Breast Augmentation: Before and After

For the past years, no other cosmetic procedure has been more popular than breast augmentation. This procedure has surpassed every other cosmetic surgery to take the top spot.

With our current advancement in science and technology, and the great cosmetic surgeons of today, women will not find much trouble to improve the look or feeling of their breasts.

Women can choose between various types of implants. Your choice may depend on your budget, personal preferences and always under the advice of the professional. 

There are some important things to consider before increasing the size and volume of your breasts. 

Are you a suitable candidate?

The first requirement to know if this procedure is right for you is that you are well informed about it, how it’s performed and its consequences. 

One important thing to consider is that Breasts should be fully developed before a breast augmentation is performed on them. Otherwise, the breasts may continue to grow and the implants will make them look deformed.

You should also be in good physical health. This means that you should not have any infections, diseases or serious illnesses. Having an infection can interfere with the recovery process and cause some problems.

Someone having mental issues or disorders may want to avoid or postpone this breast improvement procedure, as it will permanently change the look of her breasts

You should be prepared to rest and recover for some time after the intervention. Some tasks, like heavy lifting, are a definite “No” after the breast augmentation. Make plans for someone to drive you home after process and stay with you as you begin to recover. 

Last but not least, you should want to do this cosmetic procedure on your breasts because you want to and not to impress or please someone. This decision is entirely up to you.

If you have any doubts about your suitability for breast augmentation, take this test that we have prepared to help you make your decision. 

Advice before the process

When you talk to your plastic surgeon before the procedure, there are some important things you should go through that can help you be prepared for it.

You need to review your medical history and answer every question your surgeon has about current and past medical conditions, especially if your family has had breast cancer. You should share any results of mammograms and breast biopsies you’ve had. Additionally, do talk about any current or recent medication you’ve taken and any past surgeries.

You may also have to pass through a physical exam to determine your treatment options. The position of your breasts and the quality of your skin tone will be relevant to choose the right procedure.

When speaking to your doctor, a good idea is to share your expectations about the intervention, so he can understand them and explain the risks and benefits of it.

A good advice before the procedure, and pretty much in life, is to stop smoking. Smoking can cause the blood flow in your skin to decrease, which will lead to a slow recovery process.

Additionally to smoking, you should be at a healthy weight and you will need to stop taking medication that increases bleeding, like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements.

Main considerations after the procedure

It’s important to be informed about what you’ll need to do after the intervention and the caring it requires. 

The procedure typically takes two to three hours, and you can go home on the same day. Right after, your breasts will likely be covered with gauze and a special support bra. 

Your breasts should be bruised and swollen for about two weeks. You will feel pain and soreness, so in the first few days after the breast augmentation, take pain medication as recommended by your doctor.

You should avoid certain physical activities, like straining, bending and lifting. You should also sleep on your back or your side to keep pressure off your breasts. In addition, you should avoid sexual activity for at least one to two weeks after the breast augmentation. 

You should talk to your doctor about when your stitches will be removed, regularly one to two weeks after the breast augmentation. However, there are some stitches that dissolve on their own.

While you’re healing, keep your breasts out of the sun. Afterward, protect your breast during sun exposure.

Finally, schedule with your doctor the necessary check-ups, to avoid any issues and to make sure the recovery process is going all right.