One of the most common types of plastic surgery procedures is breast augmentation, or breast implants. Many women make the choice to undergo this type of procedure either for cosmetic reasons or as a final step in their treatment for breast cancer. Regardless of the reason, this type of surgery can make a woman feel more confident and attractive on the inside and out.
There are a number of do’s and don’ts that women should consider before stepping foot into the operating room, however. Knowing these will help them to make the best, most informed decision to become educated about the process and the outcome.
For starters, do not be afraid to ask questions. Do not hesitate to get information from the surgeons and their staff. This can help you to feel more confident about your decision and calm your fears. As with any surgery, there are certain risks involved. Determine what those risks are and how to minimize them. The more informed you are, the greater the outcome. If the surgeon to whom you are talking rushes through his answers or doesn’t give you satisfactory information, keep looking for another surgeon. Make sure you are comfortable.
Ask your surgeon about financing plans they offer so that you can make affordable payments, if necessary. Wait until you can afford breast augmentation before scheduling it. No cosmetic surgery is worth going into debt over, especially when you can wait another six months to a year to be able to afford the payment options.
Don’t rush the healing process. You will need time to rest and restore your strength following breast augmentation surgery. Be sure to listen to your surgeon’s instructions and don’t return to your normal routine until you are advised. Know that everyone heals differently, so while your friend who underwent this surgery may have been back to her normal routines rapidly, you may need more time to feel like yourself again.
Do have realistic expectations. This type of surgery is designed to help you feel better about yourself, but it will not change your life. Give yourself time to adjust to your new appearance, but deep down, you will still be the same person.
Do know the potential risks and complications ahead of time. Talk about them with your surgeon, and ask about ways you can minimize them. Do ask to talk with women who have undergone this surgery in the past, and if anything feels uncomfortable after surgery, do not hesitate to call your surgeon to discuss it.