Everything You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is also known as augmentation mammoplasty or a boob job, and it is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to increase breast size, change the shape and texture. You can either use it to correct congenital defects of the breast or alter the aesthetics of the breasts as an elective procedure.
Breast augmentation involves making use of breast implants or transferring fat to the breasts to increase their size. When fat is transferred from one part of the body to the breast, surgeons refer to this procedure as fat transfer breast augmentation.
Why You Should Choose Breast Augmentation
Some of the main reasons that people go through breast augmentation include:
- To increase the size of the breast
- To restore the volume of their breasts after weight loss or pregnancy
- To improve the symmetry of asymmetrical breasts
- To restore the breasts after breast surgery
Breast augmentation is divided into two types. Cosmetic surgery is what most people know as a boob job, and people opt for it as a way to improve the aesthetic qualities of the breasts. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is generally opted for after breast surgery or as a part of breast cancer treatment.
How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation
During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, your surgeon will give you various options about the types of implants you can choose from. The implants differ in size, shape and texture, so it is best to do your research about the various types.
Your surgeon will likely conduct an initial baseline mammogram. You should also expect that your surgeon will adjust your medication or ask you to avoid particular medication before the surgery. Most surgeons advise that if you smoke, you should stop for some time before the surgery to avoid any side effects that the smoking may cause.
You also should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and stay with you for the night to ensure all goes well.
What to Expect from Breast Augmentation
Surgeons usually complete breast augmentation procedures within a day, and it does not require you to remain in the hospital.
During the surgery, an incision is made in the breast. Then, the breast tissue is separated from the muscles and connective tissue. Depending on the purpose of the surgery and type of implant you choose, the surgeon may make the incision in one of three places (in the crease under the breast, under the arm or around the nipple). Once the incision is made and the tissue is separated, the implant is inserted in the pocket that is created from this separation.
Risks and Complications
Some of the risks and complication involved in breast augmentation include:
- Having painful breasts after the surgery
- Sensations in the breast, nipple or both
- The accumulation of fluid
- Rupturing or leaking of the implant
- Pain caused by capsular contracture
- Pain, red and thick scars after the surgery