The Best Friend's Guide to Breast Augmentation
Introduction – My Story
You don’t have to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the size or shape of your breasts.
I used to be really happy with mine. No complaints. Mine were perky and healthy – a good size and shape.
Just one child later and my breasts deflated. I mean they were DONE. I looked like a preteen up top and an 80-year-old woman on the bottom.
After gaining weight from the pregnancy and losing everything that I had up top, I was really unhappy with how I looked.
And I did. Thanks to my amazing doctor, I have breasts I’m completely happy with and my self-confidence has soared.
Now, a lot of women might be too shy to talk about their experience, but I know when I was researching I wanted to hear from women who actually had breast augmentation. So I decided to share my experience here with you.
Whether it’s because of your genes or the effects of age and childbearing, your breasts should not hold you back from experiencing life the way you want to. You should feel confident in all life’s situations.
Surgery might be the answer if you want a flattering, natural look that enhances your entire silhouette.
In my research I read that 98% of women say results of breast augmentation exceeded their expectations, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Count me in that number. It was worth it, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
BUT – there are a few things you need to know. That’s what this guide is about.
Join me as we walk through a beginner’s guide to breast augmentation.
Chapter 1 – Knowing What You Want
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Is that any surprise? There’s no other part of the body that accents a woman’s silhouette more powerfully.
After having my son, I couldn’t believe how much my breasts had changed. I no longer felt like myself. On top of gaining pregnancy weight, my breasts looked flat on top and saggy on the bottom. Even after diet and exercise, I didn’t like the way my chest looked. I was ready to get my body back.
So I began researching my options and talking to friends online. That led me to looking into breast augmentation.
When considering breast augmentation, you must know there are different types of procedures that can get you the desired results.
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Lift & augmentation
I had what I guess you would call “the works.” I had a breast augmentation with a breast lift.
When you see a doctor for a consultation, they’ll recommend the appropriate procedure.
WHAT IT DOES
Depending on the person, breast augmentation can:
- Enlarge a naturally small breast, most commonly the result of heredity
- Restore lost breast volume following pregnancy, as a result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss
- Achieve better symmetry when breasts are off in size and shape
WHAT A DOCTOR WILL TELL YOU
A board certified plastic surgeon can go over all the details with you, like silicone versus saline, the size or the placement, that kind of thing, and make the best recommendation.
I have to tell you. Breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. It’s a custom surgery with many details that you’ll have to work out with your doctor.
I did my homework, and I knew my doctor was the one for me, and I trusted him completely. I didn’t know much about breast augmentation before I started this journey, and with his help, I now feel like an expert.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
There is one piece of advice I give – and that’s go bigger than you think you want.
After surgery, the implants settle a bit, and if you were conservative about the size, you might wish you had gone bigger.
If there’s anything I learned through my experience, it’s don’t go off of what you think your friends and your family are going to say, and how they’re going to react, because it’s not for them. It’s for you, not for everybody else.
Chapter 2 – Before & Afters
I looked at a lot of before & afters when I was researching this surgery. Look for photos featuring body and breast sizes that are similar to yours. That can give you a better idea of what results you can expect.
A board-certified plastic surgeon will tell you to pay attention to symmetry and scarring for considering a doctor’s work and what expectations you should have for surgery.
Here are some before & afters to get you started: coolspringsplasticsurgery.com/before-after-photos-nashville
And, here are some comments from actual patients who went to the same practice that I did:
“The entire experience with the Dr and his office has been great. They are all very nurturing,
informative and responsive. I’m so impressed at how much more symmetrical I am now and
the size is exactly what we discussed. The entire staff has been great to deal with.”
“The surgery was easier than I had expected and I recovered quickly. I am tickled with the
result of my surgery and my self-esteem has increased tremendously. I only wish that I had
done it sooner!”
“[My doctor] is one of the greatest MDs that I have met in my 25+ years of nursing. I had an
implant to start leaking, decided to have them removed and a breast lift. After consultation
and options, this is what I decided best fit my desires, and I am extremely pleased with my
outcomes. My breasts are now perky and young looking. Would make the same decision
again. His office staff are extremely polite and professional.”
It’s natural to feel nervous and have lots of questions. Your doctor should be there for you, every step of the way.
Don’t waste another day feeling like you can’t change your circumstances. You can!
Chapter 3 – Are You a Good Candidate?
A board-certified plastic surgeon can tell you if you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery (or other related procedures). But here’s what I do know: the number one regret most people have is how long they wait to go see a doctor about having surgery.
If any of the following describes you, you owe it to yourself to at least explore the options with surgeon:
- You’re embarrassed about the size or shape of your breasts.
- Your breasts are different sizes.
- Your breasts have lost volume after pregnancy.
- Your breasts are sagging due to age – or again, pregnancy.
- Your breasts are too large – maybe even causing back and neck pain.
- You often think about what it would be like to have breasts you were happy with.
Not everyone gets the chance to change what they don’t like about themselves.
If you’ve come this far into researching breast augmentation, the next step is finding the right surgeon for you.
Chapter 4 – Finding the Right Surgeon
I did a lot of research into quite a few plastic surgeons and their offices, and even went to three different consultations. When I found Cool Springs Plastic Surgery online, they had the best reviews and recommendations on their website. I could just tell something stood out and was different about them. And that just going off of their website! They seemed very professional and very personable.
I met with one of the surgeons at the office, and he was amazing. Just in the initial consultation, I found out we were actually from the same city in Louisiana. So there was an instant connection there, but overall, it was easy to talk to him, and he explained everything in detail. I felt super comfortable from the get go.
And that’s how you should feel too when you’re looking for a surgeon. You’re trusting another human to make modifications on your body! If your consultation leaves you anything but comfortable, keep looking. Don’t settle for anything but the best.
During your appointment, your doctor will discuss your medical history and your current medical status. They’ll assess the breast volume, size, and shape. They’ll also help to recommend the final breast size, taking into consideration your overall body size and shape, your pre-operative breast size, and what your goals are for size.
One of the nurses will help you try on different sizes of implants so that you can get a good idea of the size that gives you the look you want. You can even bring in clothes to try on with the different implants! That little black dress you keep in the back of the closet? Bring that gem out of retirement!
COST OF SURGERY SHOULD REFLECT QUALITY WORK
Because my doctor was so thorough during the consultation, I knew that I was going to be in good hands, because he was making sure that I understood what was going on, what could possibly happen and how everything was going to work out.
Because of that, cost was not a factor in deciding whether to have surgery. I would much rather be comfortable with somebody and pay a little bit more than to not be comfortable with the doctor that I’m going with to get a cheaper price.
After your consultation, the nurse or office coordinator should provide you with a detailed, written estimate. Cool Springs Plastic Surgery also offered me patient financing. (For example, a $5,000 surgery can be financed as low as $120 a month.)
NOT A ONE-TIME DEAL
Your surgery will require follow-ups, and you want to make sure you’re taken care of long-term. Although implants are not designed to last a lifetime, they should last a long time, with regular examinations to evaluate their condition.
My cousin actually had a breast augmentation, and she did not care for her doctor at all. She never went back for her follow-up appointment or anything, and she has actually told me that she want to try to go bigger (see, I told you!) — I told her to go to my doctor!
I’ve had friends asked me about breast surgery since I’ve had mine, and I recommend my doctor to all of them. I would recommend him for any plastic surgery. He’s going to be my go-to plastic surgeon if I decide to have anything else done.
That’s exactly how you should feel about your doctor. Go to different ones and find the one that you’re comfortable with. If you are not comfortable with that doctor, keep looking.
Chapter 5 – What to Expect: Surgery & Recovery
I’m sure like any surgery, every person has a different experience. I can share with you what my experience was like – but know that breast augmentation is a common surgery, and you can be sure that someone else has had the same questions you’re having.
I scheduled surgery about a month-and-a half after my consultation with my doctor. I felt so comfortable with him and I didn’t have any questions or hesitations about moving forward. The day of the surgery everything went great. I felt prepared, as my doctor told me what I needed to do before and after.
The doctors will tell you:
- not to smoke or take aspirin or certain other drugs before surgery.
- that you may need to undergo a mammogram before the procedure depending on your age and risk.
- should not eat or drink after midnight on the evening before surgery
- can shower in the morning but don’t apply deodorant, creams, lotions, makeup, powders or oil to your skin
- of course, leave your jewelry and valuables at home
Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The surgery typically lasts around one hour if you’re having a simple procedure.
You will need someone to stay at home with you for the first 24 hours.
Afterward, your breasts will be wrapped for support and protection. You can sleep and rest in any comfortable position. Rest andl imit your activity a couple of days. Expect some swelling and discoloration, but if you have any questions as to what’s normal, contact your doctor.
The wrap will be removed after a few days, and then you may wear a support bra. You can return to work in a few days, but you will need to take it easy for a few weeks.
On my surgery, full recovery took about 6 weeks, maybe just a little bit longer, because I had the lift and the mastopexy. So it took me a little bit longer than it would take a normal person with just a breast augmentation.
But my saving grace after the surgery was our recliner. I didn’t feel comfortable lying in our bed, so I actually slept in this recliner for about the first two weeks. And it was amazing. I propped pillows up behind me, and just reclined, and it was perfect.
Risks are pretty low with this type of surgery, but problems can include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, capsular contracture, scarring, and implant leaking to name a few. If you unfortunately do have a complication, a board certified plastic surgeon should be able to address any problem that you may have.
Chapter 6 – Life with Your New Breasts
NEW YOU, NEW CLOTHES?
I waited for a while before I bought a new bra, just because everything was settling and you know, and I didn’t want to go out and spend a whole bunch of money until everything was settled. But after everything settled, I could still fit into my shirts, so the only thing that I had to buy was new bras.
When friends ask me if it was worth it, I tell them I would do it all again.
FIND A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY
When you move forward on your journey of having breast augmentation, one of the best recommendations I can make is to join or create a group on social media that will help you navigate.
There is an online community on Instagram that I am a part of that is for breast augmentations and breast lifts, etc. They have been so supportive. Our personal lives flow over into this community – it’s not just about the surgery and recovery.
You can’t have too much support, and it’s really good for people whose family and friends are not supporting them. It’s a place to go to have that support and be around other people who have gone through the things that you’ve gone through and experienced the things that you have experienced, and are doing this for the same reasons that you’re doing it.
If you’re not connected to someone who’s in a group like this, here are the guidelines through which we operate that help us keep our group private and managed well:
- We all keep our profiles private.
- You have to request us, and of course we go in and investigate before we add someone we don’t know
- We look to see if the person follows people we know
- You have to have recent pictures
- You have to be active within so many days or weeks
This just cuts down on the drama and that cuts down on, you know, people just being in there just to look at pictures.
Get real facts and support and feel confident that you’re making the right decision for you.
Quiz – Should I get breast implants?
O O I’m healthy
O O I want my breasts to look natural
O O I’m an adult and my breasts are fully developed
O O I feel like my breasts are too small
O O My breasts has lost shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss or aging
O O The upper part of my breast looks “empty” or flat
O O My breasts are asymmetrical — one side looks different than the other
If you answered yes to three or more of the above, you’re a good candidate. If you’re in the Nashville area, you should check out the practice I used: Cool Springs Plastic Surgery.
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This guide contains general and experiential information about medical procedures. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. The medical information on this guide is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Cool Springs Plastic Surgery makes no representations or warranties in relation to the medical information contained herein. You must not rely on the information in this guide as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
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