Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the nation annually. Many women may feel uncomfortable in their own skin if their breast size does not adequately fit their frame. Other women are looking to enhance their appearance with breast augmentation. Thus, breast augmentation surgery is a personal decision.
Breasts either enhance or detract from your appearance. They have the power to make you feel womanly or insecure. Whatever reason you choose to have your breasts augmented, a consultation with the doctor will help you decide if the surgery is right for you and which options are best suited for you. The doctor will ensure that the results are natural looking.
There are different types of breast implants. They come in many sizes and shapes, and are made with different types of material. During your consultation with the doctor, you will talk about which type of breast implant is right for you and which kind will best suit your desires. Breast implants either have a saline (liquid), or gel (soft-solid), substance encased in a pliable envelope. The surface of breast implants can be either smooth or textured. The shapes of breast implants are round, oval or contoured.
The most common type of breast implant is the saline breast implant. These implants are filled with a liquid that are most compatible with the body. The advantages of the saline-filled breast implant are that it provides a more natural feel and is the safest form of implant. Saline breast implants are safely absorbed by the body should the saline leak. Following 14 years of study, saline-filled breast implants were approved by the FDA for safe use.
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During your consultation for breast augmentation surgery, you will discuss with doctor the best options for you to achieve the look you desire. The options for breast augmentation include:
1. Breast implant types
2. Location of the incisions
3. Placement of the breast implants
The different options for breast augmentation will shape the end result. To get a better idea of what the end result will look like, the doctor can offer after imaging via technology called Vectra® XT 3D Cosmetic Simulator. Before you undergo breast augmentation, this technology can show you what to expect from the surgery.
Breast augmentation is a personal choice and big decision. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss your options, desires and explain the risks of surgery. Together you will determine the best course of action for your needs.
Speak with your doctor about what you will need to do to prepare for breast implant surgery. Smokers need to stop smoking in plenty of time before surgery. Avoid medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication since these drugs can increase bleeding. Due to the nature of the surgery, someone will need to drive you home, as well as stay with you for the first night.
Breast implant surgery is a common procedure and is considered safe. Any surgery carries risks. The doctor will discuss the risks and potential complications of breast implant surgery when you are at your consultation.
Breast implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Local anesthesia, as well as intravenous sedation are used during surgery. As with surgery in general, various monitors track your vitals such as your heart, pulse, blood pressure and how much oxygen is in your blood. Recovery is closely monitored after breast implant surgery is complete.
Recovery from breast implant surgery takes one week to one month. The first 24 to 48 hours are the most uncomfortable. Recovery does not follow a plan; every woman recovers differently. Normal, daily activities can resume after one week. Your breasts may be tender and swollen. Strenuous activities should wait one month before resuming.
Breast implants can be a personal choice and not just a medical one. It is a decision that every woman feels differently about. Breast implants can be a great choice to help boost self-esteem and achieve higher levels of confidence. There are a variety of reasons why breast implants may be the way to go and likewise, a variety of options for anyone who is considering them.
A consultation with the doctor is recommended to determine whether breast implant surgery is right for you and which procedure best suits your needs. Reasons many women opt for breast implants include:
1. Enlarging and reshaping breasts as a result of the breasts losing shape or fullness because of age or pregnancy
2. Creating a more symmetrical look for breasts that are uneven
3. Reshaping breasts that are misshapen
4. Enlarging small breasts
Contact the doctor immediately if there are any problems following breast implant surgery. Signs to look for are: your temperature has risen, tender breasts, breasts swollen more than from the surgery, or breasts that are painful, inflamed or red. Do not smoke before surgery and do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication. Do not smoke for a while after surgery either.