Have you been considering the idea of getting a breast augmentation?
Whether you’re unhappy with the current size of your breasts or you’d like to correct issues caused by weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, a breast augmentation can be a rewarding procedure. As one of the most requested plastic surgery treatments in 2014, breast augmentation procedures can address cosmetic concerns while helping patients feel more satisfied with their bodies.
But when is the best time to get a breast augmentation? Let’s take a look at the factors you need to consider before undergoing this procedure:
- Recovery time for a breast augmentation procedure can be significant. Therefore, plan on taking approximately seven days off of work in order to recover from the initial procedure. If you work in an office, you can return after about a week; if you perform manual labor, you’ll need to recover for longer. Ask your plastic surgeon for more information about the best time to return to work after your breast augmentation.
- Ideally, you should be close to the weight you want to achieve before undergoing breast augmentation. Weight gain can alter the appearance of the breast implants; on the other hand, losing an excessive amount of weight can make the implants more obvious, as you won’t have much fat tissue to conceal the implant.
- You should wait to get breast augmentation if you have a history of breast cancer in your family. Additionally, if you smoke, you’re not a great candidate for this procedure. Obese patients will also need to lose weight before seeking out a breast augmentation.
- You should have a clear and realistic understanding of what to expect from your breast augmentation procedure. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the right size implants. If you have an unrealistic depiction of what you’d like your breasts to look like, or it’s clear you’re seeking out implants without a clear understanding of what they’ll entail, you may not be a candidate for this procedure.
To learn more about when the right time to undergo a breast augmentation procedure might be, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty. Dr. Doherty serves the greater metro Boston area from his two locations in downtown Boston and Brookline, MA. Call (617) 450-0070 to learn more.