Breast augmentation (also known as breast enlargement) is not something you want to rush into quickly. Many people think that because it’s so widely popular it won’t be a big undertaking, but that’s simply not true. It’s a delicate surgical procedure with real risks, just like any surgery. Doing your research beforehand is a must, and it’s important that you discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Here are a few questions to get the conversation started, if you’re at a loss for where to begin.
What are your qualifications?
Talking to surgeons about their qualifications is not something that can be accomplished with just one question—it’s a conversation that should continue until patients feel completely comfortable. Some important points to touch on include:
- Where they received their certification
- How long they have been performing breast augmentations
- Their hospital privileges
- Their involvement in any malpractice lawsuits
If a surgeon seems reluctant to discuss things like this or his or her replies make you feel less than confident, don’t hesitate to look elsewhere.
What will my recovery be like?
The worst part of breast augmentation surgery is not the procedure itself but the painful recovery process. Many women don’t ask their surgeons about this aspect because they know it will be rough and are afraid to hear their surgeons say it out loud. However, if you can’t even deal with the thought of post-surgery pain, then there’s no way you’re prepared to actually experience it.
How will my augmentation hold up over time?
Breast implants are not built to last for life, so it’s important that you understand just what sort of “wear and tear” you can expect. Be sure to discuss risks like implant rupture and sagging with your surgeon so that there aren’t any surprises down the road.
How will augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed?
If you have young children or are planning on being a mother in the future, it’s important for you to understand how augmentation can affect your ability to breastfeed. While most women will have no problems in this area, your surgeon will be able to discuss the specific risks.
What if I change my mind?
While a majority of women are happy with their breast augmentations, there is a chance you won’t enjoy your results as much as you initially thought. Even though the procedure is reversible, it will require additional surgeries, each with their own associated risks. Make sure you understand what you’ll have to go through if you find yourself with buyer’s remorse.