Summary: Breast augmentation is a procedure that is and always has been incredibly popular. And while most patients are quite deliberate in their decisions, breast augmentation has a reputation for being an “impulsive” procedure, especially popular with youth. So in that spirit, if you’re thinking about a breast augmentation procedure, here are five things to know before your breast augmentation begins. After all, a good patient can never have too much information on hand before deciding to go through with it.
Five Things to Know Before Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
If the statistics for 2015 are anything like those for 2014, breast augmentation will again prove to be an exceptionally popular procedure. This is interesting because breast augmentation is usually portrayed as an exceptionally impulsive decision. Yet, most women who undergo any type of breast enhancement surgery do so at a relatively slow pace (or, perhaps it might be better to say at a thoughtful pace). There is plenty of research, plenty of discussions, plenty of deliberation. That helps explain why most women are relatively happy with the results of their breast augmentation procedures.
But that also means that there are some things it’s worth knowing before you decide to have a breast augmentation. We’ve made a list of some of the most compelling.
1: Your New Breast Will Feel Different
Modern silicone breast implants do an excellent job of replicating the look and feel of natural breasts. But they aren’t perfect. You should be prepared for a change in the way your breasts feel after a breast augmentation procedure. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it’s just something that you should, ultimately, be prepared for. Silicone will feel more natural than saline, and fat graft procedures will make for the most natural-feeling of them all. But none of them will be perfect. They’ll still look great, though!
2: You Can Change the Size and Shape of the Areola
Breast augmentation procedures are often about proportion: changing the size of the breasts to augment the proportions of the body. However, there are proportions on the breast itself: the size of the areola in comparison to the size of the breast. After your augmentation, your areola may look awkward. But you can change the size of the areola during your surgery. It’s something that your surgeon may discuss, or it’s something you can bring up as well.
3: You’ll Probably Need to Take Some Time off Work
As with any surgery, you will need time to recover from your procedure. When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, plastic surgeons have done a great deal of work to diminish that downtime. These days, when you get a breast augmentation, you will be looking at needing to take five to seven days off of work. Your activities may be further restricted, depending on your procedure and your overall recovery time. That said, plastic surgeons have also gotten quite adept at managing this recovery—and some patients make the mistake of pushing too hard too quickly because they don’t feel any pain.
4: This Likely Will Not be Your Last Breast Procedure
To a certain degree, nearly everyone who has a breast augmentation procedure performed will need to have at least one more breast enhancement procedure during their lifetime. After all, breast implants only have a limited shelf life. Even if that shelf life is twenty-five years, you’re eventually going to need to switch out your implant. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as many women use that time to reflect on their current size and switch sizes to suit their current age or lifestyle. But you should know that, eventually, you may need another operation.
5: The Most Important Decision You Can Make is Your Plastic Surgeon
Finding a highly qualified plastic surgeon is among the most important phases of any plastic surgery endeavor. When it comes to plastic surgeons, you want to make sure that you find one who is board certified—and it’s important to note that not all surgeons are board certified. But board certification is a nationally recognized measure of experience, so whether you’re looking for a breast augmentation in New Jersey or California, you know that a board certified plastic surgeon will bring a certain level of experience and expertise to the table.
It’s Your Decision to Make
The most important thing to remember when it comes to your breast augmentation procedure is that, even if it’s impulsive, it’s your decision to make. Only you can decide whether larger, rounder, or more even breasts are something that you’re willing to go through surgery to get. When it comes to breast augmentation, you should not bow to outside pressure or to the wishes or whims of anyone but yourself.
But a breast augmentation is something you desire, then taking the time to inform yourself is a great first step. After all, these five things are just the tip of the iceberg. For some, they’ll be enough, but for others, finding out more can be a big help.
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