If you are considering a breast augmentation, it is very important to know all of the details surrounding this surgical procedure so that you’re well informed.
The procedure aims to increase the size, shape or fullness of the breast by placing implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue. The surgeon will have to make an incision to insert the implants and breast augmentation can be done for a number of reasons, including restoring breast size and shape after pregnancy or weight loss, enlarging breasts that are naturally small, restoring breasts after surgery or restoring symmetry, just to name a few examples. Implants will generally last anywhere from seven to twelve years.
Breast implants can augment and reconstruct a breast and can also create the physical form of the breast if need be. There are three main types of breast implants, including saline implants, which are filled with a sterile saline solution like saltwater, silicone implants, which consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a silicone gel, and alternative composite implants, which can be filled with soy oil or some other material. It is very important to understand that breast augmentation involves surgery and for this reason, patients need to think about every aspect associated with the procedure before going through with it.
The surgeon will help the patient choose the size of the implant prior to the surgery and will discuss incision options before the procedure as well. The patient’s anatomy, the type of implant and the level of enlargement will affect the choice of incision as will the patient’s and surgeon’s preferences. A general anesthetic will be used so that the patient is asleep during the procedure. The surgeon will close the incisions with layered sutures in the breast tissue and it is through stitches, skin adhesives and surgical tape that the skin will remain closed. The incision lines will be visible at first, although they will fade over time.
The recovery process will be different for each patient and the surgery will cause some swelling, although this will disappear within a couple of weeks. Once the anesthetic begins to wear off, the patient will receive painkillers to help with the pain and discomfort they are experiencing. The surgeon and their medical team will provide you with all of the right information so that you can care for the breasts properly after the procedure and use the prescribed medications correctly.
As with any type of surgery, risks and complications are a possibility and you may experience pain, infections, bleeding, hardening or the need for additional surgery. It is crucial that you choose a reputable surgeon to complete this surgery because their experience will decrease the chances of complications.
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