Breast augmentation has become the most accepted form of 'self improvement' via plastic surgery in the United States. Many women openly discuss their personal journey to achieve the perfect cup size, freely share photos of pre and post surgery, while others go so far as to Blog about their experience. Blogs open the lines of communication which allow those considering plastic surgery the opportunity to discuss their options with women who have undergone the procedure and who opt to share their experience online, from meeting with their surgeon to posting the end results.
Once the field has been narrowed and the ideal surgeon is assigned the task of creating the perfect breasts, multiple doctor visits will be necessary before the actual procedure is performed.
Decisions to be made prior to breast augmentation:
1. Size: the size of the implant is not determined solely on the desire for 'larger' breasts, as body proportion and skin elasticity must also be taken into consideration when selecting the new breast(s). The surgeon performing the breast augmentation will assist in evaluating the appropriate cup size and shape that will compliment the patient's body and afford comfort in both size and weight.
2. Which type of implant: Saline is a salt water implant that poses less of a concern for possible side effects then silicone. Should a leak or rupture occur, the saline is absorbed by the body which will eliminate the substance naturally. Silicone is an elastic gel that offers a more natural appearance, but requires a regular check up to ensure no leak or rupture occurs, which could pose a possible health concern, in addition to a hardening of the implant.
3. Risks involved: with any surgery, there are concerns to consider such as a reaction to anesthesia, scars, infection and bleeding. With breast augmentation there are additional concerns with loss of sensation around the nipple, scar tissue formation and possible leakage or rupture.
4. Fees: most health insurance companies do not cover the cost of breast reconstruction, even in the case of injury or mastectomy, and insurance may deny covering any illness associated with the procedure post surgery.
5. Prep: Multiple doctor appointments will be required for lab work, evaluations, a baseline mammogram, both before and after surgery. Quitting smoking, ingesting aspirin and herbal supplements is a requirement several weeks in advance to avoid issues with bleeding. And assistance will be needed for the first 48 hours after surgery, as restrictions to movement must be strictly adhered to.
The desire to improve upon ones appearance is understandable, as is the quest for the tone and definition taken for granted in youth. Please make sure, however, that you carefully weigh the pros and cons before having any procedure performed.