A Complete Guide to Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in North America. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, it is a procedure that helps to enhance the size of the breast by placing silicone or saline-filled implants under the breast tissue. In addition to this, surgeons also use implants to replace breasts lost to illness. Read on to learn everything you need to know about breast enhancement surgery so you can make an informed decision.
Why Do People Get Breast Augmentation?
There are several reasons why you may choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery, including the following:
- Being unhappy with the current size of your breasts
- Having an asymmetry
- Changes in shape due to weight loss or pregnancy
- Following a mastectomy
Are Breast Implants Right for You?
To know whether a breast enhancement surgery is a good option for you, consider the following aspects:
Types of Breast Implants
It helps to know that the right choice of implant affects the overall outcome of the breast enhancement procedure. Implants are made in both round and teardrop shapes and with either saline or silicone filling. Saline implants have a sterile saline solution inside a silicone shell. The amount of solution to be used depends on the size you desire, which affects the shape and firmness of the breast and how it will feel. Silicone gel implants contain a gel filling inside of a silicone shell.
It helps to discuss your needs with your surgeon and ask whether saline or silicone implants would be a better fit for your body type, shape, and expectations.
Your surgeon will evaluate your goals and body shape and suggest one of three different types of incisions for your breast enhancement surgery:
- Transaxillary – through the armpit
- Inframammary – in the crease under the breast
- Periareolar – around the nipple
Surgeons often recommend inframammary incision as it provides the easiest access to the surgical site to ensure the best placement and desired results. Also, it is easy to hide any scarring.
When it comes to the placement of implants for breast augmentation, there are two choices:
- Submuscular – The surgeon will place the implant under the muscle. This positioning is ideal for you if you are thin and do not have much natural breast tissue to cover and help reduce the visibility of the implant.
- Submammary – The surgeon will place the implant over the muscle. This is an appropriate choice if you have enough breast tissue to cover the implant while still maintaining a natural look.
Discuss your preferences with your surgeon, learn about the pros and cons of each position, and ask what they feel would be the best option for obtaining the most natural results.
Before your breast enhancement surgery, your surgeon will go over the size of the implant you are going to receive. You will be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. They will place the implant as discussed regarding the type, size, position, and incision type. After placing the implant, they will use a skin adhesive or surgical tape to help close the skin and use drains to remove excess fluid. After the breast augmentation surgery, your surgical team will give you the information you need to care for your breasts, medication instructions, and things to look out for and schedule your follow-up appointment. The swelling will subside, and the lines from the incisions will fade over time. The results of breast augmentation are typically long-lasting if you adhere to the instructions carefully and keep yourself fit and healthy.
Who is a Suitable Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Generally, breast enhancement surgery is suitable for you if you experience one or more of the following:
- Have naturally small breasts.
- You have normal-sized breasts but wish to alter their size for aesthetic purposes or to make them more proportional.
- Your breasts have lost volume.
- Your breasts are asymmetrical.
- You have received a mastectomy or have lost breast tissue.
Your surgeon will also evaluate your overall health and body size for proper proportioning, examine your breast anatomy, and discuss your end goals to ensure you are a suitable candidate. Also, it helps to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations before the procedure.
Restrictions and Recovery Milestones for Breast Augmentation
- 2-3 Days After Surgery – You may experience light to moderate pain and discomfort. You may ask your surgeon to prescribe pain medication to manage it. It is common to experience swelling and bruising in the chest. Using compression bandages and a surgical bra can help to reduce discomfort and protect the incisions. You may also have a shower on the second day.
- 1 Week After Surgery – You should be able to return to work after a week and perform light activities. It helps to avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, and any strenuous movement. At this point, you will also likely return to your doctor for a post-op check-in appointment.
- 2 Weeks After Surgery – By the two-week mark, you may feel quite normal and even return to your regular activities, including having baths. However, be sure to avoid vigorous exercise.
- 4 Weeks After Surgery – You may feel well enough at this point to begin to exercise but avoid anything that specifically targets the chest.
- 6 Weeks After Surgery – After six weeks, the recovery process is complete. The implants are fully settled, and you can exercise regularly, sleep how you wish, and wear the bra of your choice.
Tips for a Speedy Recovery After Breast Enhancement Surgery
- Follow post-procedure instructions.
- Be sure to attend your post-op appointments.
- Wear the recommended surgical bras and garments.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Eat light and healthy meals, and drink plenty of liquids.
- Take a full week off from work.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Avoid raising your arms for the first few weeks after the surgery.
- Sleep on your back using pillows to prop yourself up.
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach or side for 6 weeks after the procedure.
- Limit physical movements that can make your breasts bounce until you have fully healed.
Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Breast Augmentation
If you are considering breast augmentation, you may have begun your independent research. Unfortunately, there are several myths about breast enhancements that may give you a false (or more so, negative) impression about the procedure. Dispelling these myths will help you have a more accurate understanding of the procedure.
- Implants Look Unnatural
Modern innovations in breast enhancement surgery, as well as implant design, have come a long way. Implants inserted by skilled surgeons can create subtle augmentation and elegant finishes that can enhance your appearance. They can make your breast implants look natural, so you feel confident again.
- Implants Have to Be Large
This is untrue. Our surgical team believes that implants need to look realistic, and most importantly, proportionate to your body and shape.
- Silicone Implants are Dangerous
Silicone gel implants are one of the most studied medical devices available on the market today and have a remarkable track record for safety. The technology has greatly improved over the past few years, which has reduced the risk previously involved with silicone implants.
- You Can Get Breast Augmentation in an Hour
This myth likely got its start due to a magazine article that stated women were receiving their augmentations during their lunch breaks. In reality, the procedure takes a few hours. Also, it may take you a few weeks to resume regular activities depending on the shape and type of implants. The fastest procedure available is the 24-hour Mini Incision Rapid Recovery breast augmentation offered by UELC.
- Implants Change Your Breast Placement and Look Droopy
Most people believe that undergoing breast enhancement surgery may make your breasts look deflated after childbirth. However, implants have nothing to do with breast placement. Over time, age and childbirth can affect the chest wall and position of the breasts. If you have significant sagging, you may benefit from implants combined with a breast lift instead.
- Breast Implants Can Give You the Perfect Body
Breast augmentation will give you a perkier and more rounded chest. While a larger bust line can give you the appearance of a smaller waist, it can only do so much. This is why it helps to have realistic expectations for your entire body post-surgery.
General Questions about Breast Enhancements
- What questions should you ask your surgeon before the procedure?
Before your breast augmentation surgery, you should discuss your needs and goals with your doctor. Ask about the type and size of implant suitable for you, things you should do before and after the procedure, incision placement, and more.
- Should I wait to get implants until I have children?
The weight fluctuations during and post-pregnancy may alter the appearance of your breasts. It is advisable to wait to get your surgery if you are planning to have children in the next few years to ensure the best results.
- Should I lose weight before the mammoplasty procedure?
Drastic weight loss after breast enhancement surgery may affect the appearance of your breast. This is why it helps to be at your ideal weight before undergoing surgery. Staying healthy can also help reduce the risks and ensure a quick recovery.
Schedule a Free Consultation for Breast Enhancement Procedure
Breast augmentation is only as good as the surgeon behind the procedure. UELC employs the finest surgeons and has a qualified team dedicated to helping you. We will bring out your inner beauty and help improve your self-confidence by ensuring you get the outcome you desire.
If you are considering having breast augmentation surgery, be sure to schedule a free personal consultation with us. You could also call us at 416-653-8352 to speak with a UELC Specialist or visit our FAQ page for more information. We’ll be happy to discuss your options and goals, as well as answer any questions you may have to help you achieve your desired outcome.