Breast augmentations are one of the most commonly requested surgical cosmetic procedures. Women seek the help of experts for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the things to know before you have breast surgery.

1. You get to try on different breast sizes before deciding.

Doctors have different sizes in their office. You can stuff your bra to see which option you prefer the best. While they may not look exactly like this after the surgery, you will get a great idea of how you will look after the surgery.

2. Expectations have to be realistic.

If you are a small A cup, don’t expect to jump to a DD in one surgery. This is not realistic for your skin and body. Everything will need to have to adjust. It is fine if that is your end goal, but your surgeon will likely recommend a few cup size higher and planning another surgery in the future.

3. Breast augmentation can affect ability to breastfeed.

This is something to think about before you get breast augmentation surgery. Most women who have breast augmentation opt not to breastfeed, but those that do either can have difficulties. If you have underarm incisions, your ability shouldn’t be effected. If the incision is near the areola, milk ducts can be damaged in the process.

4. Surgery can cost around $4,000.

This price is going to vary depending on where you live. Unless the surgery is for a medical reason, insurances will not cover it. This price doesn’t cover things such as anesthesia, materials and the use of the facility.

5. Nipple sensation can be diminished.

Some women lose all or some of their sensations in their nipples. This can depend on the breast shape and surgery, but it is a common possibility. It is best to know ahead of time so you aren’t surprised.

6. You can pick between saline and silicone.

Most women are going to select silicone, but a quarter opt for saline. Silicone feels more like a real breast, but ruptures are hard to detect. Saline implants can have ripples and look less real, but it is easy to tell if a rupture happens. The breast would gradually decrease over time.

7. Afterwards, you will feel like you have bowling balls on your chest.

If you have had a baby, you will understand this feeling! It can make your back very sore as your muscles and body adjust to the added weight.

8. You will have more than one surgery.

Most women who get breast augmentation will need another surgery later in life. They are not meant to last a lifetime, and there is a good chance they will need replaced at some point.

9. Recovery can take a week or two.

Most women go back to work after a week, unless their job involves manual labor. You will have limited lifting abilities and limited driving time for a few weeks.

10. You should let your mammographers know you have implants.

Mammograms are still possible with implants, but it is best to let them know ahead of time. Also, before your surgery, make sure your doctor performs a proper breast exam.

11. Breast augmentation can affect your posture.

Suddenly, you have more weight on your chest. If you opt for a size increase that is proportional to your body, the effects should be minimal. It will only take a short period of time before your body is adjusted.

12. Check breast surgeons for certification.

Not all plastic surgeons are board certified, so it is best to do your research. They absolutely need to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is a great thing if they are also members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

These are just a few of the things to think about before you get breast augmentation. Speak to your surgeon about all risk and side effects. They should have all the information available for you to make the right decision for your body.