About A Breast Augmentation
A breast augmentation is a considerable decision for any woman to make. There are several reasons why women choose to have a breast augmentation. Whatever the reason may be, the decision is profoundly personal and transformative. As with any decision, the more you know, the more confident you will be in your choice.
So, we want to share some real life experiences from women who have said yes to their breast augmentation surgery, because no matter how much research you do before a breast augmentation, you may still come across some unexpected instances. We hope our insight eliminates any post-op surprises for you!
So at this point, you’ve probably read up on the different elements of a breast augmentation. The types of implants (silicone or saline) the possible incision sites, the cost of a breast augmentation, the recovery and the list goes on… Let’s do a quick recap.
Once you’ve gone through the necessary consultations and have decided that a breast augmentation is right for you, the surgery is a go!
Step 1: Anesthesia is given to you for your comfort during the surgical procedure.
Step 2: The incision is made. (Inframammary incision, transaxillary incision, or periareolar incision.)
Step 3: Implant of your choice. (silicon or saline, your doctor will help you make the best decision for your body type and expected outcome.)
Step 4: Inserting and placing the implant. (Either over or under the pectoral muscle.)
Step 5: Closing the incision.
Step 6: The results!
And this is where most informative literature about breast augmentation ends. Your surgery is done, you have your new, desired chest and it’s time to go home and rest. But oh, there is so much more than that!
Ever heard of the ‘New Boob Blues?’ Keep reading!
Let’s back up a bit. Let’s say it’s the night before your breast augmentation surgery.
You’ve cleaned and organized your space. You have all your favorite baggy t-shirts laid out and ready to be worn. The fridge and pantry are stocked with your favorite foods. All the medicine you’ll need is organized and on your night stand. A long list of Netflix shows, books and magazines to keep you occupied, has been carefully crafted. And you hop in the shower to do one last good hair wash, at least for awhile. (Washing your hair post-op is tricky.)
The morning of your breast augmentation surgery will be filled with emotion; excitement, nervousness, butterflies and jitters. This wave of emotion is completely normal! Be sure to have someone who loves and supports you, with you that day. Not only can you not drive after your surgery, but to have someone of support with you, is a desired comfort for most patients.
Fast forward through your glorious, anesthesia sustained nap, (aka. breast augmentation surgery,) and you’re being coaxed awake by nurses. You’re going to feel a bit groggy from the anesthesia. You might even feel a little nauseous. The nurses will take care of this for you. Providing you with crackers and ginger ale, or some anti-nausea medication. You’ll start to feel better. Your loved one will drive you home, and it might feel as if you’re just coming home from a day out. Totally normal, the usual.
You’ll arrive home, cuddle up in your prepared space, eat a snack and start in on that Netflix list. The surgery will have left your body tired and worn, so you’ll probably be in and out of sleep for the rest of the day.
Wake up the next morning… and this is where the boob job experience gets really different and unique for women. Everyone’s body is different. Some women will experience pain, discomfort, and a variety of other emotions, while others will not. The best way to prepare is to know the possibilities of what to expect, and know that they may or may not happen.
Possible instances and how to handle them after your boob job:
- New boob blues.
New boob blues is common in women who have just had a breast augmentation. It’s the ‘oh-no, what did I do?!’ feeling. You may be thinking that you went too big or maybe you feel that you went too small. You might be thinking you just want them out all together!
Our advice is to be gracious with yourself, and be patient as your body adjusts- inside and out. A breast augmentation is a big change in itself, but the implants will continue to change over time. Your breasts will go through a drop and fluff process. This is where the implants drop and settle into the breast pocket. It can take up to three months for your breasts to fully pass through the drop and fluff process.
- Waves of nausea.
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of a breast augmentation. This is most often a response to the anesthesia and the painkillers that you’ll be taking during recovery. If you add anxiety and restlessness into the mix, you can expect your nausea to be even worse.
One of the easiest ways to reduce nausea and vomiting is by using a scopolamine patch. This tiny patch is placed behind the ear for the 24 hours following surgery. It’s the exact same treatment given for people who are prone to air- or sea-sickness. There are several other options to help reduce nausea. Talk to your doctor to figure out the best route for you.
Sleeping, washing your hair, putting clothes on, getting things off the top shelf, getting things off the bottom shelf; All of these everyday tasks, will be difficult. Your range of motion will be very limited for a few days. If you push too hard, you will get frustrated. This is no good for your recovery or your mental state.
Take it easy. Know that this will pass. You will be able to get the milk off the top shelf of the refrigerator, eventually! Give your body the ample time it needs to recover. In the meantime, drink lots of fluids, stay consistent with your medication and eat when you take it. Keep your chest elevated. Move items that you reach for everyday, to a convenient location. Ask your doctor when and what range of motion exercises you can do to help your recovery.
Before you decide to get a breast augmentation, know that happiness is an inside job. Changing your outward appearance may give you confidence for a little while, but ultimately, your happiness and confidence comes from within.
A breast augmentation will not make you happy, not on it’s own. But, with the right mindset, guidance and prior knowledge, a breast augmentation can be positively life changing for the right candidate. Choosing the best surgeon for yourself, will make a huge difference in this journey for you. Be sure to do your due diligence and choose a board certified plastic surgeon with plenty of reviews and confidence.