Before and After Breast Implants & Augmentation

Last Updated: May 28, 2012

In our fast-paced world where first impressions are often made in just seconds, appearance matters -- perhaps more than it should -- but it does matter. More importantly, however, are the degree to which self-perception and self-esteem color an individual’s ability to function in the world. When a person loves the way they look, they move through life with an obvious air of confidence. This is especially true of women, who struggle with many aspects of their appearance, including the size and shape of their bust line.

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As most popular procedure in 2011 with 307,180 augmentations and 2010 up 2% to 296,000 (in 2010 296,203 and in 2009 with 290,500) . In 2003 the number of persons undergoing the same procedure was 280,401. No one can dispute the growing popularity of this treatment!

The Typical Breast Augmentation Patient

The questions of why women get breast implants cannot be answered without analyzing who the typical breast augmentation surgery is. Typically, a breast augmentation is a woman who is in their early to mid thirties that is currently involved in a long-term relationship or who is married. They possess at least some college education and have been considering this surgery for years. As people grow older, they find themselves struggling with the different ways that their body ages.

More important than the way a person's physical appearance fuels other people's perceptions is the way that physical appearance affects a person's self-perception. When a person loves the way that they look, they walk with an air of confidence that cannot help but be noticed by others. However, when people struggle with their physical appearance, it is often noticeable through their body language.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Most Popular Procedure in 2009, 2010 & 2011

Breast augmentation, a surgery performed both to enlarge and to regularize a woman’s bust line, has consistently ranked among the most popular of all cosmetic surgeries. The escalating number of procedures over the past three years bears this out:

● 2009 - 290,500
● 2010 - 296,000
● 2011 - 307,000

All indicators point to the continued popularity of this surgery, which women seek for a variety of reasons.

91% Of Women Just Wants To Look Better Without Clothes

As our bodies grow older and undergo changes caused by aging and other events such as pregnancy and weight fluctuations, our overall attitude changes. The majority of breast augmentation surgery patients felt that undergoing this treatment would give them a more youthful look that would solve some of their body-related problems. Past patients understand that this treatment is designed to enhance their appearance and surveys have shown that some of the popular reasons about why women get breast implants are:

  • to enlarge breasts to give the body a more proportional look
  • to balance a difference in breast size or shape
  • to reshape and enlarge breasts as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery
  • to reshape and enlarge breasts that has been reduced following pregnancy
  • to look better without clothes
  • to look better in clothes
  • to have larger breasts
  • to feel better about themselves
  • to feel more confident
  • to feel less self-conscious
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The majority of breast augmentation surgery patients felt that undergoing this treatment would give them a more youthful look that would solve some of their body-related problems. Past patients understand that this treatment is designed to enhance their appearance.

By undergoing this treatment, these past patients have gained an extra spring to their steps and are excited about the changes to their body provided through breast augmentation surgery. A safe and efficient procedure that has a minimal recuperation period, many more women are beginning to consider this treatment as a way to continue their youthful lives.

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My sister had breast augmentation surgery because she wanted to go back to the same look and shape of her breasts that she had before she had children. Seeing how little trouble that she had during the surgery and how much happier she was afterwards gave me the confidence to undergo this surgery.

Why Most Women Undergo Breast Surgery

The majority of women undergoing this treatment say they are seeking a more youthful look to combat the natural effects of aging and of major changes to the body related to pregnancy and fluctuations in weight. Some of the reasons most often cited for seeking breast implants according to a 2003 survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery included:

● A desire to look better when undressed, 91%
● A desire to look better when dressed, 83%
● A desire to have a larger bust line, 83%
● To feel better about themselves, 81%
● To feel more confident, 79%
● To feel less self-conscious, 75%

Breast augmentation is a safe procedure that is routinely performed with a high level of efficiency. That fact and the minimal recovery period are also contributing to the increasing numbers of women seeking the procedure.

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This treatment has given a boost in my life. Although I certainly did not need this treatment to feel happy, I have gained a higher level of confidence and this has only helped things in my personal life. I feel several years younger and this is definitely a decision I would make again if I had the choice.

What Most Women Feel About The Results

Patients Consistently Report High Levels of Post-Surgical Satisfaction

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to go into the process with realistic expectations, but the vast majority of women who receive breast implants report a high level of satisfaction with the outcome of the operation. Many say their decision was based on observing a friend or relative who had implants. Ashlee Sampson, a 34-year-old advertising executive from Memphis, described her decision to seek breast augmentation this way.

"I always considered myself attractive and I definitely never had a problem getting dates,” said Sampson. “However, I was born with a slight disproportion between my breasts and I always wanted to correct them if I could. A couple of years ago, my older sister, Jesse, had breast augmentation surgery because she wanted to go back to the same look and shape of her breasts that she had before she had children. Seeing how little trouble that she had during the surgery and how much happier she was afterwards gave me the confidence to undergo this surgery."

The same 2003 survey reported the following levels of satisfaction after a breast enlargement surgery:

● 93% would recommend breast augmentation to friends and family members.
● 92% were happy about their decision to get breast implants
● 88% said augmentation "completely" or "mostly" met their expectations.
● 92% reported positive effects on their overall appearance.
● 84% said they would "very likely" get breast implants if they could choose again
● 82% reported improvements in their self-confidence

*the "Breast Implant Patients Surveys 2003" has not been updated since and can no longer be read online (surgery.org/media/news-releases/breast-implant-patients-surveys-2003-quick-facts-pdf-download).

Questions & Answers

As any good doctor will tell you, deciding to have breast augmentation is not a decision to take lightly. It's a life-altering decision, and every potential patient should do a lot of research, consult with several doctors and ensure they are as educated as possible before making the ultimate decision. For any patient, beyond the specifics, there are some general questions that can't be overlooked.

Always Seek a Thorough Consultation

The decision to seek breast augmentation is life-altering and should not be made lightly. Candidates for this surgery should research the procedure thoroughly and meet with several doctors before selecting one with whom to work. Never proceed with any kind of cosmetic surgery until all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

The greatest distinguishing factor in patients who are the best candidates for breast augmentation are largely psychological in nature. This procedure will enhance a woman’s figure, not change it completely. Physically active individuals in good health seeking to positively improve sagging or irregular breasts, or those requiring reconstruction after a mastectomy will experience the highest level of satisfaction.

What Should I Discuss With My Surgeon?

When you have selected a surgeon and go in for the pre-surgical consultation, be sure to provide the doctor with a complete list of any medications you’re taking, including vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies. Bring a few photos of what you do and do not want your breasts to look like, along with bathing suits or bras to wear while you try on implants. Some surgeons use computer programs to simulate the surgical results, which will require that photographs of your breasts be taken.

How Do I Prepare for Breast Augmentation?

Although this is a highly refined procedure, some behaviors are counter productive to post-surgical healing. Smokers will need to be completely off cigarettes for at least three weeks before the procedure. A week before surgery, patients are advised not to consume alcoholic beverages or to use aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). These prohibitions will remain in place for at least a week after the augmentation has been performed.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

After breast augmentation surgery, you should plan to take at least five days off of work. Have a friend, spouse, or relative drive you home from the hospital, and be prepared to ice your breasts for the first 48 hours after surgery to reduce swelling. Be sure to monitor your temperature, and to take your antibiotics as prescribed. Bruising, soreness and pain are normal after breast surgery, and may be worse if your implants are placed under your chest muscles. Full recovery from breast augmentation is slow and can take up to four months.

What Else Should I Expect After Surgery?

Some women experience nipple over-sensitivity or loss of sensitivity, but this generally subsides after a few weeks. Let your doctor know if the condition persists. Also, don’t be alarmed by buzzing, crackling, or gurgling noises coming from your breasts after surgery. These are caused by air bubbles and settling implants, and will stop in a few weeks. Your implants will take time to drop and to soften, so be patient.

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