What Is a Breast Augmentation?
Also known clinically as augmentation mammoplasty and colloquially as a ‘boob job,’ breast augmentation is a surgical procedure where the breasts are enhanced to look larger and fuller and have more projection.
There are many reasons why women come in for breast augmentation surgery. One of the most common is to enhance the patient’s overall proportions in order to achieve a more appealing figure. This is common in women who feel like their breasts are smaller than normal and are not sufficient for their frame.
How Is a Breast Augmentation Performed?
The main aim of the breast augmentation procedure is to expand the breasts and give the recipient of the procedure better cleavage. The breast implant is typically inserted either under the mammary gland above the chest muscle or below the chest muscle itself.
The procedure is similar to many surgical procedures and involves the following steps:
First, the patient is placed under anesthesia. An incision is then created in order to allow the plastic surgeon to place the implant.
There are three major types of breast augmentation incision pattern the doctor may create for a patient. The right choice for you will be discussed during a consultation. An incision can be made right under the crease of the breast (inframammary incision), around the areola (periareolar incision), or around the armpit region near the breast (transaxillary incision).
Next, the plastic surgeon will insert the breast implant using special tools and with the help of the surgical staff.
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures. There are two major types of breast implants that a doctor can use for this procedure: saline and silicone.
A saline implant is a shell filled with a sterile solution of saltwater. This concentration is made by experts in the laboratory so that the balance of salt and water is similar to that of the body. The shell is made of a special material, an elastomer silicone shell. A silicone implant is an elastomer silicone shell filled with silicone gel.
Once the breast implants have been precisely and properly inserted into the region, the plastic surgeon will close up, or sew, the incision using surgical sutures. These sutures may either be absorbable or non-absorbable.
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What Happens after Surgery?
The anesthesia wears off a few hours after the breast augmentation procedure is complete. The pain may last for a few hours, and this can be managed with pain medication if needed.
Breast augmentation is a procedure that provides results immediately for most patients. However, it may take up to six weeks for the breasts to fully settle into their new shape. Temporary swelling of the tissues may make it difficult to see the final shape until the swelling has reduced.
The patient is usually given advice on caring for the breasts after breast augmentation. This may involve minimal massage and several follow-up exercises.