Breast Augmentation Dos & Don’ts: How to Get the Most Out of Your Surgery

woman talking to doctor at her breast augmentation consultation

Once you’ve made the exciting decision to have breast augmentation surgery, it’s a good idea to think about how to ensure you will be happy with the results. This includes certain things you should do both before and after the procedure and actions to avoid. If you’re looking for a breast augmentation specialist in the Fort Worth area, the first step is choosing a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

In this blog post, we’ll list the dos and don’ts that can help you get the most out of breast augmentation surgery.

1.     Do Schedule Consultations With Plastic Surgeons

The consultation is where great breast augmentation results begin. This is your chance to explain why you want to get breast implants and describe your aesthetic goals. Have a written list of questions to ask because you may be a bit nervous. Patients generally research surgeons online before their consultations, but the meeting gives a sense of the surgeons’ personalities. It’s also helpful to bring “wish photos” that provide examples of how you want your breasts to look after the procedure.

2.     Don’t Get Breast Augmentation To Please Someone Else

Few patients are happy with their results—even if the outcome is beautiful—if it wasn’t their idea to get breast implants. If a spouse or partner encourages you to get breast augmentation, think carefully about your decision and be honest with your surgeon about why you’re considering the procedure.

3.     Do Have an Open Mind When Choosing Breast Implants

Some patients have a specific implant size in mind when they meet with their plastic surgeon because they have a friend or family member whose results they like. But the same size implants can provide very different results for different people if they have disparate body shapes.

4.     Don’t Think Bigger is Always Better

This goes along with having an open mind when choosing breast implants. Most breast augmentation patients say they want results that look natural. For some patients, a significant increase in size is proportional to their bodies. We use the Vectra® XT 3D imaging system at our practice, which gives patients a realistic preview of how their breasts would look with different implant sizes.

5.     Do Consider Combining Implants With a Breast Lift

If your breasts have started sagging after having children or because of aging, breast augmentation alone may not produce the results you want. Implants add volume to the breasts, which can make breasts sag even more. A lift combined with augmentation increases the size of the breasts and creates a more youthful shape. Discuss this option with your surgeon if your breast skin is lax.

6.     Don’t Exercise Too Soon After Surgery

Even though the recovery following breast augmentation is fairly brief in terms of when you can return to work, you should limit your activity to brisk walks during the first couple of weeks after surgery. Allow the incisions to heal fully before engaging in more strenuous workouts. And take even more time before performing upper body workouts.

7.     Do Have Realistic Expectations

Breast augmentation performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon produces beautiful results, but it won’t change the shape of your body or be a life-altering event. Patients who have realistic expectations about plastic surgery are typically the happiest with their results.

If you’re looking in the Fort Worth area for a plastic surgeon to perform breast augmentation, you can request a consultation with Dr. Bogdan using the online form or call our practice at (817) 442-1236 to schedule an appointment.