There are many reasons why women choose to get breast augmentation surgery. Some want a more attractive shape, while others may have lost weight or gained weight and want to improve their appearance. Other women may have been born with very small breasts or suffered from breast cancer and want reconstructive surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery is a popular procedure for women who want to increase their breast size and shape. Although there are different types of breast implants available, saline and silicone gel are the two most common types used during breast augmentation surgery.
Regardless of your reason for wanting breast implants, it’s important to do your research and ask the right questions before you schedule your procedure. Here are some things you should consider asking your surgeon before the big day:
1. How soon can I get back to my normal activities after breast augmentation surgery?
After a breast augmentation, you will be able to resume your regular activities within 2 weeks at most. However, it is always advisable to follow your doctor’s advice regarding when you should return to work and exercise after the procedure.
2. How long does the incision take?
Breast augmentation takes about 30-45 minutes on average (depending on whether or not a nipple areolar complex reconstruction is required). The average length of incision needed is 1 ½ inches in width and ¾ inch in height above the areola border.
3. What type of implants will I receive?
The two most common types of breast implants are silicone gel-filled and saline filled. Silicone gel-filled implants feel more natural than saline filled implants since they move like natural breasts would move. Saline filled implants tend to be stiffer and may feel more unnatural when moving or bending forward. Your surgeon will discuss both options with you during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision about which implant is best for you.
4. What will happen if something goes wrong during my surgery?
You should know who is qualified to perform your operation — not just in terms of education but also experience — before agreeing to schedule an appointment with him or her. If something does go wrong during the procedure.
5. What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement, is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size of your breasts. It’s also called augmentation mammoplasty, which means ‘mammary gland enlargement.’ This procedure can be performed in a variety of ways, but most commonly uses silicone gel implants or saline (salty solution) implants. Silicone gel implants are filled with sterile silicone gel that helps them look and feel more natural than saline.
6. How long will I be in the hospital?
After surgery, you may be able to go home within a few hours or be admitted overnight for observation depending on your condition and treatment plan. Your doctor will discuss this with you during your consultation appointment so that you know what to expect after your procedure has been scheduled.
7. How long will it take me to recover after surgery?
Your recovery time depends on several factors such as your overall health, age, surgical approach and anesthesia used during surgery but generally patients can return to work within 2 weeks after surgery if they don’t have any complications or pain associated with their recovery process which is rare!
8. Is breast augmentation right for me?
Your surgeon will perform a thorough assessment of your goals and expectations before recommending a treatment plan. If you’re not sure if you should get breast implants, it’s best to talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your options.
9. What happens during breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is commonly done using implants — silicone- or saline-filled capsules that look and feel like natural breasts. They’re inserted through incisions made around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), which are hidden by natural breast tissue when a woman wears a bra.
The entire operation takes anywhere from one to three hours, depending on your body type and how many procedures you’re having done at once. The surgeon will make an incision in each breast and then place the implant under your pectoral muscle. To ensure that everything is placed correctly, the surgeon may place temporary stitches inside your breast pocket while waiting for swelling to subside before removing them.
10. What issues should I consider when choosing an implant?
The most common types of breast implants are saline and silicone gel-filled implants. Saline-filled implants are filled with sterile salt water and silicone gel-filled implants contain silicone gel under pressure so that they feel soft and natural like normal breast tissue does when touched or squeezed (a feeling known as ‘squish’). Saline-filled implants tend to feel firmer than silicone gel-filled ones because there is less liquid in them, but both options provide good results for most patients’ needs.
11. Will it improve my health?
Breast augmentation doesn’t directly improve your health, but it can help boost self-confidence and make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
12. Am I committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
If you plan to undergo breast augmentation surgery, commit to eating well and exercising regularly afterward — this will improve your results and help prevent complications from developing down the line.
13. Do I want implants that look natural?
Implants come in many shapes (round, oval) and sizes (smaller A-cups to larger D-cups), but they all have one thing in common: They’re fake. If you want an implant that looks natural without an unnatural fullness or roundness to your breasts, consider fat transfer instead of silicone gel implants.
If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important to take into account the multi-faceted issue of plastic surgery. The more informed you are about the procedure, its results and its risks, the better decision you will be able to make. Take time to understand your options and consult with an experienced surgeon before going through with this major operation.