Surgery can be intimidating, even when it’s vital. If you opt for surgery, you usually want to know what you’re dealing with.
The popularity of breast implant surgery has increased year on year, but many women still have questions about the procedure. And that’s great! The more you know going in, the more confident you can be about the process.
Here are seven things patients want to know before getting breast implant surgery.
1. What Options Are Available?
Breast implants come in two major types: silicone- or saline-filled.
They’re also available in different shapes to help women achieve the results they want. As each body is different, these options help to match the surgery to the body type and desired result.
2. Who Is It Right For?
Breast surgery can produce great results for any women over the age of 18 (or 22, for silicone implants). As with regular surgery, however, ideal candidates are of a healthy weight and have good lifestyle habits. The procedure is unsuitable for pregnant women or women who are currently breastfeeding.
It also helps a lot to be the kind of person who takes a medical practitioner’s advice. Your surgeon will have a lot to say to you in the lead-up to your surgery, including how to get the best results.
3. What Are the Benefits?
The benefits can vary depending on your reasons for the surgery, but some common benefits include:
- Bigger, fuller breasts
- Better symmetry
- Increased confidence
Dr. Nadeau outlines more of the benefits on her site, but the benefits vary widely from person to person.
4. What Are the Risks?
All forms of surgery carry some risk, infection being one of the most common. However, it’s a rare result of professional surgery overall, and you can reduce your risk still further by listening to your surgeon’s advice.
If you have concerns about risks, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon.
5. What’s the Recovery Time?
Typical recovery time is about four to six weeks for breast implant surgery. However, this all depends on you!
By far the biggest influence on recovery time is patient behavior. In other words, listen to your surgeon’s advice and avoid strenuous activities to ensure a quicker recovery time with a reduced potential for scarring.
6. What Results Can I Expect?
Of course, breast implants are all about the end result. As with any procedure, you’ll want to have a realistic idea of the results you can expect.
Breast surgery can yield very visible results immediately, though you may have to wait for some swelling to subside before you see the final product. The results tend to be quite predictable, however, meaning that most people achieve the results they’re looking for.
7. Will I Need More Surgery?
There are no guaranteed-permanent breast implants currently available. Although they last a long time, older implants may develop problems. It’s recommended that you conduct regular checks and refresh the surgery to keep your results looking great.
Breast Implant Surgery: Your Questions Answered
These are the top seven things patients wanted to know about breast implant surgery, so we hope we’ve answered yours. If you still have questions, make sure to chat with your surgeon for more detail.
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