It is very understandable to have a lot of questions about every stage of a breast augmentation procedure - from the moment you decide you want it done to the moment you are standing in front of the mirror admiring your new figure.
Knowing what to expect before you go ahead with the procedure is very important, as it will help you to understand what happens at each stage. While the surgery itself is extremely important and is the key to ending up with the right size and shape breasts that you first imagined, knowing what happens before that and what you should expect from the procedure itself will go a long way to helping you prepare in the right way.
Having realistic expectations
Some women have unrealistic expectations of how their life may change after the operation. While having breast implants put in can make you feel more confident and give you more self esteem, it is important not to rely on the surgery to give you this.
If you choose a good doctor you should be able to talk to them about your feelings and why you want to have the surgery, so they can give you the benefit of their wealth of experience in performing the same operation for lots of other women.
What to expect before the operation
You will see your surgeon for a consultation to decide the exact nature of your breast augmentation procedure, and to educate yourself on exactly what will happen.
The surgeon will tell you when your surgery will take place and how long it is likely to take. A couple of hours are normally about right for the length of the operation, which may be done either under local anaesthetic while you are awake, or under a general anaesthetic.
Your surgeon should also tell you what to expect afterwards, and how long healing will take to be completed.
Making the right choices
Many women expect to finally get the breasts they desire from a breast augmentation procedure, and indeed the vast majority of them do achieve this. But it is important to emphasise that the best results are achieved when you listen to the suggestions made by your doctor and take them into account when making the decision on what size you want to be after the surgery.
There may be certain limitations on what the ideal size will be for you, depending on your physical frame and the size your breasts are before the operation. Your doctor will be able to advise you of what will look natural and the size of implants that your body can accommodate comfortably.
In the end knowing what to expect from breast augmentation is a simple matter of finding out as much as you can beforehand - about both the surgery itself and how to make the right decisions about sizing and appearance beforehand.
A lot of this comes down to choosing the right doctor - if you select one you get on well with, then it becomes much easier to get the information you need and feel confident about what to expect from this procedure.
Dr Zion Chan is a cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, specialising in breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and box. For a free consultation please visit Breast Augmentation .