It’s one of the most popular procedures on the market today. But you should stop and think about these things before you get breast augmentation surgery. We don’t mean that to scare you off or warn you away. Indeed, none of these “think about” items are particularly scary or anything like that.
Some Things to Think About Before You Get Breast Augmentation Surgery
Instead, we mostly intend to emphasize that planning is important when it comes to this procedure. And there’s very likely more to plan than you might initially be anticipating. And the better you can plan for your breast augmentation, the smoother the process will go (probably–everyone is different).
We should say at the outset that this isn’t meant as a substitute for information from your surgeon. But knowing a bit more about things you should think about before you get breast augmentation can help you move the conversation forward during your consultation.
Where to Place Incisions
You’re probably used to thinking about what type of implant you want (silicone implants are the most popular choice by far, but they aren’t the right choice for everyone). But something else to consider is where you’d like to place the incision. There are several options:
- Under the bottom fold of the breast: This is the most common place for most patients who want a breast augmentation. The incision line is usually hidden by the position of the breast itself.
- Around the areola: The dark skin around your nipple is called the areola. Sometimes, breast augmentation incisions are made around the areola. These incisions have the benefit of being a bit smaller (meaning faster healing), but they are limited in terms of the size of implant they can support.
- The armpit: Yup, you read that right. There is a breast augmentation techniques that uses an incision in the armpit to get the job done. The primary benefit is that the incision is in a very well hidden area. The downside is that this technique can only be accomplished with smaller implants.
What incision type you choose will be up to you and your surgeon–and the clearer you are on this after those discussions, the better!
Final Results Will Not Be Immediate
After surgery, your breasts will be larger. The implants will see to that. But you won’t see your final results for a while yet. There are a couple of reason for that. First and foremost, you’re going to experience bruising and swelling. That’s your body’s natural response to surgery. A compression garment will help with those issues, but nothing can make them go away completely except time.
Second, your implant is going to require a little bit of time to settle into place. How much time (and what that looks like in the meantime) will often depend on the incision type and implant material. In other words, your surgeon should be able to tell you when to expect seeing your final results–but it won’t necessarily be right away.
You’ll Need Another Fix For Sagging Breasts
Unfortunately, breast augmentation alone is not designed to address sagging breasts. This is something that happens naturally over time–and indeed, breast augmentation can actually exacerbate sagging breast tissue. That’s why many breast augmentation patients will actually get a breast lift in addition to a breast augmentation
Breast lift procedures are designed to return the breasts to a more youthful orientation. These procedures also have the benefit of improving any sagging appearance of the breasts. In other words, the breasts will appear to be more supported–a little perkier and youthful.
That could be important for patients who are considering any type of breast augmentation, as the weight of the breasts is one factor in how much they tend to sag over time.
A Lot to Think About
This list is by no means exhaustive. There’s much more to think about before you undergo a breast augmentation procedure. But you’ll probably talk about all of those things with your plastic surgeon. After all, that’s what the surgeon is there for!
You might talk about implant type, whether to get a fat graft procedure or not. You’ll talk about the timeframe of the procedure, how long you might expect your recovery to take. You’ll discuss options for removing or changing out your implants further down the road.
That’s why it’s important to go into consultations with a lot of questions and a lot to discuss. And, as we’ve noted, you definitely want to think about these things before you get breast augmentation–indeed, these things and more!