25 Answers To Your Most Burning Boob Job Questions

25 Answers To Your Most Burning Boob Job Questions

You paid how much for those?

Each year, there are over 300,000 women in the United States alone that undergo breast augmentation procedures. Getting a boob job is often considered taboo, but I'm here to break the silence on facts, myths, and all the important details you wish you knew but are too afraid to ask. Since my surgery at age 20, I've had the opportunity to compile the nitty-gritty details and I'm now able to answer some of my most frequently asked questions.

1. "How do I find a plastic surgeon?"

A basic Google search is the most easy and efficient way to find a surgeon. You're going to want to look for a few specific things, including (but not limited to) a board certification, experience, and affordability. Reading reviews online and asking others for references can also be helpful. Some firms even offer free consultations to potential clients--that way you can ask your questions, get to know different doctors, and find someone you trust. Explore your options and do your research!

2. "How do you know what size to get?"

Before your procedure, you'll "try on" different sizes. The size of the implant is measured in cubic centimeters, or "cc's." For reference, think about those little plastic cups you used to drink your liquid medicine out of when you were a kid. A single dosing cup holds approximately 30 cc's. According to Dr. Brooke Seckel with Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists, you would need about 150-200 cc's to increase one cup size. In other words, if you are a full B-cup and you want to increase to a D-cup, you're going to need at least 300-400 cc's to achieve the desired look. Keep in mind that it's not the number that's important, but more about how the number looks on your body! A particular size on one woman may look entirely different on you.

3. "Do the implants go over or under your muscle?"

Both, and the decision is entirely up to you. Implants over the muscle, known as subglandular placement, are best for women who already have a good amount of breast tissue prior to the procedure. If you're flat-chested, implants over the muscle can look like giant beach balls on your chest, which is typically not the look that most women aim for. Some opt for this choice because it doesn't affect the chest muscles like an under the muscle placement would. A submuscular implant is placed underneath your chest muscles to help achieve a more natural look. Unfortunately, this can cause recovery to last a little longer and can affect physical activity that requires the use of your pectoralis muscles, like push-ups, or lifting weights. Some surgeons may suggest one option over another depending on your individual circumstances and lifestyle.

4. "Should I get silicone or saline implants?"

Again, this is completely dependent on your preference and what your surgeon thinks is best for you. Silicone and saline implants both have a silicone outer shell, but they differ in terms of the material they're filled with. Silicone implants are pre-filled and the Mayo Clinic describes the fluid as "thick, sticky, and mimics the feeling of human fat," while saline implants are made up of a salt-water solution and are filled once the implant is already in place. Saline implants often feel hard and stiff.

5. "Do I have options for where my incisions will be? I don't want people to see them."

Most surgeons have a particular method they prefer when it comes to your incision spot, but you do have a few options. You can have your implants inserted below the areola (the darkened skin surrounding your nipple), in the natural fold of your armpit, the crease underneath your breast, or through your belly button.

6. "Are there different shapes to choose from?"

Yes. The most common shapes are "round" implants and "tear drop" implants. Round implants are (you guessed it) round and circular in shape and tend to add cleavage, lift, and overall fullness to the breast. Tear drop implants have more of a contour towards the bottom and give a more natural appearance. The downside is that they tend to be more expensive.

7. "What are the risks?"

One of the biggest risks after a breast augmentation is the potential of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is the term used to describe scar tissue that forms around the breast implants that cause the breasts to harden and become painful or uncomfortable. According to Minneapolis surgeon Richard H. Tholen, the statistics read that approximately 1.5-3% of breast augmentation patients experience this. There are different measures that can be taken (choice of implant, size, etc.) to ensure your chances of this are as low as possible. Another potential implication is known as "rippling". Rippling is when the appearance of ridges or wrinkles on the implant show through your skin. You can learn more about capsular contracture, rippling, and other risks associated with breast augmentation surgeries here.

8. "Am I going to go broke over a procedure like this?"

The price of a breast augmentation will differ depending on where you live. Generally speaking, if the cost of living is higher, the price of your surgery probably will be as well. You have to consider all of the factors that go into the overall price, including the implants themselves, facility fees, hospital fees, anesthesia fees, and any additional costs your surgeon may have. The average price across the United States just to perform the surgery is $3,708 according to the 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. When you look at the 2012 edition of the Healthcare Bluebook, total costs (all fees added together) can add up to as low as $5,853 in Ohio and as high as $7,301 in New York City. Some surgeons offer payment plans, while others might require full payment up front.

9. "How long is the surgery itself?"

The surgery takes about 1-3 hours. This varies based on multiple factors of the procedure, like the techniques used and placement of the implants.

10. "How long is recovery?"

Recovery is different for everyone, but it usually takes a few weeks for swelling to come down and for you to feel back to normal. The first couple of days are the worst, and you'll probably be confined to your bed or couch to watch Netflix (what a shame, right?). Your surgeon will have individual restrictions that probably include how much you can carry or lift while you're still recovering.

11. "Are there any side effects during recovery?"

The main side effects I experienced were a feeling of "tightness" in my chest (due to the skin being stretched), swelling and soreness, discomfort, and little bit of "fog" from the medication my surgeon prescribed to me. These side effects improved and disappeared within 2-3 days.

12. "Will any of this hurt?"

During the surgery, you're under anesthesia and completely unconscious. You couldn't feel a thing even if you tried. The only pain or discomfort you'll feel is during the first week or two post-op.

13. "Will I have to wait forever to work out again?"

No, not forever, but definitely not as quickly as you might hope. It's typically advised to wait 4-6 weeks before lifting weights, but you should be cleared to do light intensity cardio or lower body work within the first couple of weeks as long as nothing you do interferes with the healing process. Everyone's recovery timeline is different, so make sure to chat with your surgeon about what he or she thinks.

14. "Can I still sleep on my stomach?"

You totally can, but I would suggest not doing so until you've recovered completely. It can be painful and uncomfortable if you put too much pressure on them too soon.

15. "But what if they pop or something?"

Implant rupture is uncommon. If, for whatever reason, your implant leaks, just know your body is going to be okay! If you have saline implants, the salt-water solution will simply leak into your body and your tissues will absorb it. With silicone implants, there won't be any leakage since the material is gel-like. Dr. Jon F. Harrel, a surgeon out of Miami, believes the risk of this happening in any given women is 6-8 percent over a span of 10 years.

16. "I've heard that some women lose feeling in their nipples afterwards. Is that true?"

What you've heard is most definitely true. Dr. Pablo Pritchard of Phoenix, Arizona says that 10 percent of women lose partial or full sensation in their nipples, but the sensation goes back to normal within 3-6 months.

17. "Can I still breastfeed if I have kids?"

Yes, you can. A breast augmentation should not affect your ability to breastfeed because the implant is placed underneath the mammary glands.

18. "Am I going to need to buy all new bras?"

Potentially--but this ultimately depends on how extreme your "before" and "after" is. You'll most likely be able to wear all your pre-op sports bras, but if you started as a small A-cup and now you're a full C, you're realistically going to have to make some new purchases.

19. "How long should I wait before I go shopping for them?"

I would recommend waiting at least one month before you go shopping for new bras. This is because during the first few weeks of recovery, your new breasts will sit very high on your chest. After awhile they settle into place, and this can make a huge difference in how your bras fit you. You'll want to wait until this happens so you can make sure you're spending money on the right sizes.

20. "What about clothes?"

You may feel more or less confident in different types of tops after your procedure, but overall, this shouldn't be a big issue. But who doesn't want an excuse to hit the mall?

21. "I'll have cleavage now, right?"

Not necessarily. Yes, breast augmentations will increase the volume and size of your breasts, but that doesn't change the size of your rib cage or how close together or far apart your breasts originally were. If your breasts were far apart before surgery, they'll stay far apart after surgery; the same as if your breasts were always close together.

22. "Do I have to be a certain age?"

You have to be at least 18 years old for saline implants and at least 22 years old for silicone implants. It isn't "illegal" for you to get silicone implants earlier, the FDA simply has 22 years of age as the recommendation.

23. "Do they last forever?"

Simply put, the answer is no. Some women need theirs replaced in 10 years, others don't need them replaced for 30 years. Regardless, know that they don't last a lifetime and you will need to pay for a second replacement surgery if you choose to do so.

24. "Do you regret anything?"

Personally, no. Not a single regret. My surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself!

25. "What do you think are the best and worst things about having a breast augmentation?"

I think the best thing about my breast augmentation is the increased self-esteem, body image, and confidence I feel every day. It's personally helped me feel more "womanly" and attractive. The downside of having bigger breasts are that they sometimes get in the way and certain tops can be unflattering. Overall, if I had the chance to go back and do it again, I would in a heartbeat.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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Stop Saying, 'I Don’t Want To Get Diabetes,’ It's Rude And Ignorant To Those Who Are Type 1 Diabetic

Nobody wants to "get" diabetes, but some of us have no choice.


This statement implies that is is a choice to be diagnosed with diabetes as if it is some very controllable condition where I have the ability to decide whether it affects me or not. This is not true.

When I was three years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also known as juvenile diabetes because it typically, but is not limited to, beginning in adolescence. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where my pancreas no longer produces insulin. This is caused by my immune system attacking the pancreas, ultimately destroying the cells that create insulin. As of right now, there is no explanation known for what ultimately makes the immune system do this, and there is no cure for the autoimmune condition.

Thus, as a type 1 diabetic, I have no choice but to be entirely insulin dependent. Whenever I consume carbohydrates, I must administer insulin to my bloodstream just like how non-diabetic people having a fully functioning pancreas that releases the same hormone whenever they introduce carbohydrates to their digestive systems. The amount of insulin that I administer is based on the number of carbs that I consume; the carbs per insulin unit ratio varies based on the individual and also has the potential to change just as how the pancreas secrets insulin within an individual's body at rates that are unknown. Therefore, finding ways to treat diabetes can be difficult for there lacks a "one size fits all" template for what works best for each diabetic. (This is important to keep in mind for all health conditions: what works well for one person does not necessarily mean that it will work well for a different person.)

There are a lot of other factors that are imperative for my mindful attention in order to stay healthy with this chronic condition. Monitoring blood sugar levels, counting carbohydrates, gaining a true sense of body awareness, and attending doctors appointments are some examples of these other factors that are necessary to keep on top of while living with type 1 diabetes. As you can tell, this chronic condition can easily become overwhelming.

Did I want to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? No.

Did I have a choice as to whether I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? No.

Do you have the ability to control what statements you make when speaking in public? Yes, you most certainly do.

I urge people to resist from saying the phrase, "I don't want to get diabetes" when offered dessert or saying something similar when asked why they are cutting back on how much sugar they include in their diet. Perhaps these comments are in reference to "getting" type 2 diabetes also known as adult-onset diabetes. This condition is different from type 1 diabetes in the sense that the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body has developed a resistance to the insulin that is produced; the body does not use insulin efficiently. Another difference is that type 2 diabetes can be influenced by the risk factors of obesity and family history. Finally, type 2 diabetes can also be reversed; this means that through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise, the effects of type 2 diabetes can be alleviated because the pancreas still does make insulin for type 2 diabetics. This is not the case for type 1 diabetes, thus, these are two different conditions.

So let's say that the ignorant comment of "I don't want to get diabetes" is made in reference to type 2 diabetes. This is still an awful thing to say. Of course, nobody "wants to get" diabetes; why would they? However, even in cases of type 2 diabetes, there are factors that are still beyond the individual's personal control, and even after the diagnosis occurs, as I stated earlier, there are differences in how each individual responds to treatment options. What works for one may not work for another.

Unfortunately, I have been in the presence of people who have made comments within this subject matter. Being a type 1 diabetic myself, the situation is incredibly awkward. Whether the person who made the statement knows that there is a diabetic present in the room or not, they should not be speaking like this. Making this comment implies that there is a concrete choice as to whether an individual is diagnosed with diabetes, of any type, or not. Making this comment implies that you, the commentator, is above those of us who are already diabetic; you are looking down on us in a way because your comment insinuates that you would never want to endure the lifestyle of a diabetic. Making this comment implies that you, the commenter, have no idea what the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes are, or that there even are different types of diabetes and how to distinguish between the complications of each. Making this comment implies that you, the commenter, are extremely, unmistakenly, ignorant.

In the instances that I have heard this quick comment be made, some people present in the room knew that I was type 1 diabetic and some people did not. Nobody pointed me out or made sideways glances at me to notice my facial expression. I was not offended by the comment, nor was I embarrassed that I am type 1 diabetic while there is this person saying that they "don't want" what I have. I was, however, extremely disappointed in the comment. I was partly disappointed in the commenter for making such an ignorant statement (that I am sure was probably not meant to be harmful at all), but I was also majorly disappointed in society as a whole. Instances like this have made me realize that, collectively, society is also ignorant of the differences between types of diabetes. Generalizing this condition can result in the cultivation of uncomfortable situations and an inability to understand the complications of each type of this condition.

Finally, and most importantly, whenever I endure experiences such as the one described, I am refreshed of just how utterly important it is for all of us to choose our words wisely and precisely. Even if we do not intend to cause harm by our words, the possibility of that happening is always present. When people say "I don't want to get diabetes," I am not sure they realize just how terrible this statement sounds leaving their lips. In my mind, my first reaction is that I would never say anything like this, but then again, I have this reaction because I am type 1 diabetic. Similarly, would you ever make the statement "I don't want to get cancer" when offered a free session in a tanning bed or "I don't want to get liver damage" when offered a beer? No, because there are so many genetic and epigenetic factors that can contribute to cancer diagnoses and the same goes for liver failure.

It sounds absurd to even read those two examples. How can somebody solely correlate tanning beds with "getting" cancer and beer with "getting" liver damage when there is an abundance of other contributing factors as well as different types of levels of severity regarding these health issues? Well, I ask myself the same question regarding the statement of "I don't want to get diabetes" when somebody is offered something sweet. How can somebody solely correlate sugar with "getting" diabetes when there are so many other factors that are potentially involved? While it is possible that these pairs are related in terms of causation to some extent (tanning beds/cancer, beer/liver damage, sugar/diabetes) there are so many things that we do not know exactly and making generalized statements like my examples above prove to be inappropriate.

It sounds absurd because it is absurd.

Thus, let's all strive to create an environment where we do not make people feel ashamed or uncomfortable based on ignorant statements regarding health conditions that we may or may not know anything about. You never know what people are going through or how a genetic condition, health issue, or disease affects them. Furthermore, you never know what health experiences you will one day be exposed to, whether that condition will affect you personally or if it will affect a close family member or friend. Either way, it will change your perspective immensely.

I vow to always choose my words carefully and thoughtfully to ensure that I can clearly articulate a point with consideration for whoever is present in my audience; you should too.

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