Thinking about breast augmentation? Overwhelmed with questions? Consider some information as you decide if breast augmentation is right for you.
Obviously if you're reading this, you're at least curious about making your breasts bigger. Undoubtedly, your boyfriend, husband, or future love interest will appreciate well-shaped, good-sized breasts, but this should not be your only consideration. Breast augmentation involves high costs and before you commit to paying these costs, you should feel confident that you are ready to commit to such a responsibility.
Additionally, you should be aware of the risks associated. The implant itself can make a routine mammogram a little more difficult than before, as it can hide some of the tissue from detection. However, this is often resolved by taking more film at different angles and manipulating the breasts in different ways to ensure that the physician can see everything.
You should also consider the possibility of future costs from ruptures or other unforeseen complications. While these issues are easily remedied, they are expensive. Another risk is the loss of breast sensation, especially around the nipple area as well as hypersensitivity to touch.
If you are planning to have children, it may not be the right time for breast augmentation as it may negatively affect the ability to produce milk for breast-feeding.
As with any surgery, there is always a risk of infection. If this happens, it would almost always necessitate removal of the implant.
If you've decided to go for it, than you will need to find the right surgeon. First, ask around. Do you know anyone who has had breast augmentation surgery? Chances are if a friend was satisfied with his or her doctor, then you will be too. If you have no luck, then make a call to the local hospitals and ask which board-certified plastic surgeons have operating privileges in the hospital. This indicates official hospital approval for the surgeon and is a sign of competence. If you are still unable to find a doctor, try the Internet, yellow pages, or other sources of advertisement, although this should be your last resort.
Once you've created a list of doctors, check into their credentials. If they are "board certified," check which board and if it is recognized by the state in which the surgery will take place. Also check with the county clerk or circuit court in your area to know if your doctor has been sued for malpractice.
Go bra shopping. You have until the surgery to choose your desired cup size. Once you feel confident, buy a bra in your new size, stuff it, and wear it to make sure you like it.
If you are a smoker, quite now. Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications so you will need to refrain from smoking before the surgery and during recovery.
Get ready for the costs. Typically, the implants cost $1000-$3000, while the nurses and anesthesiologist will cost about $1000. The rest of your costs will be for the doctor's price. Greater experience and demand usually mean a higher price. Also, don't forget about $75 for prescription drugs and painkillers during recovery and another $50 for post-operation bras.