So you want bigger breasts, but are surgery and the recovery period worth it? Is now the right time?
Deciding to get breast augmentation, and finding the best time to do it, can be difficult for many women. There is so much to consider. Add on decisions about implant types and whether to combine your procedure with a breast lift, and you may be feeling overwhelmed.
If you’ve been struggling to make the breast augmentation decision, take a breath. These are difficult choices, but you don’t have to make them alone. Dr. Armijo and his team are here to offer the knowledge, experience, and expertise you need to make an informed decision.
Below, we’ll break down some of the main concerns you may be considering before your implant surgery. If you have any further questions, Dr. Armijo can answer them. If you’d like to get in touch—please call our office at (214) 540-1434.
1. What Will Changing Your Appearance Feel Like?
Every cosmetic surgery procedure has an emotional component. Choosing to change your appearance and adjust your body to your sense of self—and who you’d like to be—is a big decision requiring emotional investment, time for contemplation, and eventually, a leap of faith. Deciding to enhance your breasts should be a decision you make for yourself, to improve self-image and boost confidence, not because someone else wants you to do it.
As you take the time to decide whether breast augmentation is right for you, think about how you want to look and how you want the world to perceive you. Take honest stock of whether now is the right time for your transformation and what breast augmentation can and can’t do for you—these are healthy and natural considerations.
2. The Recovery Period
Breast enhancement, like all surgical procedures, does require some downtime for recovery. You’ll need to take a few days after your surgery to heal and rest. During this period, you should avoid all heavy lifting (including groceries, trash, and small children).
While considering implants, think about your lifestyle and if you currently have the space for recovery. When’s a good time to take off work? Who can help you around the house? Take the time to plan it right, and your post-op will be a breeze.
3. Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Breast Implants
The results of years of scientific research on infant feeding are conclusive: “Breast is best.” Our breast augmentation patients are often still hoping for children in the future and want to breastfeed. Some women considering implants hold off on getting their surgery due to concerns augmentation will inhibit their ability to breastfeed. However, for most women, breast augmentation does not impact breastfeeding success. If you know you’d like to breastfeed in the future, let your surgeon know, so that this can be considered during surgical planning.
4. Concern About Health Effects
As with any surgery, breast augmentation does pose some risks. However, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Armijo, risks are incredibly low. Advances in surgical techniques, the implants themselves, and the recovery process make complications incredibly rare.
All of the implants Dr. Armijo uses have been clinically tested and do not increase your risk of breast cancer. Also, modern implants are strong and durable, and the risk of rupture is very low. Whether you choose silicone or saline implants, in the very small chance of a rupture, Dr. Armijo can treat the issue with a follow-up procedure.
5. How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Breast implants aren’t designed to last forever. Over time your breasts will naturally change, and after 10 or 15 years, most patients will need to have them adjusted or replaced.
Committing to implants today means acknowledging the chance of another procedure in the future. Fortunately, replacement surgery is usually easier than initial augmentation and requires less downtime.
Making the Decision
Deciding to get breast implants is up to you, and you alone. A majority of the 300,000 women who get them every year are quite satisfied with the results and their new appearance. The happiest women are those who do their research—just by reading this article, you are well on the way.
If you think now might be the right time for breast enhancement, a consultation with Dr. Armijo is a great next step. He is one of the most experienced, skilled, and highly rated plastic surgeons offering procedures in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, area.
To schedule a consultation, please give our office a call at (214) 540-1434 or contact us online today.