How to decide if breast augmentation is right for you

22 June 2018

Breast augmentation surgery offers a safe and effective way of transforming the way you look and how you feel about your body.

Regardless, undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big decision and not one that should be made lightly.

If you’re considering this type of surgery, you probably have lots of questions that need answering before committing to the procedure.

How can you find the right surgeon?

Before you commit to any type of surgery, you should always undertake an initial consultation.

Your body is precious to you, and you will want to ensure that you have the most natural looking breast implants possible. You should therefore only go ahead with a surgeon who understands your needs, who makes you feel safe and keeps you informed at all times.

During your consultation you will be able to discuss in detail your medical history, what happens on the day of the surgery, the estimated recovery times and any restrictions.

The surgeon should also work to understand your goals, and be able to recommend the best size and type of implant for you.

Which type of implant will be best for you?

Generally, you can chose between saline implants or those made from silicone.

Your consultant will be able to discuss which option is best for your individual requirements. Put simply, silicone implants can create a more nature look and feel more like real breast tissue, but saline-filled implants are more often used in reconstruction procedures as they can be repositioned and altered.

Are you prepared for your surgery?

When your surgery has been booked, you’ll need to take a few precautions before the day of the operation.

You may need to go in for a blood test, and it’s always recommended that you stop smoking and avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs.

You may also need to take certain types of medication, but your surgeon will run through this with you at your first consultation.

What happens after the surgery?

You should expect some swelling and discomfort which is normally manageable by using pain killers alone.

Abnormal symptoms would include increased swelling, increasing pain or fever and redness and these should alert you to return immediately to your surgeon.

How long is the estimated recovery time?

Immediately after your breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will be used to help minimise swelling .

You can usually go home within 24-hours but you need to be in a position to take things easy for at least a few days. Have support on hand to help with daily chores, and be aware that you will need to avoid high impact sports such as running and jogging, and you will be unable to move around too much. It could take as long as six weeks for your breast area to start to feel normal again.

At Skinscar Clinic, we understand that breast augmentation surgery is just the beginning of your journey to new found confidence. If you are considering this type of surgery, or would like to find out more about our services, speak to us today.

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