During 2017, more than 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed.
In fact, breast augmentation is now the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure.
Read on for 10 things you need to know about breast lift and augmentation.
1. Your Breast Augmentation Isn’t Going to Last Forever
Breast implants aren’t lifetime devices. The lifetime of breast implants depends on various factors and is unique to each person.
It’s rare for people to keep the same implants for 20 or 30 years. For most women, another surgery is more than likely. You just don’t know when that may need to happen.
Also, weight changes, pregnancies, and the size and shape you prefer could lead to having another surgery.
But then again, you may be perfectly happy with your breasts for 10 or more years. Your breast augmentation may instill newfound confidence in you that will make you feel sure of yourself.
It’s in your best interest to understand that you may need another surgery down the line. That way you aren’t disappointed when that time comes.
2. It May Take Multiple Surgeries
If you wear an A cup bra, you won’t be able to go to double Ds in one visit. Your surgeon will likely suggest going up gradually over a couple of years. This will give your body time to adjust to the changes.
Learn more about the breast augmentation procedure and what to expect.
3. Loss of Sensation in Your Nipples is Possible
A very small percentage of women suffer from permanent loss of nipple sensation. But, your nipples may be extra sensitive or numb for 3-6 months following your procedure.
The type of surgery and the size of the implants affects whether or not you loss nipple sensation. Talk to your surgeon about any concerns you have during your consultation.
4. You’ll Need To Monitor Your Breast Implants
If you rarely gave your breasts a passing glance, that will need to change. You will need to monitor your breasts from now on.
If you get silicone implants, you’ll need to get MRI screenings to detect ruptures every couple of years.
And you will need regular mammograms. Make sure to let the clinic know that you have implants when you book your appointment. They will need to change their procedure when they perform mammograms on people with implants.
5. Prepare for 6 Weeks of Recovery Time
The first three days after your surgery, you may experience mild or moderate pain. You may need to take prescription painkillers.
You will need to wear a surgical bra and wait until the second day to take a shower.
After a week, you should be able to go back to work so long as you can avoid strenuous movements.
It often takes two weeks before you feel back to normal. Yet, at this point, you need to still avoid strenuous exercise.
After week four, you can begin your regular exercise routine but need to avoid chest exercises.
The six-week point signals the end of your recovery. It will take until this time to sleep on your belly, wear any kind of bra you want and exercise any way you want.
6. Give Your Implants Time to Settle
Your breasts will also need up to six weeks to settle into their permanent shape and position.
At first, your implants may sit high and feel hard. Sometimes the nipples even point down. But over the six weeks of recovery, your breasts will soften and settle.
Don’t expect to slink into a skin-tight red dress and hit up a party the day after your procedure. Avoid being disappointed by waiting six weeks before you take after photos or plan to attend big social events.
7. Be Aware of the Risks
Before you decide on breast lift and augmentation procedures, you need to be aware of the risks.
Breast implants come with the risk of additional surgeries, infection, and ruptures. You are also at risk for cancer of the infection-fighting cells (lymphocytes) in the immune system.
A serious risk associated with breast implants is capsular contracture. This occurs when scar tissue squeezes and hardens the implant. This can be painful and it can distort the breast’s shape.
The national average for capsular contracture is between 15-25%.
The only way to fix this is with surgery. The risk of capsular contracture can be reduced with good surgical practices as well as excellent post-op care.
8. Understand Post-Op Care
Your rate of healing and recovery is largely up to you. After breast surgery, you will need to massage your breasts every two hours during the hours that you are awake for the first month.
Massage helps reduce capsular contracture and so is extremely important.
You will also be required to go in for a post-op appointment one week after your surgery.
Remember, breast augmentation is a surgery. Your body will need time to recover from this. Get plenty of rest in the days following your procedure.
You will leave with dressings on your breast. After 24-hours you can remove the dressings but must leave on the strips that cover each incision.
When you are cleared to shower, you can wash your body over the strips. These will fall off on their own. You may put gauze on your incisions for a week if you need.
9. Expect Scars
There’s no way around it. Breast lift and augmentation procedures result in scarring. These scars are permanent and unavoidable.
But, a good surgeon will make the necessary incision in a place that is least noticeable. For example, in your armpit, under the breast fold or around the areola line.
Most women feel that a small scar is worth the results of breast augmentation. So if you mentally prepare for a scar, there’s no reason you won’t be very happy with your results.
When you meet with your plastic surgeon, discuss your concerns about scarring.
10. Choose Your Plastic Surgeon with Care
Be wary about going with a plastic surgeon that offers prices that seem too good to be true.
Make sure you research any surgeon before you settle on who will perform your plastic surgery.
Remember, not all plastic surgeons are board certified. Check that your surgeon is certified from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Any other board is not the national standard and you should be wary of those practitioners.
The best plastic surgeons are also members of these groups: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
In order to be a member of these groups, surgeons must meet a high level of excellence in their practice. You can rest assured that you are in good hands if your plastic surgeon is a member of these groups.
There are many types of plastic surgeries. Make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose has experience doing your type of procedure.
Once a surgeon has passed all these requirements, schedule a consult.
Plastic Surgery Consult
During your initial consult, you will first meet with a medical assistant or nurse.
This person will go over your medical history with you to ensure that you are a safe candidate for plastic surgery.
Be honest and open about everything in your medical history. Give an account of any supplements, medication and recreational drugs you use.
You will then be asked to change into a hospital gown or robe for your consult with the plastic surgeon.
When you meet the plastic surgeon, it’s a good idea to come prepared with some questions. Pay attention to how well the surgeon listens to you.
During the physical exam, is the surgeon respectful and courteous?
When you explain your concerns and wishes, does the surgeon seem to care about what you are saying? Do you feel that you trust this surgeon?
You can ask how many times the surgeon has performed this surgery. Ask to see before and after pictures. Then, ask for contact information for previous clients.
More than anything else, this consult is an opportunity for you to see if you are comfortable with the surgeon and his or her approach. Trust your instincts here. If something doesn’t feel right, no matter how qualified a surgeon may be, keep looking.
For peace of mind and for best recovery, you need to trust and be completely comfortable with your plastic surgeon. Choosing the right surgeon will enhance your overall experience.
Final Thoughts on Breast Lift and Augmentation
Before you go any further, think about your reasons for wanting a breast lift and augmentation.
Is the breast augmentation going to make you happy? If it isn’t, reconsider.
If it will, take time to figure out what results you want.
Do you want youthful, fuller or more symmetrical breasts? Knowing what you are hoping for will help your plastic surgeon prepare a procedure you will be happy with.
At the end of the day, it’s your body. If breast augmentation will help you live life to the fullest, it is a smart investment. Anything you can do to add to your happiness is a good choice.
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