Boob jobs have become the most popular type of cosmetic surgery for women today, and more women are opting for this confidence-boosting procedure every day. Although you may know that you’re interested in having a boob job, there are probably a number of things you still want to learn about this type of surgery. Here are 6 things to expect before and after getting your boob job.

1. Not all Surgeons are the Same

It’s vital that you choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Only a surgeon who has undergone extensive training in plastic surgery can obtain this certification. Family medicine doctors, internal medicine doctors, and all other types of physicians simply don’t have the training needed to perform complex surgeries like boob jobs safely and successfully.

Dr. Nathan Patterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

2. You Can Usually Breastfeed With Implants

Many women who get a boob job are concerned about their ability to breastfeed in the future. It’s actually a myth that implants will prevent you from breastfeeding. Many — or even most — women who want to breastfeed are able to do so successfully after getting a boob job. Dr. Patterson uses the incision type (inframammary incision) and the implant placement (subglandular placement) that allows for the very best odds of successful breastfeeding in the future.

3. You Can Choose Your Implant Type

The choice between saline and silicone is up to you. Each has its own advantages and potential drawbacks. For example, many patients think that silicone is more natural feeling, but it’s also more costly. You’ll also get to choose the implant shape. The most natural shape, the teardrop shape, is now growing in popularity. However, the round shape is still the most popular option. Dr. Patterson will discuss your goals and options with you to help you make the best choice.

4. Exercise After Boob Job is Allowed, But It’s Limited

Exercise is allowed after a boob job, but you’ll need to follow specific guidelines to avoid damage to the chest muscles and the new implants. Dr. Patterson will discuss your specific exercise routine with you to give personalized recommendations. In general, most heavy exercise must be suspended for six weeks after a boob job. You can usually resume moderate exercise after a couple of weeks, though. It’s especially important to avoid any chest exercises until you’re fully healed from the boob job. Exercise like walking, either on the street or on a treadmill, is good for you and is encouraged during your recovery.

5. Recovery May be Easier Than You Expect

Recovery may be easier — and require less downtime — than you think. Most of Dr. Patterson’s patients don’t have major pain after a boob job, thanks to his precise incisions and personalized care. During the boob job, you’ll be under local anesthesia, which keeps the entire area completely numb. A medication cocktail minimizes pain or discomfort during and immediately after your surgery. While downtime can vary according to the surgical technique and your individual pain tolerance, it’s still common for most patients to return to their usual routine within just a few days.

6. You Can Help Guide Your Final Results Via Implant Size Choice

One of the most significant factors in your final boob job results is the size of the implants. Choosing implants that look proportionate is vital in getting lasting results that you’ll be happy with. Your height, weight, and body frame all play into implant size. Dr. Patterson will recommend an implant size based on both your personal wishes and on your specific body so you can get the results you want.

Want to Learn More About Boob Jobs in Pensacola?

Dr. Nathan Patterson is the leading boob job specialist in the Pensacola and Gulf Coast area. To take the next step towards beautiful breasts, contact Patterson Plastic Surgery for a consultation anytime.