Breast augmentation is a leading procedure that many women have heard about. A large number of women who consider this surgical enhancement know someone who has had it and loves their results. Still, one cannot know exactly what to expect until they go through the process themselves. The way we see it, an informed patient is an empowered patient, and we seek to empower all who entrust their cosmetic improvements to us. Here, we discuss a few things you may want to know as you begin your breast augmentation journey.
- Preparation is invaluable.
When patients consider their breast augmentation experience, they often wonder about recovery. We say you can’t go wrong by preparing for recovery way ahead of time. Well before breast augmentation, patients should stop smoking if this is applicable to them. The chemicals in cigarettes, including nicotine, can inhibit the healing process and increase surgical risks. Patients should also begin focusing on nutrition. The more nutrients the body is fed before surgery, the more capable it is of healing. Preparation also involves arranging childcare, pet care, meals, and a comfortable space for recovery.
- Don’t expect perfection at first.
Understandably, patients are excited to see their results at their first follow-up visit. Until then, they are somewhat obscured by the surgical garment. We advise patients to be prepared for exaggerated fullness and height. Swelling and inflammation make the breasts appear very high on the chest wall right after surgery. This can take a few months to settle. At first, the breasts may also look and feel firmer than they will once settling occurs.
- You may need a lift.
The goal of breast augmentation is to restore or add volume to the breasts. Adding volume does not necessarily mean that the breasts will have an optimal shape. If the skin has lost a significant amount of elasticity, the increase in volume may only lead to more profound sagging. To ensure this does not happen, the doctor carefully observes the condition of the skin and superficial tissue and, when necessary, recommends a combination procedure that enhances and lifts the breasts.
- You definitely need the right surgeon.
Breast augmentation is a carefully planned procedure that is best performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Austin is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in private practice for over two decades. His dedication to excellence can be seen through his educational career as well as his many years of surgical performance. In addition to evaluating a surgeon based on training and experience, though, it is important that patients feel comfortable with their selected physician and that they feel heard and genuinely cared for throughout their surgical process.