Deciding to get breast implants is a personal matter. While the opinions of your friends and relatives matter somewhat, at the end of the day, what it really comes down to is how you feel about breast augmentation, and whether or not you’re really committed to the procedure. Talking to a Board Certified plastic surgeon, specializing in breast surgery, is plays an important part the process of determining if the procedure will be right for you. Take a few minutes to ask yourself a few questions before heading to your consultation, to see if you’re really ready for all that a breast augmentation involves.
Are you physically ready for surgery?
Your overall health will play a big role when it comes to deciding whether or not you’re ready for breast augmentation. Before your surgery, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor and make sure your body is healthy enough for the procedure. A full medical history is also a normal part of the surgical consultation.
Since some health issues can hide, it’s a particularly good idea to have blood tests and a number of exams before your surgery. That way, if you have any issues, such as diabetes, kidney, or liver problems, you’ll be able to treat them. Major health issues will need to be under control before a breast augmentation.
In some cases, it might not be your overall physical health that poses a problem for surgery, but instead your habits. If you’re a smoker, talk to your surgeon about quitting before the procedure. Most surgeons advise quitting smoking at least a few weeks beforehand, and then avoiding cigarettes or other tobacco products for several weeks after the procedure.
Who is the surgery really for?
It can be easy to decide to get implants to make a partner or spouse happy. At the end of the day, however, the person you need to have the surgery for is yourself. If you’re not doing it to make yourself happy, but instead think getting bigger breasts will make someone feel more attracted to you, it’s more likely that you won’t be happy with the final result. Before you schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon, ask yourself if you’re having surgery for yourself — or for someone else.
Do you understand all of your options?
Breast implants come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Knowing the difference between saline or silicone implants can help you pick the implants that are best suited to you. For example, silicone implants might feel more natural, but saline implants typically require a smaller incision.
Choosing the size of your implant is another important consideration. Typically, your surgeon will give you special sizers to wear in your bra with a tight-fitting shirt, so that you can get an idea of how you will look with implants of different sizes and shapes.
Examining your lifestyle preferences can also help to assess your breast augmentation options, and pick the right implants. For example, if you’re fairly active and participate in a lot of sports or exercise, choosing very large implants can get in the way of your fitness habits, making it uncomfortable to go for a run or play your favorite sport.
How will you pay for your surgery?
There’s more to the cost for breast augmentation than the price of the surgical center, the implants, and the anesthesiologist. You’ll also want to factor in the cost for any prescription medications you’ll need afterwards, the cost of childcare (if needed), and the cost of taking a week or so off from work. Plus, there’s the cost of potentially needing to buy new bras and blouses afterwards.
Your surgeon will most likely give you a quote for the surgery itself, and present you with options for financing the procedure. You might prefer to use your own credit card, open a medical credit account, or to pay for the procedure in full, up front.
Don’t forget to figure out a way to cover the expenses of any time off from work. Your job may offer paid time off, however this is not always the case. It will help to have some savings set aside to cover yourself while you recuperate.
Is the timing right?
One last thing to ask yourself before you have surgery: is the timing right? Why are you getting implants now instead of any other time? It might be that now is the ideal time – you might have a slow period at work and don’t feel guilty taking two weeks off. Or, your youngest kid might have finally left for college, leaving you with peace and quiet at home, without feeling like you need to provide care for him or her.
The timing of your surgery might also be influenced by your budget. If you’ve been saving up for surgery, you might finally have enough set aside to cover all of the associated costs.
Whether you’re ready to go through with surgery, or are still in the fact gathering stage, one of the best things to do is to book a consultation with the best available breast augmentation surgeon.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, founder of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, performs several hundred breast augmentation surgeries each year. He’s available to answer any questions you have about the procedure, and to help you see if the surgery is right for you. To schedule an in-person appointment at his Houston practice, call (281) 484-0088 today. Virtual consultations are also available by request.