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Breast augmentation is a surgery used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts by inserting breast implants or by transferring fat. Women may decide to undergo breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. These reasons may centre around the breasts that are observed to be underdeveloped or because of the differences in the size of breast or breast changes following pregnancy or breast feeding. Breast augmentation can provide a woman with more proportional shape and size which can help them to boost confidence.
Breast implants are commonly used in breast augmentation by many of the cosmetic surgeons. Any surgeon will usually will determine the overall look a patient desires by using breast augmentation procedure. The size and shape of the beast should be an important aspect for the surgeon during discussion with patient.
There are various factors which need to be considered with breast enlargement/breast augmentation surgery, some of which are as follows:
Types of breast implants to be used
Silicone based breast implants are commonly used for breast augmentation. Silicone implants have an outer shell which is made from several layers of elastic silicone material which usually increases the durability of the implant without compromising the look of the breast once they are inserted.
Shape of the implants
Breast implants comes in two different shapes: round and anatomical. Amongst this which shape to be considered depends on the look the patient desires to obtain however, patients body shape and volume of the existing breast tissue should be considered while deciding the shape of implant to be inserted. Both the implants can provide natural results but selecting the proper size of the implants is important and the plastic surgeon is the best person who can help a person with that.
Size of implants
This is a tricky step for most of the patients. During the consultation with a plastic surgeon a sizing test is done where it is possible to test out different breast implant sizes. The plastic surgeon will be then able to have a discussion regarding all the possible option available. The surgeon will usually consider patients body size, proportions, chest width and symmetry and then decide which size implant will provide the desired natural results.
Position of the implants
Breast implants can be placed either beneath the breast tissue and on the top of the pectoralis muscle i.e. in sub glandular plane or partially beneath the pectoralis major muscle (sub glandular or dual plane). A plastic surgeon would be the best person to decide this based on the physical examination of your breasts.
Pregnancy and Breast Implants
The existence of breast implants will have no effect on a patient’s ability to become pregnant, deliver a baby, or even breastfeed. Breast implants does not have any adverse effects on children.
It is usually recommend not to undergo breast augmentation for six months after a patient has stopped breast-feeding. Also, if breast augmentation is done before pregnancy it is necessary to consider that the shape and volume of breasts may change after pregnancy and breast-feeding.
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Patients must be 18 years of age or older, must be in good health and have an appropriate expectations for their surgery.
There will be a slight amount of pain after the procedure which could be managed by taking proper painkillers. You may also feel slightly exhausted for few days following the surgery. The breasts may appear swollen for nearly an month. There will be a feeling of tightness on chest. Swelling may also be observed under the arms and abdomen but this is quite common and will subside within two weeks at most.
You may feel slightly weak and tired after the surgery as the effect of general anaesthesia wears off. You will then be shifted to recovery room and a compression bandage be placed on chest for 4 to 6 hours. It is recommend that your family member or friend should drive you home after the effects of the sedative completely wear off. You will be discharged with a course of antibiotics to avoid any infections and painkillers to reduce the pain. A follow-up appointment will be organised after about a week or so.
It is advisable to continue with normal daily non strenuous activities five days after the procedure. No strenuous activities like gym exercises, weight lifting etc. should be carried out during the first two weeks following the surgery.
There might be a diminished sensation around the nipples or breast following the surgery but this will go away soon. Shooting pain or tingling sensation may also be felt specially on chest and under arm but this will not persist for long time and won’t get worse. It is necessary to use some sort of moisturising cream containing Vitamin E to maintain the elasticity of the skin.