Breast Augmentation Can Do Wonders for You – But First Know All the Facts
Breasts come in different shapes and sizes. When women get pregnant and give birth, changes in the shape and the volume of their breasts usually occur. With breast augmentation surgery, enhancements can be made to redefine the contours of the breast and resize them with the use of breast implants.
The actual surgical procedure
For most patients, a saline breast implant is best, although silicone based implants are available under certain FDA-approved studies.
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While you are under general anaesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision along the crease on the underside of your breast or around your areola. Then to allow for the saline or silicone breast to be implanted, a space will be created under your breast tissue or your chest muscle. Then the incisions will be stitched using surgical threads to close the open wounds. The breast augmentation operation can be completed within an hour or two.
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Drainage tubes will be inserted to remove your excess fluid even as you will be placed under close monitoring. Usually, patients feel rather tired and sore but they are able to move freely by the second day. The gauze and tapes will be removed. The sutures should have dissolved but if not, they will be removed manually at a later time. Your nipples might feel like it is being burned, but only for a few days. Swelling may occur for a few weeks or months depending on the type of implant that was used on you.
The recovery period
Patients usually are able to go back to work within a few days after surgery, provided that their work is not particularly taxing. You should refrain from lifting heavy loads or exert pressure on your upper boy for a period of at least two weeks after the surgery. The scars may at first appear fresh and pink, and although they may not clear up completely, they will fade and retract.
Some possible complications
These operations are usually very successful with high success rates and no side effects. However, as with anything done surgically, some things can go wrong. A condition called capsular contracture where the scar tissue around the breast implant tightens is a common complaint. Excessive bleeding or infection is another. Your nipples could lose their sensitivity, although this happens very infrequently.
The breast implant may get punctured and leak. The saline solution can be absorbed by your body, harmlessly. But a second operation will be needed to replace a silicone breast implant and repair any damage done to the surrounding tissues.
If you are considering having a breast augmentation surgery, first get all the information available, balance the benefits against the risks, before coming to a final decision. Only after you are 100% certain should you go through with it.