If you find yourself needing (or wanting) some corrective surgery after your breast augmentation you may find it hard to practice the key boobie mantra of patience! Let's look at how you can keep your cool when you're waiting for a revision.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of revision breast surgery:
- Emergency complication revision - correcting something soon after surgery that, if not fixed, could be a threat to your health (e.g. haematoma - a collection of blood inside the breast)
- Non-emergency complication revision - correcting a complication after breast surgery that is not a threat to yourself, but will not resolve by itself (e.g. capsular contracture - tightening of scar tissue around the implant that distorts the shape of the breast)
- Elective revision - surgery to change implant size/shape/position for purely cosmetic reasons
The secret to patience is generally having the headspace to think things through.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing emergency revision surgery you're not going to have too much time to think, so be as impatient as you want girl!
It's more important that you sail through the breast surgery and get back on to the road to recovery.
Bad news stings. Finding out that something has gone wrong after a breast augmentation can be very disappointing.
But, you can turn your focus on to the solution, rather than focus on the problem.
A complication that doesn't need to be immediately addressed has the potential to be a BIG source of impatience.
No matter how much you want something fixed you will have to wait... either for your breasts to settle (remember, you generally have to wait 6 months after breast surgery before you can correct complications), to save up the money for any extra surgical costs or to fit in to your plastic surgeon's schedule.
Mastering patience is within your grasp though. I like to take the Serenity prayer wherever I go...
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Make this part of your boobie journey about mastering your patience by whatever means works for you.
You could go back to your breast augmentation research to see how others have got through similar situations, and don't forget the BA community is there to support you every step of the way.
Ring The Changes
Surgeries to change implant size or shape are the most common type of revision. And choosing to have a revision is a different kettle of fish!
Have you ever had that kind of kiddie excitement about doing something you've always wanted to do? That's how many women describe what it feels like when they book their first breast augmentation surgery. For many it's realizing a dream.
If, after an initial breast surgery, you're changing your implants or having a breast lift because you want to that excitement may come back in abundance as you look forward to changes to your breasts that meet your ultimate boobie goals.
Whatever the reasons for your revision surgery it's natural to feel a full spectrum of emotions.
Allow yourself the time to reflect on your boobie journey so far so that, as best as you can, you can master patience. You can ace this girl... because the journey to being happy with your boobs is yours :)