You know you want bigger breasts, and you've decided to have breast augmentation. That’s usually the first step. But beyond that, you can do several things to ensure your surgery is a positive experience, and that you’re thrilled with the outcome.
Choose your surgeon carefully
Ask about a surgeon’s training, qualifications, and experience with the procedure you want done. Does he or she have training specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery? Or are they trained in other areas and do cosmetic procedures only occasionally? The answers to these questions play an important role in your surgery and the results.
Learn the pros and cons of silicone and saline implants
Silicone implants are the most popular option for breast augmentation surgery because they tend to have a more natural feel, particularly for women who have less natural breast tissue. On the other hand, saline implants can be inserted using smaller incisions because they’re filled after implants are in place.
Try on implants
During your consultation, you’ll be able to see how different implant sizes and shapes work with your figure. This is a great way to figure out which breast size you want, as there are a number of different options available. Many women are surprised to find that the “magical cup size” they desired prior to their consultations are not the same sizes they ultimately choose. Bra sizes are only one small part of this decision. Seeing the implants on your body is the best way to decide, regardless of what the tag on your new bra might say.
Talk about your surgical options and ask questions
Today, there are a variety of ways to perform breast augmentation, and each woman should know about the benefits offered by each procedure. Implants can be placed under or over muscle, depending on your body type, the results you want, and the type of implant selected. Additionally, you’ll need to discuss the type of incision. Most implants today are placed through incisions made under the fold of the breasts (inframammary) or around the edge of the areolas (periareolar). These decisions should be discussed with your surgeon and customized to give you the best possible outcome. If you don’t understand something, ask! A good surgeon will be happy to answer your questions -- and will be happy that you’re asking them!
Be ready for recovery
Recovery from breast augmentation is relatively quick if you use a good surgeon. Your surgeon should work with you to make post-surgical pain manageable with appropriate medications. Breast augmentation is major surgery, however, and you will need several days to rest, preferably with help from a friend or family member. Many women return to work within a week, but you will need to carefully gauge how you feel, and talk to your surgeon about this.
To learn more about breast augmentation, download our free e-book, What to Expect from Breast Augmentation. When you’re ready to move forward and talk with a plastic surgeon, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation!