Some women wish their breasts were just a little bit bigger, some want them a lot bigger, and others need them to be more symmetrical; but no matter the reason, girls looking at breast augmentation are really seeking something similar: proportionate, beautiful results. If you are thinking about getting breast implants, know that while there is no way to guarantee your surgery will be perfect, there are key points that can stack the deck in your favor. Get ready – get set – and go have a successful breast augmentation armed with the following information.
Pick the Best Surgeon
It should go without saying, but when you are thinking about getting implants, always work with the best surgeon out there. There are several things to look for in a surgeon, first and foremost being board certification. Make sure your physician is Board Certified in plastic surgery. This will mean that he has extensive training and experience performing cosmetic surgery.
You should also look for a surgeon who performs breast augmentation regularly. For example, Dr. Paul Vitenas performs more than 400 surgeries every year. That comes to more than one a day. Dr. Vitenas has practiced in Houston since 1991, giving him over 25 years of breast augmentation experience.
Credentials and experience are important, but it is also good to get a sense of what others say about the surgeon through testimonials and reviews. Finally, see how comfortable you feel around the doctor at your consultation appointment. When you meet with the surgeon, listen to your gut. Do you feel as though you can trust him and that he takes your concerns seriously?
Pick the Best Size (and Material)
Some of the most common reasons for breast implant revision surgeries stem from when a woman chooses the wrong size or type of implants the first time around. When it comes to implants, you have two main choices, silicone or saline. Both have their ups and downs, but silicone is the more common option today, as it tends to have a more natural feel. Silicone also has less chance for ruptures and will not ripple as much as saline implants.
Sizing can be a bit trickier. Implant sizes do not correspond to bra cup sizes, so you cannot tell your surgeon you would like to be a 36C after your augmentation. Bra sizes vary dramatically since there is no standard among brands.
Luckily, there are a few ways of gauging what size implants you actually want before the surgery. During your consultation, you will have the chance to try on implant sizers. These correspond to actual implants; they can give you a sense of how the real thing will look and feel. Wear a nonpadded bra and several tight, thin t-shirts to try on. Also, bringing along a trusted friend can give you an idea if the implants are ‘too much’ or ‘not enough’.
Give Yourself Time for Recovery
At a minimum, you will want to take a few days off from work after your procedure, giving you time to rest and your implants settle on your chest. Although you can return to an office job after just a few days, keep exercise or vigorous activity to a minimum for sometime afterwards.
You will also want to skip the bra for about six weeks after your surgery. Not wearing a bra will give your implants a chance to settle into their intended position.
Finally, breast implant exercises are an important part of the recovery process. Daily massages will keep your breasts feeling soft and natural. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions, which may be recommended twice a day as long as you have the implants.
If you are tired of wearing a push-up bra and are ready for larger, natural-looking breasts, take the first step towards breast augmentation. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas at his practice in Houston. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 484-0088 for more information.