For women considering breast augmentation, one of the most insightful aspects of the research process is often hearing from past patients who have undergone the procedure. A quick YouTube search will reveal countless videos of women sharing their experiences and discussing what they wish they had known before their surgeries. There are a few statements that come up quite often in these videos. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation with implants here in Baltimore, I believe they’re worth addressing.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss 4 things women often wish they’d known before choosing breast augmentation.
1. The most important prep step is choosing the right surgeon.
Choosing a qualified surgeon is the most important thing you can do for yourself when preparing for breast augmentation. It’s critical to select an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and breast enhancement specialist. Not only will a great surgeon give you high-quality results, he or she will also make sure you feel supported, safe, and understood throughout the process.
On our testimonials page, you can read what dozens of women have to say about how their surgeon selection affected their overall satisfaction. As one of my patients put it, “Choosing a surgeon was a major decision. I’m glad I chose you.”
2. Your results may take some time to develop.
When you look at your breast augmentation results for the first time, you probably won’t see what you were expecting. Your breasts may seem too high on the chest or may appear larger than you desired. Don’t worry. It may take a couple of months for your implants to drop or settle and your swelling to subside.
During consultations, I use VECTRA® 3D imaging to help patients visualize their final look. While your results may vary slightly, keeping the image of your ultimate result in mind may help you feel at ease during the initial healing period. Visit our before-and-after photo gallery for examples of the final outcomes you can expect.
3. Returning to exercise is a gradual process.
There won’t be a specific date set for the end of your recovery. We’ll clear you for certain activities depending on how quickly your body heals. Some light exercises such as tai chi may or walking help the recovery process and ease your body back into motion, while higher-impact workouts should be avoided for longer. Many patients return to their full routines after about 8 weeks. You can learn more about exercise timelines in this blog post.
4. Lifestyle changes can speed your recovery and improve your outcome.
Making dedicated efforts to improve your health before, during, and after the augmentation process can greatly affect your experience and improve your long-term satisfaction. You may consider avenues including nutrition counseling, pharmaceutical-grade supplements, and IV therapy for a wellness boost.
My breast augmentation patients would be quick to tell you the positive difference the procedure made in their lives. If you want to learn more about boosting your confidence with breast augmentation at our Baltimore practice, please contact us online or call (410) 296-0414 to request a consultation.