Have you been contemplating if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery? Hopefully you’ve gathered the hard facts about the procedure and stayed away from negative, inaccurate feedback on the internet. If you’re interested in breast augmentation surgery, you’ve likely read a lot about what to expect from the surgery and about what it can do for your appearance and confidence. Thanks to great strides in modern medicine, plastic surgery is safer and more advanced than ever.
Having any medical procedure done requires much thought, planning, and even professional conversations. Medical professionals care deeply about the safety of patients, and want you to be aware of all that could happen, and what you can do to put your body in the best shape before having surgery. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It will also help alleviate any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling prior to your first appointment.
But before taking time out of your busy schedule for an in-office consultation, be sure to ask yourself: am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Breast Augmentation Candidacy Checklist
A Candidate Is:
- physically healthy
- psychologically healthy
- 18 years of age to receive saline implants
- 22 years of age to receive silicone implants
- well-informed about the procedure and process
- aware of any potential risks involved
- NOT pregnant or breastfeeding
- NOT smoking
- NOT allergic to materials or medications used in the procedure
- NOT letting someone else make this decision
A Candidate May Have:
- fully developed breasts
- had a mastectomy due to breast cancer
- lost substantial weight
- been pregnant in the past
- naturally asymmetrical or aged breasts
- a willingness to continue or switch to a healthy lifestyle
- realistic expectations about the outcomes
A Candidate May Want:
- to restore fullness of their breasts
- to alter the shape or size of their breasts
- to feel more attractive in their own skin
- to feel comfortable in different fashion styles
- to have more confidence
- to do this for themself
After reviewing this checklist, you should feel more comfortable with a decision to move forward or not. But there’s more information to consider. Someone interested in continuing on should also prepare for what goes on during breast augmentation and what to expect after the surgery is complete.
It’s not just a choice of the eventual outcome – you need to consider and be prepared for what will come from your initial days in recovery. Pain management is a particular area of interest, as many patients express concern about this subject when considering breast augmentation surgery. You may be sore for the first 24 to 72 hours following your breast augmentation surgery. During these days, ice and elevation are very helpful for keeping you comfortable and helping your recovery.
You will also be given two pain medications and a muscle relaxer to help ease your initial discomfort. Due to your implants being seated beneath your pectoralis muscle, the muscle relaxer will ease things along. After two weeks of recovery, you can be back to your normal activity and exercise routine. As a whole, Siwy patients recover very quickly and are back to normal activity within five to seven days after surgery.
As with any medical procedure, you should know and evaluate all the facts, including your choice of surgeon. Dr. Barbara Siwy, is an experienced, trained professional to consider for your breast augmentation needs. Born and raised in Indiana, Dr. Siwy is board-certified and specializes in restoring confidence.
Want to learn more about breast augmentation surgery? Contact us today to answer your questions or schedule a consultation!