Breast Augmentation or ‘Boob Jobs’ are becoming increasingly popular. Given that most of us live on the coast or near the beach in Australia, the desire for the perfect cleavage is prevalent.
Here are 5 things you should know about breast augmentation surgery from women who have had them.
1. Not all doctors are the same
33 year old Devi went for the cheaper option with her implants at the age of 24 and ended up with poor results. She now wishes she had done more research and waited until she could afford to work with a surgeon with the right credentials and reputation.
Side note: Unfortunately, there are many ‘cheaper’ options including going overseas or seeing less qualified surgeons. These options may end up being more expensive in the long run as you may need reconstructive surgery to fix a bad augmentation. Please don’t gamble with your appearance or health. Not only should you do your research on your surgeon’s qualifications, but ensure that you will be able to visit your surgeon months after your surgery for check-up appointments.
Dr Mark Hanikeri is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. The term “Specialist” can only be used by surgeons in the recognised specialty of plastic surgery.
36 year old Lauren said that after her surgery the side of her boobs occasionally hurt. However, 5 days after the surgery the pain settled down and 2 weeks later was back at her usual spin class. But Lauren did have to avoid upper-body weights for six weeks.
Side note: When it comes to recovery everybody is different. Being physically fit prior to surgery will help to encourage a speedier recovery. Dr Mark Hanikeri advises all patients to start with low impact cardio such as walking or cycling 2 weeks post surgery. Any high impact exercise may slow the recovery process causing inflammation and possibly cause damage to the implants. Listen to your body and do what feels comfortable but definitely leave any HIIT classes or high impact exercise until after the 6-7 week mark.
Remember, you are investing in breast augmentation surgery and you want the best results. Look after your body post-surgery and let it heal.
3. Implants Settling
Lauren said the first few months she worried that she wouldn’t like the look of her boobs. As she went from smaller breasts to considerably larger, this is quite normal. Within about 6 months the implants dropped and settled into place. However, it did take about a year for Lauren to see the final results she was satisfied with.
Side note: It is important to remember that immediately post-surgery your breasts will sit high and feel swollen and hard. Over the next few months they will reduce in size, drop and settle into place. It can be hard to picture what your breasts will end up looking like post-surgery which can create doubt surrounding your decision. If you trust your surgeon, and have seen his past work, try to relax and be patient with your results. If you feel as though you will be paranoid about their appearance in this time, we advise opting for surgery during the colder months. This way you can hide them with jumpers and layers of clothing until they are fully healed.
4. Will you need a new wardrobe?
33 year old Jessica who had surgery in 2014, went up 2 cup sizes. Jessica said she has a different style now because she knows the clothes that work best for her body. However, not everyone will find they’ll have to re-haul their closet, as 27 year old Brooklyn said most tank tops and t-shirts still fit her despite going from a AA to a DD.
Side note: We’ve seen a change in trend from larger more obvious breasts to more subtle augmentations. Trust your surgeon to advise an implant size and shape that is most suited to the proportions of your body. If you are going for a more natural result you may find that you will be able to wear most of your current wardrobe.
5. Doubts are normal
If you have never had a boob job before, doubting the situation can be completely normal. Jessica thought they might look too big and she may appear over weight. She commented that the first year could be at times overwhelming, but now she has adapted and is completely comfortable with her boobs.
Side note: Sometimes it can be comforting to look at your surgery before and after photos. The photos can often highlight why you wanted breast augmentation in the first place and calm any post-surgery anxiety.
If you’re unsure with what you want when it comes to your breast augmentation surgery do your research and start a list of questions to ask your surgeon during consultation.
To book in for a consultation with Dr Mark Hanikeri please call 9380 0311.
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)