Under The Knife: Four Tips To Help You Prepare For Breast Implants

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentations are the most common cosmetic procedure in America with more than 280,000 patients undergoing the knife each year. Full breasts are a big hit—and have been for several years.

If you are thinking about getting breast implants, make sure you educate yourself first. Here are four tips to help you prepare:

1. Be Open Minded

Even if you do your homework and know exactly what you want, realize that it may not be possible. Sometimes your skin may not hold the size you want. You may also require incisions in a different location than what you wanted.

Although it may be hard, you need to go into your appointment with an open mind. A cosmetic surgeon will help you decide what is right for you by discussing your options based on your health, body size, and current breast size.

2. Ask for "Sizers"

If you aren't sure what size breast you want, don't be afraid to ask to use "sizers." These devices allow you to try on several different breast sizes and shapes; and they can really help you see what type of outcome you will have.

These "sizers" can also be helpful if your surgeon informs you that you have to go a size larger—or smaller—than you originally intended.

3. Prepare At Home

Once you have determined what size you will be—and your doctor has approved it—take the time to prepare at home. Purchase several comfortable bras in your new size. Wash all of your laundry and clean your home. You may also want to prepare some freezer foods.

Remember, after your surgery, you will be limited in movement—and you won't be feeling well. So you want your home to be clean and comfortable.

4. You Will Have Pain

Understand that a breast augmentation is an invasive surgery. Even if you don't think you will have a lot of pain, it is best to prepare for the worst. Sometimes, surgeons will advertise that their patients only need an over-the-counter pain reliever. Although it may be true for some, it isn't for all.

Don't be afraid to ask for a stronger pain reliever. You can also ask for an anti-anxiety medication as well, if you believe you will be super nervous before or after your surgery. If your doctor prescribes these—or any other medications—fill your prescriptions and have them waiting in an easy access area of your home.

Breast implants are a good way to boost your confidence. If you are thinking about going under the knife, make sure you find a skilled surgeon, ask questions, and use these tips.

For more information, contact Dinu Mistry, MD or a similar medical professional.


20 April 2015