Maintaining Realistic Expectations about Breast Augmentation
If you are currently unhappy with the size of your breasts, you have the ability to make a change. That is one of the best components about the world we live in today: a variety of options are readily available to help us look and feel better about ourselves.
Specifically, breast augmentation surgery can offer various benefits to women, such as:
- Increase fullness of breasts
- Improve balance of breasts
- Enhance self-image or self-confidence
While breast augmentation surgeries are widely popular, and for many different reasons depending on the patient, there are some facts that are not as well known when it comes to the procedure. More so, before you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ben Lee, it’s best to become aware of some realistic expectations.
Getting Realistic about Symmetry Expectations
It’s likely that you’re already aware of the fact that no two breasts are entirely symmetrical. That’s right, one may be bigger than the other, more rounded than the other, or sit higher up. In short, the human body is not perfect. Therefore, it’s imperative to know that even after breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will not be perfectly symmetrical.
However, don’t be confused: if your breasts are already noticeably asymmetrical, this procedure can and will help the breasts become more in-line with one another. The point and realistic expectation to consider is that while breasts will never be perfect (because nothing is), surgery can alter the appearance, making both breasts seem more similar, while also boosting your self-confidence.
Getting Realistic about the Areolae Expectations
While undesirable, you still need to know that breast augmentation may stretch your areola. The good news is that if this does occur, it’s actually rather minimal. In fact, many patients don’t even notice the stretching when it does take place.
Why does it happen, though? Often times, the areolae is stretched in order to fit the new, enlarged breast. Depending on a variety of factors, the areolae may stretch more (or less). These factors often include the following:
- The overall size of the breast implant
- The placement of the breast implant
- The skin tone of the patient
- The skin elasticity of the patient
Of course, at the time of consultation with Dr. Ben Lee, you can discuss the stretching of your areola, and get a better, more accurate understanding of the stretching that will occur for you post-surgery. Depending on this information, you may wish to change the size or placement of your implants.
Getting Realistic about Size and Shape Expectations
Remember, bigger isn’t always better. You may think you want bigger breast, but just how big do you actually want to go? This is something that needs to be discussed with your doctor during your consultation. You will be able to view different sizes and options, as well as get a better understanding of what size and shape of breast implants would best accompany your body type. After all, most patients who do pursue breast augmentation surgery still wish for their breasts to remain somewhat natural-looking.
More so, you will have to choose an implant that fits. There are some circumstances, again, depending on your body type, that will not allow for overly large breast implants. Specifically, your skin and breasts can only stretch so far.
While breast augmentation can change the overall size of your breasts, making them larger and firmer, the fundamental shape of the breasts and your body type will remain the same. Again, your body will ultimately determine what type of implants will work for you.
Getting Realistic about Scarring Expectations
If you’ve done your research, then you already know that breast augmentation surgery requires an incision to be made. Therefore, following surgery, you will be left with a scar. Though the scar left is often small, and the surgeon will do everything within his ability to make it even less noticeable, a permanent mark will be left behind. How this mark or scar heals differs from patient to patient.
Where the scar is left on your body will depend on where the doctor makes the incision, though the following locations are common:
- The lower edge of the nipple
- Under the breast
- In the armpit
If you have a preference on where you’d like the doctor to make the incision, you can discuss this during your consultation. There are risks and benefits associated with all available options.
These expectations are not listed in an attempt to change your mind on whether or not you pursue breast augmentation surgery, but more so to allow you to know exactly what to expect going into the procedure. After all, Dr. Ben Lee only has one goal in mind: for all patients to leave feeling completely satisfied.
Are you ready to schedule your consultation? Contact the office of Dr. Ben Lee today by calling 303-770-1379.