Women today are more aware of their appearance than before. Consequently, the demand for cosmetic plastic surgery is rapidly increasing. The shape and size of a woman’s breast can enhance or break self-esteem and confidence. Procuring a breast enlargement procedure is a big decision. One may be concerned about the surgeons, plastic surgery instruments, among other concerns.
This read will equip you with preliminary information before signing the surgery documents.
There are two types of plastic surgery;
- Reconstructive surgery- is part of a treatment regimen for breast cancer
- Cosmetic surgery- is typically to enhance the aesthetic value of an individual
The common type of cosmetic plastic surgery is breast lifts and breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that improves the fullness of a woman’s breast, therefore altering the size. Breast augmentation is also referred to as mammoplasty.
Reasons for breast augmentation
- The results of a successful breast mammoplasty can;
- Enlarge breasts that are too small
- Restore breasts former size and fullness after breastfeeding or pregnancy
- Re-position asymmetrical breasts to align better
- Regain breasts after an invasive surgery; this is referred to as reconstructive surgery
The surgeon inserts breast implants to increase size or alter the shape to improve one’s appearance.
Concerns to consider before having breast augmentation
- Take time to think
As earlier said, breast cosmetic breast augmentation is a significant decision. Therefore, you need to be sure that you need it. You may explore other options to regain your breast size after pregnancy. There are also special bras made to give an impression of a full bosom. Apart from speaking to close family relations, such as a life partner, you can also talk to an experienced general practitioner about your options.
- Choosing the surgeon
You need to confirm that there’s a qualified and experienced surgeon in your locality. You can visit the hospital and interact with the doctors to know about other successful procures they’ve done. Most of the clinics that procure breast augmentation are independent hospitals and clinics. You need to confirm that the clinic is legally registered.
Additionally, the surgeons, anesthetist and doctors should be registered and licensed to practice. Be wary of self-proclaimed surgeons who may advertise on search listings on social media platforms.
- The implants
Typically, there are two types of implants: silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants are superior to saline implants because they have a natural feel and don’t wrinkle as fast.
Saline implants are filled with saline solution and can be absorbed in the body if they accidentally rupture. Over time, saline implants lose structure and fold.
Discuss your implant options with your doctor as you consider your needs and the breast’s size and shape.
- The longevity of the implants
Breast implants can successfully give you full, shapely breasts for a substantial period. However, they do not last a lifetime and need an additional procedure to be replaced. The longer you stay with an implant, the greater the chances of developing complications. However, the lifetime of breast implants differs for individuals.
Typically, replacement surgery may be necessary after a decade or when the implants have a problem. For instance, the breast around the implant may change its form, requiring a visit to the surgeon.
Anyone who gets the first breast augmentation should know that they’ll need additional surgeries in the future.
- Appreciate the risks involved
Breast implants come with complications and risks. Some of the problems associated with breast mammoplasty are:
- The need for further surgeries
- The onset of cancer of the immune system
- Scar tissue that squeeze the implants
- Breast pain and discomfort
- Tears, holes in the mass of saline and silicone implants.
Rupture may cause siliconomas small tender lumps that need the implants to be removed.
- Wrinkles, folds, and creases on the implant compromise the reason for procuring the operation.
- The implants may rotate within the breast, giving the breast an unusual shape.
What To Expect During The Surgery
Your doctor will take you through the options or sedate you during the procedure. General anaesthesia or IV sedation may be used.
An incision will be made under the breast to allow for the insertion of the implants. The surgeon has the following option; make an incision along the edge of the areola, place the insert by making an incision under the breast of the armpit. The surgeon and the client can go through each option and select the best option that suits your need.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon will insert the implant behind the breast muscle or in front. The implant insertion depends on the implant you choose and the desired enlargement you need.
- Closing the incision
Once the implant is in position, the surgeon will stitch up the incision to close it up. Further, drainage tubes may be placed along the implant area. The breast area will be covered with gauze and supported by the surgical bra. The surgeon will give you some medication to ease the pain and prevent any inflammation as you leave the clinic.
What next after the procedure
Immediately after the procedure is complete, the patient is taken to the observation room. A healthcare provider stays with you until you are stable. The recovery period may take one hour.
Before leaving the clinic, the doctor takes you through a brief recovery schedule and a follow-up appointment.
In most cases, the stitches are removed one week after the surgery. There will also be instructions not to do heavy tasks such as lifting and pulling for at least a month. Athletes can take up to six weeks before going back to physical activities.
Breast augmentation is a procedure with satisfactory results. Understanding the implications of procuring any cosmetic plastic surgery is imperative to help you during and after the operation. Take time and talk to your doctor and confirm the legibility of the clinic and surgeon that will conduct the procedure.