Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that many women who are dissatisfied with their breasts’ appearance undergo. This procedure implies using implants in order to change the size and shape of your breasts. Whether your breasts have lost volume due to pregnancy or weight loss, or you are simply unhappy with your natural breasts, augmentation surgery can fix any shortcomings and create the breasts you will be happy with.
However, breast augmentation is a serious procedure that should not be taken lightly. Before making any final decision, you should consider all the risks involved with the procedure, and be aware of any possible outcome. You should be absolutely certain about your choice and the decision to increase the volume of your breasts must be yours entirely. Augmenting your breasts in order to fit into certain standards or expectations or any other purposes that are not your own satisfaction and happiness is not recommend.
Before the actual surgery is performed, there are certain things you must do to prepare for the procedure. Your doctor will advise you on what to do prior to the surgery so as to ensure that everything goes well. You must be physically healthy This includes:
Implant choice is another relevant factor to consider prior to the surgery. There are two types of breast implants used in breast augmentation procedures:
As for the shape, implants can be high, mid, and low profile, depending on the desired volume as well as on rib cage diameter.
Incisions are made in areas that minimize visible scarring, and they include several options depending on your desired results and on your anatomy. You may have a preference regarding the location of the incision as well, and your doctor will take all these factors into consideration and advise you on the best option.
The periareolar incision is made at the edge of the areola, usually on the lower semi-circle, along with the curve that separates the nipple from the rest of your breast. A pocket is made and the implant is then slid through the incision. This option minimizes the scar due to the darker color of the areola, and it is also easier to control the bleeding. Unlike other incision options, a periareolar incision can be used again in case of future breast procedures.
Inframammary incision is performed under the breast close to the inframammary fold. A pocket is created and the implant is inserted through the incision and centered behind the nipple. This incision enables the implant to be placed in 3 locations: subglandular, partial submuscular, and complete submuscular.
The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit in the already existing natural fold. A pocket for the implant is made behind the breast. Due to the scar being far under the armpit, this incision leaves the breast looking untouched. It is also preferred by women who want to breastfeed in the future because transaxillary incision is less likely to damage the mammary gland. However, the incision location can be used only once.
After the surgery, once it is determined that you are stable, you may be permitted to go home. You will be given specific instructions that you must follow during your breast augmentation recovery. You will get prescribed medications such as pain killers and antibiotics for preventing infections.
For the first several days of your recovery, it is possible to bleed around the breast implants, so you should rest and minimize your daily activities until told otherwise. Acute pain usually disappears after several days, but you are likely to experience soreness and swelling which may last for a few weeks.
It is of utmost importance to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully so as to avoid any possible negative outcome. Make sure that you avoid all the activities that your doctor advised you not to do. If you experience any complications such as unusual heart beats or chest pains, seek medical attention immediately.
If you are considering breast augmentation, choosing a doctor is a crucial factor. You should only consider doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. You should invest some time in seeking the perfect doctor and years of experience are crucial in this matter. Always ask to see some before-and-after photographs and be critical your surgeons’ previous work.
During your consultation, make sure that you ask all the possible questions you may have regarding breast augmentation and all the risks associated with it. The list is rather long, and some of the risks associated with breast augmentation include:
Although satisfaction rate from breast implant surgery is rather high, it is important to bear in mind that there is always the possibility that the results may not be what you desired. There is no guarantee that you will get optimal results right away, and additional surgical procedures may be required.
However, even if you are satisfied with your breast augmentation results, you should be aware that your breast implants will not last a lifetime. Due to weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy, or aging, the appearance of your breasts may change. If this occurs, you may undergo a procedure to restore your breasts’ previous appearance. Procedures you can consider are breast lift or implant exchange.