7 Things to Know Before Getting a Breast Augmentation

7 Things to Know Before Getting a Breast Augmentation
  1. Expect to have no expectations.

    You should not go into your breast augmentation consultation expecting to get the exact number of cc’s your best friend has or with your precise incision location planned out. When you go into the consultation with Adams, he will take your measurements through a process called tissue-based planning.

    Tissue-based planning involves measuring parts of your body, including your breast width, skin stretch, etc. Based on your measurements, Dr. Adams will be able to give you a range of recommended implants for your breast. He will also recommend the ideal incision location, which is in the inframammary fold. The reason that the other incisions, like the areola or the armpit, are inferior to the inframammary incision is because there is a higher risk of infection or capsular contracture through the other incisions. Dr. Adams’ will also show you his high quality scar therapy program to give your scars their best appearance.

  2. Some things don’t last a lifetime.

    Be prepared to have to “redo” your breasts at some point in the future. While today’s implants are lasting a lot longer than the previous generation of implants, there is still about a 1% chance of having a rupture for each year that you have your implants placed. The FDA recommends getting an MRI every other year to check the status of your implants.

  3. How will I know what to expect?

    A common question that many women interested in breast augmentation want answered is: what will I look like after my procedure? Many offices will have women place implants in their bras or put rice in a bag and then place it in their bras to try to show them what their breasts are going to look like after their augmentation.

    However, the Vectra 3D imaging system is an incredibly more accurate and effective way to predict what a woman will look like after her procedure. The Vectra 3D imaging system allows for women to see, with 98% accuracy, what their implants are going to look like after their procedure. It does this by taking 3 separate photos and then merging them together to provide a 3D image of your body. Afterwards, Dr. Adams can decide which implants will be the best fit for your body based on tissue-based planning. You can then see what you are going to look like after the procedure. It will even show you what you will look like in a bikini!

  4. Put a pause on your exercise regimen after breast augmentation.

    Recovery from Dr. Adams’ breast augmentation is very rapid and allows you to go back to work, pick up children under 3 years old, and even go shopping the day of your procedure. But you do need to be prepared for some restrictions, such as exercise limitations. After a breast augmentation, it is required that your heart rate does not reach over 100 beats per minute for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you may begin cardio, such as running or biking. After 4 weeks you may begin lower body weight lifting. After 6 weeks you may begin chest-focused weightlifting.

  5. Wait for gravity to take its toll.

    When implants are first placed in surgery, they are put inside the chest. This causes the tissues to move to the upper part of the breast. Because of this, women may feel like their breast implants are very high up on their chest for the first couple of weeks after the procedure. It is completely normal to feel this way, as it takes about 6-8 weeks for the bottom part of the breast to fill out and the nipple to naturally tilt up.

  6. Sensation vs. no sensation.

    It is very common to not feel any sensation in your nipples after your procedure. It is also completely normal for your nipples to be more sensitive after your procedure. When your breasts are augmented, the nerves that lead to the nipple are stretched around the implant, which in turn can cause hypo- or hypersensitive nipples.

  7. Put the Victoria Secret away.

    Be aware that you should not wear bras with underwire and/or push up padding for the first 6 weeks after your breast augmentation procedure. Wearing bras with underwire or push up bras can cause the breast to heal improperly and might cause internal or external healing issues.

If you ever have any questions in regards to a breast augmentation with Dr. Adams, please call our office at 214-965-9885 or contact us online.

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