Breast Augmentation: An Overview
Year after year, breast augmentation has been the number one plastic surgery procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Women across America seek breast augmentation for a number of different reasons, among them to improve their appearance and boost self-confidence. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from this popular procedure.
- What is breast augmentation? Breast augmentation is an out-patient surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that uses silicone or saline implants to improve breast volume.
- Who is a candidate for breast augmentation? Deciding to get breast implants is a very personal decision. Suitable candidates for this procedure are ruled generally healthy, non-smokers, are of legal age and are interested in rectifying dissatisfaction with the appearance of their natural breasts.
- What will happen at my consultation? Your plastic surgeon will measure your breasts and discuss the options in placement, as well as the types of implants that will work best for you. Breast augmentation is a highly customized surgery, so what works for one woman may not work for another. Your surgeon’s main goal is to develop a surgery plan that will provide for the most natural-looking results.
- What happens during the breast augmentation procedure? Your surgeon will chose one of three incision sites for your breast implants — a periareolar incision, inframammary incision, or transaxillary incision. After the initial incision has been made, the implants will be placed in one of two locations — behind the existing breast tissue or underneath the muscle of the chest wall. The placement will be determined by your surgeon based on what will work best for you and the appearance you are striving for.
- What can I expect from the recovery process? After you wake up from the general anesthesia, you will be wrapped in surgical dressing and a special support bra that helps to keep swelling down. Make sure you bring someone with you to your surgery that is able to take you home and spend the night with you. Sometimes, in the hours following surgery, anesthesia can cause adverse reactions in some patients, so its best not to be alone as a precaution.Most patients feel sore for a few days, but you can expect to be back at work in less than a week. Scarring is expected to gradually fade over the course of a year. It is important to visit your plastic surgeon regularly following breast augmentation surgery to monitor how your body is adjusting to your new implants.