Having an invasive procedure is a big decision, and you must weigh the pros and cons and understand what the surgery can do for you. Hundreds of thousands of women have breast surgery every year, and breast augmentation remains one of the most popular procedures. Whether you’re ready to improve your breasts’ size or shape depends on your health, future goals and desired results.
Dr. Arnold Breitbart is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped countless women reach their desired bust size. He can help you determine when and if breast surgery is right for you during your consultation, and these questions can help you decide if now is the right time for breast surgery.
1. Are You in Good Overall Health?
You will need to be in good overall health before undergoing breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. Any medical conditions that could complicate the recovery process, such as diabetes or heart disease, need to be well-managed. If another medical professional oversees your health, including an endocrinologist, you may want to discuss your desire for breast surgery with them as well.
2. What Are Your Goals for Your Breasts?
Identify your main concern. Are you primarily unhappy with your breast size, or are drooping breasts affecting your self-confidence? Some women struggle with painful symptoms caused by overly large breasts, and a breast reduction can improve their quality of life. It’s also common for a breast lift to be combined with breast augmentation with breast implants or a breast reduction to provide a more proportionate, perky bust.
3. Are You Able to Take the Necessary Time Off for Recovery?
You will need at least several days, and perhaps one or two weeks away from your workplace to recover after breast surgery. During this time, you’ll need a close friend or family member to help you for the first few days of healing and you should avoid any heavy lifting for six weeks. It’s best to have breast surgery during a time in your life when you have ample help available and the ability to take time off work.
4. Do You Plan on Having Children or More Children?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding will affect your breast surgery results. While many women with breast implants enjoy successful breastfeeding journeys, a breast reduction may make it challenging for some women to nurse if that is what they wish to do. Depending on the case, it may or may not be recommended that you wait until you’re done having children to have breast surgery, and you would need to understand the impact future pregnancies can have on your surgical outcome.
5. Why Do I Want Breast Surgery?
The decision to alter your breasts is a significant choice, and it’s essential to understand your motivations for the procedure. Do you wish to reduce your breast size to eliminate back or neck pain? Are you unhappy with small or uneven breasts? Maybe the years have caused significant breast sagging, and you wish to correct it with a breast lift. Whatever your reasoning, it is crucial that it is your decision based on your cosmetic goals and not to please someone else in your life.
Schedule Your Breast Surgery Consultation in Manhattan or Long Island
If you believe you’re ready for breast surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Breitbart today to discuss your options. Contact our Manhattan or Long Island offices by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (516) 365-3511.