Knowledge is power, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to breast augmentation. At my plastic surgery practice in Sacramento, CA, I make sure everyone I treat is educated on what they’ll need to do before and after surgery to have the best experience. Knowing how you can care for your mind and body throughout your surgical journey is a great way to take an active role in your recovery and results.
Read on to learn more about a few do’s and don’ts of preparing for and recovering from breast augmentation.
What to Do Before & After Breast Augmentation
Follow these tips to have the most rewarding experience.
Research Your Surgeon
Choose a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, also called a board-certified plastic surgeon. Look through potential surgeons’ breast augmentation before-and-after photo galleries and read real patient reviews to make sure your surgeon is experienced and trustworthy.
Schedule an initial consultation to get to know your surgeon and discuss everything you need to know to feel confident in your next steps. Don’t hesitate to ask about implant options, recovery, surgical facilities, and more.
Customize Your Implants
Work with your surgeon to choose the right breast implants for your anatomy, goals, and lifestyle. Bigger isn’t always better. An experienced surgeon will help you select an implant that creates the results you’re looking for while being sustainable for your body and lifestyle.
Be Ready for Recovery
Breast augmentation recovery typically involves a few days to a week of downtime. Plan to take time away from work and be ready to follow your recovery instructions to the letter. This will lead to the speediest recovery and the most attractive results.
What NOT to Do Before & After Breast Augmentation
Steer clear of these common plastic surgery pitfalls.
Don’t rush back to exercise.
Take your time returning to workouts and other physically demanding activities after surgery. Allow your body the time it needs to heal fully. Learn about when you can return to swimming, jogging, and more in this previous blog post.
Don’t hide health info.
Breast augmentation is a medical procedure, so it’s important to be honest with your surgeon about your medical history, previous surgeries, medications, and so on. This will keep your risk of complications as low as possible and set the stage for a safe procedure.
Don’t judge your results right away.
It can take a couple of months for your implants to “drop,” settle, and soften. Your breasts may initially appear too firm or high on the chest. It’s best to wait a few months for your results to take shape before considering a revision.
Don’t get surgery for someone else.
Make sure your motivation for choosing breast augmentation is a healthy one. You should never get surgery to please someone else or meet an outside expectation. Your decision should revolve around feeling more confident in your body and loving the way you look and feel, not what anyone else thinks.
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation at my plastic surgery practice in Sacramento, CA, please contact us online or call (916) 929-1833.