Deciding to undergo a breast augmentation is an important decision. Since many clinics now offer affordable breast augmentation at great prices, many patients now choose to modify their look with a pair of soft and natural-looking implants.
Although it is not among the most complicated cosmetic surgery operations available, a breast augmentation will change your look in a significant way. If done properly, it can be a great boost of confidence. But if the operation is botched or done in the wrong way, it can damage your appearance and make you feel much worse.
Let’s see what you can do to increase your chances of a positive outcome by preparing yourself in the best ways possible.
- Research your surgery
Although they all seem similar, different breast augmentation procedures exist, each one with its own benefits and disadvantages. This cosmetic surgery operation can be, in fact, done in many different ways. The exact position where the implant is placed inside your chest, for example, matters a lot. If the device is implanted on top of chest muscles, it may be visible under the skin in slimmer women.
The size and shape of the breast implant also matter a lot. A tall woman with broad shoulder requires a different type of device to enhance her profile rather than a shorter or stockier one. It is important to carefully choose the right type of intervention and the correct size and shape of the device to make your breast augmentation look and feel natural.
Always talk with your plastic surgeon to receive expert advice from a skilled professional. After all, they have already assisted many women with improving their look, so they will have the experience to make the right call.
- Choose the right surgeon
Surgeons are like artisans. There are some skilled ones out there who will provide you with the most natural-looking procedure possible, and other less experienced ones who practice this profession only to make a quick profit.
Unfortunately, in the United States, cosmetic surgery practices require only general surgical training before they can perform these operations. It is an obvious consequence, that checking your physician’s experience is recommended before you make a decision. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) only provides accreditation to surgeons who have enough training and an adequately specific education.
Look for patient testimonials from other people who have undergone similar procedures, and if possible, ask to see pictures of the doctors previous work. You want to make sure you can trust your surgeon’s capabilities before you go under the knife, right?
Maintaining a healthy weight before an operation is always recommended. Excess weight can caue complications, while losing too much weight in the aftermath of a procedure might also displace the implant from its original position. But don’t go on a crash diet, or you could risk malnutrition. Nutritional imbalances and lack of proper hydration can weaken your body and your immune system exposing you to unnecessary risks during the operation.
Rather than limiting your food intake, you should exercise a little bit more. Cardio such as running, swimming, or biking, will improve your blood flow and cardiovascular circulation, helping you both during the intervention and for the recovery process. The stronger and healthier you are, the better it is.
- Stop smoking
Cigarettes and tobacco can expose you to unnecessary risks when your planning a breast augmentation surgery. Smoking increases recovery time and the risk of postoperative complications. And it impairs your body’s ability to heal, increasing the recovery time by a substantial amount.
Since it also weakens your immune system, smoking increases the risk of infections. An infected wound not only takes much longer to properly heal, but it also increases the risk of leaving a scar – which is the last thing you if you went under the knife for aesthetic purposes.
It can be difficult to quit smoking, but at the very least you should try to stop for a few weeks before and after the operation. All nicotine sources must be avoided, including gums, patches, and vaping.
- Don’t take anticoagulants
Anticoagulants are a group of substances that “thin” your blood, meaning they reduce its ability to clot. During a breast augmentation procedure, the surgeon need to incise your skin, fat tissue and muscles with a scalpel, opening a small wound which will inevitably bleed. If your blood is too thin, there’s a risk of hemorrhages and hematomas to occur.
Avoid taking any anticoagulant, including many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin, before and after the operation. However, if you’re taking any prescription blood thinners such as warfarin or rivaroxaban, always ask your doctor’s advice first. You should never discontinue a treatment before talking with your physician.
Many supplements and herbal remedies might also have anticoagulant effects, such as ginkgo biloba, garlic and ginger. It is better to simply stop taking them for a few weeks to avoid potential issues.
If you take care of your body and give it the best care it deserves before and after your surgery date, your breast augmentation surgery will go smoothly and heal quickly. Get ready to see the difference. Follow these guidelines and your breast augmentation will look so natural that no one will ever know you went under the knife!