For women who are not so well endowed with form and volume on their bust, a breast augmentation procedure is definitely a heaven sent.
This is why this particular surgery remains to be at the top procedures performed in 2013 worldwide with a total of 1,773,584, according to the numbers gathered by ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). But as much as this surgery is done by the millions, it doesn’t mean that all of these are success stories.
There are some who encountered a few problems that range from the minor to more serious concerns. To avoid these, here are ten of those common mistakes and how best you can avoid them.
1. Doing it for the wrong reasons
One of the biggest mistakes you could do to your body would be to alter anything just to impress someone. Changing your body drastically for others and yet remain unsure of it is definitely something you should never do. If you have to make the decision to go under the knife or not the decision is yours alone.
There are a lot of reasons for women to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Some are new moms who wish to improve the appearance of their breasts, others wish to correct breast asymmetry, and there are those who wish to go through it due to a mastectomy. But if you simply want it done because you think this would make someone like you more, this doesn’t always guarantee that you will be happy with it yourself.
2. Not asking the right questions
Breast augmentation is a serious procedure, and it is something that you should not take lightly especially when going through the consultation. Before you head into a surgeon’s clinic, it would be wise to arm yourself with the right questions. This way, you can get all the information you need to make an informed decision. Here are some of the important questions you can ask:
- How many years of cosmetic surgery training have you had?
- Are you a certified practicing cosmetic surgeon? If not, why?
- Do you have an accredited surgical facility?
- How long have you been performing breast augmentation surgery?
- Am I a good candidate for breast implants?
- What shape, size, texture, placement and incision site would be appropriate for me?
- How many revisions of your own work have you done?
- What are the risks and complications associated with breast augmentation?
- Can I see some before and after photos?
- Can I speak to some of your past clients?
- What can be expected after the breast augmentation results?
- How long is the recovery period and what will it be like?
3. Failure to carefully choose a surgeon
One of the biggest factors that play an important role in a successful breast augmentation procedure is to choose a good surgeon. Sometimes relying on referrals alone, without looking into the history and credentials of the doctor is not a smart thing to do. You have to be very critical in choosing your surgeon because there are a lot of those who claim to be one but are not really up to the task of delivering safe and quality results. It is very important that you evaluate your doctor’s training and credentials.
4. Failure to ask if they are a good candidate
Never let the excitement or desire to get breast implants clouds your better judgment of asking whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. You have to ensure that you are because there are serious complications that could stem out in missing this crucial step.
Also in doing so, you also have to be very honest with your surgeon when he interviews you to check if indeed you are a good patient for breast augmentation.
5. Choosing the wrong size
Choosing the right size as your breast implants may sound sexy at first, but it can be a decision that you just might be sorry about. Just take you queue from The Hills star, Heidi Montag, herself. The small sized reality star decided to go for F cups, which was a decision she would soon later regret. In 2013, Heidi decided to go get a breast reduction and go down to a C after realizing that her oversize breasts were causing her to suffer from neck and spinal pain.
Overdoing it can lead to disastrous results. And in this case, it can already be a hazard to your health. This is why choosing the right size according to your body type is very important. Just as you would go fitting a dress, you also need to evaluate whether a certain cup size is appropriate for your particular frame. Otherwise, it might look too fake and disproportionate, defeating the purpose of enhancing your looks.
6. Choosing the wrong type of implant
Choosing between silicone and saline is something that also has to be decided upon closely. The outcome, the durability and long term effects of either of these implants are important factors to consider. There are some women who would do well with a certain type of implant over the other because factors like skin tissue thickness and breast tissue also has to be taken into consideration.
7. Choosing the wrong implant texture
This is also a very important consideration when planning to undergo breast augmentation because this can also affect the overall outcome. These are information that should be discussed to you by your surgeon during the consultation.
A good surgeon will determine which among the different textured implants would do well with your case. For instance, a textured implant, although mostly preferable for most because it reduces the risk for shifting, it doesn’t necessarily mean to be the right choice in every case.
8. Not wearing your surgical bra as recommended
A surgical bra is an important part of the immediate post operative process because it keeps everything in place. It also prevents further swelling and pain, thus promoting a faster recovery. Usually, the surgeon orders post-surgical patients to continue wearing this bra, days after the procedure.
Unfortunately, some patients prefer to rush through this stage and choose to forego with the extra support provided by surgical bras. If you become impatient, you fail to give your implants to be properly positioned as it heals. Don’t rush into the need to transition into your Victoria Secret bras without really ensuring that the area is actually ready.
9. Not getting your new breasts sized
One of the common mistakes that women make after breast augmentation is not getting their new breasts sized for their new bras. Some think that just because they went up this certain size, the size of the brassiere readily follows. But the truth is that brassieres don’t come in standard sizes. So what may be a double D in one brand may not necessarily be the same in another. This is why you have to be fitted accordingly so that you give your breasts the best support it needs.
10. Still using the same bra
Still using the same bra after breast augmentation just because it looked cute, or it gave you the cleavage you want is not a smart move. Now that you have augmented breasts, you have to know that your twins will now need a different kind of support and fit to maintain the structure.