An Overview of Breast Augmentation

First Things First

Breast augmentation surgeries will either involve the use of breast implants or a fat transfer. Women chose the surgery for a number of reasons:

  • Being unhappy with their "empty" breasts
  • To restore volume that has been lost during pregnancy or after losing weight
  • To reconstruct the breast after injury or mastectomy. Clinically, breast augmentation surgery is referred to as mammoplasty.

Although some people consider it unethical, breast augmentation helps people improve the balance of their figure, increase projection and fullness of their breasts, and enhance their self-confidence. The best breast augmentation candidates include those whose breasts are asymmetrical, develop abnormally or have elongated shape. Such candidates must have realistic expectations for the surgery, as well.

The Procedure Itself

Four steps are carefully followed during a breast augmentation procedure. The first step is anesthesia. This is a medication given to the patient for their comfort during the procedure. A doctor will establish and administer the best option for you.

The second step is the incisions; incisions are made in areas that are inconspicuous to avoid visible scarring. Depending on the breast implant type you desire, your surgeon will help decide the best place for the incisions.

The insertion and placement of the implants follows. The implant may be placed beneath or over the pectoral muscle. This step depends on the type of implant the person undergoing the procedure wants.

The procedure ends by closure of the incisions. The breast augmentation surgery results are usually visible immediately.

Recovery

After the surgery the patient undergoes a gradual recovery process. It is important that you takes good care of yourself to allow complete healing.

So how is the breast augmentation recovery process like?

In the first few days, you'll generally experiences fatigue—this necessitates complete rest after the procedure. A feeling of tightness around the area where the implants were placed will be frequent. This is due to the fact that your skin is adjusting to the new breast size and implants made. Some surgeons recommend massage so as to alleviate discomfort that accompanies this during this period while others do not.

Also, some surgeons recommend that you wear a compression bandage or post-operative bra for positioning and extra support as you heal (while other do not.) In the next few weeks, you should avoid strenuous activities that can raise the blood pressure or pulse. The breasts may also be very sensitive to physical contact as well as remain swollen for a month or even longer.

You should return to the surgeon for the removal of the incisions after two weeks. Restrictions to adhere to after the surgery include:

  • Not sleeping on your back
  • Not exercising for at least two weeks after the surgery
  • And most importantly, do not lift your arm beyond the shoulders

It is also important that you don’t get your wounds wet in the first two days.

After which you can shower; however do not bathe in the next two weeks. This ensures proper healing of the wounds and completes breast augmentation recovery.