Breast augmentation technology opens a world of possibilities to women who have congenital abnormalities, are post-mastectomy or who have other reasons for desiring to change the size, shape or feel of their breasts. If you are considering having this procedure (augmentation mammoplasty) done, there are some things you need to know in order to be fully knowledgeable before making your decision.
The second thing you need to be aware of is that as common as these procedures are, they have risks associated with them. Surgery isn’t to be undertaken lightly. You will have a recovery time to contend with as well as scarring. The same risks that are present with any other kind of surgery are present here as well including bad reactions to anesthesia, infection, pain, hematomas and swelling. In addition there are complications generally only associated with breast augmentation including altered sensation, numbness, breast pain, impeded breastfeeding, visible wrinkling, thinning breast tissue and the disruption of the natural plane between the breasts and commonly called symmastia. Other complications, such as capsular contracture or capsular rupture require specific treatments and regular care should they become an issue. Many patients are very happy with this procedure even in the event of such complications but it’s still wise to be prepared for them should they occur.
While we aren’t talking bypass surgery here, we’re still talking major surgery and the recovery time your doctor recommends should be adhered to implicitly. Your body is going to need the rest prescribed and a healthy diet to heal properly. Depending on which kind of implantation surgery you choose or suits your needs best, the recovery time could be as little as a week or as long as a month. Every case is different and many factors surround the length of recovery time to be realistic with yourself and plan well. Making freezer meals and planning to have a friend or loved one help you for the first couple of days is a must at least. Depending on the kind of job you have, it may be possible to return to work within a week or work may have to wait. If your job involves heavy lifting or a lot of arm raising you are going to need more time off of work than if it doesn’t.
Finally there is the concern of cost. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Don’t settle for a surgeon just because they’re cheap. Your body and your health is a priceless treasure and you deserve the best there is. Understandably, this may pose a concern. Consult with a doctor about your surgery and find out if it can be classified as medically necessary. Some insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the surgery, even if it’s not medically indicated to take the time to do your research. Otherwise, budgeting and having a plan in place to reach the goal is an excellent and necessary part of the process. Consultations are often free or inexpensive and you should have a good idea of what to expect cost-wise before you schedule your surgery.
Remember, you deserve the best and you can’t be too careful when it comes to such a life altering choice. Take your time before making any decisions and don’t be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions. Your doctor will work with you to provide you the best implant surgery for you, your situation and your body.