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Fountain Valley patients find breast implants are worth it, thanks to cosmetic surgeon’s skill
By Thomas T. Nguyen, M.D
o procedure is complete without a complimentary consultation with our Fountain Valley Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Nguyen. No stone is left unturned during your visit, because The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery (ICRS) wants every patient to be well-informed about the potential risks, pre- and post-operative needs, treatment steps, costs, and benefits. The decision to move forward with surgery is deeply personal and involves weighing these and other considerations. Most of Dr. Nguyen’s patients would confidently tell you breast implants are worth it, and the ICRS team sees the difference in their patients. That transformation goes well beyond the immediate boost in cup size. ICRS often notices a boost in how patients carry themselves. They’re able to finally wear the clothes they always wanted to, and they do so with confidence. There are many studies and surveys that support the benefits Dr. Nguyen and his team see, and their patients enjoy, on a daily basis:
At the time of this writing, breast augmentation surgery had a 98 percent “worth it” rating across more than 5,000 reviews on online cosmetic procedures community, RealSelf.com.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports 70 percent of respondents surveyed by RealSelf enjoyed improvements in their sex life after getting breast implants.
Research published in peer-reviewed medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found more than 90 percent of 360 women surveyed were satisfied with their implants and resulting body images changes over a two-year period following augmentation. Seventy-five to 85 percent of respondents reported that the benefits of surgery exceeded the risks.
Of course, there are many factors that influence your satisfaction with surgery. Surgical skill, experience, training, and facility-related amenities vary dramatically from practice to practice. Sometimes it seems the only similarity is the white coat! To attain board certification in plastic surgery, Dr. Nguyen demonstrated extensive surgical knowledge by passing comprehensive oral and written exams and completing years of surgical and specialized plastic surgery training following graduation from an accredited medical school. He also completes continuing education, including courses related to patient safety. All American Board of Plastic Surgery members must perform procedures in an accredited, state-licensed surgical facility; Dr. Nguyen and his team’s surgery center is located inside Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and adheres to rigorous standards established by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Collectively, these characteristics contribute favorably to a safe, pleasant experience that results in the look you desire, not too big nor too small but just right. Today’s implants aren’t as prone to leakage as their early-generation counterparts, because the outer shells are more durable.
Optimal outcomes and a risk-free process also depends on how well you follow Dr. Nguyen’s instructions. Your pre-operative instructions may include refraining from smoking or some medications and drugs, such as aspirin, that can increase bleeding and interfere with healthy healing. Afterward, support garments are worn around the clock as advised by your doctor. These supports help to minimize swelling and promote a speedy recovery, free of complications. Dr. Nguyen also advises on when it’s safe to return to physical activity.
As your body heals, the boost you saw immediately after the procedure makes way for full results. This occurs usually in the first couple of weeks after getting your implants, as swelling goes down and skin stretches to accommodate your new contours. Implants are not considered to be lifetime devices. There may come a time when they need to be replaced. Follow-up visits and ongoing annual exams are vital to maintaining your beautiful look and health. During these appointments, Dr. Nguyen evaluates breast health and the integrity of your implants.
Keep in mind many of the same factors that may have led to your wanting the procedure in the first place are also the same factors that can lead to the need for an “implant exchange” or a breast lift, including:
The effects of gravity
Natural aging processes
Weight loss or fluctuations that contribute to implant rippling, sagging, and an overall deflated appearance
For more information, look at the “patient info tab” on this website and call! The team looks forward to helping you make an informed decision.