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2017-12-06

7 things to consider before a boob job

Your journey to breast surgery

Opting to have cosmetic surgery will be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. From arranging your finances to finding the right surgeon for you- there is a lot to consider before you can get excited about your boob job.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ll take you through the steps of booking your breast surgery from start to finish.

1. Different procedures suit different women

‘Should I get a boob job?’ is a common question amongst women who are considering breast augmentation, but who may not be totally sure about the different surgery options available to them.

When considering surgery, you may not know the best procedure for you until you’ve done some thorough research. Many women are in the same boat- it just means you need a little help to find what you are looking for!

Are you looking to change the shape, increase their size or reduce and change the position of your breasts? This is where a combination of procedures can be discussed. No pair of boobs is the same, so you might benefit from a face-to-face appointment with an expert surgeon, where you can be advised on implant types and cup size.

 It’s best to ask for an expert opinion before you set your heart on something. Different providers specialise in different procedures, so finding a clinic to cater for your needs is the first step.

The most common procedures include: 

·        Breast enlargement

·        Breast uplift

·        Breast reduction

·        Nipple correction

2. You can't do enough research

The internet isn't short of information when it comes to breast surgery, but not all of it will be relevant to you and the operation that you are looking for. To make an informed decision, it’s always recommended to book a consultation with an experienced surgeon, where you can openly ask questions and receive knowledgeable answers. You can also browse your surgical provider’s website, where you can read all about your operation and what is involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are small or sound silly!

Reading about other women and their experiences will also help you to make a decision. Many top surgical providers post `before and after` pictures on social media, and customer review sites where you can get an honest and balanced view of the company you are hoping to go with. Some patients like to write blog posts about their pre and post-operative experiences too, so you can get an idea of what kind of steps your journey will involve.

3. Paying for your breasts is easy

How much is a boob job? The cost of breast surgery varies from procedure to procedure, but also patient to patient. With the availability of flexible finance plans, paying for your boobs is now easy regardless of income. Transform offers a free consultation and an aftercare plan inclusive of your procedure, so some associated costs will be cheaper than you think.

4. Don't rush when picking a surgeon

The relationship with your surgeon is built on trust, so it’s important to find the right fit for you! It goes without saying that they should be expertly trained, qualified to operate in the UK and they must be registered with the GMC. A good surgeon should be able to tell you everything you need to know about breast augmentation. 

Many top surgeons are also members of industry bodies such as BACS (British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons) and BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), which focus on new research and best practices to ensure patients are always in good hands.

Professional qualifications aside, your surgeon should be honest and approachable at all times, especially when you are discussing intricacies of your operation such as cup size and implant type. A lengthy consultation should be provided by your surgeon. If you feel rushed, confused or unable to discuss your dream breasts, they’re not the best surgeon for you!

5. Tell your loved ones when YOU are ready

There is no `right time` to tell your partner, friends, or family members about your decision to have breast surgery. However, you will experience times throughout your journey where you need to involve other people, such as getting time off work and being collected from the hospital. Loved ones can be there to support you in ways that your surgical team cannot, i.e. helping to do the chores or pick up the kids. Remember that your surgery is for you, and although others can give you their opinions, you shouldn’t feel pressured to make a decision based on what someone else thinks.

6. Think about aftercare

Organising aftercare treatment is as important as planning your surgery. Some surgical providers offer an aftercare plan at no extra cost, so you can seek help before and after you’ve had the procedure. This can be anything from a quick call to the nurse about changing your bra to re-admission to the hospital in the unlikely event that you will need further surgery. Aftercare also covers the care you receive during your stay in the hospital, such as your meals and medication. Transform offers a three-year aftercare plan inclusive of your surgical costs, with the option to extend your aftercare for up to 7 years.

7. Choosing a provider is a personal decision 

There are many reasons why you’ll be attracted to one provider over another. You could have a sister or best friend that had a particularly good experience at a local clinic, or you might have been drawn to a gorgeous `before and after` boob job picture on Instagram. Whatever the reason, it’s important that you are open-minded while shopping around, as your decision could change once you’ve taken your first steps. Spend time meeting the team and your surgeon, reading reviews and making sure the clinic is experienced and accredited by the Care Quality Commission. Remember, the decision is yours and yours only!

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