Should I Get Breast Implants?
Fed up with your padded bras, cutlet inserts, and tape, you are seriously considering more permanent options for breast enlargement. If you find yourself asking “Should I get breast implants?” and the answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!”, then congratulations are in order, you have decided to have your first breast augmentation!
Before you burn your a-cup bras, buy your new bikini, and schedule your breast enhancement surgery, read on to learn what to know about breast implants.
When considering breast implant surgery, it is important to take the time to research what the exactly procedure entails, what to expect immediately following surgery, and years down the road.
Your Best Option is Eres PLastic Surgery
You have decided to take control of your look and go through with your breast augmentation. Before you go bra shopping, do your homework. Find a trusted plastic surgeon, look at their before and after pictures, and ask the right questions. Make sure you ask about the costs associated with your breast implant surgery such as facility fees, and anesthesia.
Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Surgery?
Year after year, breast augmentation with implants consistently ranks as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that there were over 270,000 breast augmentations performed in 2015, maintaining a wide lead ahead of every other cosmetic surgery in the US. Though immensely popular, there are a handful of things that people are not aware of when it comes to breast implants, for example, the fact that they may glow in the dark.
A good candidate for breast implants is in a good state of physical and mental health, has weighed the pros and cons of getting a boob job, and has decided to undergo breast augmentation surgery for the right reasons, such as:
- You are dissatisfied with your breasts you are well past the age of development and feel your breasts are too small; look deflated and elongated, or would like to improve the projection and overall volume of your breasts. Depending on the amount of breast tissue and the laxity of the skin, breast implants can be ideal for enlarging the size of the breasts.
- To enhance your cleavage Breast implants add volume to the breast, resulting in a fuller cleavage. Depending on the placement and shape of the implant, the upper poles of the breasts can be greatly enhanced better defining the cleavage.
- To correct asymmetry typically caused by hormonal changes or changes brought about during the onset of puberty, asymmetry of the breasts can be corrected with breast implants. Saline breast implants can be tailored down to the cubic centimeter, cc, and can be filled once in place allowing for a great deal of flexibility in sizing, especially when compared to their silicone counterparts.
- You’re unhappy with the natural shape of your breasts increased fullness and projection, and different options in implant shapes can change the natural shape of your breast and result in a look you desire.
- You wish to enhance the placement of your breasts. If your breasts sag or droop significantly, breast implants alone will not make a significant difference in correcting the sag; however to correct minor droopiness after breast feeding or due to age, breast augmentation surgery will lift your breast due to the increase volume, especially in the upper poles.
Find a Good Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Deciding to undergo breast augmentation is a big step; one that can bring about positive changes such as: improved self-image, sexual satisfaction, and boost confidence. Finding the right surgeon will ensure that your results are natural and proportionate to your figure.
Remember Before Getting a Boob Job
Not everyone is a great candidate for surgery. Your surgeon will take into account several medical, physical, and psychological factors prior to clearing you for your breast augmentation surgery. At Eres we encourage all breast augmentation candidates to carefully review their surgeon’s patient requirements. Each surgeon has different standards all designed with patient safety and satisfaction in mind. Below are some general factors to consider.
Your overall health is not great factors such as drug use, being overweight, and other lifestyle elements which negatively impact your overall health may deter your surgery. Your doctor may recommend you start exercising, taking vitamin supplements, and recommend positive lifestyle changes to ensure your procedure is successful. Other deterrents may include:
- You have a preexisting medical condition such as an active infection anywhere in your body, cancer or pre-cancer of your breasts, or autoimmune diseases.
- You are taking medication which may interfere with the healing process such as steroids or immunosuppressants.
- You are diagnosed with clinical depression or other mental health conditions. We encourage patients to in a positive and happy place with their life and themselves. Happy patients make better decisions before and after surgery which can impact decision making and healing time.
- You are in the process of losing weight. Patients seeking any type of cosmetic surgery should be at a stable weight. Fluctuations in weight, no matter how small cause changed to your overall body contour as well as skin elasticity. Breast implant patients in particular should maintain their weight stable as changes to breast tissue directly impacts the size and shape of the breast implant.
Ideally, patients in the process of losing weight should be at their goal weight for a minimum of 3 months for best results.
- Your body mass index is high. Different surgeons have different maximum allowable body mass index, BMI, requirements. Prior to beginning the process of scheduling and preparing for your breast augmentation surgery, calculate your BMI using a simple online tool.
- You use nicotine. Nicotine in all nicotine products, such as gum and cigarettes, causes blood vessels to constrict, which puts the breast augmentation patient at a much greater for capsular contraction following surgery. The reduced blood flow to the area also increases the risk for infection and other complications while on the table such as blood clots. Post-surgical complications stemming from reduced blood flow to the nipple, breast tissues and navel, can lead to post-operative tissue death.
- You smoke marijuana. Coughing episodes stemming from smoking cigarettes or marijuana can cause internal bleeding and hematomas which can present dangers following breast augmentation surgery. Marijuana can have negative interactions with anesthesia and most surgeons and anesthesiologists recommend cessation 3- to 40 days before your surgery.
- You use recreational drugs. Drug use and abuse present a number of complications and challenges for cosmetic surgeons. Due to the stigma associated with drug use, some patients are not completely honest with their surgeons due to shame or fear, not realizing that in omitting this information they are putting themselves in a great deal of danger. Patients should not fear as all medical records are confidential. The surgeon and staff are not here to judge the patient’s lifestyle, only to ensure they meet your cosmetic surgery goals, keeping you safe during and after the procedure. Furthermore as medical professionals in the cosmetic industry, the surgeon as well as the staff have seen it all and tend to keep an open mind.
- Cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs have severe negative reactions with anesthesia medications, and put the patient’s life in danger if taken before surgery. After surgery, drugs, such as cocaine, which are potent vasoconstrictors and can reduce the blood flow to the breast tissue, nipple and areola, which can lead to infection, longer healing time, and in extreme cases, tissue death.
- You are going through a traumatic life event such as divorce, or a death in your family. Oftentimes, life’s trials can cause effects such as fluctuations in weight and spiked in hormones, which can cause poor decision making. Before undergoing any procedure which will dramatically change you’re appearance, make sure you are in a peaceful state of mind. Not only will this prepare you for the plastic surgery journey ahead, but it will ensure that you are making the right decision and prevent additional corrective surgeries down the line. After a procedure which uses anesthesia such as breast augmentation, patients can experience a short period of depression or panic which usually passes within a week. Furthermore the recovery process is uncomfortable and painful, which can also take a toll on your mental state.
Other Factors to Consider for Breast Implants
They won’t last forever The lifespan of breast implants can vary from patient to patient. The longer you have them, the greater the risk for complications. It is normal for patients to schedule additional procedures for adjustments within ten years of their initial breast implant surgery. In some rare instances, breast implants have lasted upwards of 25 years.
Do your homework Learn everything you can about the type of implant you are considering. Contemplate fillers, risks involved, and warnings. The Food and Drug Administration advises medical professionals to provide patients with full product labeling from the manufacturer. Take your time to review this information.
Consult your surgeon Choose a trusted surgeon. Ask questions regarding implant shape, size, and surface texture. Be open with your surgeon about past surgeries and discuss your expectations. Make a plan with your surgeon in order to achieve optimal breast implant results the first time.
You may gain weight the larger the breast implants you select, the more weight you may gain. Don't freak out! Weight gain after breast augmentation surgery is normal and at most a couple of pounds. For example, a 450 cubic centimeters, or cc’s, a saline breast implant weighs in at roughly 1.3 pounds, not to mention the shell's weight of 15 to 25 grams.
Breast implants can potentially interfere with mammograms, breast feeding and breast self-examinations.
Monitoring Post-operative and long term care are essential components to your safety and directly impact the longevity of your breast implants. If you experience any abnormal symptoms you should contact your health care provider right away.
It might mean a tax break in a groundbreaking IRS tax case, the entertainer and exotic dancer, Chesty Love, was able to write off her breast implants as a business expense, since larger breasts meant a larger profits. If you are in the entertainment industry employed as a stripper, cocktail server, or in the adult entertainment business, you too may be able to write-off your surgery. Consult a tax professional or the IRS for details.
You may adopt a healthier lifestyle in the months leading up to your scheduled breast implant surgery Your surgeon may recommend you quit smoking, drop a few pounds, eat well, or supplement with vitamins in the months leading up to your scheduled procedure.
Your Breast Implants May Glow in the Dark Yup. Both silicone and saline breast implants glow. When a flashlight is placed directly on the breast, breast implants light up, brightly. Don't believe it? Grab two flashlights, turn the lights out and see for yourself. Neat party trick, huh?