how breast implants can change your life

Aug 09, 2012


A breast augmentation will change how you look in bathing suit, and that slinky red cocktail number you have been eyeing. It will also change what and who you see when you are standing in front of the mirror.

But that’s not all this surgery can change. Appearance aside, cosmetic surgery – and breast augmentation, in particular -- will have powerful spillover effects on your self-esteem (it’s a confidence booster!), your sex life (it’s a game changer!), your home life and even your career.

Breast augmentation consistently ranks as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. In 2011, 316,848 women underwent breast augmentation surgery, according to statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Procedure popularity and perks aside, breast implants are not a panacea for all that is wrong in your life. If you  feel that your breasts are too small, implants will increase their size and this will  make a difference in how you see yourself and how others react to the new, more confident you. They won’t, however, turn a bad relationship into a good one or dead-end job into the career of your dreams.

Your decision to undergo a breast augmentation should not be taken lightly. We are talking about a major surgery. Importantly, the decision should be yours and yours alone. To reap all of the benefits, a breast augmentation has to be something that you want to do for yourself – no one else.

All of the changes in your life after breast augmentation stem from improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. Feeling better about yourself affects how you act and react with romantic partners, professional colleagues and family members. For women who have been bothered or preoccupied by small or uneven breasts, breast augmentation can make a world of difference in the bedroom, the boardroom and even the family room.


Many women who have had breast implants say it boosted their sex life – big time. They reported having sex more frequently and said that it was better and more satisfying sex than they had before their breast augmentation. This makes sense. Studies have shown that breast implants can and do make women feel better about how they look and this boost of confidence may spillover into the bedroom (or really any room for that matter).

This is true if you are in a committed relationship or are single and looking for love. Many, if not all, single women report that their romantic life improves dramatically after their breast surgery. Feeling self-conscious about your breasts (or lack thereof) can prevent you from becoming intimate with a new partner. Once you feel better about yourself, you can kiss those inhibitions good-bye …


You will likely need to take some time off from work if you choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Exactly how long depends on the nature of your job.  Women with physically-demanding jobs may be out of the office for longer than those with more sedentary positions.

When you return to work, your self-confidence will likely be what is most apparent to your co-workers. This is especially true if you were preoccupied with the size of your breasts before your surgery and dressed in oversized clothing to hide them.  Will your new breasts get you that promotion you have been vying for? Not on their own, but your self-confidence and go-getting attitude will make sure you are a candidate.


If you choose to get a breast augmentation before you have children, your implants may affect your ability to breast feed. The key word here is may. Most women with breast implants do not have trouble breast feeding, and if they do, the problems are not related to the implants and would have occurred regardless. This is something that you should consider before booking your surgery. In rare cases, a periareolar incision placed around the edge of the nipple may interrupt or disturb the milk ducts. Placing implants below the pectoral (chest) muscle is less likely to disturb the milk ducts. It is important that you discuss your future plans with your surgeon, no matter how far off they seem.

You will also need to rely on family members during your recovery. Tell close friends and family about your decision once you have made it. The key word here is your. Some family members and friends will support your decision, but others may question it or criticize it. This is something to be prepared for in advance. Hold your ground and remember why you made this decision in the first place.