The first few weeks after having a breast augmentation can be weird.
It’s an odd time having to adjust to being surprised whenever you look in the mirror! Many women are extremely satisfied with their post-op results right away, but I have known quite a few who women who question their decision immediately after their breast augmentation. Some feel like they went too big, some too small, and some aren't sure what they are feeling! :-)
So what should you do? How long should you wait after your first breast augmentation before going back to see your plastic surgeon? Here are a few of my suggestions...
Talk To and Trust Your Plastic Surgeon
He or she has performed these surgeries numerous times, and they can possibly offer you the best advice when it comes to post-surgery results. You trusted them all the way up to this point, right? If they recommend you take 3–4 months to heal, I support that.
Additionally, some of the best plastic surgeons are not only skilled in their ability, but also are a great sounding board for apprehensions and worries! :-)
Give Your Breast Implants Some Time
Many plastic surgeons recommend that we wait a full year after our first breast augmentation surgery before considering going larger.
Personally, my breasts changed so much in the initial months post-surgery, and it wasn’t until 6 months out that I even had a good idea of what they were going to end up looking like long-term.
It would have been really easy for me to jump to conclusions 3 weeks out, but thankfully I took photos each week to see any changes.
I highly recommend that you do the same!
Give Different Style Bras a Shot
ALL women (not only those who get breast implants) have to figure out the types of bras that work best and give us the look we desire.
Don’t forget that everyone’s body is unique, and different bras do wonders for different breast shapes and sizes. Never underestimate the power of a good push-up or a good minimizer on breast implants! :-)
Give Your Breast Implants (and yourself) a Break
Don’t forget that you are your biggest critic! It’s natural for you to stare at your breasts and meticulously analyze them for hours on end when you first get them. Women do it all the time with their hair, skin, and even minor alterations such as manicures.
Just remember that you are probably noticing (or maybe even over-analyzing) the little imperfections that others will never even notice!
Maybe your breasts aren’t perfect—but then again, “perfection” is relative to the eye of the beholder. Give your body time to adjust to the breast augmentation, but also be generous with your mind’s recovery as well.
In time, your breast implants will drop and even out. It might only take a couple of months, or maybe it will take your body a little bit longer. And don’t forget the mental and emotional recovery you are undergoing also takes some time to heal. You may wake up one day, look in the mirror, and realize that your new breasts don’t seem so foreign to you, but rather they are your own.
Remember, your breast augmentation was not just something you have done for cosmetic purposes—it was a decision you made for yourself emotionally as well. Maybe this new love will come immediately. But for others, it will take some time and require a sense of familiarity and comfort.
My best advice for you is to slow down and breathe.
In time, you will know whether or not getting a revision is right decision for you. :-)
Thoughts from Dr. Ben WoodThis is great advice, Jenny Eden. Even when you're perfectly happy with the size, there's always a period of time after surgery to adjust to having implants. I agree that waiting at least 6 months to make a decision about changing implants is best, since things continue to change up to and even past that point.
If you do get that far along and still want to go with a smaller or larger size, an implant exchange procedure is a good option with far less recovery than the initial surgery.