Breast Augmentation Now, Later, Or Ever? How to Make the Decision
They say timing is everything – and that’s certainly true with breast augmentation. If you’re thinking of surgery, there are plenty of factors to consider, including when the perfect time might be. Before or after kids? What about a vacation time?
So, if you’re considering a breast augmentation, here’s how best to plan your surgery around the events and people that matter most to you.
Whether you’re a mom, a future mom, or a maybe-someday mom, motherhood (or potential motherhood) is likely the factor that has the biggest sway over your decision.
First: It’s perfectly safe to undergo breast augmentation before you have children. In fact, many patients opt for breast implants in their late teens and early 20s. Just know that it’s impossible to predict how pregnancy and breastfeeding will affect your augmented breasts in the future. Some women see almost no change, while others are surprised by how much the size or positions of their breasts change.
According to a plastic surgeon who offers breast augmentation in New Brunswick, New Jersey, breastfeeding is typically possible with implants, provided your surgeon uses a surgical technique that bypasses the nipple and milk ducts (you should bring it up during the initial consultation). Having implants won’t affect the safety or quantity of your breastmilk, either.
High-powered executive, stay-at-home mom, or somewhere in between? Whatever your job, it’s important to be sure that you can afford to spend some time at home and off your feet after a breast augmentation.
Today’s breast augmentation is safer and more efficient than it’s ever been, but it’s still important to stay off your feet as much as possible for at least a week after surgery. The prescribed pain medication you’ll be taking may make you groggy, and it won’t be safe to drive until you’re done taking it. Additionally, the simple stress of surgery may leave you feeling easily fatigued.
Rest is important for everyone, but doubly so for people who are healing. Be sure to give your employer as much notice as possible before taking time off. Additionally, arrange for help around the house with everyday chores, errands, and childcare. Having an extra set of hands can be a big help in the days immediately following surgery.
A wedding, big vacation, or even a high school reunion can be the catalyst for women to finally take the leap and actively pursue breast augmentation. But plan ahead: Scheduling your surgery for a week before the big day isn’t exactly the best idea.
It’s wise to give yourself as much time as possible (on the order of months) between your surgery and your event. This gives you time to be properly healed, and it also gives you a good buffer in case any unexpected complications arise, though they are rare.
Even when a procedure goes exactly as planned, it can take months for the breasts to settle into their final positions. If you’re planning on showing off your new form at the beach or in a wedding gown, consider giving yourself a minimum of 6 months between your surgery and your event.
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