Curious about boob jobs? We all are. To answer burning questions about breast augmentation, we spoke to Dr. Aivee Teo, M.D. of The Aivee Clinic and Dr. Arnold Angeles, Plastic Surgeon of the newly-opened A Institute by the Aivee Group. Here are the 15 most important things every Pinay should know about boob jobs:
1. Communication with your doctor is key.
“First off, proper assessment is important. We need to know what the patient really wants and then go on from there,” said Dr. Teo. Remember, getting a breast augmentation is a huge—and possibly life changing—decision, so you have to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page. Expect your doctor to listen to your plans, measure your body, and explain the situation in full detail.
2. There are two shapes of breasts that you can choose from: anatomical and round.
Anatomical breasts are a teardrop shape, while round breasts are, well, very round. “Nowadays, more women want their breasts to look natural, so they opt for anatomical implants,” explains Dr. Angeles.
3. You can actually “try on” boobs to see what they will look like.
“We ask our patients to ‘try’ them on and see what they’re comfortable with—that’s all part of the assessment. With that, they get to see what they like and what they don’t,” says Dr. Angeles. (In case you’re wondering, they make you wear a special bra and place the implants there. Pretty cool, huh?)
4. New implants don’t expire.
Dr. Angeles explains that the first generation breast implants had expiration dates—they usually lasted up to 10 years only. Those types of implants had to be taken out every 10 years to be replaced. However, scientists have developed new implants that can last up to 50 years.
5. Breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour.
And you can go home right after to rest and recover.
6. Implants can be placed either above or below the muscle.
Your doctor makes this decision based on your natural built. They place implants below the muscle when there’s not enough fat tissue to hold it, or above the muscle when there’s ample fat tissue.
7. Talk to your doctor about where you want to put the incision.
“The most common ones are on the armpit, under the breast, or in some instances, around the nipple,” explains Dr. Teo.
8. Some boobs are more expensive than others.
There are a lot of different implants to cater to different needs and body types. “The tear drop or anatomical implants are very expensive, but they look very natural. The thing is, not everyone is suited to have them. You have to consider factors such as shoulder length and body built. This type is more expensive because of the technology and development that happened to make this implant look as natural as possible,” says Dr. Angeles.
9. Talk to your doctor about your budget, of course!
At the A-Institute, breast augmentation can cost somewhere from P150,000 to P250,000, depending on the type of implant that the patient chooses. Again, not all implants are the same, so talk to your doctor and explain to them how much you’re willing to spend. They should be able to recommend the best type for you and your budget. Another tip? Go to a reputable clinic to have this procedure done. You absolutely don’t want a botched boob job.
10. There is no rule about getting a boob job after having children.
“If you decide to get implants after having children, you just have to wait for lactation to stop,” says Dr. Angeles.
11. Yes, you can breastfeed even with implants.
This one’s a common question women ask. “There’s one incision that really decreases breast lactation—around the areola. It decreases the rate of lactation by about 50%, because you have to go through the areola and some of the breast tissues. This is why we talk to the patient and their future plans so we understand completely where to place the incision,” says Dr. Angeles. Other than that, women with implants can totally breastfeed.
12. It will only take a few days for you to recover after surgery.
Dr. Teo and Dr. Angeles say that typically, women take about three days to recover from surgery. But then again, there are fast and slow healers. After surgery, you’ll be required to wear a support bra for two weeks to keep the implants in place. Strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should also be avoided.
13. Fat grafting is an option, too.
Want bigger breasts but don’t want implants? Ask your doctor about fat grafting—a process that involves getting fat from other areas of the body and pumping it to the chest area.
14. Sagging will happen, but you can go back to your doctor to fix it.
Aging happens. “The upper volume sags, but you can come back for a breast lift,” says Dr. Angeles.
15. If one day you realize you don’t want breast implants anymore, go back to your doctor.
“You can always come back and have them removed,” says Dr. Angeles.
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