LIFE AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION
Breast Augmentation Dubai | 11 August 2020
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, or is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breast.
Breast augmentation is done to:
– Enlarge breasts that are naturally small
– Restore breast size and shape after pregnancy, weight loss or
– Restore symmetry when the breasts are asymmetrical
– Restore the breast or breasts after surgery
LIFE AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION
Breast augmentation is a daycase procedure, typically performed using general anesthesia. You can expect to walk around on your own a few hours after surgery, and most patients feel up to leaving the house within the next day or two.
You may feel sore the first week or so, and you will need to limit strenuous exercise for about 2-4 weeks. Your cosmetic surgeon will also ask you to wear a supportive surgical bra or sports bra for a certain period of time after breast augmentation—it is crucial to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions to ensure you heal optimally.
If your breast implants are placed partially beneath the pectoral muscle—the preferred method in most cases—your breasts may seem to sit high on the chest at first. This is normal, and your implants will settle into their optimal position over the next several weeks, with final results after a couple of months.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
WHAT BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY CAN DO
– Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
– Improve balance of breast and hip contours
– Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
WHAT BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY CAN’T DO
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.
Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. I will assist you in making this decision.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast augmentation is a deeply personal procedure, and it’s important that you’re doing it for yourself and not for someone else, even if that person has offered to pay for it. Patient satisfaction is high, specifically when they want the procedure themselves.
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
– You are physically healthy and you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding
– You have realistic expectations
– Your breasts are fully developed
– You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
– You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after
pregnancy, weight loss or with aging
– You are unhappy with the upper part of your breast
– Your breasts are asymmetrical
– One or both breasts failed to develop normally or have an
WHAT TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel. I usually do not recommend the use of these implant
Silicone breast implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket.
Gummy bear breast implants
Form-stable implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken.
The consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These implants are also firmer than traditional implants.
Shaped gummy bear breast implants have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast that requires a separate procedure to correct.
Placement of gummy bear implants requires a slightly longer incision in the skin.
Round breast implants
Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection.
Because round implants are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.
Anatomical or tear drop shaped breast implants
These kind of implants are built with a particular shape in order to give a more natural effect filling more the lower pole and keeping the upper one very lightly filled. Different shapes and sizes are available to fullfill the desire of the patients.
Smooth breast implants
Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. They can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement.
Smooth implants may have some palpable or visible rippling under the skin.
Textured breast implants
Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and become repositioned.
Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available.
Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with appropriate checkups.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
In preparing for breast augmentation, you may be asked to:
– Get a blood test
– Get a breast ultrasound or mammogram (if above 40y old) to exclude any lump in the breast
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking
– Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can
– arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with
you for at least the first night following surgery.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY BREAST AUGMENTATION RECOVERY?
During your breast augmentation recovery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
Immediately after surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area for close monitoring. You may be permitted to go home when you are stable for discharge, typically after 6 hours or so.
WHAT RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY?
While a breast augmentation yields larger breasts right away, the final results may take a few weeks as the swelling subsides and the skin stretches. Some patients may need to wear a bandeau to help shape their breasts, especially if they have underlying asymmetry or very small breasts to start with. Incision lines may take several months to fade.