For many women, the decision to get breast augmentation often turns out to be one of the best choices they’ve made for themselves. It improves their self-confidence which in turn, boosts social interactions and even workplace productivity.
However, quite a few women have found out after surgery that there are some surprising twists that happen during and after the procedure. So, if you are contemplating on getting breast implants, here are some facts you may want to know first:
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
The main reason you may want to go under the knife is to get bigger breasts, but you should really discuss the matter beforehand with your doctor. An experienced surgeon will tell you that bigger breasts aren’t always the best for every woman. In fact, there are women who opt for breast reduction surgery just to make their breasts a tad smaller.
Factors to Consider Besides Size
It’s probably natural for some women to think of size as the most crucial consideration when getting breast augmentation. But there are more decisions to be made other than picking the size of the implants.
To start with, you have to decide what kind of implant you want to get. They can either be silicone or saline, and they may have a teardrop or round shape. It can be smooth or textured, and the implants may also have varying projections. The placement of the implant can be under or over the chest muscle. And you also have to decide where you want the incision to be made.
You really need an experienced surgeon to help you make your decisions and meet the goals you have in mind.
“Rapid Recovery” Doesn’t Mean Overnight
Yes, recovery from the surgery can be quick—but it won’t be instantaneous. Reputable surgeons will make this very clear during your consultation. In general, even with rapid recovery you will still need to rest and refrain from activity for about 24 to 48 hours. You’ll feel woozy from the anesthesia and the pain medication.
Most women are warned that the procedure will result in some side effects like swelling and soreness, which won’t really last long. However, some unexpected but still normal side effects may also come up.
One of these “side effects” is constipation, which may be due to the pain medication, the lack of physical activity, and changes to your diet. However, consuming foods high in fiber and proper hydration will get rid of the problem in just a few days.
Sleeping On Your Back
If you naturally sleep on your back, then it’s not going to be a problem when the doctor tells you to stick with this sleeping position for at least a few weeks. But it can be a problem if you’re used to sleeping on your stomach or on your side. To help make the change, you should have pillows on both sides of your body to keep you from turning over. Put a few pillows under your knees as well.
“Drop and Fluff”
This is a phrase that women who get breast augmentation will become familiar with. Generally, new breast implants can sit high and tight for the first few weeks after the procedure. They won’t look natural at the beginning but after a little while, the skin and tissue will expand around the implants, and they will soften and drop to a lower level. They will then feel more natural for you.
Armed with these facts, you can now make a more informed decision about whether to get breast augmentation or not.