More women than ever before are having breast augmentation surgery. The stigma surrounding the procedure has disappeared and the science behind the surgery has advanced lightyears. Breast augmentation can help women feel more confident and comfortable in their bodies.
However, when considering having breast augmentation, it’s important to get informed, receive as much information as possible, ask questions, consult with your plastic surgeon, and ensure that your expectations are realistic.
Though you might know, generally, what results you’re seeking, here are four things that every woman considering breast augmentation should know.
1. One size doesn’t fit all
Selecting an implant size is unlike choosing a size for a new bra. Many varying factors must be considered when you and your plastic surgeon determine the right size for your implants. The composition of your breasts, the proportions of your body and chest, and the elasticity of your skin will all come into play.
When determining your enhanced breast size, it’s a good idea to thoughtfully consider your plastic surgeon’s recommendations. Your surgeon will have years of experience and will be able to help you determine the right size for your body.
2. Breast augmentation may not be the right procedure for you
The only reason to get breast augmentation is to increase the size and shape of your breasts. If you’re simply looking to achieve a “perkier” appearance, regain firmness, or improve the symmetry, projection, or shape of your breasts, then breast augmentation might not be necessary. A breast lift could be the ideal option. The best candidates for breast lifts are women who have less volume and stretched skin after pregnancy and nursing,and those whohave felt the effects of gravity over the years. In addition, many women choose to have a breast lift in order to reduce the size of areolas or reposition the nipples.
During a breast lift, a woman’s excess skin is removed, and the tissue surrounding the breasts are tightened in order to support and reshape the breasts.
3. It won’t be painless
Though you will be under anesthesia during your breast augmentation procedure, you will feel some pain and discomfort afterwards. As with any surgery that involves an incision and the insertion of a medical device, your body will require some time to recover. The pain won’t be excruciating, but it will not be comfortable. You will not be able to go back to your regular activities immediately.
Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to ease the discomfort in the early days of recovery. Cold compresses can also be applied in order to reduce pain and swelling. Getting enough rest can help and avoiding physical activity can help your body heal quicker. Massaging your breasts post-surgery can also help manage the pain.
Generally, the better you prepare for post-surgery, and the healthier you are, the quicker you will recover and the faster the discomfort from surgery will disappear.
4. Your implants won’t last forever
Just like any other medical device, your implants will not last a lifetime. Some issues can occur years after your surgery, including skin ptosis, leakage, or capsular contracture. Rippling, hardening, and ruptures are all signs that your implants may need to be replaced.
Your plastic surgeon will recommend that you have regularly scheduled mammograms and check in annually to ensure that your implants are OK.
Though breast augmentation might be exactly what you want to achieve your ideal body and silhouette, it’s important to be informed before deciding on having surgery.