Chances are, you probably know several women who have had a breast augmentation. No matter how good or bad their experience, these ladies are more than likely overly-enthusiastic to share the gritty details of their story. With so many varied opinions and random news stories floating around, it is common for women to get caught up in a perfect storm of confusion regarding breast implants. Gathering your facts before scheduling a breast augmentation consultation is a good idea. However, without a clear plan, the barrage of information can be overwhelming. Therefore, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery recommends keeping your research simple. Out of all the things you should ‘know before you go’, start with an understanding of the three r’s: results, recovery, and risk.
While keeping an eye on your breast augmentation sounds simple, it is a vital component for a successful and satisfying procedure. Have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. We suggest that you bring several photos of your ‘ideal’ shape and size to your consultation appointment. Look through before/after photographs online and make a mental note about the results for women of your shape, height, size, and proportion. It is not always possible to use the same size implants, and achieve the same results, as a woman who is taller, shorter, thinner, or heavier.
The recovery from a breast augmentation procedure is easier than ever before. However, this is a vital time for healing, ensuring that your breast implants will properly settle into the breast pocket to create the desired results. Discuss the recovery requirements in-depth with your cosmetic surgeon, such as no heavy lifting (even small children) and no exercise for four to six weeks. Take the suggested time off from work, which may be as little as three days to over a week. While you will be sore and your chest may initially feel tight, most women do not experience a lot of post-op pain. A couple days of narcotic pain medication may be necessary; however, some women are fine with only over-the-counter pain medications. Every woman will heal at their own pace, so make sure you have ample time to recover before committing to a breast augmentation procedure.
You will be happy to hear that as breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, it is exceptionally safe. However, it is still an invasive procedure, meaning even with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, there are risks. While not common, delayed healing, infection, nerve damage, and unexpected scarring can occur. Capsular contracture (the formation of excessive scar tissue) and asymmetry are possible, as well. Speak candidly with your cosmetic surgeon about the possible risks from your breast augmentation and how he/she will handle these complications should they arise, including the potential need for a breast augmentation revision.
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is here to help you through the breast augmentation process. Committed to providing proportionate, natural-looking results, Dr. Paul Vitenas can assist in determining the best time for your breast augmentation procedure, as well as the right implants to achieve your unique, aesthetic goals. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.407.7428 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. If you are outside of the Houston area, be sure to ask about our virtual consultation appointments.