After sharing my, “Happy Fifth Anniversary, Boobies” blog, I received a lot of comments from women who are currently wanting, researching, or dreaming of getting breast implants.
For those that are interested, I wanted share a few tips and pointers I learned throughout my breast augmentation journey. Remember, these pointers are not all facts and this is mostly based off of my own experience.
- DO YOUR RESEARCH! I spent hours on websites researching implants. (It might have been more because of how much anxiety I was having, but I am glad I did). I read about the type of implant I was getting and all about the procedure. I looked at pictures of women that had breast augmentations, including their before and after pictures. I studied different body types and heights to try to visualize what certain size of implants might look too small or too big on me. I read about different experiences of women, good and bad.
- Find a doctor that you trust. Easier said than done. I was lucky enough to pick the right doctor the first time. Before I chose him, I made sure to look up his website, his credentials and read the reviews. I did the same for other doctors but based on Dr. Leff’s experience, I chose to set up a consultation with him, (PS: he retired in 2015).
- You will have doubts! I almost talked myself out of getting implants, simply because I was scared. Being nervous and fearful is okay. It is all a part of the process. Embrace your fear, but know everything will be alright.
- LISTEN during your consultation. They are doctors for a reason. Most likely they have done hundreds or even thousands of implants and they know what they are talking about. So, when they give a recommendation about what size, over or under the muscle or what is best for your breast tissue, I really suggest you hear them out. You can essentially do whatever you want in the end, but you may regret not at least putting some thought into their advice. With that being said…
- Whatever size of implant you choose, go a tad bit bigger. I know it sounds crazy and contradictory to the last statement, but I know many women that wished they would have gone a tad bit bigger than the size they chose. I’m not saying go for the Dolly Parton look, but don’t be afraid to add a tad extra, (A TAD)! Once my swelling went down, I’m not gonna lie… I was disappointed. I got all excited to be a DDD, but when they settled to a small DD, I wished I had gone a tad bit bigger, (I did have the opportunity to go a size bigger, but it was by default and that’s for another blog)… Haha.
- Are silicone implants safe? Silicon implants are safe! I remember a time when they were unsafe. That is not the case anymore; I have silicone! Make sure to research the differences in shape, feeling, and procedure before deciding whether silicone or saline is best for you!
- You are not going to die. Chances are the doctor you have chosen has performed thousands of surgeries… they know what they are doing. I, for sure thought I was going to die on the operating table. But for my doctor, performing this surgery was like breathing to him, it was second nature and easy. If you have chosen the right doctor, they will make you feel at ease, (or somewhat better).
- If you have anxiety about the procedure, do not be afraid to ask your doctor about it. They will be able to give you something to help calm you down during the morning of the surgery.
- Once the surgery is done, remember to take it easy. I was eager to return to lifting my babies and even more ready to workout. Your body, (and the doctor) will tell you when it is safe to return to normal activity. I’ll give you an example: About three weeks to one month after my surgery, the doctor told me that “light jogging” would be okay. So what did I do? I went to step-aerobics and started bouncing up and down. After about five minutes, I slowed all the way down, because I felt like my boobs were going to slip out of the incisions! .. remember to take it easy!
- Don’t go bra shopping for at least two months! Buying a couple to accommodate the swelling at the time is okay. The swelling can last two months or more. So remember, don’t jump the gun and buy a bunch of cute bras, only to be disappointed when the swelling goes down and they no longer fit.
- Once the swelling goes down and you do get to go bra shopping, savor every moment! I took pictures from the dressing room and sent them to all my friends. I was so pumped!
- ENJOY YOUR NEW INVESTMENT! We all know that buying a set of boobs ain’t cheap, so I viewed getting my implants more as an investment- the best investment ever made!
There you have it, ladies! Now, go out and get some new boobies!