If you’re considering a change in your breast size or shape, you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 280,000 patients underwent that particular cosmetic procedure in 2014. Making an informed decision about getting breast implants is the first step towards figuring out whether you really need the procedure. The more you know about any possible risks or side effects, the more confident and calm you’ll feel about the big change your body is about to undergo. Here are things a plastic surgeon wants you to know before getting implants:
- You have two different options for implants: Although silicone has become synonymous with breast implants, you have two options to choose from when it comes to a breast augmentation – silicone and saline. Choosing one or the other will depend entirely on your preferences. A good surgeon will explain the differences and make it easier for you to pick between the implant varieties.
- Be Prepared for the recovery process: The pain experienced after breast augmentation is strictly individual but you’d better be prepared for it. After coming out of anesthesia you may have to stay in your bed for a few days without moving too much. Your surgeon will also prescribe a medication that you can take to decrease the pain. You have to take a few days off to stay at home for recovery after the surgery. Relax in bed and give your body some time to heal. Consider wearing clothes made from looser, natural fabrics. These aren’t going to irritate the recovering tissue, making it easier to cope with the pain.
There are always risks: As with any surgical procedure, there are always risks associated. Once you get bigger breasts, you’ll need to do regular examinations for leaks and other ruptures.
- Size Matters: The top three most important factors to take into consideration when you choose shape and size are body type, skin elasticity and future changes your body will undergo (pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations). Choosing the most appropriate size and shape of implants is crucial because these factors will impact your appearance and your health.
- Breast implants are not permanent: While implants don’t have an expiration date, they are foreign objects that need to be properly maintained and replaced if necessary. According to the FDA, the lifetime of the implants varies from person to person. It’s uncommon for women to have the same implants for a period exceeding 20 to 30 years.
If you think you may be a candidate for breast implants or another procedure, call Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at (954) 983-1899 to request an appointment with Dr. Stelnicki, or request an appointment online.