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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Breast Augmentation

Thinking about what Chicago women should know about breast augmentation

As board-certified plastic surgeons and breast augmentation specialists in Chicago, Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno make every effort to prevent any post-op regrets. Patient education and an extensive consultation process make all the difference when it comes to setting you up for success and satisfaction. However, women who have gone through the process themselves offer a unique perspective into how the experience compared with their expectations.

What do former breast augmentation patients say they wish they had known before surgery? Read on to find out.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Although increasing volume is the primary goal of breast augmentation, a larger implant size isn’t always the key to achieving the best results. It’s important to find a size that suits your proportions. That way, you enjoy the curves you have always wanted without looking “top heavy” or experiencing any discomfort associated with disproportionately large breasts.

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use VECTRA® 3-D imaging during consultations to help you envision what different sizes may look like. This software allows you to design your new look by virtually “trying on” various implant sizes, placements, and profiles.

It’s Normal To Be Nervous

Whether you’re worried about how your results will turn out or whether you’ll encounter any complications, it’s normal to have some butterflies before your surgery. The best way to overcome these nerves is to have plenty of conversations with your surgeon and get answers to all of your questions.

During your consultation, you’ll have all the time you need to discuss risks, recovery expectations, and any other concerns that may be on your mind. You will also have your surgeon’s direct contact information after surgery so you can easily communicate during the recovery process.

Breast Implants Won’t Lift the Breasts

Many women opt for breast implants after pregnancy or weight loss because they are unhappy with a drooping, sagging, or deflated appearance. However, breast implants alone typically aren’t the best way to address this issue.

Most women with sagging concerns benefit more from a breast lift, which repositions and reshapes the breasts to a more youthful look. If you would like to increase the size of your breasts or replace lost volume as well, adding breast implants to your lift may be the best approach.

Learn more about the benefits of combining these procedures in this previous blog post.

Recovery Is Faster & More Comfortable Than You May Think

You will likely only need a few days away from work to recuperate after your breast augmentation, and you may not need any prescription pain medication to manage initial discomfort. Many women find over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol are all they need to ease any soreness during the first few days.

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno perform a quick-recovery approach that uses local anesthesia when possible and minimizes any unnecessary trauma to the breasts. This makes for a faster and more comfortable recovery, allowing you to return to your usual routine as quickly and easily as possible.

You’ll Wish You Had Done It Sooner

Breast augmentation may not be the right choice for everyone, but for the right candidates, it’s often life changing. If you are on the fence about whether it’s right for you, start by scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Keep in mind: A consultation is not a commitment to surgery. It’s simply an opportunity to learn more about a surgeon’s approach and what that procedure can do for you.

An excellent first step to take is browsing through potential surgeons’ before-and-after cases online. You can start by exploring our own breast augmentation before-and-after photo gallery.

If you have any other questions about what you should know before breast augmentation, please contact us online or call (312) 788-2560 to reach our Chicago plastic surgery practice. We look forward to hearing from you.

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