5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Breast Augmentation

Woman in Atlanta, GA shares what to expect when considering breast augmentation

For women considering breast augmentation in the Atlanta, GA, area, it’s often a huge source of comfort and empowerment to learn as much as possible about what to expect. At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, my fellow surgeons and I make it a point to provide any and all information you need before surgery, so you don’t have to “wish you had known” anything.

There are a few tips in particular that are especially helpful in preventing any regret or uncertainty during your breast augmentation journey. Read on to learn more.

1. Preparation Makes All the Difference

What you do before surgery has a big effect on your experience after surgery. Preparing your body, mind, and space for your transformation makes recovery as speedy and smooth as possible. A few important steps you can take include:

  • Quit smoking and avoid alcohol.
  • Eat a healthy diet to provide your body with plenty of nutrients.
  • Set up childcare and a ride home from surgery.
  • Prepare your “recovery nest” by bringing all your essentials to one central place in your home.

Taking care of the logistics ahead of time will allow you to focus on resting and healing in a low-stress environment once you’re back home.

2. Your Results Won’t Look Perfect at First

The initial reveal is an exciting moment, but it’s also a misleading one for many women. Breast implants look much different during the first few weeks after surgery than they will in the long-term.

You’ll likely notice your breasts appear high and tight on the chest and feel firm or swollen. This is normal and temporary. It takes a few weeks for implants to “drop,” settle, and soften into their natural position. Wait at least a couple of months before you decide how you feel about your final look.

3. You May Need a Breast Lift as Well

Some women choose breast augmentation as a way to fill in stretched or sagging skin and restore volume and upper pole fullness, especially after pregnancy or weight loss. It’s often best to combine that augmentation with a breast lift, which raises and tightens the skin and breast tissue and is especially helpful for addressing drooping.

Learn more about the benefits of combining these procedures in this related blog post.

4. You Can Finance Your Breast Augmentation

Insurance doesn’t cover elective cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, but you do have options for making your surgery more affordable. CareCredit® and ALPHAEON Credit® offer excellent options for payment plans specifically for medical procedures.

Take advantage of breast augmentation financing options instead of cutting costs by visiting a low-quality practice. Plastic surgery is one thing you should never shop for by price. Credentials, experience, and safety should always come first.

5. Choosing the Right Surgeon Is Key

As you research surgeons, you should always look for board certification, membership in professional medical societies such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and plenty of experience in breast augmentation. Reading patient reviews is always a must.

Just as importantly, though, you should find a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, understood, and genuinely cared for, from your initial consultation to your final follow-up. Your surgeon is your partner in your transformation. Choose someone who gives you individualized attention, never makes you feel rushed or pressured, and is dedicated to bringing your aesthetic goals to life.

To see examples of the breast augmentation results we’ve created at Plastic Surgery Center of the South, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about breast implants for Roswell, Marietta, and Atlanta, GA, women, please contact us online or call (770) 421-1242.

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