Assessing the results after a breast enhancement procedure Introduction Breast enhancement is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the US. Different types of breast enhancement procedures can treat different cosmetic problems in the breasts. The common breast enhancement surgeries include implant surgery, fat transfer, and breast lift. All of these procedures have a good record of delivering visible and practical outcomes. One of the important things a patient should do after breast enhancement is to assess the results. Assessing the procedure will give you an idea as to whether you have achieved the desired results. You should be objective when evaluating the results and be practical and realistic. In this article, I will discuss as to how you can assess the results after different breast enhancement procedures. Assessing the results of breast implant surgery Breast implant surgery involves putting artificial implants inside the breasts, with the goal to increase their size. To assess the results of this surgery, the patient needs to take a look back at her aesthetic goals and expectations and then analyze the results against those goals and aspirations. You should also keep in mind the cosmetic flaws and shortcomings that existed in your breasts before the surgery and then check whether those shortcomings and flaws have disappeared or decreased. To make a critical and practical assessment of the results, you should have realistic and achievable goals in the first place. The plastic surgeon can help gauge and rethink your goals during the pre-operative consultation. If you have unrealistic goals and objectives, chances are you will not be satisfied with the results and the assessment of the results will also be dissatisfactory. One thing that is important to the assessment of the results is the timing of the appraisal. Keep in mind that the results will gradually become visible after the surgery. Some patients assume their breasts will look aesthetically appealing right after the procedure. The fact is that the some of the outcomes may be visible right after the procedure; complete results will take weeks and even months to become apparent. For most patients, the final results show within the first two months following the surgery. During this time, the swelling will disappear and the incisions will heal, apart from the implants dropping into their places. When this happens, it indicates you should assess the results of the surgery. While assessing the results, you should first check whether your breasts have become more prominent and to what extent they have increased in size and volume. At this point, you should not forget the implant profile and size that you chose. Secondly, you should check whether your newly contoured and bigger breasts are in tune with your body outline and other physical features. Ideally, the size of your breasts should accentuate your body features and not be too large or too small. Furthermore, you should check whether your breasts are symmetrical. In some cases, patients experience breast asymmetry after the operation. The condition can be permanent or temporary. If you notice breast asymmetry, you must discuss it with the plastic surgeon. It is also essential to see whether the improvements in your breasts have improved your overall body outline. Finally, you should assess the results in terms of your self-esteem. Do you feel more confident? Do you feel good about yourself? Has your social life improved? What about your professional and personal life? The answers to these questions will give you an idea whether the results that you desired have been achieved. Assessing the results of fat transfer to the breasts Fat transfer is used to improve the shape of the breasts, besides adding mild projection to them. During the consultation session, you must discuss the pros and cons of the surgery with the surgeon. The procedure involves removing the excess fat from your body areas and injecting the fat into your breasts. Assessment of the results is an important thing that you must do after the surgery. The results of this procedure slowly emerge over time. When the fat is injected into your breasts, your body will take time to establish a blood supply to the fat grafts. When the fat grafts get a blood supply, the results will start to become visible. After the procedure, your breasts will also be swollen. The final results will not transpire until and unless the swelling has subsided and the fat cells have started to nurture and expand. It can take the results many weeks and even months to transpire. Again, when assessing the results, you should keep your goals in mind. You underwent the procedure to improve the shape of your breasts. After the surgery, if you notice an improvement in your breast shape and projection, it means your goals have been achieved. It is also essential to analyze the results in light of the enhancement of your body definition. Ideally, improvement of the breasts should also enhance your body outline and definition. The next thing to take into account is the sustainability of the results. Are the results long-term? Has the surgery appropriately been performed? Have the fat cells survived after being injected into your breasts? In case the surgery is not or a surgical error has occurred, then the new shape of your breasts will not survive for long. For example, if the fat removal, processing or grafting has not been appropriately undertaken, then you should expect the results to be unsustainable. On the other hand, if the results have sustained for many months after the surgery without requiring you to get a touch-up fat injection, then it means the results have been achieved. You should also ask yourself whether you are happy with the results. Do you like your new body image? Are you satisfied with the improvements the operation has introduced to your breasts and body? Has your self-esteem improved after the results have emerged? When you answer these questions, you will have concrete results to assess the outcomes of fat transfer surgery. Assessing the results of the breast lift The breast lift can effectively enhance saggy and loose breasts by making them firmer, tighter, and perky again. Women with saggy breasts experience self-esteem issues because it makes them look aged and aesthetically unwelcoming. The procedure restores the youthfulness of the breasts by removing the excess skin and fat and tightening the breast muscles. It also repositions the nipples and reduces the size of expanded areolas. So, how do you assess the outcomes of the breast lift? Well, you can take specific, concrete steps to check whether the desired outcomes and benefits have been delivered. First of all, you should wait for the complete results to become visible. The breast lift is a highly invasive procedure, which means it leaves behind swelling in the breasts. The incisions also take many weeks and even months to heal and turn into scars. When assessing the results, you should analyze the results against your goals and expectations. What did you expect the surgery could do for you? You wanted your breasts to be firmer and perky. Did the procedure make your breasts firmer? Are you looking youthful after the procedure? There is a rare risk that some patients will develop abnormal scars after the procedure. Abnormal scars can make your breasts look worse instead of improving its appearance. During the assessment process, check whether the scars are normal. If the scars are not raised or more visible, then the results are satisfactory. Checking back on the status of your self-esteem and quality of life after the procedure is also critical. Are you experiencing improvement in your quality of life and self-confidence? What types of improvements are you experiencing and to what level? Are you able to engage in social activities with confidence? Have you become more active in life? Has your professional life improved? When you get the answers to these questions, you will have a better idea as to whether the operation was successful or not. Conclusion Breast enhancement is a significant plastic surgery procedure, and it is crucial to assess the specific outcomes of the operation. Different breast enhancement procedures can help treat different aesthetic problems in the breasts. The benefits can be multi-pronged, and it is important to assess the results on various factors. The common breast enhancement procedures include implant surgery, fat transfer, and breast lift. In this article, I have discussed how to assess the results of these breast enhancement procedures. It is essential to be critical and practical and keep your aesthetic goals and expectations in your mind when performing these assessments.