As with rapid advancements in cosmetic surgery, many women have took upon the opportunity to enhance their appearance by Breast Augmentation.
Breast Augmentation – What Is Involved?
Clinically known as Augmentation Mammaplasty, Breast Augmentation Surgery uses breast implants or fat to augment the size of the woman’s breast. It is also used to reclaim the volume of breast that has been lost due to various reasons like weight reduction.
Five Factors to Consider Before Breast Augmentation
- Understand current health condition
- Understand the risks involved
- Choose your surgeon
- Set practical expectations
- Understand the recovery process
Current Health Condition
This is one of the most important parameters to review before considering any kind of surgery. It is paramount that the health condition of the patient can sustain the procedures involved in the surgery. Breast Augmentation is typically a cosmetic surgery and it need not be done in a hurry; the patient should ideally first consult with their family doctor to go over their medical records extensively before considering a Breast Augmentation surgery.
Risks Involved In Breast Augmentation
As with any surgery, Breast Augmentation surgery also carry its set of risks; these could vary from pain the breast to complications arising of the implant. Though not very common – these conditions are typically noticed in about 1% of the patients who undergo Breast Augmentation surgery – a patient who is considering the surgery should be aware of the potential risks. One of the most common of these is known as Breast Asymmetry, where the breasts turn out to be uneven in appearance. Such conditions can be rectified by corrective surgeries as a follow-up of the main surgery.
Choosing the Surgeon for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Not enough emphasis could be given to importance of choosing the right surgeon for your surgery. Rather than getting the surgery done by the first available surgeon, the patient who is considering the surgery should ideally consult with multiple surgeons before making a choice. Such wide consultant would help in gaining multiple perspectives about the procedure and thus make an informed decision. While choosing the surgeon, the patient should carefully examine the surgeon’s qualifications past record. While certifications and accreditations with reputed industry bodies are an indication of the surgeon’s capability, the records about past surgeries undertaken would provide the patient more clarity on what is to be expected from the process.
The patient should hold extensive consultations with the surgeon before proceeding with surgery. While every patient would have their own expectations before undertaking a cosmetic surgery, it is necessary that those are discussed with the surgeon beforehand to understand if those are achievable. The patient should make it a point to discuss this and any other questions that they may have about the surgery and also the recovery phase after the surgery before embarking upon the procedure. It is thus necessary that the patient choose a surgeon with who she can communicate clearly. Having such elaborate discussions would help in setting realistic and achievable results and avoid future disappointment.
Understanding Recovery Process
While the surgery by itself may not take long, it would be some time before the patient can resume her regular life. Anyone who undergoes a surgery is usually required to take certain precautions after the surgery; the patient should be very clear about what is required during this phase. Even more importantly, the patient should know how long the recovery phase could be and what are the possible problems that could arise during this phase. Being clear with his information not only provides clarity, but also helps in taking corrective action before any threat poses any danger.