Breast augmentation is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S., with roughly 200,000 procedures performed every year. As you step into the doctor’s office for your breast augmentation pre-surgery consultation, it will be up to your doctor to find out about your desired results, tell you what you can expect, and ultimately steer you in the right direction.
Here are three of the most common breast augmentation mistakes we see, and how to avoid them:
- Going too big. When you’re trying to increase the size of your bust, it can be easy to underestimate what you’re starting with and try to go too big with the implants. Sometimes, patients also think that since they’re paying for the procedure, they might as well go a little bigger than they had originally planned and “get their money’s worth”.
Resist this temptation. Tell your doctor how big you want to go, and then trust him or her to give you advice on what size would look most proportional with the rest of your body. Remember, your doctor has done this procedure numerous times and has a lot of experience with a variety of sizes. Use his or her experience to your favor.
- Not going with a board certified surgeon. As the most popular cosmetic procedure, breast augmentation is often a woman’s first procedure. When figuring out costs and how to pay for the procedure, there may be a temptation to get a few different quotes and go with the most affordable option.
We can’t emphasize this enough: cosmetic surgery is not a place to bargain-hunt. You can’t put a price on your health and the aesthetics of your body.
Find a doctor who you trust, who has done the procedure many times before, who has a Before & After portfolio he or she can share with you, and who is board certified and has done the latest training and methods. It’s the best way to ensure you’ll be happy with the end result of your procedure.
- Not wearing your surgical bra during recovery. The surgical bra your doctor will put on right after the procedure is designed to keep your breasts in the optimal spot during the healing process.
The bra will not only increase your comfort and speed up the recovery process, but it will also ensure that your breasts heal correctly and evenly. Always follow your doctor’s exact instructions for the recovery to guarantee that the procedure looks as good as possible.