If you’re like me, you spent the majority of your youth wanting larger breasts. As someone who was an A-cup with a larger bottom, I knew one day I’d want a breast augmentation procedure to even out my body proportions.

So around tax season at 26 years old, I decided to take the leap and it’s been one of the best decisions I ever made.

Here’s what I learned from the process…

THE CONSULTATION

The initial consultation the usually the first time you meet your doctor to discuss your needs and desire of a breast augmentation. The doctor will examine you, take some notes on sizes/proportions, talk about financing,  and probably ask you to try on a bra with different cup sizes.

My doctor was especially helpful because he didn’t take an exact measurement of desired CC’s. He instead asked me to try on a special bra with different sized implants and pick 1-2 preferred sizes. He also asked that I find pictures of celebrities with my desired breast size.

Using a combination of my body type, desired size choices and celebrities I admired, he came up with the perfect implant size for my body.

SURGERY DAY

I don’t remember much about the actual surgery day and I guess that’s a good thing!

I remember showing up to the surgery location, which is typically different than the consultation office, going into surgery and waking up hours later. But it felt like 10 minutes.

My mom was with me the entire time and post-surgery, took me home where I proceed to sleep my life away for a few days.

POST SURGERY

The number one question asked post-surgery was “did it hurt?” My breasts themselves were a little tender but the only pain I ever experienced was muscle tightness in my back.

I come with a history of back issues (scoliosis, you devil) but my doctor explained because your chest and back muscles are connected, the surgical trauma you subjected your chest to connects to your back.

The back pain sucked but nothing hospital-grade Ibuprofen and comfy body pillows couldn’t handle. The doctor will tell you not to drive or lift heavy objects for a little while but I had surgery on a Thursday and was back to work that following Monday.

ONE LAST THING…

As with any elective surgery, you have to decide for yourself what’s best for you and your situation. But one common thing that occurs post-surgery is the desire to want to go bigger.

When you first get your breasts augmented, you start buying clothes that finally fit correctly. It’s during this phase you wish you would have gone bigger in the size department. RESIST THIS URGE. Your body has gone through a major change. Give yourself some time to get used to it. I have friends who have gotten their breast augmented only to get them larger and a few years later, they regret it immensely. If you feel that desire to go bigger, give yourself a couple years to become used to your new figure.

I’ve never regretted having a breast augmentation but I feel like I would have if I went back to get them bigger. I didn’t and even years later, a breast augmentation remains one of the best decisions I ever made.