Summary: Breast augmentation is always one of the most popular procedures in the United States—and for good reason. Many women are able to get great results. But there it’s definitely a long process, and navigating your way through that process can be challenging. To help with that, we’re offering five tips for your breast augmentation procedure to make things as smooth as possible.
Five Tips for Your Breast Augmentation to Help You Out
Plastic surgery can be a pretty big undertaking. There’s quite a lot of time and energy that goes into finding the right procedure, the right surgeon, and the right hospital, for one. Then there’s the actual energy that goes into getting to appointments, taking care of your results, and resting during your recovery (trust me, sometimes resting takes a ton of energy).
But with procedures such as breast augmentation, patients almost always say that the results are totally worth it! In fact, breast augmentation consistently has a “worth it” rating in the high 90’s on RealSelf.com. This means that patients tend to love the results quite a bit.
So here are some tips that will help you make the most of your breast augmentation procedure—both in terms of the time you spend on them and in terms of getting the results you want.
Tip Number 1: Do Your Research
Every minute you spend doing research and in preparation will save you time in the long run. When it comes to doing that research, there are several avenues that have proven fruitful to many breast augmentation patients:
- Seek out other patients’ stories where they are available (on websites such as RealSelf)
- Look at before and after photos and at photo galleries on surgeon’s websites
- Be sure to look at different sizes of breasts and compare that to your frame
- Look into different implant materials thoroughly (in most cases, surgeons will recommend silicone implants)
The more research you do, the more you’ll know—and that will improve the fruits of your consultations.
Tip Number 2: Know the Size You Want, But Be Open to Change
If you consult with a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, they might have a few things to teach you, even if you’ve been diligent about your research. Your surgeon will likely have a pretty good idea of what will work for your frame (and the experience to back it up).
You’ll want to listen to your surgeon. This doesn’t mean you should back off of your desired final result. It just means that you should be open to your surgeon’s assessment of how that result might interact with your frame.
Tip Number 3: Take Your New Breasts Out for a Test Drive
You don’t buy a new car before taking it for a test drive, and you shouldn’t get new breasts without doing the same. Most people didn’t even know you could do that, though. Turns out there are several ways you can take your new breasts for a test drive.
Many surgeons will give you a special bra that can give you a sense of the size and weight of your new implants (the analog isn’t perfect because the implants are on the outside of your body, not the inside, but it gives you an idea). You can also use 3D imaging or photo editing software to give you a sense of how you’ll look with your new bust size.
Tip Number 4: Plan for Your Recovery
One thing you definitely don’t want to do is wing your recovery. Generally, breast augmentation is not known as one of the more painful plastic surgery procedures. Patients usually go through somewhere around 3-5 days of initial recovery (where movement is limited). These are the days you’ll want to plan for.
This could mean preparing meals in advance so you have something to eat or arranging for help so you get some assistance with the every day things!
Tip Number 5: Listen to Yourself
Breast augmentation is one of those procedures that carries with it a huge amount of social pressure. For whatever reason, everyone seems to think they can and should comment on how large the breasts of a woman should be (sometimes encouraging greater size and sometimes the opposite).
But here’s the thing: if you’re going in for a breast augmentation, the most important tip I can give you is that you should really be guiding your own outcome. The most important person in the room is you. And the person who needs to be satisfied and happy with the results is you.
So be your own advocate, whether you’re talking to your surgeon or to your mother (and anyone in between). The most important thing about a breast augmentation is that you be happy with the results. And if you follow these tips and work with your surgeon, that’s definitely in the realm of possibilities.