Introduction Breast augmentation surgery remains the most requested plastic surgery intervention in the United States. The number of patients who undergo this surgical procedure increases with each passing year and it seems that more and more people are encouraged to go through plastic surgery. This is unsurprising because of all the noteworthy innovations in technology and in the field of medicine that have yielded safer and more effective surgical procedures. Despite all of the benefits of breast enhancement surgery, the patient should still be knowledgeable regarding the possible complications and repercussions of the operation. The patient should take the risks, benefits and the recovery period into account before making the decision to undergo surgery. Should the patient decide to pursue the operation, it is imperative to select a board certified and experienced surgeon. The plastic surgeon will be the one to determine the appropriate implant and surgical method for the patient. Movies and other visual media endorse the notion that big breasts are the quintessence of feminine beauty and many women strive to attain this ideal. However, women should not equate bigger breasts with beauty because a proportionate figure is more attractive than a prominent bust. Breast enhancement surgery aims to improve the aspect of the patient’s breasts by shaping them for an increasingly flattering outline. Some of the principal factors that contribute to the success of the surgery include ample preparation and making decisions based on what the patient knows about the procedure. There are patients who do not follow these guidelines and as such, the operation fails to reach their expectations. The following are a few pointers to adhere to before the surgery: 1. Avoid dealing with unlicensed surgeons There are quite a few individuals provide cheap alternatives to sophisticated plastic surgery interventions. These people often make use of illegal or untested substances to achieve the patient’s desired outcome and though the results may initially seem satisfactory, the signs of a botched cosmetic procedure usually become evident soon after the surgery. The patient’s wellbeing and the success of the surgery ultimately depend on the skills and knowledge of the surgeon. This is why it is important to ensure that the doctor and facility you select have the appropriate certification or accreditation to cater to your surgery. 2. Follow the surgeon’s recommendations During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your health status and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine whether you are physically fit to undergo the procedure. The surgeon will also ask questions about your personal and family medical history to identify possible risks that may require preventive measures to be taken prior to the surgery. If the surgeon advises you to postpone the surgery due to an underlying medical condition, it would be prudent to follow this advice. 3. The decision to undergo surgery is yours alone The patient should not opt for plastic surgery to please anyone but herself. Having the wrong motivations can bring more harm than good to the patient and as such, it is important that the patient alone makes the decision to improve her appearance for her own happiness. 4. Do not forget to ask questions During your initial consultation the plastic surgeon will assess your eligibility for the surgery. At the same time, you can ask questions that are relevant to the type of surgery you wish to undergo. You may also ask your surgeon to discuss the procedure in detail, most especially the surgeon’s expected results and the risks that can accompany the surgery. You can also ask the surgeon to show you or to talk about their certification and experience. Moreover, you can ask your plastic surgeon to explain all the risks and side effects of the surgery. Since the surgeon will plan your operation after taking your measurements, you can ask your surgeon about the type, size and shape of the implants that are most suitable for your figure. 5. Choose the right implant Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, types and sizes. It is imperative that the patient chooses the most appropriate implants for her body type to avoid complications and possible immune reactions against the foreign material. The patient should select an implant that completely suits the recommendation of her plastic surgeon after having her chest measured and her dimensions evaluated. 6. Choosing the right texture Breast implants are available in different textures and these may also affect the way the breasts feel and look like after the surgery. You should ask your surgeon to help you decide on the appropriate texture for the implants based on your aesthetic goals. 7. Choosing the appropriate size The size of the breast implants can significantly affect the patient’s daily life. Very large implants may initiate various health complications and impede routine activities. 8. Measure the new size of your breasts Wearing breasts of the correct size helps your posture and makes moving around easier because your breasts do not get in the way of your daily routine. As such, you should ensure that you are able to have your new breasts measured at specialized shops. 9. Do not use the same bra after surgery After having your new breasts measured, do not wear your old undergarments because this can distort your newly-acquired implants. The pressure exerted by the augmented breasts on your old bra may be too much and lead to unwanted side effects like deformed implants. 10. Wear supportive underwear If your surgeon recommends you to wear compressive or supportive undergarments, you should follow this advice. Wearing a surgical bra will help you recover quickly and ease the swelling and discomfort. Conclusion Breast augmentation surgery is definitely the top requested surgical procedure in the United States but many patients go through the procedure without thinking it through. This may lead to unsatisfactory results after the surgery or postsurgical complications. It is important for patients to weigh the pros and cons of the operation and to have the surgeon explain the procedure in detail before making this life-changing decision.