If you are planning to have a breast augmentation procedure, you are probably pretty excited. And you should be – this is an opportunity to transform your body in a way that could positively impact your self-confidence for years to come.
Of course, there are a few steps to take before you can enjoy life with your augmented breasts. The choices you make along the way – with the help of your plastic surgeon – will determine the outcome of this process. To make sure you have a clear understanding of how a breast augmentation develops from start to finish, we wanted to provide you with some helpful information below.
It All Starts with a Consultation
Before any work can be done on your breasts, you will need to sit down for a consultation with a plastic surgeon. During that meeting, a variety of topics will be covered. Not only does it need to be determined whether or not you are a good candidate for augmentation, but your goals for the procedure also need to be determined.
It is during this time that your health history will need to be reviewed. This is surgery, after all, so it needs to be confirmed that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. A variety of tests may be ordered along the way before the green light can be given to go ahead with breast augmentation.
One other issue to discuss during the consultation is whether or not any other procedures are going to be incorporated with the augmentation. It is possible to combine breast lift surgery with augmentation, for example. It is obviously not necessary to add any other procedures to the augmentation, but this topic should at least be discussed before a final plan can be created.
Making Some Choices
Breast augmentation is certainly not a case of ‘bigger is always better’. The right implants for a given patient will not necessarily be the right choice for the next. It isn’t a matter of simply creating the largest breasts possible – instead, the goal is to perfectly match the augmentation to the unique characteristics of the patient.
If you are not sure what size implants you would like to select, an experienced surgeon will be a great resource to turn to for assistance. A plastic surgeon will be able to recommend options based on your anatomy as well as your personal goals.
There are also a couple of options in terms of implant types, as both saline and silicone are offered. Each option has plenty of benefits. This is another area where an experienced surgeon can point you in the right direction.
Getting Ready
To prepare for your procedure, you will want to follow the orders of your doctor carefully. Things like stopping smoking and drinking in advance of the operation are common, and you may need to stop taking specific medications. Again, these details will be worked out with your doctor, so it is up to you to follow orders properly. Also, as is the case with many surgeries, you may not be able to eat or drink for a period of time leading up to the procedure.
Procedure Day
When your scheduled day rolls around, you will need to arrive at the surgery center in plenty of time to be prepared for surgery. General anesthesia is used, and you will be able to go home the same day.
During the surgery, the decisions you made ahead of time will be used to guide the operation. The goal is always to create a final product which is as close to your desired outcome as possible. With all the preparation complete, the actual procedure is rather simple and straightforward. The incisions are made, there is space created for the implants, and the implants are inserted. With surgery completed, you will be monitored in a recovery room until the time when you can be discharged.
It’s All About You
The most important part of this process is that it needs to be all about you and your desires from start to finish. Breast augmentation is a great way for you to feel better about yourself, but it should not be an option to make someone else feel better about you. When done for the right reasons, this can be one of the most rewarding things you do in your life.
For more information about breast augmentation, please feel free to contact the staff here at Associated Plastic Surgeons.