1.How long will you need to take off work?
Every situation is different, however it is recommended that a full week be taken off work after surgery if you have a ‘desk job’. More physical jobs will require a longer time frame and can be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
2.You should try on different sizes before deciding
Deciding on your breast implant size can be a little daunting. Your surgeon will be able to guide you on what size implant will best suit your body and personal goals. However, you will be able to touch and ‘try on’ the breast implant sizes during your consultation.
Your surgeon will give you a soft cup bra to stuff the implants or implant sizers with to determine the preferred ‘look’. Implants not only come in different sizes but they also come in various ‘profiles’, which determine how much the implant projects from the chest. A higher profile will have a slightly more ‘push up’ effect.
3. Patience is a virtue.
You can expect the healing process to take a full 3 months before the implant drops to a natural-looking position. For 4-6 weeks post surgery, your implants will sit high and your breasts will be swollen. This swelling can often shock patients as the implants will appear larger than expected. Don’t worry as over the course of recovery your implants will drop and the swelling will subside.
Your implants will continue to settle over the course of the year and you will have several post surgery consultations to follow their progress. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you choose a reputable local surgeon rather than travelling overseas where there is no face to face follow up post-surgery.
4. Not all "plastic surgeons" are specialists and trustworthy
It is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree (MBBS) to perform surgery and call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon. However, Specialist Plastic Surgeons have a minimum of 14 years of medical and surgical education and training. This includes at least 5 years of specialist training. Breast Augmentation is intensive surgery so make sure you do your research prior to selecting a surgeon. You can check the AHPRA website to see if your surgeon is registered as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
5. You will have to take some down time from high intensity cardio and certain physical exercises.
For those of you who are exercise buffs listen up. You should lay off the intense cardio or high impact exercise for at least 6 weeks post surgery. You can resume light exercise such as walking after 2 weeks but you need to allow your body the chance to heal to ensure the best results from your surgery.
It is important to note that every patient’s situation is different and therefore professional advice may vary. Dr Mark Hanikeri is a Specialist Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon and will provide detailed advice and instructions for your breast augmentation.
LATEST NEWS UPDATE
Statement in response to media coverage on the Medical Journal of Australia’s paper on Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA- ALCL)