Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. A woman may choose this cosmetic surgery to enhance her body contour, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, to balance a difference in breast size or as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:
To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
To balance a difference in breast size.
As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman's bustline by one or more bra cup sizes. If you're considering breast augmentation, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure--when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your surgeon if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.
The best candidates for breast augmentation Breast
enlargement can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but
it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause
other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have
cosmetic surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss
them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for breast
enhancements are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection,
in the way they look. If you're physically healthy and realistic in
your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Types of implants A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. In the following video, Dr. Barbara Davies discusses the difference between silicone and saline breast implants:
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risks Breast
augmentation is relatively straight forward. But as with any operation,
there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications
associated with this procedure. Be sure to discuss the risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
Preparing for your surgery Your
surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for cosmetic surgery,
including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or
avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after
your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
Where your surgery will be performed Your
surgeon may prefer to perform the operation in an office facility, a
freestanding surgery center, or a hospital outpatient facility.
Occasionally, the surgery may be done as an inpatient in a hospital, in
which case you can plan on staying for a day or two.
Types of anesthesia Breast
augmentation can be performed with a general anesthesia, so you'll
sleep through the entire operation. Some surgeons may use a local
anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so you'll be
relaxed but awake, and may feel some discomfort.
The surgery The
method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your
anatomy and your surgeon's recommendation. The incision can be made
either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the
areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Every
effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting
scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
Working through the
incision, the surgeon will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a
pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your
chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered
beneath your nipples.
Some surgeons believe that putting the
implants behind your chest muscle may reduce the potential for capsular
contracture. Drainage tubes may be used for several days following the
surgery. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination
by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast
tissue. Placement behind the muscle however, may be more painful for a
few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue.
want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with your
doctor before cosmetic surgery to make sure you fully understand the
implications of the procedure he or she recommends for you.
surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used
to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A
gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
After your surgery You're
likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery,
but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort
can be controlled by medication prescribed by your doctor.
several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, will be removed,
and you may be given a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by
your surgeon. You may also experience a burning sensation in your
nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades.
Your stitches will come out in a week to 10 days, but the swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear.
Getting back to normal You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
your surgeon's advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities.
Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two
to three weeks, so you should avoid much physical contact. After that,
breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually
three to four weeks after surgery.
Your scars will be firm and
pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for
several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your
scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.
mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who
are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician
should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable
reading, as discussed earlier. (see All surgery carries some
uncertainty and risk.)
Your new look For many women,
the result of breast enlargement can be satisfying, even exhilarating,
as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance.
examination by your plastic surgeon and routine mammograms for those in
the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure
that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and
Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly
personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is
how you feel about it. If you've met your goals, then your surgery is a
Costs and financing
Please contact us for more information about the cost for this procedure. Some plastic surgery procedures are covered by health insurance. There are also several financing options which may make your surgery affordable.
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Breast Augmentation at Savannah Plastic Surgery
Dr. Barbara Davies discusses breast enlargement surgery.
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