If you're thinking about having breast implant surgery, you probably have a lot of questions for your doctor. Your doctor can address your concerns and help you make the right choices for your surgery. Here are a few general things you may want to know about breast implant surgery.
1. Your Doctor Can Help You Choose The Right Size
Selecting the size of your implants is an important step in the process, and you may not be sure about what you should do. You can start by collecting pictures of breast sizes and shapes you like so you can show your doctor. You might also buy a bra of the size you like so you have an idea of the new bra size you want.
Your doctor can probably help with size too by giving you different sizes of implants to try on to see which size you like best. In addition, your doctor might have software that lets you see yourself with breasts of different sizes. This lets you know how you'll look once you've had your breast implant surgery.
2. You'll Still Be Able To Breastfeed
You don't necessarily need to wait until you've had all of your children and finished breastfeeding them before you have breast implant surgery. Your doctor can advise you on the timing of the surgery and your next pregnancy.
You'll still be able to breastfeed once you have implants. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding might change the shape of your breasts even when they have implants, so this is an important discussion to have with your doctor when you're considering surgery.
3. Implants Alone May Not Help Breast Sagging
The purpose of breast implant surgery is to make your breasts larger. They may not help sagging breasts by themselves. If your breasts are sagging because you've lost a lot of weight or due to age and breastfeeding, then your doctor might recommend a breast lift with or without implants to improve your figure.
4. You Might Return To Work In About A Week
It usually takes several weeks to heal after you've had breast implant surgery, but you'll do a lot of healing during the first week. During that time, you may have a lot of pain, but the pain gradually gets better. If your doctor clears you, you might return to work after a week. As long as you're no longer taking pain medications, you may be cleared to drive and do some of your other activities after about a week as well.
In the following weeks, you'll gradually return to all of your activities. However, you should wait until your doctor says you're ready before doing strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.