Questions Patients Often Have When Beginning To Consider Breast Augmentation

Many people have an inkling that they may want a breast augmentation procedure. But this initial inkling is usually followed up with a lot of questions. That's normal, and it really is a good thing, too, since breast augmentation is a surgical procedure and all surgical procedures deserve careful consideration. However, it is really important that you get good answers to your questions so you make the decision based on sound knowledge. With that in mind, here are some questions people often have when first starting to consider breast augmentation.

Are you the right age?

Most people think of breast augmentation as a procedure for 20-somethings. Indeed, most patients who get the procedure are younger. However, there's no reason why an older person cannot also have breast augmentation if they are healthy enough for surgery. Unless you have an underlying health condition that makes surgery, in general, dangerous, you can have a breast augmentation in your 40s, 50s, and beyond if that's what you want.

Will breast augmentation lead to breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a very common ailment these days, and it's understandable that you are concerned about your risk. However, breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer. You can still have mammograms to detect breast cancer with implants, too. Just make sure you have them on-schedule, as you should even without implants.

Will implants look unnatural?

Maybe you want larger breasts, but you don't want everyone to know you have implants. Here's the good news: implants can look as natural as you want or as unnatural as you want. You might think of implants as being large and unnatural because those are the ones you are aware of. You probably know some people with less-obvious implants and don't realize it because their implants are, well, less obvious. Tell your plastic surgeon what your goals are, and they'll recommend implants that can reach them.

How long will you have to take off from work?

Having to take time off of work for an elective surgery is not something everyone is okay with or that everyone can do. Generally, after breast augmentation, you will have to rest for about a week before returning to most moderate tasks. You'll have to wait a month before doing anything more demanding, like lifting more than 5 pounds. If you can't afford to take this time off, then you may have to wait to have the procedure.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what breast augmentation entails. Visit a doctor for a consultation, and go from there.