If you are considering undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, then you know that you need to research the risks and disadvantages of the surgery. Here are five things to consider before going to the surgeon for a consult.
Think About Your Budget
Breast augmentation can be very expensive. You definitely do not want to choose a surgeon based on cost. A botched surgery can lead to multiple procedures in order to correct the first mistake. In addition, surgical implants can rupture or migrate if not properly placed in the breasts or chest muscle. Is there room in your budget for your breasts to be "fixed" in case of an accident?
Are You Ready for Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can have serious consequences. It requires time and effort dedicated towards recovery, or else you may permanently damage and disfigure your breast tissue. In addition, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of being under general anesthesia, breast augmentation may not be for you. In rare cases, people die under general anesthetic. You need to consider whether or not you are willing to risk permanent injury or even death.
Is Augmentation a Permanent Solution?
Breast surgery and augmentation is not always a permanent solution. For example, different types of breast implants will have different time limits on how long they can stay within the body before being removed. So if you think that breast augmentation will be a permanent fix to what is often a temporary issue with one's body, think again.
Are You Ready for People To See You Differently?
People passing judgment on others is a sad fact of life, and once you have had breast augmentation, you need to be ready to defend yourself against criticism. No matter what your reasons for undergoing the procedure, friends, family, and strangers will judge you for it. If you think you will not be able to handle unsolicited comments from others about your new body, you may want to delay breast augmentation surgery.
Are You Truly Doing This for Yourself?
The most important factor to consider before undergoing breast augmentation is whether or you are doing this for the best possible reasons. If you choose breast augmentation because you feel pressured to do it by a spouse or by your own issues with self-esteem, then you will not be happy with the results, no matter how good they look. While money, time, and the possibility of long-term injury are all things to think about when choosing breast augmentation, your autonomy and ability to choose for yourself and your long-term happiness matter more. If you are doing it for yourself and will be happier for having the procedure done, then you will have less to worry about.