Breast Augmentation

Augmentation mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast augmentation, is a procedure where implants are surgically inserted under breast tissues in order to increase a woman’s breast size. Women go through this procedure in order to look better and feel better about their body image. It is also done to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy or the removal of the whole breast because of breast cancer or other conditions that require partial or full breast removal. Recent developments in surgical techniques and the types of implants have made this cosmetic procedure a whole lot safer.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Breast augmentation is an out-patient procedure that can be done in a hospital or any out-patient surgical facility. Most patients go home soon after the procedure is done, but in some cases, an overnight stay may be necessary. Local anesthesia is used to numb the surgical field, but general anesthesia can be requested if the patient prefers to be asleep during the procedure. Depending on the type of implant and surgical technique the surgeon is more comfortable with, the surgeon will make an incision in one of three locations. This could be along the crease under the breast, around the nipple area, or under the arm. After the incision is made, the surgeon then separates the glandular tissue of the breast from chest muscles and connective tissue which creates a pocket either over or under the pectoral muscles. The implant is then inserted into this pocket and the incisions are then closed using sutures.

Recovering from a Breast Augmentation

Swelling and soreness are normal after the procedure and these usually last for a few weeks. There may also be some numbness and bruising, and sometimes even a burning sensation in the nipples. The pain and discomfort felt after the surgery is often managed by pain medications prescribed by the doctor. The breasts need extra support while the incisions heal which is why doctors also recommend the use of compression bandages or a sports bra during the healing process. Downtime for this type of procedure is quite minimal. Patients can usually resume light physical activities several days to a week following the procedure. Complete and full recovery may take 2 or 3 weeks more and regular or strenuous physical activities should be avoided during this time.

Just like any type of cosmetic surgery, a person should really weigh the benefits versus the risks of having this type of procedure done. Our well-trained staff of doctors and surgeons would gladly walk you through the procedure and answer all your questions in order for you to make an informed decision. If you’re interested in breast augmentation, feel free to call us for more information or to schedule a consultation with our reputable and highly-skilled cosmetic surgeons.

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