Getting breast implants is an exciting decision. Women often plan for months before having surgery, researching the procedure and deciding on a plastic surgeon. It’s natural, then, that some patients become disappointed when their results don’t immediately match what they imagined.
I advise women who get breast augmentation at my practice near Huntsville, Alabama, that they need to wait at least 6 months before assessing the final results. It takes months for the implants to settle into position and for the final shape of enhanced breasts to become apparent, so patience is crucial. Often, results continue to change slightly for up to a year after surgery.
During this time, a good resource for patients with questions or anxiety following breast augmentation surgery is online forums, where they can read about other patients with similar concerns. Sites such as RealSelf.com are an excellent place to get answers from board-certified surgeons and for patients to read and share stories about their own experiences.
Be sure to reach out to your surgeon if you have concerns about your augmentation results, but also take heart in the stories of others. This time after your surgery can be just as exciting as before it if you maintain a positive, patient attitude.