One of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. is breast augmentation. It gives women with small or uneven breast an option to enhance the appearance of their breasts to create fuller, firmer and balanced breasts.
The following explains a few things about breast augmentation to give readers a good idea about breast augmentation.
Motivation for Breast Augmentation
Women opt in for breast augmentation for a variety reasons. Some want to enhance their appearance to boost confidence. Others want to compensate for reduced breast size after pregnancy, surgery or weight loss. Some women even want to correct a congenital birth defect. Whatever the reason, breast augmentation gives women the option to change the appearance of the breast for the better.
Breast Implants Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All
Beyond motivation, every woman has a different desire and body shape, so this means breast augmentation is customized to the patient’s needs. A surgeon discusses with each patient what they hope to achieve out of the operation. The doctor will use their expertise to suggest the type of implant appropriate and other complimentary services that will help the patient achieve the desired look.
Two Types of Breast Implants
As mentioned in the previous section, there are two major types of breast implants. All breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline or silicone gel. Each type of implant is safe, but they offer different advantages. Discuss with a doctor which implant would be a good match for the patient’s unique needs.
How the Surgery is Performed
The surgery for breast augmentation generally takes around two hours. Most patients undergo general anesthesia during the procedure. The doctor makes small and inconspicuous incisions to minimize the scar visibility. The incision may be located on the underside of the breast, the nipple, or the armpit. There is also a minimally invasive option for silicone breast with an endoscopically through an incision in the navel which leaves the smallest scar of all the options.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation
The healing time of breast augmentation usually passes by fairly quickly. The patient will generally feel sore and tired for a day or two after the surgery. Doctors usually recommend taking a week off of work to recover. It is important to follow the instructions of the surgeon to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.
“The stitches are self-dissolving and any post-operative pain, swelling, or sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks," according to Ridgewood, NJ plastic surgeon Pedy Ganchi, MD. "Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.”
Considering Breast Augmentation
Schedule an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss the details of a potential operation. Here you can have any of your questions answered about a breast augmentation procedure.
To find more information on breast augmentation, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your breast augmentation questions.
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