Breast Augmentation with Implants
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About the Procedure
The decision to have a breast augmentation surgery with implants can be for a number of reasons. Breast implants can enlarge naturally smaller busts or reshape breasts that have been affected by weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Augmentation surgeries can be completely customized by the patient with a number of options for size, projection, material (saline, silicone, or a hybrid implant), placement (over or under the pectoral muscle), and incision location (along the areola, under the breast, through the underarm, and even the navel). Before a breast augmentation procedure, a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon is necessary to determine size, material, incision location, and placement of the implant. These decisions will be made based on a number of factors including patient preference, type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient's body type, and surgeon's recommendations. Once the patient is comfortable with their surgeon and proposed methods, surgery can be scheduled. During surgery the patient will be placed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions will be made as per the preoperative plan with efforts made to be as inconspicuous as possible and minimize visible scarring. The implant will be inserted either under the pectoral muscle or above the muscle and behind the breast tissue. Incisions will be closed with sutures and adhesive or surgical tape. Results from a breast augmentation are immediately visible.
The goal of a breast augmentation with implants is to increase fullness and projection of the breasts, improve balance of breast and hip contours, and/or enhance self-image and self-confidence.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation surgery with implants allows women to enhance their busts with a variety of options for size, material, and placement for complete customization to each individual patient. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a breast augmentation with implants.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 2 weeks prior
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 1 week before surgery
- Stop using self tanning products
During the Consultation
During the preoperative consultation, discuss with your surgeon:
- Implant material
- Implant placement
- Implant size
- Implant projection
- Incision location
Immediately after surgery the patient will be placed in a supportive bra or garment. This garment should be worn constantly for the recommended amount of time, typically 2-3 weeks before transitioning to a traditional sports bra and an additional 2-3 weeks before wearing normal bras. Swelling and discoloration is expected after surgery but will dissipate within 1 month.
The ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with implants is physically healthy with fully developed breasts and desires larger, fuller, or more symmetric breasts due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or age.
Not Recommended For
Breast augmentation with implants is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 18.
Side effects of breast augmentation with implants can include asymmetry, breast and/or nipple pain, tissue atrophy, thinning skin, capsular contraction, implant rupture, extrusion, hematoma, seroma, displacement, palpability, decreased sensation of the breast and/or nipple, wrinkling of the implant and unsatisfied results.