Congratulations! You’ve said ‘Yes!’ and are ready to start the next chapter of your life with your partner. A whirlwind of thoughts are probably running through your head. Where should we have the wedding? Who is going to cater? What color flowers do I want? What about bridesmaids? And on, and on. However, many women who want pre-wedding implants don’t realize one of the first things they need to plan is their breast surgery.
Before Your Breast Augmentation
First of all, as with any surgery, you’ll need to find a doctor that you’re comfortable with and that isn’t always easy. I’ve had women come into my office that have already had 3 or more consultations with other surgeons. The second thing to remember is your actual procedure could be scheduled months after your initial consultation. You’re going to be given loads of information and that can take time to process. I like to think of breast augmentations as a step-by-step process. For example, we’ll have a separate consult just for sizing.
Recovering from Your Augmentation
Every woman’s body has a unique healing process. I always tell my patients that the worst thing they can do is rush the process. Weddings can be stressful for many brides-to-be. Listen to your body and don’t push or stress yourself. Otherwise, you can prolong your recovery. After your breast augmentation, you’ll probably start to feel good anywhere from 6-12 weeks. Around then may be a good time to start the basic wedding planning. However, you won’t want to pick out a wedding dress or honeymoon clothing items (i.e. swimsuits, lingerie) before 3 months post-surgery.
The skin and muscle around your breasts will need time to stretch and naturally settle. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months for your breasts to take on their final shape. Scarring can take a bit longer to fade (upwards of 12-months). I typically recommend you schedule your wedding date somewhere between 6-12 months after your breast augmentation. If that’s not possible, try to give yourself at least 4-months minimum.
Ready to look and feel your best? Schedule a consultation to talk about your options today. Consultations are available at both our San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. You may schedule for either location by calling 415-362-1221. Renee or Laurie will help you with scheduling and answer any pre-consultation questions you may have!