Do you feel like your lower body is disproportionately large relative to your upper body? Do you feel like you would be more self-confident if you were closer to achieving an hourglass figure? If so, you may be considered a good candidate for a breast augmentation at Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, CA. To help you determine whether this procedure is right for you, keep reading to discover how long the results last, who generally qualifies, and much more.
How Long Does a Breast Augmentation Last?
You can expect your breast augmentation results to last for longer than a decade. In some cases, breast implants can maintain their shape and position for over two decades. Factors that affect how long your ideal results will last include the implant material chosen and your lifestyle choices.
What Lifestyle Choices Will Affect the Longevity of My Results?
There are a number of lifestyle choices that can affect how long your ideal results last. Significant weight loss is one such controllable factor that can affect how long you can enjoy breasts you feel self-confident about. Significant weight gain can also change the shape and position of your breasts after breast implants. Furthermore, your ideal results may not last as long as you’d like for them to if you become pregnant after surgery.
What Else Can I Expect After My Procedure?
You can generally expect to need between a week or two dedicated to your recovery. Ideally, you should have someone who can help you with your recovery for at least 24 to 72 hours post-op. However, you could benefit significantly to have someone take a week or two off from work to help you recover. After that time spent recovering, you should be able to go back to work.
Just be aware that your usual routine may be restricted for a lot longer than a week or two. You can generally expect to not be able to engage in vigorous physical activity for approximately six to eight weeks following surgery. For example, you should not lift objects over your head, lift anything weighing more than 10 pounds, push heavy objects, or get vigorous aerobic exercise.
What Can I Do To Speed Up My Recovery Process?
There are several steps you can take to ensure your recovery process goes as smoothly as possible. One of the best things you can do for a smooth recovery process is to sleep as deeply as possible for as long as possible. If you suspect you don’t sleep soundly throughout the night, you may want to dedicate some time prior to surgery to figure out how you can sleep better.
Some people benefit from taking a melatonin supplement around an hour prior to their desired bedtime. If you’ve never taken melatonin before, you may want to start with a 1.5-mg dose. If that is not effective, it may benefit you the most to increase your dose by 1.5 mg up to a maximum daily dose of 21 mg. You also may sleep better throughout the night by sleeping on a firmer mattress, eliminating blue light exposure before bedtime, or taking a lavender bubble bath.
Other Steps You Can Take To Speed Up Your Recovery Process
Staying hydrated is another very effective step you can take to speed up your recovery process. To stay hydrated, as a general rule of thumb, you should aim to drink around eight cups of hydrating fluids daily. You should also make a point to eat several servings of fruits and vegetables that are high in water.
For instance, you may want to have a fruit salad for breakfast, spinach salad with strawberries for lunch, and broth-based soup for dinner. If you’re drinking eight cups of water daily and your urine is dark, try nine cups daily.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You need to come in for an initial evaluation to verify that you are a good breast implant candidate. During this evaluation, we will thoroughly discuss your health to verify that this procedure will be safe for you. If it is deemed safe, we will evaluate your concerns and discuss your goals to ensure this procedure will be effective for you.
Depending on your natural structure and aesthetic goals, you may not be able to achieve your dream look with breast implants. For example, the size of your rib cage and chest bones will affect how large of an implant you can get safely. We will also help you determine the ideal implant material and location based on your current goals and anticipated future goals. For instance, whether you want to participate in certain sports in the future will affect the ideal placement for you.
Schedule Your Initial Evaluation Now
You can feel extremely confident that your breast augmentation results will last for at least a decade. In some cases, ideal results can remain for over two decades. If you think augmenting your breasts would improve your self-confidence, contact us today at Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, CA to schedule your initial consultation. We can help you determine the right size, shape, and material makeup of your breast implants.