6 Things you should know before getting a boob job Introduction Hand in hand with your mini-skirt and high heels comes your plunging neckline. Whilst your legs are not really subject to change through surgery, your boobs are one of the most desired assets. The fact that you can change the way you look and improve your cleavage is appealing to many women. So, medicine comes with the perfect solution: breast implants. Nowadays this is a common surgery with very little risks and a short recovery period. If you decide on getting new boobs, the first thing you need to do is to inform yourself of all the things you can find out on this operation. Read everything you can so that when you first walk into the doctor’s office, you will know what to ask and what to expect. Here are 6 important facts you should keep in mind when you make your decision: Implants are not forever Around 25% of the women that have implants must change them in 10 years from their first surgery. The American Food and Drug Administration recommends implants not to be kept for more than 10 to 15 years. Apart from a medical and health regulation, there are other aspects that might lead you to a change of implants or even removing them. One of the things that can happen at any time is implant rupture. If this occurs, the type of implant will matter. Rupture in case of a saline implant is easily noticed: water is so fluid that the breast will immediately deflate and look unnatural. With the silicone implant, things are more complicated: silicone is a gel and will not flow, so if the implant is ruptured, chances are no one will notice. In some cases, you are likely to develop some symptoms that will show you that there is an issue with your implant. But this is not always true, and there are cases called silent ruptures when no one is aware of a problem. That is why you should take into consideration that many doctors recommend an MRI screening once every 2 or 3 years for silicone implants to check if the implants are still intact. In any case if a rupture occurs, you will need to go through another surgery that will remove the ruptured implant and replace it with a new one. Sometimes both implants need replacing even if only one is ruptured in order to conserve symmetry. There is another possible cause of needing to change your implants. This happens in some women as early as 3 months after the surgery or even after many years from it. This is capsular contracture. Around the implant, a scar tissue is naturally formed. This is a body’s immune reaction to a foreign new object. In some women this scar tissue becomes very thick, squeezing the implant, changing its form and position. There are cases when you need to go through another surgery to remove the scar tissue and put smaller implants or take them out altogether. No one knows the exact reason why this happens, but you need to take this into consideration as a small possibility. Doctors are a boob job’s best friend The most important part of your surgery will be your surgeon. You need to research before choosing the one you will entrust with your body. The plastic surgeon must be a certified one, and he or she must have a good name and a lot of experience in breast augmentation. When you go to see him or her for the first time, you have to determine if they are a good fit for you. He or she might be very good at their job and might have had great results over the years, but you might not be comfortable with him or her. Study all the aspects of your surgery and you will be able to ask good questions. Don’t be afraid to see more doctors and only then decide. A good and experienced doctor will listen to what you desire, and then he will advise you on the best option available for you. If you tell the surgeon that you want x shape and x incision and x size, and he just says go find another, then he is doing his job. Between the two of you, he or she is the doctor, so unless you are a doctor yourself or just very lucky, what you dream of will not always reflect the reality of what is possible. Ask for pictures of previous patients to see his work. Remember: implants don’t last forever and you might need your doctor again, so you better choose right the first time. Size DOES matter Many women that choose to go through this kind of operation want big boobs. This is probably more common in those that have naturally small breasts. They think they can just go from A to D. Unfortunately, this is not possible. First, implant size is measured in CC and not in cups, so you cannot say you want a C cup implant, because there is no such thing. A good surgeon would know what kind and what size of implant fits your body type and measurements and closer to what you desire as a cup size. The same CC size can look quite different in a slender person than in one that has more fat. A person with very small breasts can never jump 2 or 3 cup sizes because it will not fit her. They will look totally unnatural on her, but even more importantly, her tissue will not hold the extra weight. Tissues need time to stretch with a smaller implant before you can get a bigger one. Not only will the tissues be unable to them, but your posture will change as well. Imagine you have to carry two melons in your bra. You will end up leaning forward just to balance out the weight. A good doctor will talk you down if want a size that is not good for you. He will measure your chest, your tissue elasticity, he will give you some “sizers” to wear in a special bra and see how the implants will feel and look. Some doctors have invested in 3D imaging technology that allows you to see yourself with various suggested implant sizes and shapes. NO pain, no gain When you think of surgery, you think of a cut, and then your mind goes to the pain that comes with it. There are women who say that they experienced little or no pain at all after breast augmentation. But there is a significant number that says the pain was there, alive and kicking, and it bothered them for a few days. There is also a small number that says the pain was unbearable, and that if that would have to do it again, they probably wouldn’t. The truth is that, yes, there is a pain. You cut your finger on a piece of paper, blood comes out, and the pain is immediately there. So, when you cut muscles and tissue, the pain will also be there. Most doctors say that it is not something you should fear because most patients handle it easily just by taking some painkillers. The even better news is that all this pain does not last more than a week. You might feel a small amount of discomfort or tightness in the chest area after a week, but this is just a small thing. Before going to your surgery, pack up your freezer with ice. Doctors and patients agree that ice helps a lot with the pain, and it also allows the swelling to go down sooner. There are some people that say that women that have given birth experience less pain afterwards. That is because their muscles are laxer. Some say that those who exercise regularly feel more pain because the pectoralis muscle is much tighter, so it will take more time to relax. The important thing is to remember that there will be pain, but it will not last much. Drop and fluff When you go through a diet, you want just to lose 20 pounds in 2 days. When you go through a breast augmentation, you expect when the bandages go off and your breasts will be ready to be shown off. None of the above is possible. Losing 20 pounds will probably take up to six months of rigorous exercise and healthy eating, whilst your new boobs will become a little more like the result that you wanted only after three months. The final and complete look of your new breasts will be ready only after about 6 months from the surgery. This is absolutely normal, even if many think at first that the operation has failed. The implants need time to settle. Initially, they will stay in the upper pole of your breasts and in time they will drop in the final and normal position. Also, at the beginning, they will feel hard to touch, but in time they will “fluff.” The explanation is quite simple: the tissues and muscles will need time to relax and let the implants to drop, and once they will start dropping, they will also become less hard since there is no tissue to squeeze them up. Possible side effects One of the most important things you must keep in mind before deciding on this surgery is the risks it involves and what symptoms to be aware of after the operation happens. There is a small possibility of you not being able to breastfeed anymore. Usually, this happens with surgeries that have the incision near the areola. Sometimes the nerves in the nipple might be affected, and this can lead to lactation issues. This kind of issue can also lead to losing feeling in your nipples. You also need to know the possible signs of complications after your surgery. Fever, itching, redness and swelling around the stitches or the scar area, are all common signs of an infection. You might also notice that liquid is building up near the surgical site. That is another complication that can happen and is called a seroma. You need to be fully aware that you went through surgery, so any sign of something you might think is not okay, you should tell your doctor. Conclusion Nothing in life is easy, and achieving beauty certainly isn’t a walk in the park. Still, it is important not to jump right in but take a little time and study what you would expect. Talk to people, online or in person, that went through the same thing. Read various doctor’s opinions that are available on many websites. Make a list of things to ask your doctor and a list of what you are expecting him to ask. Remember, your new boobs are not just another pair of shoes you can throw away and buy a new one.