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Is a breast augmentation right for you?

is a breast augmentation right for you?

There can be a lot out there to read about breast augmentation. However, if you are only considering a procedure and haven't yet booked a surgery date, the decision-making process can be a little daunting. If you're simply looking for where to begin with your decision-making progress, here are some things to consider.

What are your reasons for considering this procedure?

This will be one of the first questions you'll be asked during a consultation, and it's an important one. This can greatly affect your contentment with your results afterward, as having a procedure for unhealthy reasons, like to fit an ideal or to impress someone else, can be destructive to your self-confidence if you don't receive affirmation. Make sure that your decision will benefit you and your confidence before anything else.

Are you a candidate?

Whether or not you are eligible for this procedure is one of the first things you should determine. Certain things will deter a plastic surgeon from performing a breast augmentation, like your breasts not being fully developed or if you are pregnant or nursing. Certain reasons and expectations for undergoing the procedure can also sway some plastic surgeons.

Are you committed to educating yourself?

It might seem easy, but there's a lot to learn about breast augmentations if you haven't already. You have many options that you'll need to discuss with your plastic surgeon in order to create the best treatment plan that you're most comfortable with. Being informed and ready to ask questions can create a great conversation that will ensure both of you are on the same page.

Are you ready to undergo surgery?

This is another hugely important question that can determine what treatment option is best for you. As with any invasive surgery, there are risks involved that you'll need to consider. You should always feel comfortable and informed about the procedure you're considering, even before your consultation. If you're unable or unwilling to go through with a surgical procedure, you can consider non-surgical options.

Are you ready for the commitment?

It might sound obvious, but there are certain things you'll need to be committed to along the way in order to get best results. You might be asked to take certain steps before and after the surgery to ensure you remain safe and risk-averse. You'll need to commit time for the consultation, procedure, and downtime. You'll need to commit to being vigilant about your implants and any ruptures or complications that might arise.

How should you seek out the best plastic surgeon for you?

Finding a board certified plastic surgeon that you're comfortable with will take some searching, as well as the possibility of some trial and error. But, finding a skilled and trustworthy plastic surgeon for the procedure is one of the most important steps. Don't be afraid to ask for qualifications or before and after photos of breast augmentation procedures they've performed in the past. You should always feel comfortable with the procedure, the plastic surgeon, and the results.

If you want to ask questions about a breast augmentation procedure, start here to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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