all, this is your body we’re talking about. You’re worth it!
Determine your desired boob size
Size matters. A C-cup will look different on a smaller, petite woman than they will on a taller, more voluptuous woman.
A great way of showing your surgeon what you want is to take a few photos of your dream boobs along to your consultation. Do your research and check out surgeon’s websites and their before and after photos. This will not only help you to find the boobs you want, but to give you an idea of the outcomes that surgeon is producing.
Dr Briggs says, “Discussing the size of your breast implants can be a confusing decision and requires careful consideration; one cup size may look quite different on two women of the same stature. We have our patients try on various sized bras with fillers to give you a clearer indication of which implants would be appropriate for your size. We also take a number of measurements to ensure patients receive their desired result. Remember, your goal is to find a size that looks both natural, pleasing and proportionate.”
Choose an implant/type of enlargement
There are two major types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The latter is empty when inserted in the breasts, and then filled with sterile saltwater after. Silicone implants, meanwhile are pre-filled with a thick, gel-like fluid before being inserted in the breast pockets.
There are positives and negatives to both. Research which one you think will suit you and your needs.
One of the fastest growing techniques of boob enlargement is fat transfer. Not all plastic surgeons are covered, or indeed have the experience, to perform fat transfers in Australia so it’s important to make sure you’re with a surgeon who has both of the above. Fat transfer is possible if you’re just wanting to go up one or two cup sizes.
Discuss these options with your surgeon to find the right one for you.
Ask about incision locations
Incisions should be placed in areas where they will be less obvious so as to reduce visible scarring. The three common incisions include the inframammary, periareolar, and the transaxillary incisions. Your surgeon should discuss these option with you to identify the best one for your individual circumstances. Remember, if you are not convinced, or feel unsure, ask questions and if necessary, consult with a second surgeon.
Questions to ask your surgeon
So, in conclusion, we’ve come up with a list of things to ask your surgeon to ensure you get the best boobs ever!
- What shape, size and texture are you suggesting for my implants?
- Why are you recommending one type of breast implant over another and why do you think this is the best choice for me?
- Where will the incision site be?
- Where will my scar be and how big will it be?
- How do I minimise the risk of short-term and long-term complications?
- How will my boobs feel? Will they affect my breast skin or nipple sensation?
- Will the breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed a baby (this might alter the type of implants and the technique you and your surgeon choose)?
- What are my options if I am not happy with the outcome of my breast implants?
- What is the most common complication/s you encounter with breast implant surgery?
- How long is my expected recovery time?
- What help at home will I need for normal activities after the surgery and if so for about how long?
- What support do you give your patients post-procedure?
Getting a breast augmentation, or boob job, requires plenty of considerations. A good place to start is Dr Briggs’ before and after gallery. Performing many breast augmentations each year for many years, he has many happy patients. He is also extremely reasonably priced. In fact, you might want to check out Dr Briggs’ Breast Augmentation Complete package he offers his patients, both to keep the cost down and to manage your expectations about the costs involved in having a boob job.
To arrange a consult with Dr Briggs contact his clinic on (08) 9381 9300 or to read more about Dr Briggs and breast augmentation check out the blogs below.
Dr Patrick Briggs: Looking For An All-Inclusive Package For Your Breast Augmentation Surgery?
5 Myths About Breast Augmentation
Plastic Surgery for those in Rural Areas – Smooth journey with Dr Briggs