If you are thinking of having breast surgery, please allow us to help you consider a few things before making your decision. In this 5 part series, we will explore every aspect of breast surgery, including the types of surgery available to patients, the details of the procedures, results one can expect, and finally breast surgery frequently asked questions. In part 1, we will look at deciding if breast surgery is right for you.
What is your motivation?
Women choose to undergo breast surgery for many reasons, so there isn’t one “correct” reason for getting breast surgery. Women who seek out augmentation often do it to improve their self-esteem and appear more attractive to the opposite sex, while those seeking breast reduction are often doing it for health reasons such as neck and back pain.
Whatever your motivation for getting breast surgery – it should be your own decision. Sometimes women can seek out breast surgery because of pressure from their partners, boyfriends, husbands, etc. Of course there’s nothing wrong with getting the opinion of friends and family, but the final decision should always be yours.
Are you healthy enough?
In order to be a good candidate for breast surgery you should be in good physical health. This means that you’re in a healthy weight range and don’t have any conditions that could hinder your recovery or increase the risk of complications.
You should also be free of any psychological conditions that could impair your judgement and cause you to make impulsive decisions. You also shouldn’t be making the decision amidst any kind of crisis, such as a divorce or losing your job. Smoking is also a major relative contraindication to most types of breast surgery. Smoking inhibits wound healing, and thus most plastic surgeons will not operate on you if you are actively smoking.
Do you know the type of surgery you want?
You might not be 100% certain about the type of surgery you want or need. For example, women who seek out a breast lift sometimes require implants to give the breasts the right appearance.
You will be able to discuss these concerns during the consultation with your surgeon. Hopefully, your surgeon will educate you on all your options, the risks and benefits of the options, and provide you with all the information needed to make a well-informed decision.