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What Patients Wish They Knew Before Getting Breast Augmentation?

Posted November 6, 2020 in Breast Augmentation

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Some naysayers believe that breast augmentation is an act of vanity that should not be taken seriously; however, all aesthetic medical procedures, including breast enhancement, are known to increase a patient’s emotional comfort, which adds to their quality of life. 

Woman in a bra wrapping a tape measure around her bust.

Breast augmentation can be a sensitive topic for some, and anyone looking to undergo cosmetic surgery should feel entitled to explore judgment-free spaces where they can ask questions freely and get the answers they need. One way to make the breast augmentation experience less worrisome is by doing a thorough amount of research and considering what other women say they wish they knew before getting their breasts enhanced. 

Here are a few things to consider and discuss with your surgeon before getting a breast augmentation. 

Is Breast Augmentation Always About Having Bigger Breasts?

Breast augmentation surgery is primarily performed to increase the size of a woman’s breasts; however, this is not always the goal or reason for the treatment. For some, breast augmentation is a successful way to correct breast asymmetry or offer custom breast reconstruction after an injury, accident, or mastectomy (breast removal). 

Women who do not suffer from previous conditions may want to alter their breasts’ shapeliness for increased fullness, roundness, or definition. 

Are All Placements for Breast Augmentation the Same?

There are two distinct breast augmentation placements: below the chest muscles and on top of or over the chest muscles. You and your surgeon will decide whether placing your implants under or over the chest muscles is best for your circumstances. 

If you live a highly active lifestyle, having breast implants under the muscles may cause the implants to be disrupted as constant pressure causes their original placement to shift. However, implants placed in the submuscular position may appear more natural. 

During your consultation, you will be given more information on the pros and cons of the different breast augmentation placements. 

What Else Do Women Wish They Knew Before Breast Augmentation?

Even patients who receive clear descriptions of their recovery process may not fully understand it until they experience it on their own. Patients who begin their breast augmentation recovery without proper education from their doctor may come to assume that the breast augmentation recovery is immediate. While breast augmentation is much easier to recover from than other plastic surgery procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, it still requires some downtime and limited activity levels (especially in the chest area).

It can be easy to become alarmed at the sight of your breasts after swelling has developed—the breasts may even look bruised or inflated. 

Patients should avoid misinformation about the nature of swelling and disrupted sensation post-operatively. Sensation returns over time and swelling will subside gradually. 

Traditionally, the implants sit very high on the chest immediately after implantation; however, they will settle into their lower, more natural position with time.

Interested In Learning More About Breast Augmentations?

Breast augmentation is a transformative experience, and Dr. Timothy Alexander is dedicated to providing the best care to all breast augmentation patients. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact our office by calling (954) 589-0722, (305) 756-8743, or filling out our online contact form.