More About Breast Augmentation – Motivations, Risks, And Preparation

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Augmentation mammoplasty (also called breast augmentation) is surgery performed to enhance breast size. It involves breast implants that are inserted under the chest muscles or tissues. For some women, this procedure is a means of getting more confidence. For others, it is simply a way of rebuilding their breasts due to different conditions. If you are deliberating whether you should go for breast augmentation, you must first speak to a plastic surgeon. You must have a clear understanding of what the procedure entails, including the possible risks and preparation beforehand.

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What Are The Reasons For Breast Augmentation?

Augmentation mammoplasty may assist you with:

  • Improving your appearance if you have small breasts or have one breast that is bigger than the other one.
  • Adjusting for breast reduction after pregnancy.
  • Correcting uneven breasts after you’ve undergone breast surgery due to other conditions.
  • Improved self-confidence.

Make sure you discuss your ambitions with the surgeon so that you can think more realistically about what the surgery can do for you. 

Possible Risks

There are certain risks linked to breast augmentation surgery which include:

  • Distorted shape of the breast implants due to scar tissue (capsular contracture).
  • Infection.
  • Breast pain.
  • Variances in breast and nipple sensation.
  • Implant rupture or leakage.

Mending these complications may necessitate more surgery, either for replacing or removing the implants.

Preparation

After consulting with your plastic surgeon about your size, appearance and feel preferences, he will tell you about the different types of implants and your choice of surgical techniques. Here are some examples of breast augmentation procedures that can give you some valuable input.

Before deciding on surgery, first consider the following:

  • Breast implants is not a preventative measure for sagging breasts. To address sagging, you might need to consider a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation.
  • The implants don’t have a lifetime guarantee. The average life of implants are ten years and implant rupture are a possibility. Weight loss or gain may also affect the appearance of your breasts which may necessitate additional surgery.
  • With breast implants you may require extra specialized views in addition to routine mammograms.
  • Some women can’t nurse successfully after breast augmentation.
  • Breast plants are not covered by insurance, unless it qualifies as a medical emergency, for instance, after a mastectomy. You’ll have to prepare you for a substantial expense, including relevant surgeries or imagining tests in future.
  • Additional surgeries might be necessary after breast implant removal, such as a breast life or corrective surgery to restore the appearance of your breasts.
  • An MRI scan may be required since routine monitoring via MRI is recommended by the FDA for three years after breast augmentation surgery. 
  • You might have to undergo baseline mammogram prior to surgery and the doctor may have to adjust specific medications to be taken before surgery too. For instance, aspirin or other medications must be avoided since they can increase bleeding.
  • If you’re a smoker, the surgeon will request that you stop smoking for a specific time prior to surgery.
  • Someone must drive you home after your surgery and remain with you for the first night at least.

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