Breast Implants: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting a Boob Job

6 Things to Consider Before Getting Your Boob Job

Written by: Varci V. Edited by: Chako S.

You’re officially over it. Be it beach or sweater time, you’re over being “itty bitty” and you want a little (or a lot) something more. After obsessive research, your decision has finally been made, and it’s time for the dream boob job you’ve been planning for.

But, wait! Before you embark on your transformative beauty journey, we’ve gathered some helpful info as told by women who’ve been there, done that. Here are seven key things they wish they’d known before getting their breast augmentations, shared to shed some light on the ins and outs of the procedure before you go under the knife. As they say, knowledge is power, ladies!

1. When you get breast implants, you are signing up for at least one or more surgeries down the road.

“On a more serious note, and because I'm the CM of breast implant removal, I would like all women to know that breast implants are not lifetime devices. They almost always have to be replaced or removed at some point in a woman's life. I'm shocked at how many women don't know this.” – Angiemcc

2. When deciding on size, be wary of “boob greed.”

“I think women get greedy and go for sizes that don't ‘suit the foundation’ as my surgeon put it. We all start off with a certain size of ‘block of land’ and need to respect that. I [didn’t want] ‘monster’ boobs.” – titsianabooberelli

“My doctor was pretty firm on my [implant] selection — [taking into consideration] my wishes, body type, and maximum [he felt] my body would accept. My choice certainly [has] not impacted my balance, grace, or make me look inappropriate in any way.” – almosttime

“I had mine removed and feel so much better. They were too large for my body frame, making me look matronly and heavy set. Cute attractive tops that once looked sweet now looked tasteless.” – MichelleM399

Before and After Breast Augmentation Pictures by a RealSelf User

3. Not so fast! What you see immediately after surgery isn’t your final result.

“Take a lot of pics from different angles the first few days. Two or three weeks later, you will be glad you did. You can look back and see just how much progress you have made. They change so much the first two weeks or so. It's easy to get discouraged, because you are looking at them every day, and you might not realize how much they are changing. If you have day 1 and 2 photos to look at, you will feel so much better.” – redglory

“Don't worry about the initial results — everything will change over the first weeks and months as your muscles relax.” – Carp357

4. Yes, ladies, the “Boobie Blues” are a real thing.

“The fact that you lose your independence for a good two weeks is depressing. You will also feel like you made a mistake and regret getting [your implants] during this depression — and I think the pain meds contribute to feeling depressed. At the start of the second week, things felt better.” – sweetcin02

5. Your “Glam Squad” membership will be temporarily suspended.

“Throw vanity out the door for the first few weeks. I wasn't permitted to move much or lift anything for the first few weeks, so exercise is out and some weight gain is inevitable. Short term gain for, well, long term gain! Buy a comfy dress to hide your shape. I lived in a loose grey dress for the first few weeks to conceal my swollen ‘girls’ and not draw attention to myself. They looked cartoonish and huge due to swelling.” – titsianabooberelli

“My recovery has been harder than I expected. My doctor didn't mislead me or anything, I just thought I was tougher and I would be able to do more than I can. I had my surgery five days ago, and I'm still struggling to do basic things for myself like washing and [getting dressed]. My husband had to shower me last night and wash my hair and I was crying (he didn't see). I think I was a bit overwhelmed and felt completely useless. He did it all wrong (bless him)! But feeling better as each day goes by.” – Ruby11

"Seriously don't let your buddy leave you for longer than a couple minutes the first 3-4 days. My husband took our toddler to the mall while I "relaxed" and had some quiet time alone. I ended up stranded on my back on the bed like a turtle. High as a kite. Just sobbing. Tears filling up my ears. Hoping he would return soon to help me. It was a sad 45 minutes or so, but hilarious now thinking about it." – sam456

Kate Upton poses for Instagram in a skimpy bikini

Photo credit: Kate Upton on Twitter

6. That my bikini bod might not look "exactly" like Kate Upton’s.

“All the ‘wish’ pictures are great, but don't expect your plastic surgeon to make your breasts look just like the picture. Your results depend a great deal on your natural breast anatomy. I think when your plastic surgeon [fails to] explain this, your expectations can be too high, and you [may end up] disappointed.” – Newmeaug13

“My plastic surgeon explained that my breasts would look exactly the same, except bigger. And that's exactly what happened. [I also] thought I was going have cleavage — well, I don't. My breasts are kinda far apart, but that's just how I'm built. I love my results!” – jerzeegirl

What do YOU wish you knew before getting breast implants? Sound off in the comments section, below!

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