Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed today. But is this popular surgery the right option for you? It depends on a few different factors. If you’re on the fence about breast augmentation, here are a few things you should know before moving forward.
You Want Larger Breasts
It might seem obvious, but the most important criterion for breast augmentation is that you actually want bigger breasts! If you want to change something else about your breasts but you’re happy with the size, a surgery such as a breast lift might be a better option for you. A breast lift changes the position of the breasts for a more youthful look and can be performed solo or in combination with another breast procedure.
It’s also important to be sure that you’re the person who wants bigger breasts. Women sometimes feel pressure from others to change their breasts. If you’re currently happy with your size, but you go ahead with breast augmentation because someone else thinks you should go bigger, you’re not going to be happy with the results of the surgery.
You’ve Gotten the Scoop on Implants
Being an educated consumer is always a good idea, and especially when it comes to plastic surgery. One way to find out if the procedure is right for you is to learn as much as you can about breast implants. Find out the difference between silicone and saline, for example. Get an idea of how long implants typically last. Read up on what you can expect.
For some women, getting implants seems like a great idea–until they learn more. There’s the chance that you might need to replace your implants down the line, for example. If having additional surgeries in the future doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to skip breast augmentation for now.
You Understand What Will Happen During Surgery
While you don’t have to get a degree in medicine before a breast surgery, it does help to understand the basics of what’s involved during the procedure. Understanding where the incision will be, what your incision options are and where the surgeon will place the implants can help you make an informed decision about whether or not breast augmentation is right for you.
You Understand What Will Happen After Surgery
Occasionally, a woman might be ready to go ahead with a breast surgery, except for one problem — her schedule. When you’re planning on having breast surgery, you can’t just set aside the date of the procedure. You also need to set aside enough time to rest up and recover. Usually, that means taking anywhere from a week to two weeks off from work and other activities.
If you’re in demand at your job or can’t press pause on your life at the moment, breast augmentation might be right for you, but later rather than sooner.
You’re Healthy Enough for Surgery
The better your health, the better a candidate for surgery you’ll be. That means not having any untreated medical conditions. It also means being a nonsmoker or giving up smoking at least a few weeks before your procedure. If you have other health concerns, such as drinking a lot of alcohol or weight concerns, ask your surgeon about them. They might recommend losing weight or limiting your alcohol intake in the months or weeks before surgery.
You Don’t Have Any Major Life Events Coming Up
When it comes to breast augmentation, timing is everything. It’s a good idea to hold off on scheduling surgery until after major life events or well in advance of those events. For example, you can have breast surgery before you get pregnant. But if you plan on getting pregnant in the next few months, it’s probably better to wait until after you’ve delivered the baby to schedule your procedure.
If you’re getting married in the distant future, go ahead and have surgery to help you feel more confident on your wedding day. But if your wedding is next month and you’ve already had your dress fitted, it’s better to wait until after your big day.
Based in Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation and other breast surgeries. To learn more about your options, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.