The Breast Augmentation JourneyPosted On: March 2, 2018
Just like there’s more to buying a new car than getting the keys on the lot and more to getting a dream house than signing the mortgage papers in a realtor’s office, there’s more to getting implants than going in for the breast augmentation surgery. Grand Rapids’ Dr. Brad Bengtson encourages women to look at the procedure as a journey—not a one-time event.
Just about any significant life change starts with preparation, so DO YOUR HOMEWORK! For augmentation, this starts by researching top-notch board certified plastic surgeons who will help you determine other important details, like the type and size of implants to be used. (Spoiler alert: Dr. Bengtson is a nationally renowned breast surgeon who speaks around the country and has led innovative developments in the implant industry.) Modern technology, such as Vectra® 3-D imaging, can give you a “preview” of what’s to come by creating a digital model of your body and showing what implants could do for your silhouette and figure.
Once you’ve made a decision on augmentation specifics and worked out the schedule with your surgeon, you’ll realize that the surgery itself—though obviously a pivotal moment—is just that: a moment. There are a few things you have to do in advance of your surgery, but the insertion of implants itself takes less than a day. And when you’ve got something like Dr. Bengtson’s 24-hour Fast Trak recovery program going for you, post-surgical down time is also barely a blip on the radar of your life.
Then comes the real journey: living with your new look! Breast implants are designed to be long lasting, especially if you take proper care and maintenance of yourself and the devices. That said, regularly scheduled checkups can help to ensure that the implants are keeping intact and staying where they’re supposed to stay. This is where all of that pre-procedure research into an excellent surgeon pays off again. One of Dr. Bengtson’s areas of expertise is in using ultrasound to check on patients’ implants. In fact, he’s won national awards for his work in this area!
Dr. Bengtson is the only board-certified plastic surgeon with a practice that includes follow-ups with in-house ultrasound technology for the life and health of the implants. That means if a patient is ever concerned or wants her implants checked out if she suspects something is off, the Bengtson Center can do it at the office.
Rolling follow-up into the surgical fee means Bengtson Center breast augmentation patients have a surgeon for life—one who knows them and can continue to walk with them throughout their journey.
Dr. Bengtson also welcomes women whose journeys started with other surgeons, but have ended up somewhere less than fantastic. One quarter of his practice is made up of breast revisions, which involve him removing and/or replacing implants that aren’t performing as desired. With revision surgery, Dr. Bengtson can balance breasts, restore asymmetry, and increase or decrease volume—and knowing he’s good with revisions is truly something to consider when you’re seeking out someone to do it right the first time!
Find out more about what to expect on your breast augmentation journey by contacting the Bengtson Center online or calling 616.588.8880.