Perhaps you’ve been contemplating breast augmentation for a while now, just waiting for the perfect moment to take the plunge. But sometimes we all need a little nudge, or at least a few helpful pointers, to set us on the right track. Consider this your lucky day! We’ll let you in on 7 tips that will take you from the breast augmentation planning stage right on through to recovery.
1. Ask Around
Sometimes the most authentic information can come from people we know. There are plenty of myths about breast augmentation, but you deserve the truth. One way to separate fact from fiction is to hear other women’s experiences. Find out which types of breast implants they have used, what their recovery was like, if their breast implants have positively impacted their quality of life. Speaking with other women is not a substitute for the wise counsel of your plastic surgeon but it can provide much-needed insight.
2. Do Your Research
Do your homework before booking your breast augmentation surgery.
Study up on just what’s involved in breast augmentation. Explore your breast implant options, from material type to shape to profile. Find out what it takes to be a good candidate. Peruse before and after photos to get a sense for what type of breast implant might work best for you.
3. Vision Board Your Breasts
The best way to accurately describe to your plastic surgeon how you’d like your breasts to look is by showing him. Collect images of breasts that you like. Put together a collage of your favorite looks to sharewith your plastic surgeon during your consultation. This will give your plastic surgeon a clear sense of your personal preferences and can open up a discussion about which breast implants are best suited to your physique.
4. Choose Your Plastic Surgeon
You can’t have excellent breast augmentation results without an excellent plastic surgeon. Begin by looking at online reviews and ratings of plastic surgeons. When you’ve come up with a shortlist, check each plastic surgeon’s credentials. Are they board-certified? How many years have they been doing breast augmentations? If they perform procedures at a surgical center, is it accredited? You should only work with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
5. Schedule Your Breast Augmentation
Setting a date for your breast augmentation surgery is an exciting step in the process. Find a time in your schedule when you can take 1-2 weeks off work and be sure to enlist a friend or family member to help you during the initial stages of your recovery. Many women schedule their breast augmentations during the cooler months so they can be fully healed in time for the summer season. To prepare for your breast augmentation, stock your fridge with healthy, ready-to-go meals. Create a quiet nook in your home where you can rest easily and watch your favorite TV shows and movies.
6. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Directions
It’s important that you follow all of your plastic surgeon’s pre-surgery instructions. If you smoke, you need to quit. Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs immediately before your surgery. Take good care of yourself, which includes eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. The healthier you are going into your surgery, the better.
7. Focus on Your Recovery Like It’s Your Job
Follow your plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions for recovery. Don’t do too much too soon. You’re your prescribed medications, and wear a surgical bra or supportive garment if recommended by your plastic surgeon. Honor your body and in due time your beautiful breast augmentation results will be revealed.
Dr. Scot Martin concentrates on breast enhancement and body contouring at his practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A nationally recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Martin is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
He looks forward to meeting you and helping you become the best version of yourself possible.