Women are known to change their looks every once in a while, and it might be to get a fresh start or just because they are not happy with the way they look, or just because they want a change in their life. They change their hair, the way they dress, their weight, and sometimes, even body parts. But since cutting your hair short will not impact your wellbeing or health in any way, changing a part of your body will suppose surgery, recovery and possible complications and risks.
That is why it is very important to make an informed decision when you decide to get any kind of plastic surgery. Breasts are a beacon of femininity and therefore the ones that are mostly changed by plastic surgery. Over 1 million women worldwide, go yearly under the knife to change the size of their breasts, making them bigger. Before entering a surgeon’s office, you should probably read all the informed materials that you can find on the internet. Try to be as selective as possible and favor those websites that belong to plastic surgeons’ associations or organizations since they are the ones that usually impose standards and have the best information. Make a list of questions and touch each and every subject you wrote down in your conversation with the surgeon. If he or she says: “100% sure and no complications, any size you want” then say goodbye and search another. Some choose not to tell you everything, but you need to know all, good or bad because it is your body on the line.
The importance of size – the perfect implant size
Many women want to have big boobs, and that is all. The bigger, the better it is all that matters for them. Some have suffered a long time from having very small breasts and not being able to flaunt them around like they’ve seen others doing. This frustration might transform in a deformed view of reality, and they just want to get 2- or 3-times bigger breasts, to just jump from an A cup to a D cup. From an anatomical point of view, this is impossible. If some surgeon tells you, ok, then, you need to run. It has been noticed that many women go into a surgeon’s office and tell him or her exactly what cup they want. A certified, good doctor will talk to you and show you your options according to your individual body features. Correct sizing of implants is done through a series of measurements that your surgeon will perform and get a range of implants sizes suited to you. They will measure your chest weight, evaluate your natural breast tissue (its quantity and elasticity), will take into consideration your body type, your height, and your weight. All this will show them what implants are recommended for you. Then, implants are not measured like bra cups, they are measured in Cc, cubic centimeters, and the size difference between two consecutive ones are very, very small.
If you insist on having a bigger size then the one recommended by your surgeon, they might not operate on you. But if this happens, there is a wide range of health and aesthetic problems you are exposing yourself to implant extrusion, implant rupture, implant rippling, back and neck pains, posture issues, etc.
The importance of patience – implant settling
Even if you have read a lot of materials regarding breast implants and even if your surgeon also tells you ten times, you will most probably be shocked and scared when you will get a first glimpse at your new breasts. They will seem bigger then what you’ve chosen, and they will seem to be positioned in the wrong part of your chest, sitting too high on it. You will worry because this is a normal, human trait, but you need to rest assured that your surgery was ok, and no mistakes have been done.
Your body has to accept a new foreign object inside of it. It takes time to adjust to it and to reshape to its new size. Muscles and skin need to relax and leave the implant be. So, at first, the muscle will be flexed and push it high and somewhat constrict it so that it will seem hard at the touch. In time, usually in about 4 to 6 months, the body will accept the implant, so this will fall in the right position, and it will get a more natural feel. Therefore, it is very important to be patient and not panic immediately. Your breasts will become beautiful in time, so you need to wait for a bit. That is why good advice would be not to buy bras or any other clothes you want to show your breasts off for about 6 months after your operation. Give your breasts time to settle and only then buy the wardrobe of your dreams.
The importance of a healthy mind – the “boobie blues”
Some women might develop depression in the first week after the surgery. It is a passing form of depressing and it will go away once you are back on your feet. For about a week you will not be able to take care of yourself, you will not be allowed to lift your arms over your shoulders so some basic needs will need to be provided by some other persons. So, it’s kind like you will depend on someone to wash your hair for example. Then there is the pain and with it the pain medication that can induce a temporary depression. You might even regret that you’ve chosen this procedure, especially because the look of your new breasts will not be as expected, as I was pointing before.
You need to know this is just a normal thing, that can happen to anyone, even after some other surgery. It will soon pass, and once you are off your pain medicine and you get used to your new life, you will feel better.
The importance of planning – recovery
For those women who have families, especially those who have babies or toddlers, you need to be aware of the fact that not only you will not be able to breastfeed for a few good months after the surgery, but in the days and weeks after it, you will need to avoid any strenuous activity. Even if, this is not a very difficult operation it is still surgery so you will need some time to recover and you will most probably need help. During the first 2 days you will need complete rest, and then for about a week, you will be home, not going at your work and allow your body to regain its shape.
So, one very good advice would be to organize your next 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Talk to your spouse or to a relative and ask them to stay a few days with you and assist you with some things you will not be allowed to do, like getting a book from an upper shelf or getting a cup from an upper cupboard. Hire a babysitter or ask someone close to help you take care of your children. Get in advance any supplies you need for you and your family because you will not be able to do it for some two weeks. Plan ahead regarding any heavy lifting you might need to have because for about 4 weeks you will not be allowed to do any strenuous activity and lift anything heavy. Cancel any gym or yoga subscription or suspend them for the next two months or so. You will be allowed to exercise in some weeks, but you will need to use your lower body more, until your breasts are fully settled, and your surgeon gives the green light to return to your normal exercise routine.
Get some loose and comfortable clothes to wear after the surgery and consider also buying some sports bra to wear for the next months. They are recommended for better support and to help your implants settle correctly. They are also said to prevent capsular contracture from appearing.
The importance of research – can implants poison you?
This is one important question that has been going around the media all around the world. It is a question for every certified surgeon to answer. You need to know that the FDA, medical association, universities, etc. have been conducted hundreds of studies in relation to the allegations that some women have gone sick from having implants. No evidence has been found until now that implants, especially today’s advanced implants, are in any way related to any autoimmune disease, arthritis or any such disorder. There has been evidence that women who had implants can develop a rare form of cancer, called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Women who do not have breast implants can develop this disease, but it was found to appear more in those that have them.
Implants are medical devices, and they are a type of prosthetics. Therefore it is possible that your body might develop allergies or a rejection reaction to them, but these are a rare occasion, and they have no connection to the fact that you have implants. It can happen to someone that has a dental implant or any other type of medical device.
All the above are valid points to make and remember and might seem simple and logical for some. Still, it is very important to get a very good idea, and even a detailed one, of what you are getting into. You need to be informed of any aspects of your surgery, the things that come after and the ones you need to do before. Being an informed patient is not only helping you but your doctor, too.