It is normal for women to want to undergo plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation, to improve their overall look. Most of them opt to have their surgery overseas for various reasons, like better facilities, experienced medical professionals, or lower cost. When it comes to plastic surgery, South Korea has become one of the leading medical tourist destinations, with people around the flocking to the country to enhance their beauty, especially breast augmentation.

However, undergoing such an operation is not a simple decision. It requires you to think everything through so that things would go as smoothly as possible. If you are thinking of having breast augmentation in Korea, here are things that you need to consider before making up your mind.

Find Implants That are Proportionate to Your Body

Choosing the right implants is not a “one size fits all” situation. Also, cup size is not equivalent to implant size. Breast implants are measured by cc (cubic centimeters), where most women opt for 300cc to 400cc implants for their surgery. You and your surgeon must discuss what type of implants will be proportionate to your body and suit your needs. This includes the right size and projection according to your body frame, height, weight, shoulder width, hip width, and current breast shape. 

Also, you need to make sure that you are achieving the most natural-looking results. You would want a fuller and active looking breasts, but you wouldn’t want it to look fake. This is why the shape of the implant is also important to consider. Breast implants usually come with either round or teardrop (also called anatomical) shape. However, an implant that is gaining popularity is the Motiva® Ergonomix™. This implant mimics both the shape and movement of natural breasts, where it looks like a round implant when lying down and an anatomical implant when standing up.

Maintain an Overall Good Health

Breast augmentation is an invasive surgery, which means that overall good health is an essential criterion before undergoing the procedure. Your health will significantly affect your ability to recover, as well as the outcome of your surgery. If you are determined to undergo breast augmentation, you need to dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle. This includes regular exercise and a nutritious diet to maintain a healthy weight. If you are a smoker, it is best to avoid them- or quit- before having the procedure.

During your consultation, be honest about any existing medical conditions, especially concerning the breasts that may interfere with your surgery. It is best for pregnant or nursing mothers to wait until at least six weeks after pregnancy or breastfeeding before considering having breast surgery. They are good candidates for the surgery as they may experience lost shape and volume in their breasts after having their child.

Finally, make sure your breasts have developed by the time you decide to have breast augmentation. Women under the age of 18 are not advised to undergo the procedure because the breasts continue to develop into your 20s.

Think for Long Term

Again, having breast augmentation is a major life decision. Always consider how changing your body will affect your life in the future. If you are an athlete or someone who is physically active, think about how larger breasts will affect your body movement. You may want to consult your surgeon about the most effective placement of the implant that will allow you to use your chest muscles with ease and mobility.

If you are planning to have kids in the future, do not worry as breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding as long as there is no damage to the milk ducts or nerves during surgery. Again, it is vital to talk about the right size, incision, and placement of the breast implant. Implants that are too large may cause engorgement or reduced breast milk production. A periareolar incision may cause damage to your milk ducts, while implants located between the glandular tissue and chest muscle may interfere with milk production.

If you are to undergo future mammograms, it is still possible, even after breast surgery. Though, inform the technician that you have breast implants, as it may make it harder to show results from your mammogram.

Lastly, like any other surgery, breast augmentation comes with a possible set of complications. The most common complication that you can experience is capsular contracture, which is unusual hardening of tissue around the implant. This leads to deformity in the shape of the breast as well as intense pain. Another possible complication from breast augmentation surgery is the Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). BIA-ALCL is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is not a type of breast cancer; rather, it attacks the immune system.

However, there is no need to worry. Breast implants usually don’t cause any long-term side effects. Also, with a trustworthy breast implant brand, such as Motiva®, you can drastically lower the risk of  potential complications. A 6-year prospective study shows that breast augmentation surgeries, using Motiva® Implants resulted in less than 1% cases of implant complications. It also has lower rates of capsular contraction, late seroma, and has absolutely no case of BIA-ALCL.

Explore Places Even While in Recovery

If you decide to have your breast augmentation in South Korea, it would be a waste not to explore the country’s tourist destinations. There are various heritage sites and entertainment venues that you can visit. Local markets and shopping districts are prevalent around the city as well, where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones and even new clothes that you can wear after your surgery. Themed ferry rides are also popular among tourists, where you can enjoy a picturesque view with live music performances and dining. Just make sure to have ample rest and recovery if you plan to visit the sights after your operation, or better yet, do it before.

Keep in mind that you are still in recovery, and rest is needed. Even though you are not allowed to do strenuous activities, walking every other hour helps with blood circulation, though don’t strain yourself. Give your body at least two weeks of rest to regain the energy and strength you lost from undergoing surgery. Also, take the prescribed pain-relief medication to you regularly to relieve yourself from any discomfort.

Avoid Spicy and Greasy Foods.

A healthy diet is necessary even after your surgery. What you eat will help with your body’s ability to recover. If you are planning to go to Korea for your operation, remember to not binge on large amounts of food. Furthermore, many Korean foods are spicy or oily. Make sure to stay away from those as it can interfere with wound healing. With that said, a wide array of healthy Korean food to include in your meals, such as Miyeokguk (seaweed soup), Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), and bibimbap.

Go Back for Check-Ups.

Generally, breast implants have no expiry date. You may opt to have the same implants on for years unless any complication happens, or you decide to remove or replace them. However, women are advised to replace their implants every ten years. Moreover, even if you are not experiencing any side effects, it is still best to come back for check-ups every 2 to 3 years. Surgeons recommend undergoing MRI after having surgery to trace any lumps, folds, or pain that may be early detection of possible complications.

If you got through this list and thought that South Korea might not be the perfect place to have your surgery, do not be discouraged. There are more options for you out there. Other Asian countries, such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, are also known for their high-quality medical service within a competitive price. All you need to do is research, and you will find the right place for you.