When to Be a Breast Augmentation Control Freak and When to Listen to Your Plastic Surgeon

During your journey from exploring to enjoying breast implants, there are certain decisions I feel strongly about you personally making, and others that I feel are best left to your breast augmentation expert a.k.a. your plastic surgeon.

But first, I want to tell you about my bathroom.

You see, one of these days I really want to remodel my master bathroom. Why?

Because it’s tiny.

How tiny? Let’s just say that I can sit on the toilet, wash my hands, and draw a bath all at the same time. Thank you 1970’s! :-)

When that time comes, I'll likely hire a designer—but the last thing I want is for them to come in and just do whatever they feel like, right?

On one hand, I want to make sure they knew my preferences, wishes and desires. On the other, I hired them because they are amazing at their craft and shouldn’t need micromanaging.

Think of your plastic surgeon in the same way.

Here’s a quick list of three areas where I think you should be a control freak, versus allowing your plastic surgeon to make the final call...

General Breast Implant Sizing vs. Exact CC’s

Sooner or later you’re going to ask “How big should I go?” Here’s my recommendation: Supply your plastic surgeon with Boobie Guide photos that mirror the breast size you want to be, and let him or her decide on the actual breast implant volume.

Sometimes I hear women say, “My plastic surgeon says I should go with 500cc’s, but I think I should go with 550’s.” If you don’t have peace about their expertise to give or take 100cc’s, you’re either being too controlling or you don’t trust them. Both are red flags.

Saline Breast Implants vs. Silicone Breast Implants

There are a lot of personal and (#boobiegoal) reasons women choose either saline or silicone breast implants.

Even though most plastic surgeons may prefer one breast implant type over others, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each and make this decision for yourself based on what’s important to you.

Breast Augmentation Incision Site

If any decision falls into the area of collaboration, it’s definitely breast implant incision site. Not only are there several options for you to choose from, but all of them have a number of variables that can be unique both to you and your plastic surgeon.

I am very happy that I got an areolar breast implant incision, but this was largely in part to it also being my surgeons preferred site.

So what’s the bottom line? It’s your body, and you should decide—but don’t be such a control freak that you don’t allow your plastic surgeon to be the professional they are.

Thoughts from Dr. Ben Wood

Making these types of decisions for your surgery is very much a team effort. My job is to listen closely to all of your goals, and provide the best recommendation and guidance possible based on my experience, taking into account your desired results.

We are also very fortunate to have team full of experts in this area that can always help answer any questions from their perspective; it's truly an invaluable resource.