Different women have different reasons for wanting breast augmentation, so no judgment should be made there. Whether for micromastia (naturally underdeveloped breasts even past puberty) or to increase self-esteem, breast augmentation is a personal choice that each woman must make for herself.
However, in the quest for getting the procedure done, many women may expect it to be their cure-all for whatever issues they have. Breast augmentation is just another cosmetic surgery. It cannot compensate for your negative body issues, low self-esteem, or otherwise deep-seated psychological problems.
While many women report increased self-esteem and high rate of satisfaction after breast augmentation, it’s important to observe what could go wrong. After all, this is still a major surgery.
- Your implants don’t last forever
What looked good at age 25 may look different when you’re 40, because your breasts change naturally. It’s very much possible you’ll need more than one surgery in your lifetime, and perhaps several more.
Approximately 1% to 2% of breast implants deflates or breaks each year, whether they’re saline or silicone gel implants. This means another surgery.
You should always work with a doctor who emphasizes this as a long-term project, not a short-term fix to immediate problems.
- Breast augmentation should be for you… and you only
Nothing good ever comes out of doing this procedure to please someone else, whether it is your significant other or a critical parent. Yet many women opt for breast augmentation for this very reason, especially to impress a boyfriend or save a marriage.
Breast augmentation may make you feel better about who you are, and that’s a good thing. But it won’t magically get you more dates, a new job, or change your life dramatically. If it does, it’s more likely because you got a confidence boost because you feel better about yourself.
- You’ll spend money – lots of it
As mentioned before, you’ll likely need more than one surgery when it comes to breast augmentation. And because it’s considered “cosmetic” – to enhance your appearance, but not necessarily to treat a defect – most insurances won’t cover your surgery. That means you’ll have to pay for it out of pocket.
You probably hear radio ads or see billboards advertising breast augmentation for $1,999 or something unbelievably inexpensive, but how much can you trust those ads? You’ll find that the reputable and trustworthy doctor you want to work with will be more expensive, and rightfully so.
Fortunately, many doctors can work out financing and payment options for you, although you probably know it’s better to save up for it and pay for it cash.
A true doctor who cares for your well-being will make sure you don’t get breast augmentation when you’re going through major life changes, like a divorce or a death in your family. You can only expect best outcome and fast recovery if you’re a well-adjusted and otherwise healthy individual.
In the end, it’s all about knowing your expectations and reality, and acknowledging that breast augmentation is not the panacea for all your ailments in life.