Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, performed. Various factors, like age, genetics, pregnancies and changes in weight can lead to changes in the shape, size or appearance of breasts.
Women, wishing to improve their breast size or have suffered changes in appearance, can achieve it with breast augmentation. In this operation, breast implants get placed inside the pocket behind existing tissues of breasts.
Augmentation may increase or balance breast size, reform volume or shape in the cases of partial or total loss.
Breast augmentation usually lasts two to three hours. Before the procedure, the surgeon marks the guidelines and any other marks for incisions or implant placement. Anaesthetic will be administered usually, intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia.
There are three main options for implant insertion: through the incisions in areola, armpit and under the breast crease. Resulting scars are minimized or hidden.
Surgeon makes an incision in the designated place and separates breast tissues to reach an area, where the pocket will be formed. Then, he carefully creates the pocket.
The pocket could be created in three planes. The Sub-glandular pocket had the advantage of artificial contouring depending on the shape of implant and gives a better cleavage.
The Sub-muscular pocket appears more natural with less chance of capsule contracture and infection but has the chance of displacement when repeated vigorous exercise is performed.
Dual plane is also possible taking advantage of both the pockets. In some cases, surgeon may use an endoscope to create a path to the breast. Silicone implants are inserted using fingers or a touch less device.
Once they are inserted, surgeon inspects the breasts and ensures they are symmetric and adds additional solution if required. In some cases, such as an insertion through belly-button, tissue expanders will be inserted first, creating a pocket for the implant. Incisions are closed using sutures on the tissue. The surgeon later prescribes medication as needed.
Non-dissolving sutures are removed in one to two weeks. Majority of swelling is likely to subside within a couple of days. Thus a patient opting for a â€œBreast Enlargementâ€ procedure using Implant must decide on three factors.
The size and Profile of the Implant, incision site (the area where the scar would ultimately remain), and the plane of implant Placement.
Breast Augmentation by Fat Grafting
Imagine for a moment what it would be like if you were able to take some of the extra fat around your thighs, hips or tummy and turn them into bigger breasts. Think it is a dream come true scenario?
Well that’s exactly what you’re able to do if you elect to go forward with breast augmentation using fat grafting. Here are just a few things that you need to be aware of before you can elect to proceed with this procedure.
You need to have enough fat to begin with.
This might sound a little crazy, but you’re going to need a considerable amount of fat to produce the kind of breast augmentation with fat grafting in an attempt to get you the results you’re looking for.
As a general rule of thumb, you’re going to need anywhere between two in 10 ml of life posts option fact to produce just a single milliliter of processed fat (that can be used in a breast augmentation procedure) – which means that you’ll need nearly 1.2 pounds of fat for a single breast.
Obviously, you may or may not have this much fat “laying around” on your body, but it’s something that your doctor or cosmetic surgeon is going to need to address ahead of time.
Breast augmentation will also “stretch your skin”.
Secondly, you need to understand that this procedure is going to stretch your skin more than it would if you went with a synthetic or silicone solution. This is just the way that the procedure is performed, and is completely and totally unavoidable.
On top of that, you need to dress the fact that skin can be reabsorbed into the body when you lose weight, which may reverse your breast augmentation completely – an issue that you wouldn’t have to address with synthetics.
Only you will know which approach is best for your specific needs, so speak with a trusted and highly trained Cosmetic Surgeon who can assist you in making this decision.
Deciding to undergo breast augmentation is a major decision. No matter if its part of reconstruction after breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons or as a part of overall aesthetic transformation, there are certain things you can do to help prepare yourself for the surgery.
As a general rule of thumb counting down the month prior to the operation:
Beginning up to three weeks before the surgery your doctor may have you stop some medications, or in some cases may have you change or add medications to your regimen.
A lot of common medications that you are ordered to stop may include: Vitamin E supplements, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and if possible, blood thinning agents.
You will also be told to cease or reduce smoking and your exposure to second hand smoke.
Drawing closer to the date, within two weeks:
You will be ordered to stop drinking alcoholic beverages. You will also be advised against using products, such as certain mouth washes, that contain alcohol. Some surgeons may also start certain supplements at this time.
Not every doctor may have the same opinion or preference in this matter so wait and follow their instructions and ask prior to starting any on your own.
Most surgeons also have you begin lowering the sodium in your diet or other specific regimens depending again on their preference and experience. Lab work is also drawn around this time to be sure there is nothing that might indicate signs that it would not be wise to proceed.
Many surgeons also set up and prescribe any medications you will need after the operation around this time to help ensure you are prepare when you leave.
Within one week of the operation:
If you’ve not already, you should be sure to speak with your Aesthetic Surgeon to make arrangements for your stay at the hospital overnight and your return home. It is a major operation and you should be count on being there at least one to two days.
Be sure to arrange for rides, child care and work leave, if you’ve not yet done so. Do some other preparations for post operation now as well.
Plan meals or arrange for help for at least two weeks immediately following surgery.
Right before the surgery:
Within a few days of the surgery you will be told to cease shaving under your arms and report any changes to the skin on your chest.
You will be given a list of things you should have for post operative care and be able to see that they are purchased and ready before going in.
You will not eat of drink the day before you are scheduled to go under the knife, so take into account what you may want or will be allowed to have when can next eat.
Post-operative care & Recovery
Recovery time from breast augmentation is typically 14 days. This means that women who get this surgery shouldn’t do anything strenuous during the first two weeks after their operations.
After two weeks, they may do lighter exercise and slowly return to their normal lifestyles. Women may experience stiffness and soreness during recovery – they will visit their plastic surgeons at intervals in order to ensure that they are healing properly.
As with any form of surgery, breast augmentation comes with risks. A plastic surgeon will review these risks with a patient before her surgery.
It’s very important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon. You may find a listing of these American plastic surgeons online via the official American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.