Get Your Breast Augmentation Done Right the First Time
- Posted on: Jan 11 2018
If you were to guess that breast augmentation was the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the world, you’d be right on the money. Many plastic surgery procedures have been “demystified” by the media in the last few years, chief among them being breast augmentation. However, there can be a perception then that a breast augmentation is a common, everyday surgery, nothing serious about it at all. Although breast augmentation surgery is certainly performed frequently, this is not a minimally invasive procedure, and should not be lightly considered. The reality is that breast augmentation is in fact a major, invasive surgery. Skin, fat, tissue and muscle will need to be cut through in order to get to the areas necessary to place the implants, and your body will need to recover and heal itself, just as it would with any other type of invasive surgery. Many, many women find themselves extraordinarily satisfied with the results of their breast augmentation — there’s a reason it’s so popular! In order to ensure your own best probable results, take some time to carefully consider a few important decisions before you take that final step!
Have a Comprehensive Talk with Your Surgeon
Your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon should always yield valuable information, and not just about the procedure itself. The time that you spend here gives you an opportunity to learn about the doctors you’re considering, to find out about their experience and approach, to get a feel for their personality, and to finally determine which one is the exact right surgeon for you. He or she should always be complete forthcoming with information and able to answer any questions you may have, and should make you completely, 100% comfortable. You should NEVER be made to feel that you are being intrusive with your questioning, or that you are wasting your surgeon’s valuable time. This time is yours to spend, and you are the most important person in that room. Your surgeon should feel this way, too.
Your doctor should also fully inform you of any possible health risks that can come with breast augmentation surgery. There is the possibility of rupture and contracture, a condition that can affect certain women who receive implants. This is a hardening of the tissue around the breast implant, which can lead to discomfort, disfigurement and pain. There is the possibility that you might experience a loss of sensation in your nipples after your procedure. Breast augmentation could also affect your ability to breastfeed. Talk frankly with your doctor about what the likelihood is of these risks for you, whether he or she has had patients who’ve experienced them. Ask what can be done to minimize them, and resolve them if they do occur.
You also want to see the work your plastic surgeon has done in the past. You’ll certainly want to see before-and-after photos of breast augmentation procedures that your plastic surgeon has performed. Some plastic surgeons, when these photos are requested, show manufacturer-provided photos of the “best case” results. You don’t want these — you want to see the actual results your doctor has achieved. If they are agreeable, there may be past patients you can talk to about their satisfaction with the procedure and their results.
Use an ISAPS Plastic Surgeon
When you are considering plastic surgeons, you need to make sure that you are selecting someone who is experienced and board-certified. Because breast augmentation surgery is invasive, you will not only be entrusting your appearance to their care, you will also be entrusting your health and safety. That’s why making sure that your surgeon is a member of ISAPS is such a good idea. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery thoroughly screens all of its members to make sure that they are qualified, experienced surgeons (with at least three years of actively performing surgery) who are knowledgeable in the most up-to-date surgical techniques, and that they have an excellent safety record and a strong commitment to ethical practices. Not only that, but in order to become members of ISAPS, surgeons need to be members in good standing of the national plastic surgery organization in the country where they practice, so by going with an ISAPS Plastic Surgeon, you can also be reassured that they are board-certified.
Consider the Different Types of Implants…
There are different kinds of breast implants out there, each with their own advantages. Saline breast implants are filled with a saline solution and are “inflated” once they are placed in the body, giving your doctor a great deal of flexibility with sizing. They also require smaller incisions than other kinds of implants. That said, saline implants do tend to look and feel less like natural breast tissue than other kinds. Silicone implants, on the other hand, often feel more like natural breast tissue and are less likely to ripple than saline implants. They can also be quite a bit more expensive than saline, though, so your budget may be a factor in determining your choice.
…And How Long They May Last Some people think of breast augmentation surgery as a “one-and-done” procedure. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Breast implants can have a “shelf life” (so to speak), although it’s certainly one that can be counted in years, and sometimes even decades.
Although many doctors recommend that you replace your breast implants after 10 to 15 years, this may be unnecessary if you are still happy with your results and have not experienced any discomfort. You will be more likely to notice damage to saline breast implants, because they literally deflate as the saline solution drains out of them over time. With either kind of implant, you may start to see a scar shell start to form around them, causing a change of appearance and potentially warping their shape. Regardless of your type of implant, if you experience any pain, discomfort or change in appearance, it is important to go to an experienced plastic surgeon to determine if the implants need to be replaced.
Don’t Rush Your Recovery Time
As breast augmentation is invasive surgery, it carries with it an unavoidable recovery time. You will need to take approximately one week off so your body can start to heal and recover. After that week, you can return to work, but you may still expect some tenderness and discomfort. This can be controlled with pain-relief medication, as recommended by your doctor. If your job requires manual labor, however, you will need to take more time off than just the one week, because physical activity can impede the healing process. This also means that you will want to avoid strenuous exercise, especially anything involves bouncing, for at least 12 weeks following your breast augmentation surgery.
You should also keep in mind that you will not see your final results until a few weeks after the procedure has been completed. After your implants are placed, your body needs time to adapt to the new volume of your breasts. Only once the swelling of the healing tissue has gone down completely, will you be able to see what your new breasts look like.
Set Realistic Expectations
If you have naturally small breasts, don’t expect to immediately size up to a DD. You also need to realize that, if you go for a size that is greater than your body frame can comfortably support, you may experience some back pain and other discomfort.
Choosing the size of implant that is perfect for your body should go beyond just the volume and shape that you desire. A doctor who has experience with breast augmentation will be able to advise you on the best possible harmony of size and shape that your body will be able to comfortably manage, and which will give you the most flattering results. If you find afterward that you desire a larger size, you can have your current implants replaced with larger ones in the future.
Carefully considering these important factors when having breast augmentation surgery will set you on your way to having a wonderful experience and superb results, and greatly lessen your chances of requiring revision surgery. The best first step you can take to ensure success is finding the perfect ISAPS plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. Visit our Find a Surgeon page to start your search today!
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