As you consider the possibility of having breast augmentation, it can help to be able to visualize what the results will look like in a real way before you make your decision. Taking the time to create this picture of what your results will look like also will help you set realistic, healthy expectations for the surgery.
Here are a few ways you can create the look and feel of the breast implants you are thinking about to help guide you in your process.
- Purchase a bra that you want to fill upon completion of the surgery and take it to the Dr. Colgrove’s office during your consultation to experiment with different sizes of implants with different types of clothing such as swimsuit, T-shirt, dress, etc. By physically trying on the implants you will get a good idea of what to expect. Just remember to add about 10% to the final volume to account for the flattening that occurs under the muscle.
- Use the rice test at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a plastic zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. Again try with different clothing. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on you chest and shoulders. One ounce of rice equals 30cc or 250cc equals one cup.
- Keep in mind that the amount of cleavage you have will vary depending on the tightness of the skin on the breastbone (sternum), curvature of the ribs, and how active you are after surgery. For example, if you are doing activities that require significant arm motion to the sides, this will probably shift the implants more to the side. *Aftercare tip: Keeping pads or tape along the sides of the breasts or keeping the arms down as much as possible after surgery seems to help maintain better cleavage.*
The important thing to remember is you will be bigger and your bodily proportions will be different than they are now. Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed, and the vast majority of the patients are delighted with their final results. Just remember that careful and thoughtful planning can make all the difference in how you feel about your personal results post-surgery.
Call 770-955-9000 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove!