Breast augmentation, also known as a breast enlargement or boob job, remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Many women are dissatisfied with the shape, size or overall appearance of their breasts and would like to make them larger, fuller, and in perfect symmetry with one another. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve all of these things with breast augmentation surgery.
Patients who choose to undergo a breast enlargement can choose from two different types of an artificial implant (saline or silicone) or to use their own purified body fat to increase the size of their breasts. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to help you to decide which technique is right for you. However, before you can go ahead with a breast augmentation procedure, you’ll first need to have a consultation with your surgeon who will determine if you are suitable for the surgery. So, what makes you a good candidate for breast augmentation? Let’s find out.
Any surgery requires the patient to be in reasonably good general health. This is primarily because of the use of general anesthetic, which can have higher risks associated with it if the patient is overweight or in poor health. Your cosmetic surgeon will ask you about your medical history and it’s important to be as detailed and honest as possible. You’ll need to tell them what medications you take if any, and you may be advised that you cannot make these ahead of or during the recovery from your surgery. You will also have your breasts examined for any abnormalities and may even be given a mammogram.
Breast augmentation is an invasive surgery with a significant recovery period. It’s crucial that anyone wanting to undergo the procedure is fully informed about what to expect at each stage of the process. Your consultation is a good time to ask any questions that you have, and your surgeon will be committed to making sure that you know:
- What implants your surgeon will use and why
- Where the incisions will be made
- The type of scarring you can expect
- What you will need to do to prepare for surgery
- How long you will be unconscious while the surgery is performed
- Whether or not you will have to stay in overnight
- How long the recovery period will take
- How long it will take to see the final results of your surgery
- What the risks involved in your surgery are
Breast augmentation surgery can significantly change the appearance of your breasts, and in most cases, women who undergo the procedure find that the results leave them feeling happier and more confident in their appearance. It may enable them to wear clothes that they would otherwise avoid wearing and boost their self-esteem which will filter into other areas of their lives. However, it’s essential that your expectations of the surgery are realistic. There is no guarantee that it will change your life, only you can do that. Your surgeon will speak to you in detail about your expectations for the procedure and tell you whether or not they are achievable.
If you would like to find out more about breast augmentation surgery, or to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact our cosmetic surgery team today.