Last year I decided that after many years of being unhappy with the size of my breasts, that I would have some implants put in, with the idea of making myself feel more confident. Prior to making this decision I researched at length about everything that could go wrong, what to expect and how to avoid painful breast implant treatment. As you can imagine it is far easier to focus on the one or two horror stories that you read, rather than the thousands of women who have successfully had this surgery. I wanted therefore, as someone who has been through it, to answer some of the most common FAQs around this subject.

Who is The Best Candidate For This Operation?

As long as you are physically healthy and your breasts are fully developed, you can undergo this surgery. There is no particular best body type or breast type which is required in order to undergo this procedure.

After Childbirth Options?

There is never a right or wrong time to undergo breast augmentation, although if you have recently given birth and you are still breastfeeding, it will be the smart decision to wait until you have finished, before you go in for the surgery. This is in order to get the best effect from the implant.

What Types of Implants Are Available?

There are a couple of different procedures which you can decide between when you go in for this surgery. The first is where the surgeon goes in underneath the breast fold, this is preferred by many as it leaves a negligible scar. Another option is to go in around the nipple and areola, which also can leave minimal scarring thanks to the color difference between breast skin and nipple skin. Two other options involve going in through the armpit and going in through the belly button, although these operations are far less common.

Recovery Time? 

The recovery time after your procedure is actually very short and with 5 days to a week after your surgery, you can be back at work and living your normal life free from pain. In some cases women could be back at work in as little as 72 hours.

Will Implants Restrict Me?

In terms physical exercise or movement, the implants which you have will not restrict you in any way shape or form. It is of course advised that in the days after your surgery that you don’t do any heavy lifting or exercise but once recovered you can live a full life without impediment.

How Big Can I Go?

Speak at length with your surgeon about what results you are looking for. The large majority of surgeons will recommend that you do not go up by more than 2 cup sizes in a single procedure. The reason for this is that your body needs to get used to the implants and more than 2 cup sizes in difference can cause a real shock to the system, and eventually create problems.