Breast augmentation is arguably the most popular surgery in the cosmetic industry.
Women all over the world choose to get breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Women who feel their breasts are too small for their body, get it to enhance their womanly shape. Other women may decide to restore their bustline and silhouette after pregnancy, or after a mastectomy.
Whatever the reason, we want to make sure you’re prepared. Check out our tips on everything from prepping for your procedure to getting stellar long-lasting results.
- Make a List of the Best Plastic Surgeons Near You
It all starts by doing your research. For this step, the internet is your friend.
Because breast augmentation procedures are so popular, you won’t have a hard time finding a clinic nearby. But for something as delicate as surgery, you’re not looking for your closest option. Right?
Make sure the surgeon you pick are board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). That way you can guarantee you’re working with a talented surgeon and clinic with the highest standards for aesthetics and safety.
Equally as important is for your plastic surgeon to have great reviews, years of experience, before and after pictures that showcase his work, and patient testimonials.
- Schedule a Consultation With Multiple Doctor
The consultation is your chance to find out if you and your cosmetic surgeon are the right fit.
During the consultation, each doctor will go over your options in detail and answer any questions you may have about the breast augmentation process.
We like to tell our patients to come with a list of questions written out. That way you can make sure you remember to cover all your concerns during the consultation.
It’s also a great chance for the doctor to get to know you and help you feel comfortable with his approach. There will be a physical exam of the breast and the doctor will ask you questions about your medical history just to ensure you are in good health for a breast augmentation surgery.
- Figure Out All of Your Options
Did you know that breast implants are NOT measured by cup size? That’s right! There’s no such thing as a D cup-sized implant. Implants are measured in cubic centimeters or “CC’s” for short.
This helps customize the size of each breast implant independently in case the breasts are not perfectly symetrical.
- Breast Implant Sizes and Shapes
Your plastic surgeon will describe how each implant will fit your body and how they will look. However, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the type and shape of implants before your consultation.
- Silicone or Saline: Truthfully, there’s no “right” answer when it comes to choosing silicone or saline implants. They each come with their own set of pros and cons. For instance, cosmetic surgeons can insert saline implants first and then fill them up while adjusting the size. However, some women still prefer the overall look and feel of implants made out of silicone.
- Teardrop or Round: Natural breasts tend to have a teardrop shape. This is where before and afters and 3d models come in handy, to see which shape will suit your frame the best.
- Know What You Want
Patients say their favorite part of the consultation is talking about their aesthetic goals. It is important that you create a clear picture with your plastic surgeon of your new figure before your procedure.
At the very minimum, a doctor will flip through before and after pictures of other successful procedures of women just like you so that you can envision your own results.
In our Boca Raton office, we use 3D modeling technology to show you what your breast will look like… on your own body!
- Bigger Isn’t Always Better
One of the most common misconceptions about breast augmentations is that the bigger the implant, the better you will look.
Truthfully, creating the perfect look is so much more than picking a large implant size. The secret is to choose an implant size that enhances your your figure the way you want it to.
At the end of the day, what matters most is that the size of the implants, its proportions, and shape make you feel sexy.
During your consultation, your surgeon will go over your options until that perfect size and shape is found to create that incredible silhouette.
- Stop Smoking Before Your Surgery
If you are a smoker, your cosmetic surgeon will recommend you stop smoking around 45 days before the date of your surgery.
Smoking weakens your immune system which can create problems during and after surgery, including infection and scarring. It also slows down your recovery process post-op.
- Get Prepared and Get Help
In the weeks before your surgery get a pre-breast augmentation to-do list from your doctor. This will include things like having a clean and chore-free home so that you don’t have to worry about housekeeping.
Get a spouse, friend or relative to help you! You will need to be driven to and from the surgical center and it is advisable to have someone stay overnight to keep an eye on you in case of any unexpected reactions post-op.
Your cosmetic surgeon will also prescribe medication(s) for you to pick up before your surgery.
Traditionally, most women take off about one to two weeks from work in order to recover at home.
- Where Is the Surgery Performed
Not all cosmetic doctors perform breast augmentations in their own acredited facility so make sure you find out where the surgery will be performed.
At Schuster Plastic Surgery, breast augmentations are an outpatient procedure performed in our fully accredited AAAASF surgical facility.
- Overnight Medical Attention
Although it is not necessary to stay at a hospital or surgery center after a breast augmentation procedure, some women feel that being supervised by an experienced medical professional is worth the peace of mind.
Overnight stays in a private room under the care of a plastic surgery trained registered nurse is an option at Schuster Plastic Surgery Center.
- Be Patient:
It is common for women to consider their breast augmentation proceudure long before booking their consultation. Understandably, by the time the surgery is over, you will be itching to see the results… but be patient.
You won’t see your final results right away. In fact, most women feel their implants sit a little high on the chest right after their procedure.
That’s normal. Over the following weeks and as the swelling and healing resolve, you’ll see your new bustline naturally settle and soften.
Is a Breast Augmentation in Your future?
So there you have it. We hope this overview eases your concerns about breast augmentation!
A breast augmentation is not a highly sophisticated procedure, however, it takes a great amount of experience to get the results that are perfect for you.
Book a consultation with us today to go over all your options and ask us any questions. We’re here to help you become the best version of yourself.