Breast augmentation is one of the most routine and popular plastic surgery procedures performed around the country. Many benefits stem from this body-enhancing process. Make no mistake, though, it is a process to undergo breast augmentation. To get the absolute best results from this procedure requires more than finding a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. Here, we offer a few tips on preparing for your breast augmentation like a boss.
- Give ample time to your breast implant selection. You can begin to choose your breast implants long before you consult with a plastic surgeon. Most women do this without really thinking about it. One way to start is by noticing bodies that you admire. Not just breast size, but overall body proportions. An experienced breast surgeon does not operate with a particular “size” in mind but with an eye for what will look best on each patient’s body. This is how to get the best results.
- Consider your lifestyle. This can be especially important for people who are considering getting large implants. Larger implants are heavier implants. They require more support during exercise and from the bras that are worn daily. The heaviness can cause other effects, such as bra-strap lines and neck or shoulder soreness. This is not to discourage you from getting larger implants if that is your preference. It is important to know what it may feel like to live with your new breasts.
- Treat your body well before surgery. Breast augmentation is a surgery that is performed daily. Your board-certified plastic surgeon knows what to do to get good results with minimal risks. However, your body will require extra energy for healing. Eating whole, nutritious foods sets your body up for optimal tissue repair, which can translate into better scarring. Another way to treat your body well before surgery is to stop smoking, if this applies. Smoking prevents oxygen from reaching organs and tissues and is considered a significant risk for post-surgical complications.
- Schedule necessary Me Time. How often do we say we wish we had a little time away from the day-to-day activities that keep us endlessly busy? Well, your surgery will give you the opportunity you may have never had! For optimal recovery, schedule at least one week off work. You may need longer depending on how physically demanding your work is. Also, arrange someone else to do the caretaking-of-all-things for about a week. For that time, your primary focus is your healing.