Breast augmentation, together with liposuction, comes right on top of the list of plastic surgeries performed in the U.S., with 1 for every 3 women coming from the Western states.
Regardless of your reasons, one thing should be imminent: You want this procedure done on you. Now, to inform you better about this surgical procedure, we listed some most common questions and information regarding it.
- Who are good candidates for breast augmentation?
Of course the candidates should always be physically and psychologically healthy (with the exception of pregnant and nursing mothers). This also means that a candidate must be open-minded about risks and complications associated with the surgery.
- What are the potential risks or complications in association with the surgery?
Commonly known risks or complications are: infection, bleeding, pain, poor scarring or keloid, and changes in nipple or breast sensation.
- What are the best breast implants and how long do they last?
Generally, implants are made of silicone filled with saline or silicone gel which are both safe. They do not have expiration dates but they can last somewhere between 15 to 20 years. However, certain life events may cause the implants to break, thus you may need surgery to replace one or both of them. Also, weight loss, menopause and pregnancy are affecting factors that may change the appearance of augmented breasts.
- What necessary preparations are made before the surgery?
Start off with shopping larger bras and comfortable clothes that you can wear after the surgery. You can also buy the foods and meds you need to take beforehand in order not to strain yourself. It is also highly advisable that you need to perform work-outs for your back few months before your surgery.
- How long is the healing period and how does this affect your work?
Women with office jobs can return to work for about 5 days but if your job needs you to perform lifting or pushing things, it is best to ask for a longer rest period. Cardio and lower body exercises must be performed after a period of 3 weeks just in case everything is fine. Upper body exercises, meanwhile, can’t be done for about 6 weeks after the surgery. On the other hand, you can do short brisk walks just to get your blood flowing to reduce swelling.