A Guide to Breast Augmentation
In this modern times, having a pretty face is not enough. Having the perfect body is also considered. But thanks to the modern advancement in medicine, one can have body that I you always wanted. Breast Augmentation is one of those procedure that you try to improve the way you look.
Breast Augmentation can either be the insertion of breast implants or fat.
- You think your breasts are too small for your body.
- Your breasts didn’t look the same prior pregnancy, weight loss.
- Your breasts are fully developed.
- Your breast are asymmetrical.
There are three types of breast implants: saline and silicone.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. This one much safer because in an event that implants will leak, the saline will just be absorbed by the body.
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. Many prefer this before because feels more natural. In choosing this, regular checkup is needed to ensure that the implant is in condition. Ultrasound or MRI is used to assess whether the implant has ruptured. Removal of the implant is usually the solution whenever the silicone implant will leak.
Cohesive gel silicone (“gummy bear” or “form stable”) implants are filled with a cohesive gel. This came from silicone too, but a bit thicker and firmer than traditional silicone implants
Since the breasts continue to develop until early 20’s, you have be at least 18 years old to have a breast augmentation with saline breast implants and 22 years old on the silicone breast implants.
The Fat transfer augmentation is basically fat coming for the other parts of your body that is injected into the breast.
Prior to the procedure you may ask to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery to promote healing.
- Avoid drugs that can increase bleeding.
The Breast Augmentation is a major surgery that usually takes one to two hours and you’re under the general anesthesia.
Different cuts/ incisions would be made depending on the implant to be used, your body structure and the degree of enlargement. It can also be the patient’s preference. The incisions can be around your nipples (preareolar incision), under your arms (transaxillary incision) and under breast (inframammary incision).
The breast implant is inserted into a pocket under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue.
After the implant is inserted and position, the incision is closed via sutures, surgical tape/skin adhesive.
Like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation has risks that include:
- Change sensation in the nipple or breast
After the surgery, you may need to wear surgical bra while healing.
No lifting of heavy objections until 6 weeks post operation.
The doctors may prescribed you with pains medications, or an over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort.
Breast implants may need to be replaced if complication arise and if shape and size change.
MRI scan is needed for silicon breast implant every three years after surgery.
Regular breast self-examination are also encouraged.
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