Breast augmentation, commonly known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure that increases the size of the breasts. It entails inserting breast implants beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscles.
Breast augmentation is a way for some ladies to feel more confident. For others, it’s a necessary aspect of breast reconstruction due to a variety of diseases.
Consult a plastic surgeon if you’re considering breast augmentation. Make sure you know what surgery entails, including the risks, complications, and aftercare.
Why is it done this way?
Breast augmentation may be beneficial in the following situations:
- Enhance your physical attractiveness. If you believe your breasts are little or that one is smaller than the other, it may affect how you dress or the style of bra you require to correct the asymmetry.
- Make accommodations for a decrease in the size of your breasts following pregnancy or severe weight loss.
- After breast surgery for various reasons, correct unequal breasts.
- Boost your self-assurance
Discuss your objectives with your plastic surgeon so that you can be realistic about the benefits of breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation carries a number of hazards, including the following:
- Scar tissue that affects the breast implant’s form (capsular contracture)
- Infection of the breasts
- Changes in breast and nipple sensitivity
- Changes in implant position
- Implant rupture or leakage
Correcting these issues may necessitate additional surgery to remove or replace the implants.
How do you get ready?
You’ll meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your breast size, feel, and cosmetic choices. The surgeon will go through several types of implants, such as smooth or textured, round or teardrop-shaped, saline or silicone, as well as surgical procedures.
Examine written information carefully, such as patient information from the maker of the implant you’ll receive, and make copies for your records.
Consider the following factors before deciding to get surgery:
- Breast implants will not make your breasts less saggy. To fix sagging breasts, your plastic surgeon may consider a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.
- Breast implants do not have a lifetime guarantee. An implant’s average lifespan is around ten years. It’s possible that the implant will rupture. Furthermore, your breasts will continue to age, and variables such as weight growth or decrease may alter the appearance of your breasts. These problems will almost certainly necessitate extra surgery.
- Mammograms may be more difficult. If you have breast implants, you’ll require additional, specialist images in addition to routine mammograms.
- Breast implants may make it difficult to breastfeed. After breast augmentation, some women are able to breastfeed effectively. Breast-feeding, on the other hand, might be difficult for some women.
- Breast implants are not covered by insurance. Breast augmentation isn’t covered by insurance unless it’s medically required, such as after a mastectomy for breast cancer. Be prepared to cover the costs, which may include additional procedures or imaging tests.
- Following the removal of your breast implants, you may require additional surgery. If you decide to remove your implants, you may require a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore the appearance of your breasts.
- It’s a good idea to check for silicone implant rupture. To screen for silicone breast implant rupture, the FDA recommends routine monitoring with a breast MRI five to six years after insertion. Then, every two to three years, a breast MRI is indicated. If you don’t have any symptoms, an ultrasound could be a good alternative. Consult your plastic surgeon about the type of imaging that will be required to check your implants on a regular basis.
Before your procedure, you may need a baseline mammogram. Certain medications may need to be adjusted by your doctor prior to surgery. It’s crucial to avoid aspirin and other medications that can cause bleeding, for example.
If you smoke, your surgeon will ask you to refrain from smoking for four to six weeks before and after surgery.
Make arrangements for someone to drive you home following the surgery and to stay with you for the first night.
What you may anticipate
Breast augmentation can be performed at a surgical center or as an outpatient procedure at a hospital. You’ll most likely return home the same day. The surgery rarely necessitates a stay in the hospital.
Breast augmentation is sometimes performed under local anesthetic, which means you’re awake but your breasts are numbed. Breast augmentation is frequently performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be sleeping for the procedure. With you, your plastic surgeon will go over the various anaesthetic alternatives.
Throughout the treatment,
Your plastic surgeon will make a single cut (incision) in one of three sites to install the breast implant:
- Underneath your breast is a wrinkle (inframammary)
- Under your sleeve (axillary)
- In the vicinity of your nipple (periareolar)
The surgeon will separate your breast tissue from your chest muscles and connective tissue after making an incision. This produces a pocket behind or in front of the chest wall’s outermost muscle (pectoral muscle). The implant will be inserted into this pocket and centered behind your nipple by the surgeon.
Once in place, saline implants are implanted empty and subsequently filled with sterile salt water. Silicone implants come with silicone gel pre-filled.
The surgeon will repair the incision with stitches (sutures) and wrap it with skin adhesive and surgical tape once the implant is in place.
Following the procedure,
After surgery, you should expect to be sore and swollen for a few weeks. Bruising is also a possibility. Scars will fade over time but will not vanish altogether.
Wearing a compression bandage or sports bra for added support and positioning of the breast implants while you’re recuperating may be beneficial. Your surgeon may also prescribe pain relievers.
Follow your surgeon’s recommendations for resuming normal activities. You might be able to return to work in a few weeks if you don’t have a physically demanding job. For at least two weeks, avoid intense activities – anything that could raise your pulse or blood pressure. Remember that your breasts will be sensitive to physical contact or jarring motions while you’re recuperating.
If your surgeon used non-absorbable sutures or placed drainage tubes near your breasts, you’ll need to schedule a follow-up appointment to have them removed.
You may have an infection if you detect warmth and redness in your breasts, as well as a fever. As soon as possible, contact your surgeon. If you feel shortness of breath or chest pain, you should also call your surgeon.
The size and form of your breasts can be altered through breast augmentation. Your body image and self-esteem may improve as a result of the operation. However, be realistic in your goals and don’t expect perfection.
In addition, following augmentation, your breasts will continue to age. Weight gain or loss may alter the appearance of your breasts. If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts look, you may require further surgery to remedy the problem.