I love boobs. Yep, I said it. Ain’t nothing better than some bouncing boobies or deep cleavage. Problem is, I never had my own.
I vividly remember being in grade 7 and being envious of my friends who had begun to develop early. My mom always promised me that as I aged, I too would develop. Over one decade and 3 voluptuous sisters later, I still have no breasts.
For our more frequent TBB’ers, you’ve watched me take the herbal route to breast enhancement, test out homemade breast enhancing cream and exercise my way to bigger boobs. From Naturaful to homemade remedies, I’ve likely tried it all.
Though some of these methods certainly worked, like Naturaful, they didn’t give me the bust line I always dreamed of so, I started looking into surgery.
I don’t doubt that there are millions of women out there who have considered getting a boob job themselves. Since I’m one of those millions, I thought I’d share a few things I learned from my visit with a surgeon.
Type of Breast Implants
Silicone and saline or alternative-composition implants. How are you to choose?
The term alternative-composition doesn’t exactly instill faith in me, and rightly so. These “alternatives” can be implants filled with soy oil or polypropylene string. Doesn’t exactly sound safe.
Silicone on the other hand, refers to a synthetic gel. Though said to feel more like real breasts, the synthetic formula can pose more health risks to you if they leak.
Saline is made of a sterile salt-water solution that is perfectly safe for your body in the event of a leak or rupture. Their biggest downfall would be the deflation of your implant, bringing a whole new meaning to lopsided breasts.
The Price of Getting a Boob Job
A breast augmentation is an investment. Saline is typically cheaper than silicone, but both work out to be the price of a small used car.
In Canada, most clinics charge around $8-10,000 so I guess I could more accurately describe the cost as that of 2 years in college.
You better be financially ripe because health insurance does not cover vanity. Unlike a breast reduction which is covered, you are responsible for payment right out of your very own pocket if you are planning on getting a boob job.
When it comes to shoe shopping, obviously I want options. For breast implants it gets a little trickier.
There are 4 possible incisions your surgeon can use when doing this surgery:
Made at the bottom of your areola, this technique is commonly used because the scar ends up blending into your skin and is virtually unnoticeable in time.
A small incision under the armpit, it leaves your breasts scar-free and most people wouldn’t associate a scar there with breast surgery.
If there becomes an issue with your implant in the future you will likely gain a scar in a new location, so that’s a downside.
More commonly known as the “crease incision”, it is made at the crease of the breast. Most skilled surgeons are good at making this incision placement, but it is guesswork and can be tricky.
Standing for transumbilical breast augmentation, the incision is made in your belly button. This method is not often used as it is a little more difficult.
The Investment of Time
Perpetual Grey’s Anatomy marathons have got me thinking that surgery takes hours and hours. Turns out, this elective surgery only banks 1-2 hours depending on type of implant and location (under or over the muscle).
Though the actual surgery itself is not a huge investment of time, you must think recovery.
Don’t plan on playing with your kiddies after getting a boob job. Doc says you will be down and out for at least a week post-op.
Most people are able to return to work after the first week, but exercise should be kept to a minimal until week two and weight lifting and flying is off limits until one month later.
While the above information is all well and good, what I found the most interesting was the post-op emotional rollercoaster most women went through.
Making such a big change to your body is bound to take a toll. After all, when you wake up from surgery you will be looking at a brand new body!
Most women said that the first week was the worst. If you were expecting a perfect rack post-op, don’t! Your breasts are said to look weird, obviously be bruised and feel strange.
By all accounts, days 4-7 were the hardest according to these ladies. Coming off post-surgical meds helped women calm down and this likely had something to do with less swelling as well.
Deciding on getting a boob job and going under the knife is not to be taken lightly. If you don’t like what you get, you can’t go back to what your mama and papa worked so hard to create.
So are you doing this for the right reasons? Surgery should be for you, not anyone else. Have you considered going under the knife? Would you consider a natural alternative first?
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