Description of Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the fullness of a woman’s breast, improve the symmetry of the breasts and/or restore breast volume lost following pregnancy or weight loss.
Also known as breast enlargement or breast enhancement, the procedure is conducted by inserting an implant behind each breast. The implants are made of medical grade, biocompatible, textured or smooth silicone shells filled with sterile saline solution or silicone gel.
The result is the surgeon’s ability to increase a woman’s bust line by one or more bra cup sizes. The procedure is highly individualized and should be considered for your own personal reasons, not the desire of others.
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Breast Augmentation Benefits
Breast augmentation can:
- Enhance the breast and body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small
- Create a natural-appearing and attractive breast
- Correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
- Balance the difference in breast size
Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery
You will begin the process with a doctor consultation where you will be asked many questions to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Health history, physical, likely outcomes and potential risks are a few examples of topics that will be discussed during your consultation.
Lab testing, medications and age appropriate mammograms are also completed as part of procedure preparation. The procedure will be conducted at a licensed surgical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
There are a variety of procedure options the doctor will discuss with you for your consideration:
Two breast implant types:
- Saline solution – various profiles available allowing for greater sizing flexibility, self-sealing valve and post-operative adjustability; or
- Silicone gel – feels more like natural breast tissue, available in a range of sizes and offer choice of smooth or textured surfaces;
Three types of incision sites:
- Around the nipple (periareolar) – most concealed but more risks associated to breast feeding and change in breast and/or nipple sensation;
- Within the breast fold (inframammary) – most common with fewer risks than the periareolar incision but is less conceale; or
- Under the arm (axillary) – less concealed but may cause fewer breast feeding difficulties.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY?
We recommend our patients be in good health and non-smokers to ensure successful healing. We also recommend our patients have a positive outlook with specific goals in mind for improving their image.
HOW LONG WILL BREAST AUGMENTATION RECOVERY TAKE?
Following all doctors’ instructions is essential to successful recovery. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure and stay with you the first night.
Discomfort is common following the procedure, however a subglandular placement is less painful. A support bra is recommended around-the-clock for the first two weeks.
Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which point you should be ready to return to work and normal activity. Intimate contact with breasts can usually be resumed within 4-6 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
Breast implants can cause naturally-forming scar tissue around the breast implant making the breast feel firmer than normal. This condition is sometimes addressed surgically but is not always permanent.
Breast augmentation does require ongoing maintenance, including regular examinations for breast health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants.
WILL MY “NEW” BREASTS LAST FOREVER?
A woman can experience a variety of life changes such as pregnancy, weight loss or menopause that can influence the appearance of augmented breasts.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your “new” breasts will last a lifetime but with proper check-ups they should be long-lasting. Typical life expectancy quoted by the manufacturer is 15 years.
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