The process of deciding whether to undergo a breast augmentation surgery is an exciting yet daunting experience, particularly when we have questions that we might not be comfortable asking.
If you opt to research your procedure online, you may find that information you read is outdated, irrelevant, or simply untrue. The best way to get the answers to your questions is to ask your qualified surgeon, even if it feels embarrassing to ask.
Listed below are five commonly asked questions.
What happens if I get pregnant straight after my breast augmentation?
While it is not recommended that you try to fall pregnant within a few weeks following a breast augmentation procedure, surprises can occur. Falling pregnant soon after your surgery should not affect the results of your procedure, however you should consult your surgeon for more information.
What if my breasts start to droop with age?
Drooping or sagging breasts occur naturally with age, regardless of whether you have implants or not. Your surgeon understands this and may offer reshaping through surgical means. This may mean a fat tissue transfer, breast lift, or another breast augmentation surgery.
Do breast implants require maintenance?
Breast implants are easy to take care of, however do require a little maintenance. Following your surgery, you should be provided with information on what you need to do to take care of your new implants. This often involves self-examination to check for irregularities, and screening for health risks such as breast cancer. It is important that you consult a GP if any issues arise and be sure to tell them that you have breast implants.
Will my nipples hurt?
After a breast augmentation, some women experience nipple pain or burning. This is commonly due to the stretching of the nerves as the implant has been placed. In more severe cases, numbness, bruising, or tingling may occur as the as the nerves repair. Most women find that cosmetic injections can relieve these symptoms, however they often go away soon after the surgery.
What is the most common surgical complication you (your surgeon) deal with in your practice?
Whether we mind it or not, undergoing any type of medical procedure comes with risks. Your surgeon is required by law to inform you of these risks before undergoing the procedure. Asking what situations they’ve most commonly dealt with, and what steps they take should they encounter a post-op complication will ensure your needs are being met.
Before heading in to your consultation, be sure to write down any questions you may have beforehand to make sure you’re getting the answers you need. Remember, your surgeon has a responsibility to put you first.