For the past couple of years, breast implant surgery has been the most sought-after aesthetic operation that in 2011 alone, about 307,000 procedures were performed, according to survey released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
But despite the growing popularity of breast implant surgery, not all people who desire to increase their bust size and/or want to achieve a more prominent cleavage are good candidates for this procedure.
As with any cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation involves some risks, recovery, and of course money. For these reasons, you should be able to answer these questions before you consult a plastic surgeon:
* Do you have “healthy” motivations?
If you want to undergo a cosmetic surgery, bear in mind that your motivations should be based on your personal happiness. But if you want this to please other people (your partner or colleagues), you would most likely end up dissatisfied since physical improvements do not automatically result to “better relationships.”
* Do you have realistic goals and expectations?
If you have very small breasts (double A cup), desiring to achieve a full D cup is definitely over the top. Take note that because you have limited breast tissue and fat, “inappropriately” large implants can lead not just to fake look but also to higher risk of wrinkling/rippling and bottoming out.
* Do you have enough money?
Because breast augmentation is an elective procedure, don’t expect that your health insurance will cover the surgical expenses; this means you have to spend your own savings or seek loans.
Aside from the surgical costs, you should also consider the possibility of a revision breast augmentation, MRI screening (if you would choose silicone implants), and other expenses after your operation.
* Are you physically healthy?
Your plastic surgeon will interview you and ask you to undergo laboratory examinations to determine if you are healthy and are not suffering from medical conditions that may compromise your recovery.
Be as honest as you can, particularly when your doctor asks you about your previous surgeries, medical conditions, allergies, and current medications. Also, you should tell the truth if your surgeon raises the topic of smoking and drinking habits.
* Are you emotionally stable?
If you are emotionally stable and fully understand and accept the ramifications of having breast implant surgery, you can proceed with the procedure as long as you meet the other requirements. But if you’re suffering from depression and other psychological and emotional issues, talking to a therapist is way better than consulting a plastic surgeon.