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Women may consider breast augmentation surgery for a bevy of reasons ranging from discontentment with their current breast size to reconstruction after breast cancer. Breast augmentation surgery is commonly performed to increase breast size. This surgery can help to restore your confidence and shape. You may want to provide symmetry to uneven breasts, restore volume after breastfeeding or reach a desired cup size. Breast augmentation surgery can help you do just that.
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What is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery will help enhance the breast size and volume of your breasts by using breast implants to craft your desired outcome. Your surgeon will opt for a goal that gives symmetry to the breast and increased volume while also taking into account the natural proportion of the body. The surgery is performed using breast implants (either silicone or saline) that are placed under the breast tissue or chest muscles. The correct name for the procedure is augmentation mammoplasty.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation (non-implant augmentation)
Another type of breast augmentation surgery uses fat transfer instead of implants. This surgery takes the fat retrieved from a liposuction procedure and places it inside the breasts to increase shape and volume. The results of this type of augmentation will yield a smaller increase in size and a more natural overall look.
Results of breast augmentation surgery usually means the breast size will be larger, fuller and more symmetrical.
Do I have choices for the look I want?
There are choices available for your breast augmentation surgery. You’ll need to consider the type of implants that are available and how they work with your body and the result you wish to see after surgery. Your surgeon will go over the best options that are available for you. First, breast measurements will be taken to understand the size your breasts will be able to reach and how they will work with your body type. Your surgeon will also explain the importance of knowing how far the breasts will project out from the chest and which implants can give you the best chance at that look.
What are my options?
There are several different options you’ll want to consider before surgery. You’ll want to take into account the type, size and fillers you’ll want in your implants.
Your surgeon will explain the difference between saline and silicone implants and what that means for your outcome. Generally, silicone implants provide a more natural look while saline implants give a bolder, rounder look. All implants are made with an outer layer of silicone. Silicone implants have the ability to be more hazardous should they leak than the saline implants which are safer for your body should a break occur. Either option can help inspire confidence in your body shape. There is also a difference in the way they feel and the cost of the implant.
VIDEO: Silicone or Saline Implants?
LOCATION OF THE INCISION & IMPLANT
You’ll also want to consider where the implant will be inserted. Most implants are inserted through an incision on the underneath part of the breast at the crease. This is called an inframammary technique. They may also be inserted through an incision in the inferior portion of the areola or placed under or over the chest muscles. The implant can be placed either above (subglandular) or below (submuscular) the pectoralis major muscle.
A majority of the implants are placed beneath the muscle leaving the implant less visible and less prone to imperfections. If you’re interested in a fat transfer for your augmentation, you’ll undergo liposuction, probably from your abdomen area that will be inserted back into your breasts.
Size and shape
To get the correct look, the silicone layer of the implant is filled with a silicone gel that gives a natural feel and texture while still remaining extremely durable. Implants filled with saline are adjustable to the size and style that you want but they have a more rounded and less natural appearance. Other types of shapes available for your implant are as follows:
VIDEO: Choosing the right size implant?
Types of Implants
A great option for sagging breasts, the round implant will give larger projection and are the most common type of implants selected. There are several different types of round implants that can work for your body type.
The best choice for a natural look, teardrop implants are fuller at the bottom and smaller at the top.
These implants are soft and moveable. They give the appearance of moving as you move, leading to a more natural feel and look.
These implants develop scar tissue to adhere to the implant which makes them less likely to move around after they’re secured.
Highly Cohesive Silicone Gel Implants / Gummy Bear Implants
Also known as gummy bear breast implants, these are highly textured and have a highly cohesive gel that makes up the implant. These implants hold their shape even if they have no outer silicone shell. They are a firm and durable choice for your breast surgery. If they do move out of place, surgery will be needed to correct the shape.
Am I a candidate for implants?
You’ll want to consider breast augmentation surgery if you’re unhappy with your current breast size, shape or if your breasts are uneven. You might be recovering from a mastectomy due to breast cancer, need to restore lost fat from pregnancy and breastfeeding or just be unhappy with the size of your breasts. These are all reasons to consider breast augmentation surgery.
Because your breasts can continue to grow throughout your 20s, you must be 18 or older to receive saline implants and older than 22 to receive silicone implants. If breast sagging or drooping is a main concern, you’ll want to have a breast lift in conjunction with your breast augmentation surgery to get the desired result. Anyone who wants to feel more confident, have better breast projection and a fuller, more rounder breast shape is a great candidate for breast augmentation surgery.
Overall, candidates for breast augmentation will have breasts of a smaller size, have uneven breasts or have breasts that have become unstructured after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
What should I expect at my breast augmentation consultation?
Before choosing who will do your surgery, make sure to find a fully-trained surgeon that is well-versed in breast augmentation surgery. You’ll want a caring and competent team to help you get the right results. This will help make sure you get your desired outcome and reduce unwanted errors. Your plastic surgeon will meet with you in person before doing your surgery.
During this meeting, your surgeon will listen to your wishes and examine your breasts to see if your desired result can be achieved. Your team will take measurements of your body shape and current breast positioning. You’ll also see pictures of different types of procedures and outcomes. If you will benefit from surgery, your doctor will walk you through the expected results you can expect to achieve from surgery. You’ll also walk through the procedure, learn what to expect from surgery, choose the right implants for your breasts and be given the chance to ask any necessary questions that you may have.
Make sure to bring a list of important questions and information that you want to ask your surgeon so that you don’t forget to ask them while considering all your options. At Pure Plastic Surgery, there’s an exciting opportunity to see a 3D image of your after results even before your surgery. This will give you a glimpse at the results you can expect.
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
Once you’re considered a candidate for breast augmentation surgery, you’ll be given instructions to follow before the day of your surgery. Make sure to follow these instructions closely as not to hold up or delay your surgery time or day. You’ll most likely have your breast augmentation surgery in an outpatient surgery center instead of a hospital and you’ll likely be able to go home the very same day after your procedure.
During your procedure, you can expect to be given a general anesthesia which will prevent you from feeling any pain. Your surgery will be performed and you’ll be monitored until you wake up from anesthesia and are able to go home. You will have to have someone drive you home from surgery and present for your recovery at home for at least the first 24 to 48 hours.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos. Actual Patients.
Side Effects Post-Op
After your procedure, you’ll be given instructions for your recovery which might include pain management, healing and looking for the following side effects:
Other symptoms will be discussed with you before and after your surgery.
You can expect a good recovery after breast augmentation surgery, but you’ll want to craft some time to heal and give yourself a period of rest. After breast augmentation surgery, it may take at least a week before you’re able to resume any normal activities. You may want to schedule any time off of work ahead of your surgery because it may take up to two weeks to recover.
During your recovery you’ll want to keep your breasts wrapped with a bandage and supported with a special bra while you heal and avoid underwire bras for up to 8 weeks after surgery. If you have stitches, you’ll see your doctor to remove them and check on your healing. Your doctor will give you exact instructions for rest and recovery time, as well as the proper instructions for taking care of your breasts after surgery. You’ll most likely be able to shower 24 hours after surgery but will need someone present with you during that initial recovery time.
VIDEO: Will I have access to my surgeon during recovery?
Results, Maintenance & Follow up
Once your healing begins, you’ll be excited to see the first signs of your new breasts. At first, you may think your breasts are higher than expected but it will take six to eight weeks for your breasts to settle into their permanent location. Do not wear an underwire bra during this time. You’ll want to make sure to follow-up with your doctor to make sure your healing is on track and that everything looks great with your results.
You’ll want to continue to have follow-up appointments at least every 3 years to ensure your implants are holding up well and that you don’t have any other symptoms or complications.
Who should I consult for breast augmentation surgery?
Make sure you seek out a fully trained plastic surgeon who will know the newest techniques and best ways to support your wishes for breast augmentation surgery. Choosing the right professional can make all the difference when it comes to seeing the results you’ve waited for. Together, you can make the right decisions that will help inspire confidence in your body shape.