A Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses the transfer of fat or silicone implants to enhance the size of a woman’s breast. According to the National Institute for Health, breast implants have become the number 1 surgery in the United States and the world for over a decade! NIH has created an infographic with some surprising statistics including that there have been enough silicone implants created since 1997 to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool, 90% of women have the surgery after they have kids with 29% undergoing the procedure for reconstructive purposes and the average age of a woman to receive breast implants is 34. Although these facts and figures may come as a surprise, deciding to undergo a breast augmentation to change one’s appearance can bring emotional turmoil making it essential to understand the patient’s true need and want prior to their final decision of undergoing such procedure.
So, what are the actual benefits? Studies show that Breast Augmentation surgery brings the benefits of:
- Increase in self-confidence
- Improved sexual satisfaction and desire
- An increase in breast fullness
Prior to the final decision of your surgery, keep in mind the importance of breast cancer and screening exams. Adding an implant or transferring fat from your body to enhance your breasts doesn’t make cancer impossible. It’s extremely vital to continue your screenings for Breast Cancer post surgery.
Risks and Safety
Regardless of the procedure, anytime your body undergoes a ‘mechanical change’ or something that is unnatural to your physiology, it poses a risk and compromises your safety. With Breast Augmentation, it’s important to understand each and every risk prior to your consent. Every patient is different and each case varies. One patient may have a higher chance of developing an infection due to a previous condition whereas, another patient may feel a much stronger sense of pain during the recovery period. Some risks involved with Breast implants are as follows:
- Changes in the nipple or breast sensation
- Incorrect placement of the implant
- Excessive bleeding
- Wrinkling of the skin
- Consistent pain
Making sure your body is in it’s most optimal state is crucial for a speedy recovery. Make sure to follow all instructions given to you by your provider prior to your surgery. Aside from a quick recovery, having your body be at it’s best reduces the risk of infection. Be sure to stay on top of all tasks, dietary changes, lifestyle changes and/or tests and assessments to achieve ultimate results and recovery experience.
Although the procedural steps depend on the patient on a case by case basis, each surgery follows these general 4 steps:
Step 1: Anesthesia is given to promote comfort during your surgery
Step 2: Incisions are made in discreet areas to keep the visibility of scarring at a minimal. You and your surgeon will decide which area best suits your body based on the size of the implant, your natural body shape and the type of breast implant.
Step 3: Once the incision is made, the implant is then inserted in either 1 of 2 locations: under the pectoral muscle or over the pectoral muscle.
Step 4: The incisions are the closed.
Although Breast Augmentation gives you bigger breasts right away, final results may take some time due to swelling and the healing of your skin. Incision lines can take anywhere between a few months to a few years to fade and in order for some patients to get the desired shape of their breasts, a band may be needed. Again, following your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions and going to each follow-up appointment is crucial in reaching your optimal results.
Breast Augmentation surgery is not a permanent fix. It’s not guaranteed to last a life-time and it doesn’t prevent Breast Cancer. After some time has passed, it is possible for the implants to be replaced. Age, genetics, weight loss or gain, hormonal factors as well as gravity all play a role in the outcome of your surgery.
Our team at Regeneris Medical aim to help you become your best self. Our doctors truly understand your background and are up front and honest in regards to each procedure you may be interested in undergoing. If you’re interested in scheduling a consult to meet with one of our surgeons to learn about your possibility with Breast Augmentation, give us a call to take your first step in a firmer, more confident looking you.