Some cosmetic decisions are pretty easy to make. If you want to change your hairstyle, it’s just a matter of popping into the salon for a cut or color. Other cosmetic decisions require a bit more research and reflection. For example, you probably aren’t going to schedule breast augmentation on a whim.
In fact, there’s a lot to know about breast implants and surgery before you decide to go forward. Here are a few things people don’t talk about when it comes to breast implants.
Size Isn’t Everything
When people think about breasts and breast implants, they tend to think in terms of size, specifically in terms of bra size. But, as any woman who’s ever gone bra shopping knows, size isn’t everything. A “c cup” from one brand is completely different from a “c cup” produced by another bra company.
Your chest size and overall frame, as well as the amount of muscle and breast tissue you have naturally, plus the shape of implant you choose and the type of material the implant is made from, all influence the final look of your breasts after surgery.
Getting the biggest implants available isn’t always the best idea. If you’re naturally very slender, overly large implants won’t just look out of place on your chest, they can also be very uncomfortable. Depending on the amount of natural tissue you have, an overly large implant may be visible through the skin.
You’ll Need to Get Used to Your New Implants
The breasts you wake up with right after the surgery won’t necessarily be the same breasts you have a month or several months from now. There is likely to be some swelling in the area, so your breasts might actually look bigger than they will be once you’ve fully recovered.
Your implants will also need time to settle into place, which is why it’s important not to wear a bra until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead. Performing certain exercises regularly after your breast augmentation surgery will also help ensure the you end up with a natural-looking result. Implant exercises also help reduce your risk of capsular contracture and other complications.
You Might Feel a Bit Down After Surgery
Having breast augmentation isn’t going to be a cure-all for all of life’s problems. It’s true that many women notice a boost in their self-esteem after the surgery. But if you’re considering the procedure as a way to fix what’s wrong in your life, you might not be too happy with the results.
In fact, it’s common for some women to feel a little down right after getting implants. There are a few reasons why that might be the case. For one thing, you’ll have to adjust your regular activities for a few weeks. Not getting to exercise or having to stay home from work can leave you feeling a bit unlike yourself. Some women also need more time to adjust to the new look and size of their breasts.
You May Want to Replace Your Implants at Some Point
Although it is possible for you to be happy with the look of your breasts for the rest of your life, it’s also fairly common for women to change or remove their implants at some point in the future. Whether it is made from silicone or saline, an implant isn’t designed to last forever. It is possible for an implant to leak or wear out after many years in the body.
There’s also the issue of changing tastes and preferences, as well as changes in the body. What you think looks great today might not be to your taste 10 years from now. You might decide that you want to go smaller at some point or even that you want a larger cup size at a later point. Whatever your reasons, breast implant exchange allows you to swap out or completely remove your implants.
Implants Aren’t Without Risks
Although breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and is generally safe, implants aren’t without their risks. It’s important to be aware of what those risks are, before you schedule surgery, so that you can be certain it’s the best option for you.
Working with an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon who has performed many breast surgeries is one way to reduce any risks associated with the surgical portion of the procedure. Knowing what to do after the surgery, such as implant exercises and avoiding wearing a bra, can further help reduce your risk for complications caused by implants.
Based in Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been named a top doctor and who has been recognized for providing hundreds of patients with natural-looking results. To learn more about your breast implant options and to discuss breast augmentation in complete detail, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.