Women often consider breast augmentation because they understand a universal truth: Humans consciously and subconsciously associate breasts with physical and social identity. Breast malformation, unevenness and size issues, as well as the loss of one or both breasts from accident or illness, can adversely affect how people perceive a woman’s physical appearance and personality. These types of issues also interfere with how she perceives her body and her total self.
Statistics show that millions around the world have had this surgery to improve their physical appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, close to 350,000 women had cosmetic surgery in 2007 and more will follow suit in the years to come.
For many women, breast augmentation (or breast implant surgery) is a major step towards achieving their physical goals. Research proves that breast implants not only help improve one’s physical appearance but also help enhance the following: self-image, sexual satisfaction, and self-esteem. These can be ingredients of success or satisfaction.
If you’re thinking of getting breast implants, here are some things you should consider.
1. Breast augmentation is a serious procedure.
This should not to be taken lightly. Before the procedure, make sure that you are prepared mentally and emotionally. Aside from the post-operation do’s and dont’s that can sometimes get in the way of your usual routine, implants are a long-term commitment.
2. Finding the right doctor is key.
To lower your chances of complications, it is important that you find the right doctor. Here are some tips for choosing the right doctor.
- Check whether the surgeon is board-certified and his clinic is duly accredited.
- Ask the right questions. If you sense something amiss, consider other options.
- Go for a surgeon who performs breast augmentation procedures on a weekly basis.
- Don’t choose based on price alone.
3. Choose the type of implant right for you.
There are three primary types of FDA approved implants to discuss for your doctor.
- Saline – a silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution that’s similar to your body’s fluids. They feel natural and soft to the touch. They have a flexible fill volume, so the surgeon can adjust the size during surgery. Saline implants are considered the most inexpensive and safest type if leaking occurs.
- Gel – a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. Implants feel natural and hold their shape for a long period of time. They have a set fill volume, so size must be determined prior to surgery. Although very stable, silicone can cause potential problems if leaking occurs.
- Gummy Bear – a high-strength silicone gel implant. The high-strength gel keeps them from moving around so there’s less danger of rotation. The term “gummy bear” was coined by a California plastic surgeon who compared the texture of the gel to gummy bears. The high-strength implants have a good safety record with a low rupture rate.
4. Implants come with health risks.
There have been myths about breast augmentation as far as diseases are concerned. But the good news is, most of these are not true. For instance, there is no conclusive evidence that links autoimmune diseases with breast implants. Nevertheless, there are potential problems involved. The most common is rupture and hardening of the tissues surrounding the implants. This is another reason why we recommend choosing an experienced, reputable plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lakshman.
In addition, perhaps the most important thing to consider is your motivation for surgery. Your motivation for surgery should not be dictated by anyone else. It has to come from you.
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