Many women seek breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, because they feel self-conscious. Although breast augmentation can boost self confidence, it cannot perfect your body or change the way people treat you. Physically healthy women with realistic goals are the ideal candidates for this surgery.
The breast augmentation procedure can take one to three hours depending on the technique performed:
Incisions may be placed inframammary (at the base of the breast), peri areolar (around the nipple), transaxillary (under the arm pit), TUBA (above the belly button). Placement will depend on your desired look. Whether or not you have had previous breast surgeries, and the amount of breast tissue you have.
There are many technical factors to consider when planning your breast augmentation including: size, shape, incision placement, implant type and location. Your surgeon will review what is best for you. Other issues to discuss may include pregnancy, breast feeding, mammograms, and breast cancer
Implants can be placed subglandular (in front of the pectoral muscle) or submuscular (in back of the pectoral muscle).
Your initial consultation is extremely important. Every surgeon, as well as every patient, has a different idea of what the best size and shape for your breast are, so it is important to discuss your expectations. Be prepared to provide your medical history and inform your surgeon of any vitamins and medications (including over-the-counter) that you are taking. Make sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars because these problems can affect the outcome of your surgery.
Work: Most patients with office jobs are back to work within one week of surgery depending on how they are feeling. If a high level of activity is required for your job, talk with your doctor about a time frame that will be appropriate for you to return to work.
Swelling and Bruising: Your breasts may be bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for about one to two days. The first menstruation after surgery may cause your breasts to swell and hurt. This is normal and to be expected. Your nipples may have a burning sensation, but this will go away as bruising fades. Stitches will come out between a week and ten days. Swelling may linger for as long as five weeks.
Showering: You may shower on the second or third day following surgery.
Discomfort: Discomfort is moderate. Pain medication will be prescribed by your surgeon, however, if you begin to have severe pains, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: Within a few days after surgery, you should be up and walking around. After a few days, bandages will be removed. You may be given a surgical bra that you should wear as directed by your surgeon. Approximately one week after surgery, sutures will be removed. For the next two or three weeks your breasts may be very sensitive to physical contact. Vigorous exercise as well as your normal activity can resume after several weeks. Routine mammograms should be continued after surgery. Let your technician know of your surgery to assure that you will receive a reliable reading. Learn more about recovering from a breast augmentation.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.