In this article, Dr Allen Rezai, shares his insider tips on 5 things you should know before getting breast implants.
10 August 2017| Last updated on 8 February 2018
1. Having The Surgery For The Right Reasons
- Why do I want this procedure?
- What is it that I don’t like?
- How much does my current situation bother me?
- What are my expectations?
- How excited am I to go through with this?
- How much am I willing to expose myself to certain risks?
- Am I prepared to have another surgery sometime in the future?
2. Know Your Options
3. Further Surgery May Be Required at Some Point in The Future
4. Optimal Result Happens With Time
Many are able to return to work and resume their normal daily routine within 7-10 days post-op. However, strenuous activities, exercising, and heavy lifting should not be resumed until 4-6 weeks post-op, after you have the all clear from your surgeon.
5. Having Realistic Expectations
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To conclude, we asked Dr Allen to provide a list of what he believes to be the most important considerations to be taken into account when contemplating Breast Enhancement Surgery and choosing a surgeon. The following was his reply in the form of a simple but comprehensive check-list:
- Think about the change you want to see, then research and find out as much information as possible about the treatment, being precise about what you want and, above all, be open to all your wishes not being achievable.
- Find a qualified plastic surgeon experienced in Breast Surgery, making sure that he or she is board certified. Also look for “genuine” reviews and feedback from previous patients.
- Have consultations with at least 2 or 3 qualified and experienced plastic surgeons, just to have something to compare and cross-check.
- Be honest about your medical history and discuss all aspects of the surgery with the plastic surgeon. Do not be afraid to ask questions, since it is important to know the risks involved and feel comfortable with the person who will be carrying out the surgery.
- The plastic surgeon should be able to explain why he/she recommends a certain type of treatment option or technique, as with all cosmetic surgery, the type of technique used depends on many factors involving the patient’s indication for treatment, anatomy and lifestyle, and a treatment plan should be tailored to suit the specific needs of the patient.
- Thoroughly research the type of breast implants offered to you. Find out information about the implant manufacturer, how long the implants have been on the market, their track record and what type of guarantees come with the implants.
- Find out what type of care is offered Before, During, and especially After the surgery as after-care can be just as important as the surgery itself. So make sure you know who to contact and how you will be looked after, especially if there are any complications or problems following your surgery.
- Find out where the surgery will be performed, as this can have major implications on safety during the operation and the occurrence of possible risks and complications.
- Last but not least, “COOL OFF” before you commit. Cosmetic Surgery should not be taken lightly, as it is after all surgery. Take your time and reflect on all aspects of the Breast Augmentation procedure, and make sure you understand all the implications involved before you make an informed decision to proceed.