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Summary: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your dream breast augmentation won’t be, either. To get the beautiful, satisfying results you deserve from your enhancement surgery, there are six steps you should follow.

1. Do Your Homework

It all begins with research, so you’ll want to read about the benefits of breast augmentation. Then, look in to the different types of implants and procedures that are available to get an idea of what might work best for you. Look at plenty of before and after photos, and educate yourself about being a good candidate. Learn what kind of qualifications are needed to perform breast enhancement surgery, and how to recognize a safe operating facility.

2. Talk to Other Women

If you have friends or family members who’ve had breast augmentation, talk to them about their experience. Find out what kind of breast implants they got and how they feel about their results. Ask what their recovery was like and what has changed in their life since having breast augmentation. These women may have valuable insights to share. Of course, never substitute a friend’s advice for that of a board-certified plastic surgeon. There are more than a few plastic surgery myths that actually aren’t true.

3. Visualize the New You

By now, you should be forming a picture of what you’d like to look like after your breast augmentation. Create a Pinterest board or make a collage using pictures of women whose breasts are similar to what you want yours to look like. You can bring these photos to your consultation to show your plastic surgeon. This will help him or her to get an idea of your personal preferences. During your consultation, you can discuss whether your expectations are realistic.

Taking steps to plan your breast augmentation according to your aesthetic goals and preferences can help you to achieve beautiful results.

4. Research Plastic Surgeons

Perhaps the most important of the breast augmentation steps is choosing your plastic surgeon. You can start by checking out online ratings and reviews. Once you’ve narrowed it down, explore their websites to find out more information. Read about a prospective plastic surgeon’s experience and qualifications, and don’t forget to consider their overall philosophy about plastic surgery and patient care. Once you’re ready, book a consultation with one or more of the plastic surgeons you’re interested in. When you go to your consultation, bring a list of your questions and concerns so you can discuss them.

5. Schedule Your Surgery

Surely one of the most exciting of the breast augmentation steps is finally setting a date for your surgery. Plan carefully to ensure a comfortable recovery. Make sure you can get enough time off work, and that you’ll be able to get some help with your other responsibilities. Stock up on snacks, books and other things that will make your recovery more pleasant. Consider having your breast augmentation during fall or winter so you can be fully healed and ready to show off your new body by bikini season.

6. Listen to Your Plastic Surgeon

None of the other breast augmentation steps will matter much if you don’t follow this last one. Adhere to your plastic surgeon’s instructions for what you should do to prepare yourself for surgery. If you smoke, stop. In fact, using any form of nicotine can cause complications. If you aren’t taking good care of your body, start. Follow your aftercare instructions and don’t try to do too much, too soon. Your results and your recovery will be better if you carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s guidelines.