What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular surgeries in America. Changing the appearance of your bust line with implants is a big decision. You have many choices as you begin the journey to a new set of breasts. Here’s all you need to know about breast implants.
Breast Enhancement Basics
Breast augmentation surgery involves the surgeon placing a breast implant behind the breast. A breast lift is a different procedure that involves treating the sagging of breasts following pregnancy or weight loss. Many times the procedures are combined. This means the breast tissue will be reshaped and lifted as well as an implant will be placed behind the breast.
You won’t just jump right into the surgery. Your surgeon will consult with you about your goals for your breasts, the size and shape you wish and what you expect from the procedure. You will decide which type of implant you prefer, whether you would like the implant placed and where you expect the incision location to be. You will choose either silicone or saline implants. The silicone implants usually look and feel more natural. Saline implants feel more like they are made of water and may show ripples in the breast. You will also decide the type of shell you will need. This is the outer layer of the implants. It is either smooth or textured. This all depends on your breast tissue and the size of implant you choose. You choose the shape as well. Most women choose round or teardrop shaped for their desired lift. The teardrop gives more of a natural look. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of things to expect before and after your surgery. There are risks involved, and they will discuss these in depth with you. Your surgeon will help you prepare both mentally and physically for your breast enhancement surgery.
Expectations of Surgery
Breast augmentation begins with general anesthesia or you can choose conscious sedation. You can expect to be under the knife for about three hours. The incision is made either under the breast, around the nipple, in the armpit or around the navel area. These are called inframammary, periareolar, transxillary and transumbilical incisions. After this the surgeon uses a tool that makes a pocket for the insertion of the implant. The implant may be placed above the pectoral muscles, partially behind the pectoral muscles or completely behind the pectoral muscles. Your doctor will know what is best for your body type.
After Breast Surgery
Most patients will be away from work for up to a week. This depends on each patient as not everyone will have the same experience. This is a surgery so you probably won’t be back at work the next day. If your implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle, the recovery time will be longer. Exercise is usually out of the question for about 12 weeks while your breast tissue heals.
Many people assume breast enhancement surgery is very expensive. The cost is usually an average of about $4,000 for standard saline implants. Silicone implants usually have a bit higher of a price tag. You can speak with your surgeon about the exact cost of your surgery. Many doctors do offer financing options.
Schedule A Consultation
Schedule a consultation to begin discussing the journey to a new you. Your surgeon will provide you with a comfortable place where you can share your expectations and fears about the surgery. Feel free to ask questions so you are ready for the journey.