“What Should You Consider If You Are Thinking About Breast Augmentation”
One of the first things you should consider about breast augmentation is what type of implant is best for your body type. In the United States, two types of breast implants are approved for sale: saline-filled implants (those filled with a saltwater solution) and silicone gel-filled implants. Both have a silicone outer shell and vary in size, shell thickness and shape. The implants are used for increasing breast size, for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or injury, and to correct developmental defects.
A few things to note:
When considering breast augmentation, remember that cleavage is right up there with cup size. It’s important to understand before your surgery that increasing the size of your breasts is not what gives you cleavage. Cleavage is a function of the shape and width of your chest and how close your breasts are together.
If cleavage is important to you, be sure to talk about it before you have your surgery so you won’t be disappointed. And remember, you can buy a bra that will help too.
Don’t expect your plastic surgeon to make your breasts look just like the picture. Your results depend a great deal on your natural breast anatomy.
ARE YOU READY? QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
Am I choosing to enhance my appearance for me? I know that others may support me, but no one is pressuring me.
Am I realistic about the results of the surgery? I understand that cosmetic surgery can improve my appearance, but it cannot change my life.
Do I fully understand and accept the potential risks associated with my procedure? I know that there are no guarantees, but outcomes are usually very good if I have reasonable expectations.
Am I in good shape physically and emotionally? Are there any underlying health disorders or mental health conditions I have not disclosed to my surgeon.
Can I afford this? Can I afford all the costs of surgery, including non-monetary costs such as the time to recover.
Why is now the right time for my surgery? Why now rather than a month or a year ago, or, conversely, a month or a year from now? The timing fits my schedule. I have not been offered special incentives to schedule surgery and I am not feeling pressured to commit to a plan before I am ready.
Am I completely comfortable with my surgeon and the staff in his office? My surgeon spent time with me, answered my questions and recommended a surgical plan that is designed to achieve my stated goals. The staff is friendly, helpful and supportive and I have been given informed consent documents and pre- and post-procedure instructions.
These websites are good for your research:
This is the official website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the most comprehensive source of plastic surgery information online.
We drill down into the nitty gritty of how to prepare for your plastic surgery, and what to do to recover well and quickly. These are best practices that we have learned throughout the years, mainly by listening to our patients, but also in some cases by having the procedures done ourselves.
Read comments about breast augmentation from women around the country and check out their popular, “Was it worth it?” feature.
The most important tip – Be sure the doctor you choose is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.