Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed procedures in plastic surgery. Many women around the world crave to change the size of their breasts. Thus, women may feel more confident and satisfied with their appearance. However, many people who consider breast augmentation do not even know the main, crucial moments of this procedure. We have prepared 7 things that every woman needs to know before undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
Modern breast implants are safe and long-lasting but they need to be replaced at some point after the surgery. Breast implants usually last about 10 years before you need to replace them. Patients require an annual checkup with a plastic surgeon after breast augmentation. It is also important to make a regular self-checkups at home. The FDA advises women with silicone implants to make an MRI every three years after surgery.
Many patients are not aware of the different options for implant placement. The implant may be placed over the muscle (sub-glandular) or under the muscle (sub-muscular). There are several factors that may help determine where to place your breast implants. Your body type, health, the type of implants, and individual desire may affect the final decision about the implant placement. Talk to your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of both placement options.
Even if you had a breast augmentation this will not prevent a breast sagging over time. Moreover, by increasing the volume of the breast, the load in the skin also increases. Thus, the breast may sag even faster and you may require a breast lift. For this reason, it is recommended to keep in contact with an experienced and broad certified plastic surgeon. Preferably the one who performed your breast augmentation surgery.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that may pose a problem for blood circulation. This may cause complications during your breast augmentation surgery. It is crucial to stop using nicotine products at least two weeks before surgery. It is also recommended to avoid smoking after surgery. Even a single cigarette may delay your recovery time and reduce oxygen supply to healing tissues.
You need to avoid alcoholic beverages at least two weeks after surgery. After breast augmentation, the doctor will most likely prescribe you painkillers. This is a bad idea to mix alcohol with painkillers since it can be life-threatening. Alcohol intake after any surgery may also damage your incisions and make post-operative swelling last longer.
In theory, increasing a breast volume can reduce the appearance of sugging. However, to eliminate sugging you need to undergo a separate procedure called breast lift or mastopexy. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon removes any excess tissue and places nipples on the appropriate position. Women often require both augmentation and mastopexy after breastfeeding. These two procedures may often be performed together.
The location of the incisions may affect your ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. For the woman who is going to breastfeed in the future, it is recommended to make incisions in the fold underneath the breast or at the armpit. Incisions around the areola can make breastfeeding impossible.
Swelling and bruising is a part of rehabilitation after any surgery. In the first few weeks after your breast augmentation surgery, the reflection in the mirror may stress you. It will take a few weeks for swelling to disappear and implant to move to an appropriate position.