Factors to Consider Before Breast Augmentation
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah believes the most satisfied patients are the ones who have researched their procedure thoroughly. If you are considering enhancing the shape and size of your breasts with breast augmentation, take the time to research the ins and outs of the procedure. In this blog post, Dr. Sayah lays out important factors to consider before undergoing breast augmentation.
Are You a Candidate?
First and foremost, you need to make sure breast augmentation is the right procedure to deliver the results you seek. You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if you:
- Are unhappy with naturally small breasts or breasts that have lost shape and volume following pregnancy, weight loss or aging
- Have asymmetrical breasts
- Are in good physical and emotional health
It’s important to note that breast augmentation does not treat ptosis (breast sagging). In some cases, breast augmentation may actually accentuate ptosis. If you are concerned by the appearance of saggy breasts, breast lift may be a more appropriate procedure. Depending on your goals, your surgeon may recommend combining breast augmentation with breast lift techniques. Your plastic surgeon can go over your options (and the results you can expect) in detail with you during your initial procedure.
Implant Size Is a Personal Choice
Implant size is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you will make about breast augmentation. Do you want a noticeable increase in cup size or desire a more subtle, moderate boost? Are you petite with a small body frame? Do you lead an active lifestyle? These are all important questions to ask yourself before finalizing your decision. Fortunately, working with a trusted plastic surgeon like Dr. Sayah can make your decision easier. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sayah will examine your anatomy and discuss your concerns and goals with you in order to make his recommendations about implant size and type.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter the shape and size of the breasts, even after breast augmentation. This is why breast augmentation (and any other surgical procedure, for that matter) is generally recommended after you have finished having children and are done breastfeeding — or, for young women that are years away from starting a family. Typically, women are advised to wait at least six months after pregnancy and weaning before pursuing breast enhancement.
Recovery Time Is a Must
Surgical operations require a recovery period and breast augmentation is no different. One of the biggest mistakes patients can make following breast augmentation surgery is returning to work, exercise or socializing before their breasts have healed properly. Most patients can return to their daily routines approximately two weeks following breast augmentation. During recovery, patients are to avoid any strenuous activities, including bending, lifting and exercise.
Before scheduling your surgery date, make sure that you have the proper time to recover. Request time off from work and if necessary, enlist the help of a loved one to help with young children, pets and errands. If you have a busy schedule and cannot take the time off work or your normal routine, your plastic surgeon may recommend postponing your treatment until you have sufficient time to recover.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Sayah
To learn more about breast augmentation, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Sayah today. Schedule a consultation by calling his Beverly Hills office at (310) 905-8405.