More American women than ever before are requesting breast augmentation – in fact according to plastic surgeons in the United States breast augmentation is the most requested cosmetic surgery in the U.S.
However many people don’t know the realities of breast augmentation surgery prior to making that first appointment with the plastic surgeon. In fact even after that first consultation many women are still confused about the implications (health and others) of breast augmentation surgery.
So here are some facts and figures, by Dr DeRoberts, that might make the decision as to whether breast augmentation is the best route for you that much easier.
#1 It’s Probably Not Going To Be A One Off Deal.
Both scarring and leakage deform the implants used in breast augmentation surgery. The average time until another surgery is required is about a decade. Losing and putting on weight will also be factors on just when the patient will need another surgery.
#2 Time Off.
Surprisingly most people who undergo breast augmentation will be back at work after about a week. However it all depends on just what sort of augmentation takes place. There are two types of placement for implants – either behind the muscle of the chest or in front of it. Those who have the implants placed behind the muscle are going to be suffering from pain and discomfort for longer. Either way it’s going to be tender for significantly longer than a week.
#3 Differences In Feeling.
It may be common knowledge but its worth repeating. Breasts that have undergone augmentation look and feel different to ‘normal’ breasts. The newer type of silicon implants are much more lifelike than the older types, but there’s still a difference.
#4 You Can’t ‘Go Big Or Go Home’.
For women who want to go from a small cup size to something much larger like a DD breast it’s going to take multiple surgeries. Skin needs to stretch and your doctor is going to insist that your body first become used to the smaller boost in size first. If you want to go big you will need multiple surgeries.
#5 Nerve Damage.
Breast augmentation can lead to the loss of feeling in the nipples. It does depend on a variety of factors such as the breast size and the type of surgery that takes place, but it’s relatively common. However, nipples will still react to heat and cold and stimulation, becoming erect when exposed to cold for instance.
#6 Make Sure That Your Surgeon Is Certified.
Unfortunately there are still some shady characters out there who claim to be professionals but who actually are not. Prior to choosing your surgeon you need to make absolutely certain that they are registered with an appropriate board – such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Always ask to see photos of past work to get a good idea of just how professional they are.
Breast augmentation is a serious and life changing surgery. Go into the process with your eyes wide open and it can have a positive impact on your life – but make sure it’s really what you want.