Are you considering breast implants? For some women, getting implants is an extremely positive move, which boosts their self-esteem and improves their confidence levels. Remember, though, that this is a surgical procedure, and not without complication. Before you decide to get breast implants, there are some things you should know.
- The procedure will cost you time and money. The cost of breast implants varies, but it’s typically more than $4000. That’s no small chunk of change for most people, so it’s important to make sure it’s worth it to you. Your time is valuable too, of course, and most patients have to take five to seven days off work after the surgery. After that initial week or so, you’ll probably still be sore and swollen, but unless your job involves manual labor you should be able to work.
- You may need surgery in the future. Implants don’t last forever, and twenty-five percent of women will need additional surgery after ten years. The implants can leak, or scar tissue can build up around them. This can warp the shape, resulting in a need for new implants. Other factors that could lead to the need for another surgery are changes that come from weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or even a change in personal preference.
- Your familial and personal health history may keep you from being a good candidate for surgery. If there is a family history of breast cancer, if you are obese, or if you smoke, you may not be a good candidate for breast augmentation. These factors can increase your risks and complications, so be honest with your physician about your health and medical history.
- Breast implants can affect your sensitivity and your ability to breastfeed. Whenever there is breast surgery, there is a possibility of loss of sensation in the nipples. Further, if your implant surgery involves an areola incision, it may damage minor ducts, which can hinder your ability to breastfeed. If this is important to you, talk to your doctor about other types of incisions, which may be more breastfeeding friendly.
- You may need a new wardrobe. The size of your breasts can change not only how your clothing fits, but also which styles are flattering. Be prepared to make some changes even if your breasts are not changing dramatically.
- Implants don’t feel like real breasts. Silicone implants can feel similar to a real breast, but in the end, they’re not going to feel like natural breast tissue because they’re manmade. Women who have little breast tissue before implants may find the implants more noticeable than women who have more breast tissue. Choosing smaller implants and having them placed below the muscle makes them harder to detect.
- All doctors are not created equal. In the United States, any licensed physician can perform surgery, even without licensing. The way to choose the best surgeon is to pick a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Surgery. You’ll also want to make sure the surgeon has experience and skill in your particular type of surgery, and it’s a good idea to see before-and-after photos demonstrating this proficiency.
At the Aesthetic Surgery Institute, our surgeons are board certified, and your interests and safety are their top priority. Located in the financial heart of Houston, Galleria, we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures that enhance the face and body to bring out a person’s true beauty. Our team wants to help you reach your aesthetic goals and feel good about yourself, so call us today at 713-493- 7397 to learn what we can do for you.