Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a great option for women who are unhappy with their breast size. Augmentation can go a long way to increasing general fullness and breast projection, improving self-confidence and body image, as well as creating a more balanced figure.Implants can be used to fulfill a desire for fuller breasts, to restore breast volume after significant weight loss or pregnancy and as a reconstructive measure after a mastectomy or breast-related injury.It is important to realize that breast augmentation will NOT correct drooping breasts. Patients who want to correct sagging breasts will in most cases be advised to undergo a breast lift with augmentation surgery.
It could be performed as a separate operation as well and in most cases your surgeon will be able to assist you in making the decision that will best suit your lifestyle and expectations.Good candidates for breast augmentation surgery need to be physically healthy, harbor realistic expectations and be fully physically developed. In cases where a patient’s breasts vary in shape or have failed to develop normally, breast augmentation can create a more aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
During the initial consultation with your breast augmentation doctor, it is imperative that you are open about your health, desires and lifestyle. The validity of this information will greatly influence the success and safety of your breast augmentation. At this stage it would be wise to mention any existing medical conditions, drug allergies and chronic medication (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Previous surgeries and a family history of breast cancer etc. should also be discussed.
Your surgeon should then proceed to evaluate your general health and examine your breasts, taking detailed measurements and noting the general size and shape, as well as skin quality and the placement of your nipples. Photographs will then be taken for your medical record. Your physician will lay out your options and recommend a procedure, discussing at the same time the most likely outcome and potential risk factors associated with the surgery and the anesthesia that accompanies it.
Your surgeon may require a number of things from you prior to surgery. Having a baseline mammogram before and after surgery is normal procedure as this will help detect any abnormal changes in your breast tissue. If you are a smoker you will have to desist in this habit well before surgery as the nicotine in cigarette smoke influences blood circulation. Patients should also avoid aspirin, herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs and any other type of medication that could increase bleeding.
Breast augmentation can be performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. After your initial consultation your surgeon will be able to recommend the option that is best suited for you. Incisions are then made in inconspicuous areas in order to minimize visible scarring. Incision options include the Inframammary incision (made in the crease under the breast), Transaxillary incision (made beneath the arm) and the Periareolar incision (made around the nipple). The type of incision used depends largely on the type of implant, the degree of enlargement, patient-surgeon preference and the patient’s unique body type.
The type of implant you decide upon will depend on what your desires are. The first option is the popular Saline implants, which filled with sterile salt water. The amount of salt water added greatly affect shape, firmness and general feel. The second option is the more notorious Silicone implants, which are filled with an elastic gel that moves and feels like natural breast tissue.
After the decision is made your implants will be inserted into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle (known as ‘submuscular placement’), or directly behind the breast tissue (also called ‘subglandular placement’. Layered sutures are used to close up the breast tissue and then the skin is closed with skin adhesive or surgical tape.
The post-surgery breast augmentation recovery period usually lasts around 24 to 48 hours after which patients generally have to take it easy for a few additional days due to soreness and swelling. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your plastic surgeon. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.
It is important to note that breast augmentation surgery is not permanent and will require a certain amount of upkeep, and even replacement, during your lifetime. Future visits will have to be scheduled with your surgeon to address changes in your breasts. So get our contact details today to we can discuss your surgical needs.