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4 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Breast Augmentation

Hi, Dr. Michael Cohen here. 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.

How to choose 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.

In December, I had a breast augmentation with Dr. Cohen and ever since my surgery, my life has changed dramatically! As a 19 year old, friends and family always thought I had to be comfortable with my body due to the youth of it, but I was far from it. I always had to shop around my boobs, and buying only shirts that made me look fuller than I was. Since my surgery, I am probably the most comfortable person, I’m confident, and I’m how a teenager should feel about their body. Words can’t even express how happy I am now! Dr. Cohen and staff were so thoughtful and understanding; and helped make my process and decision making as simple as possible. You guys made me realize I’m not the only person who has felt this way about their body, and I thank you for that. I have recommended everyone to you, and have actually had friends get surgeries done with you guys. Thank you again!”

Understanding results take 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.

You Need to slowly return to exercise

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 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, including exercise.

Lifestyle changes can improve recovery

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.

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Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Breast Augmentation

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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Dr. Sarah McMillan

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast and Body Contouring Specialist

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