Dr Bernier, a leading cosmetic surgeon, advises women to consider the following things before going for a breast augmentation procedure.
- Is it really necessary? – Most women generally have a love-hate relationship with their breasts. Embracing who you really are is very important. Your beauty doesn’t depend on the size of your breasts. Nor does your capacity to feed your babies. Make sure that you are actually considering the procedure for the right reasons.
- Underlying health conditions – Many underlying health conditions might risk the safety of the procedure. Hence, check with your GP before making an appointment with a surgeon.
- Your surgeon – the best surgeon for you. Make sure you check their credentials, experience and reviews before the appointment. You might also want to ask your GP to recommend a surgeon.
- Budget – A breast augmentation procedure costs around $3,500. Set aside a little more money than that for post-op procedures and medicines.
- Type of implants: There are two types – Silicone and saline. Silicone implants look more natural than the saline ones, but if there are ruptures, then it is harder to detect. Saline implants on the other hand, might show ripples on your skin.
- Size of the implants: The implants will definitely feel different than natural breasts. The more the silicone, the lesser your breasts feel like themselves.
- Using body fat: Instead of going for implants, you can use your own body fat for augmentation. The only downside is that you will have more stitches!
- Ability to feed: Breast augmentation or reduction can affect your ability to feed.
- Time of surgery: Augmentation post pregnancy often requires a breast lift.
- Post-op recovery: Plan your recovery well beforehand. Ask a responsible adult, a friend or a family member to accompany you. Most women who undergo breast augmentation report that the procedure is highly emotional for them. A trusted friend would ease the experience.
- Take time off from your work: Finish your projects before the deadline and clear off a week from a schedule because you would want to be fully focused on your recovery. If your work doesn’t require physical exertion, then you might be able to go to work the very next day. However, the recovery period is as crucial as the time during the surgery. Proper rest and diet will rejuvenate you.
- History of breast cancer: Discuss whether your procedure will have any effect on breast cancer screening or on your overall health before scheduling your appointment.
Finally, make sure you are comfortable with the whole process.