What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure intended to increase the size of the breasts and, sometimes, to alter their shape.
How does Breast Augmentation work?
Breast augmentation usually involves the use of a silicone or saline implant. These implants are usually inserted into the breast, either above or below the pectoral muscle. The size, shape and firmness of the breast implant can be varied, according to the patient's desires.
A newer type of breast augmentation procedure, called a fat transfer breast augmentation, can be performed by removing fat cells from other parts of the patient's body and transferring them to the breasts. This type of breast augmentation doesn't usually change the size of the breasts as dramatically as implants can. Fat transfer breast augmentation may be a good choice for patients who want to make minor changes to the shape of the breast, or for those seeking a less dramatic increase in breast size.
How is a Breast Augmentation performed?
Most patients can receive a breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure. The procedure takes anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the patient's individual needs. Local or general anesthesia may be used. The plastic surgeon will make incisions in the breast in order to put the implants in place. The surgeon may choose to make an incision in the armpit, underneath the breast, or around the nipple. The surgeon will generally place the implants either entirely on top of the pectoral muscles, or entirely below the pectoral muscles. Sometimes implants are placed within the muscular layer.
What is Breast Augmentation recovery like?
Breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will probably be allowed to go home immediately following the surgery. You will probably need help to get home and someone may need to help you care for yourself during the first several days after your surgery. You may need to apply cold packs to the surgical area for the first 48 hours. You will probably need to recover for several days before you'll be able to return to normal activities. The surgical area can remain painful and inflamed for up to four months after breast augmentation surgery.
What will the results of a Breast Augmentation be like?
Your breasts may feel excessively firm and may be situated unusually high on your chest for the first several weeks after your procedure. This is considered normal. Eventually, the implants will become more supple and will drop, giving your breasts a more natural appearance.
What are the risks of Breast Augmentation?
Normal side effects of breast augmentation include swelling, soreness and bruising. The procedure does carry a risk of infection. You will probably be prescribed antibiotics, in order to prevent infection. Other risks of breast augmentation include a loss of sensation in the breast. Usually, sensation returns to the breasts as they recover. Loss of sensation in the breasts can, however, be permanent.
Who is considered a good candidate for Breast Augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation are in sound physical, mental and emotional health. They exercise regularly, eat well and refrain from tobacco use. The best candidates for breast augmentation have no preexisting medical conditions.