Breast enlargement procedures have become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery treatments. The procedure includes the use of breast implants to enhance the contour and volume of the breasts. But like any other cosmetic operation, breast implantation is no exception to the risks of surgery. (1)
To make an educated decision about whether or not to get breast enhancement surgery, you need to have a clear understanding of it. Here are six things to keep in mind before undergoing a breast enlargement procedure.
- Your reason for breast enlargement
Some people undergo breast enlargement surgery to make themselves feel more confident. It’s an option for women who consider their breasts small as compared to their physique. Others resort to this procedure to correct breast issues such as asymmetry or have their breast reconstructed after undergoing mastectomy.
Assessing your reasons for undergoing surgery is a critical step before making a decision. It may be a mistake if you undergo the procedure only to impress someone else.
You also need to be sure you’re a good fit for the procedure as breast enlargement surgeries may not be suitable for everyone. You must be in generally excellent health, with no current infections, to fit as a candidate for breast enlargement.
- Your choice of surgeon
The procedure for breast augmentation is a major one, so do your research and find an experienced and competent surgeon to do the surgery on you. But before making a final decision, perform a thorough background check on the surgeon of your choice. You want to have a clear idea of the person to whom you’d entrust such a delicate procedure.
You can make sure you’re completely satisfied with your decision by asking questions. Read reviews and feedback from their previous patients. Also, keep in mind other things like their reputation and track record and whether they have certification and accreditation.
- The size and type you want
To get the best results, choose implants that are a good fit for your body type and physique. If you pick excessively big implants, you may suffer conditions such as neck and back pains. It may also cause spine curvature disorder, lumps in the skin, and skin rashes due to heat and sweat. The factors that may determine the right implant size for you include the following:
- Your anatomy: The size of your body has a lot to do with the right implant size for you. If you’re short waisted, the surgeon may recommend implants that have greater projection. On the other hand, bigger implants may fit you if you’re long waisted.
- Your lifestyle: If you’re extremely physical, for example, making your breasts too large could interfere with your daily activities.
- Your goals: You need to tell your surgeon what you need or want to be realistic about what the procedure can do for you. Are you doing it to build your confidence, enhance your appearance, correct some problems, or for any other purpose?
Aside from implant size, there are also types of implants to consider: silicone and saline. Take the time to talk to your surgeon and know about the pros and cons of each type before you decide. Silicone is quite popular as it’s known to look and feel more natural. (2)
- The cost of breast enlargement
Every person’s situation is unique, so every surgical procedure may vary from patient to patient. It’s therefore important to know what costs may be associated with your unique situation. In some cases, for instance, additional procedures like breast lifts may be necessary if there’s loose skin.
Following an in-depth consultation with your surgeon, they’ll be able to offer you a more accurate estimate of the total expenses associated with your treatment. Generally, cosmetic surgeries like breast augmentation are not covered by private insurance or Medicare. (3)
- The importance of follow-up
Surgery is just one part of the process, so plan ahead for any necessary follow-up care. Learn more about postsurgery help from your surgeon by talking to them.
Always remain in contact with your surgeon, follow their postsurgery instructions, take adequate precautions, and make an appointment if you detect any after-effects. Finding the correct surgeon surely helps with your aim, but effective communication with them at any time is essential.
- The recuperation process
While most breast implant surgeries go well, some women may experience uncomfortable side effects, such as swelling in the breasts, pressure in the chest, and numbness. Your doctor would explain the risks involved and offer you guidance in the process of your recovery.
After the surgery, you need to give your body time to recuperate and relax. Steer clear of anything that might put undue stress on your chest region, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. It’s important to allow yourself time to recover correctly to avoid complications after the procedure.
Breast enlargement is a surgical procedure like any other—there are risks. So it’s important to discuss your concerns with your surgeon to help you understand the procedure and make an informed decision. A successful procedure can help boost your confidence by giving the breast size or shape you’ve always desired.