Breast Enlargement

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Breast Augmentations Overview

Breast augmentation is the surgical insertion of a breast implant within the breast tissue or behind the chest muscle to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Women choose to have breast augmentations for very personal reasons. After childbearing or weight loss, many women find their breasts have lost a lot of volume. Some women have always wanted fuller, shapelier breasts. No matter what your personal reason for wanting breast augmentation, you owe it to yourself to explore your options and discover what is best for you.

With the stresses and pressures of marriage and parenthood, it is often hard to find a way to give something back to ourselves that enhances our sense of well being and adds to our self confidence. Choosing to improve your physique not only helps you feel more attractive, it can add a sense of enthusiasm to your work, home and family life.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Breast Enlargement Surgeons in your area, who specialize in breast enlargement surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Breast Enlargement

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having a breast enlargement will change the shape and size of your breasts. Having a shapelier figure may boost your self-confidence, but it won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Not all breast augmentations or the surgeons that perform them are the same. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. If you want smaller, natural looking breast implants, make sure you look closely at the surgeon’s implant placement on former patients. Have the surgeon explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of breast augmentation procedures:

  • Breast implants are made by different manufacturers. Ask your surgeon if they have a preference of manufacturers and why. Be sure to find out the manufacturers warranty information as well.
  • Not only are there different manufacturers but there are different types of implants: smooth, textured, high-profile, medium-profile, teardrop shaped, etc. Ask your surgeon about the types of implants they would recommend for your specific procedure and if there are any disadvantages to the implant choices they recommend.
  • There are four generally accepted incision sites for breast implants: the underarm incision, around the nipple (areola), inframammary fold (the lower part of the breast where it meets the chest wall) and the umbilical incision (through the belly button). Ask your surgeon which incision site they recommend and why. Surgical scars are permanent, although they can be made indistinguishable. Make sure your surgeon listens to your concerns and questions about the incision site, the scar and any risks associated with them.
  • There are two options for implant placement: above and beneath the chest muscle. There are many benefits for sub-muscular (below the muscle) placement, and many surgeons will only use this placement unless there is significant reason to place the implant above the muscle. Have your surgeon explain the benefits and risks of both.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Breast Enlargement Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Breast Enlargement Recovery

For the first 48 to 72 hours you will be given pain medication, and you will need lots of rest. If you have children, they will need to be cared for by your spouse or another guardian for the first few days. You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks.

Full physical recovery may take up to six weeks. During that time you will gradually regain strength of movement as your body heals. Your scars may take up to seven months to completely heal.

Breast Enlargement Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. There has been a lot of media attention on the risks of implants themselves over the last few decades. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that breast implants contribute to breast cancer or arthritis.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Capsular contracture – this happens when scar tissue forms around the implant and the implant begins to tighten or harden.
  • Loss of nipple sensitivity – this is most common with an areola incision site but can occur with any implant technique and often subsides after a few weeks.
  • Rippling: some implants may ripple if they are not filled completely or correctly
  • Rupture: when the breast implants tear and/or leak. This may require a second operation to replace the implant. You will want to know the manufacturers warranty in the event of a rupture.
  • Immune system disorders: some women have reported having symptoms such as; joint pain swelling, fever, fatigue, or breast pain. No scientific evidence exists to prove immune system disorders are directly related to breast implants, but the FDA is continuing to study the risks.

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with breast augmentation surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Breast Enlargement Long Term Results

Although some women may never need replacements, breast augmentation is not always permanent and implants may need replacing after 10 or 15 years. Taking good care of yourself and staying healthy will help preserve your results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Breast Enlargement Surgeons in your area, who specialize in breast enlargement surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.