Five People To Talk With When Getting A Breast Augmentation—Other Than Your Surgeon
When getting a breast augmentation, you'll have several conversations with the surgeon who's performing your augmentation. They'll likely want to have at least one pre-surgery consultation and a post-operation follow-up, if not a couple other appointments. Your surgeon isn't the only person you should talk with when having a breast augmentation done. Here are five other people to talk with and why.
Your Significant Other
If you're seeing someone, you'll, of course, want to talk with them about the decision to have your breasts augmented—especially if you're sexually active together. After all, the breasts are one of the most erogenous zones of the woman's body, and many partners enjoy them.
You'll want to talk with your partner regardless of whether you're having the augmentation for cosmetic reasons or as a reconstructive procedure. If it's a cosmetic procedure, you'll want your partner to support your decision. If you're going for a reconstructive procedure following an injury or cancer, your partner can provide valuable emotional support.
Your Family and Friends
You don't have to tell family and friends in detail about your decision to have a breast augmentation, but it's a good idea to at least share that you're having a surgery done. You can provide as many or few details as you deem appropriate, as long as you mention that you'll be having a medical procedure. Bringing up the procedure will start to prepare them for the change in your physical appearance, and it gives them an opportunity to offer support by providing meals, transportation, or anything else you need.
Most obstetricians and gynecologists don't perform breast augmentations themselves, but you should mention the procedure to your OB/GYN. OB/GYNs specialize in the female reproductive system—including the breasts. Even though they probably aren't the doctor who will perform the procedure, they'll be able to answer medical questions about it. After all, no doctor knows your reproductive system better than your OB/GYN.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your breast augmentation, you may be able to write the surgery's cost off on your taxes.
The IRS explains breast augmentations performed after mastectomies are qualified tax deductions, and breast implants have been allowed as tax deductions on a few occasions. Anyone who's had a mastectomy can deduct the cost of their breast augmentation, but usually only women who work in the adult entertainment industry can deduct the cost of implants. In these situations, the price of implants is usually claimed as a business expense (as opposed to a medical one). For example, exotic dancer Cynthia Hess convinced the U.S. Tax Court that her implants were business expenses because they helped increase her earnings.
Before deducting your breast augmentation costs, you should first talk with a knowledgeable accountant. Tax laws change from year to year, and they must be applied to your personal situation. Only a tax professional who is familiar with your particular circumstances will be able to determine whether you can deduct your breast augmentation expenses and tell you how to do so.
Your Health Insurance Representative
Whether or not your breast augmentation will be covered by your health insurance plan will likely depend on why you're having the procedure done. Most health insurance companies don't cover elective cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts or cosmetic breast augmentations. Plans usually do cover reconstructive surgeries that are done following an injury or other incident. Thus, your plan may cover a breast augmentation if you're having one or both breasts reconstructed after a mastectomy or major injury.
For more information about the technical aspects of this procedure, contact local professionals like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting.