As women, we are all born with a certain set of DNA that sets us up with our own pair of breasts. Big, small, perky, offset, outset – whatever they may be, you either love them, or feel like something’s not quite right. For me, I’ve always been a little lacking in the chest area, so I’m getting a breast augmentation.
Seeing the process up close with a family member has given me an insight and peace of mind, and I want to share everything I know and the processes I’m going through with you so if you are curious or are planning to have an augmentation yourself, you can have the same piece of mind.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to alter the size, shape, or fullness of ones breasts.
The doctor goes in above or under the muscle based on your preferred method and inserts an implant in your breast of your desired size.
Breast augmentations can be done because you would like to alter your breasts (smaller or bigger), but can also be done due to medical necessity.
Below is an image of an implant beneath the muscle in comparison to above the muscle.
How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?
The price of your breast augmentation is going to vary depending on your doctor, the type of implants you are getting, and if you are having any additional work done (like a breast lift).
The average augmentation cost can range from about $3,000 up to about $10,000.
One recommendation in this case is not to always go for the doctor that is giving you the cheapest cost. This is a serious life-altering surgery and it’s not recommended to go cheap on something like this.
Remember, you get what you pay for.
Don’t Forget About Pre-Op Appointments
Your consultation itself is going to cost you money. My doctor has a $100 consultation fee that is applied towards your overall surgery cost.
My doctor’s cost for the surgery also covers pre-op appointments for blood work, scans, etc.
Double check with your doctor to see if that’s something included in their pricing or not.
Breast Augmentation Sizing
When going in for a breast augmentation, you won’t find your doctor telling you, “I think we will make you a 34D”.
Breast sizing for augmentations are based on cubic centimeters, AKA CC’s. The larger the number of CC’s, the larger the breasts.
Your doctor should measure your body (shoulders, chest, waist, etc.) and take those measurements into consideration when recommending an implant size for you.
They want to choose a safe size that isn’t too big to cause complications or tearing later down the road, but also isn’t too small to where it won’t make a large enough impact on your shape.
My doctor recommends a specific CC size, then lets you decide to go with that size, slightly higher, or slightly lower to ensure a safe size that still provides the results you would like.
Once they have their recommendations, you should be able to try on actual implants at the session to see which size you like the best.
You may find that your doctor recommends two different sizes for you – one for each breast. This is perfectly normal as breasts are naturally different sizes.
You will legitimately be shopping and playing dress-up with your new boobs!
Breast Augmentation Payment Plans
Depending on your doctor there should be a few different options for paying for your new yabos!
1. Pay in Part
When you book your surgery date, your doctor will typically require a deposit to book the session.
At this time, you can choose to pay just the deposit or make a partial payment towards your surgery.
2. Pay in Full
At that same time, you can also choose to pay for your surgery in full.
If you have the means to do so, this will provide a great peace of mind in knowing that it’s all taken care of.
3. Payment Installments
Your doctor may also offer a payment plan for your augmentation.
To determine exactly how much your monthly payment will be, you will want to consult with your doctor, as this will vary depending on your surgery cost and their financing options.
How Long Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Take?
When my mom had gone in for her surgery, it was about an hour or so for the actual preparation process.
During the preparation phase of the surgery day, you meet a surgical nurse who will help get you all ready for the doctor.
They will get you into your surgical clothes and put compression socks on you since you won’t be getting much movement out of your legs for the next couple of days.
They get you on a drip make sure your hair is out of the way and have you fill out any last-minute paperwork that may be needed.
The doctor comes in, next! This is where he takes his handy dandy pen and marks you all up to make sure he has a blueprint for what he needs to do during surgery.
P.S. It’s going to be cold in there. I don’t care what surgical center you are at – they’re always freezing.
This is the one part I did not get to see in-person, but I have seen numerous videos of this process.
WARNING: Do NOT look at videos of this process if you don’t like the site of blood or get nervous watching surgical procedures
For me, watching a video like this helped me realize how simple the process actually is – but for others, it may freak you out more. Know yourself and decide what’s best for you.
Basically, for just an augmentation (no lift), they make a small incision under your breast. If you are getting your implant under the muscle, then they will go in and basically separate the muscle so that there is room for the implant.
They put in a sizer first to make sure the sizing is right.
NOTE: They MAY decide to go with a slightly smaller or slightly larger size DURING surgery. This is normal and they do this based on what they feel is best for your breasts. They will not stray far from your original determined size.
Once they determine the correct size, they put in the actual implants, stitch you up and you’re done!
Breast Augmentation Recovery
The recovery process is fairly simple. Everyone’s recovery is going to be different depending on your age, health, if you’ve had other surgeries that year, etc.
Based on what I’ve done research on, the average recovery time before you may feel like getting up and doing things is about 48 hours.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Bra
When you get out of surgery, you should get this handy-dandy corset-like bra.
This is to help keep your breasts in the shape desired, as you want them to set properly. Without this bra, you may find your breasts are spread wide apart with a gap in the middle. Or one breast may hang lower than the other.
It’s extremely important that you keep this bra on at all times (except to shower) so that your breasts are exactly the way you envisioned them.
TIP: Have a t-shirt and some ointment handy. There are some people who find the bra to rub and cause rashes on the skin after wearing it for a while. Wearing a shirt underneath or having some ointment to prevent dry rubbing will help.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Pain
Your doctor will prescribe you with pain killers to help with any pain during recovery.
The most common symptom is muscle spasms, which your doctor should also be giving you a medication for.
These are perfectly normal and won’t last too long.
Another common symptom that many people experience after a breast augmentation (especially under the muscle) is in the underarm area. This is where your muscle is typically pulled from the enlarged breasts, so you will experience the feeling as if you worked those muscles out extremely hard.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Stages
During your recovery, you will have some restrictions:
During the first week, your doctor will likely recommend that you take it easy and do not go outside. You are also not supposed to drive during this time, as you will still be on medication.
This is the week they will ask you to use “T-Rex” arms. This is so that you don’t over exert yourself, potentially causing tears in your incisions, blood clots, or other complications.
You may find yourself feeling great after a couple days, but be sure to not do any repetitive processes or lift anything 1 pound or heavier.
Doing repetitive movements (like putting the dishes away) can actually cause your breasts to be offset, since you will repetitively be working one muscle more than the other.
Your doctor will typically recommend you wait on showering until the end of this week.
TIP: Buy some good dry shampoo. It will be a lifesaver if you won’t be washing your hair for a week.
During this time, you will have a post-op appointment with your doctor.
WEEKS 2 – 4
You should have an appointment with your doctor weekly to make sure everything is healing exactly the way it’s supposed to.
During this time you should still keep in mind not to:
- over-exert yourself
- lift anything 1 pound or heavier
- do any repetitive processes
- work out
For me, this means I still won’t be able to pick up this guy. I can still snuggle him, though!
During the last couple weeks of your recovery, you will still have regular appointments with your doctor, but you should be able to go back to your normal activities (for the most part).
Your doctor still won’t want you working out or doing anything too strenuous on your pectoral muscles.
Working out After a Breast Augmentation
Within the first 6 weeks of your surgery, your doctor will not want you working out.
After that, you should be able to still do most workouts, but there are some workouts that you shouldn’t do, even within the first year of having your surgery.
Any workouts that work out the chest muscles should be avoided, as this can cause your implants to set improperly and cause gaps and uneven setting. Especially since they do take up to a year to fully set properly.
- push ups
- burpees (wahoo! You have an excuse not to do these awful things now)
- “flying” rows (with weights)
and any other exercises or machines that work out those muscles.
TIP: When working out, if you can feel your implants move or your breast muscles shift, you should not be doing that workout.