Summary: Knowing how to plan for your breast enhancement surgery can help make the process smoother, no matter what exact procedure you’re undergoing. So be sure to ask your plastic surgeon if there’s anything you should be doing ahead of time, anything that will make your surgery and recovery easier. Ask what you should be doing to plan for your breast enhancement surgery.
How to Plan for Breast Enhancement of Any Kind
There are a few different varieties of breast enhancement surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. Knowing how to plan for your breast enhancement surgery can help you feel confident in the results and, in some cases, achieve those results with a bit more rapidity.
Of course, your plans will vary to a certain degree depending on the procedure you’ve decided to undergo. And that’s as it should be. Breast enhancement procedures such as augmentation and reduction may both fall under the breast enhancement umbrella–but they are definitely their own procedures.
It’s likely, as well, that your surgeon will have specific pre-operative instructions for you to follow. These instructions are developed specifically for your procedure and you should follow them. But you should also discuss planning for and getting ready for your procedure with your plastic surgeon. After all, your surgeon is there to answer questions like that–and you should definitely take advantage of that opportunity. Knowing how to plan for your breast enhancement surgery can, not to put too fine a point on it, make everything go a little bit easier.
Plan For Your Recovery
In the event of just about any breast enhancement surgery, you’re going to need to have a plan for your recovery. It’s likely that your mobility will be limited for several days after your procedure. And it’s even more likely that you’ll be unable to lift anything for at least a couple of weeks after your procedure.
This means that it’s important to have someone around who can help you with these particular activities. And once you’re prohibited from doing something (such as lifting), you’ll finally recognize just how often you need to do that.
That’s why planning to have a little help around the house during your recovery is a great idea. In some cases, this could be as simple as having a little help preparing meals and doing chores. But it could also mean having some help around the house to get you from place to place. That’s important too!
Plan for Your Results
Any breast enhancement procedure is going to be difficult to visualize all in your head. And when it’s tough to visualize, it can be hard to predict just how much you’ll like your results. For example, if you’re undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, you’ll need to decide how large you want your implants to be.
And, sure, your plastic surgeon will help guide you in that decision based on what you’ve said you want your final results to be. But in the end it will be your decision. So knowing what you’ll look like could be helpful.
There are actually a couple of ways that surgeons are able to assist patients in this regard. First, surgeons will often use special garments designed to simulate the effect of the breast enhancement procedure. But surgeons are also relying on new technology, such as 3D simulators, to give patients a visible representation of how they’ll look once their procedure is complete. That way, they’ll be able to anticipate their final reaction to their results much more accurately.
Plan for Your Next Procedure
Some breast enhancement procedures, such as breast augmentation, will require follow up procedures down the road. That’s less true of something like a breast reduction or a breast lift–but those require follow up care all on their own.
A breast implant, however, has a limited shelf life. It’s measured in decades, sure, but at some point, you’ll need to remove or replace that implant, and that’s something that’s helpful to plan for. Sure, it’s very, very long term planning–but that’s not a bad thing.
And, what’s more, any procedure will require follow up care of some kind. You’ll need to plan on ensuring you’re able to complete that follow up care. Your surgeon will likely have some tips on how to do this–and how to help yourself through your recovery–but knowing how often you’ll be required to follow up with your surgeon can help you plan more effectively.
In Service of Results
The idea behind all of these plans, of course, is that you end up with results you’ll love. Sure, that’s the point of any plastic surgery procedure–and in that regard, breast enhancement isn’t all that unique. But knowing how to plan for your breast enhancement surgery can help make the process smoother and the results more satisfying. And that’s as good a reason to plan as any.