Breast Augmentation: What You Should Know Before Choosing Cosmetic Surgery : Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement or a “boob job,” is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in Cleveland. It is the enlargement of the breasts with saline, silicone, or cohesive gel (gummy bear) implants.
Most women who choose to go under the knife are ready for a change, hoping that breast surgery will make them look and feel more confident and desirable.
But before you jump in the deep end and decide that breast augmentation is the answer to all your problems, there are a few things you should know.
Breast Implants Don’t Last Forever
If you think breast implants are a permanent investment, think again. Implants don’t last forever and could rupture, leak, or even become mispositioned. Implants are often estimated to last 10 to 15 years. That being said, some women have their implants for much longer, while others don’t reach that time before they need to return for a breast revision procedure.
Depending on the types of your breast implants, you may be required to undergo routine screening to verify the integrity of the implants. For instance, it is recommended that women with silicone implants have MRIs or ultrasound screenings every two years.
Insurance Does Not Cover Breast Implants
Generally, medical insurance only covers procedures that are deemed medically necessary. Breast augmentation is considered to be an elective procedure (unless you are undergoing breast reconstruction or present a condition that is considered medically necessary).
There Are Risks and Side Effects Associated With Augmentation
Breast augmentation is usually done under general anesthesia. Like all surgeries, there are risks involved. Side effects could include breast pain, scarring, infection, wrinkling of the skin around the implant site, and possible implant rupture.
There is also the risk of follow-up surgical procedures, should any complications arise.
You Should Prepare for the Surgery Beforehand
You will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after being discharged from the hospital or surgical center. The procedure is performed under anesthesia, and it will not be safe for you to drive yourself home.
Arrange for someone to help look after your children and pets, as you will not be able to cook, drive, or even lift your children for a few days.
Stop smoking at least a month before and for as long as it takes to heal. Smoking can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
You Will Need Up to Six Weeks of Recovery
Recovery times vary from one person to the next, but you should take it easy for at least six weeks and avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
The first few days will be the most uncomfortable. Your pain will be managed with the necessary medicine, and you can most likely return to work after a week or two, as long as you can take it easy and no heavy lifting is required.
You Must Have Realistic Expectations
All cosmetic surgery has its limits. It’s important to have realistic expectations so that you are not disappointed.
Cosmetic surgery will not get you that promotion, improve your social life, or mend a broken relationship. It’s not going to turn you into a supermodel or a celebrity, but it will most likely improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence. What happens from there is up to you!
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