What Does It Mean To Have “Realistic Expectations” for Breast Augmentation?

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If you’ve been researching breast augmentation in the New York area, you’ve likely seen plastic surgeons refer to an ideal breast augmentation candidate as someone who has “realistic expectations” for the procedure. Along with good general physical health, it’s one of the most important factors surgeons look for in a potential breast surgery candidate.

But what does that term really mean, and how does it relate to you as a potential breast augmentation patient? Read on to learn more.

Realistic Expectations: What Does It Mean?

The term “realistic expectations” refers to a few different qualities you should have to make sure you enjoy a positive surgical experience and achieve results you love. This includes:

  • Understanding what is possible to achieve (and what isn’t)
  • Being familiar with potential risks and complications
  • Having a healthy state of mind and positive self-image
  • Being aware of and prepared for the recovery process

In general, doctors hesitate to operate on someone who is looking for extreme results, who appears to have body dysmorphia, or who isn’t ready to take the time off they need to recover safely. “Realistic expectations” covers all of these factors.

In cases where I have to tell a potential patient “no,” it is always with her safety, happiness, and absolute best interest in mind. You can learn more about what may disqualify you for breast augmentation in this blog post.

How To Set Yourself Up for Success as a Breast Augmentation Candidate

There are a few steps you can follow to make sure you’re fully informed and prepared to head into your breast augmentation experience.

Know the Limitations

Research what breast augmentation achieves by reading procedure guides, watching informational videos, and so on. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has several resources you may find helpful in your research.

Ask Your Surgeon Questions

Have a thorough discussion at your consultation about your goals and whether breast implants are the right way to achieve them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about any aspects you are unsure of, from your surgeon’s approach to sizing implants to how long you can expect to be away from work and exercise.

Look at Before-and-After Photos

Browse pictures of real breast augmentation transformations to understand the types of results you can expect. You can start by visiting my own before-and-after gallery.

Read Reviews

Get first-person, unbiased insight into what it’s like to have breast augmentation by reading accounts from real patients.

Check Your Motivations

Make sure you aren’t expecting breast augmentation to erase your insecurities, solve relationship issues, or fix a particular problem. A little soul searching is healthy to do before committing to any plastic surgery procedure. It will help you make sure you’re making this decision for yourself alone and for reasons you will be happy with years down the road.

If you aren’t sure whether you are an ideal breast augmentation candidate, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon you trust is a great place to start. To set up a breast augmentation consultation at one of my offices in Westchester, Long Island, New York, or Manhattan, please request a consultation online or call (914) 423-9000.

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