Breast augmentation is the increase in the volume of breasts using implants. Implants are shells filled with silicone gel or saline liquid. Implants have found a way to cosmetic surgery but can as well be used for reconstruction purposes in patients who have lost breast(s) due to injury or mastectomy. There are many breast augmentation surgeons that are qualified enough to perform cosmetic surgery. You can consider having a breast augmentation if your breasts have lost volume after childbearing or weight loss, if you believe you have small breasts for your body or if your breasts are unequal in size. Your good health, realistic expectations and a positive attitude towards the surgery will also qualify you as a candidate for breast augmentation.
Learn about the basics
Breast implants have been approved by the FDA for increasing the size of the breast and for people who have undergone mastectomy. Some reports suggest that breast augmentation is a safe surgery and provides satisfactory results. There are two types of implants that are approved by the FDA, silicone and saline.
Breast augmentation procedure
Breast implant surgery is a done under general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. Depending on the cup size, and the breast implant that you chose will determine where the incision is made. Incisions make way for the passage of the implant and can be made in the armpit, through your navel, under your breast crease or around the areola. The chosen implant is then placed in a pocket either under your breast tissue or just above your pectoral (chest) muscle. After implant placement, incisions are closed up with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape.
Recovering from breast augmentation
Immediately after breast augmentation, your breast will be dressed with bandages, and you may have tiny drainage tubes to direct unwanted fluids and blood from your breasts. Your breast augmentation surgeon will recommend you to wear a support bra for two weeks to promote healing. Your implants may feel hard, and swelling may be experienced, but these will go away after a few weeks. Oral medications like antibiotics and painkillers will be prescribed. It may be until six weeks before you resume light tasks. You will be instructed on how to care for your surgical sites and on resting positions. Full recovery from a breast augmentation may take months, but you should observe return visits to ensure a smooth recovery.
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