Breast surgeries take place every single day, whether it’s to reconstruct after a mastectomy or for cosmetic purposes. Breast augmentation can help increase fullness and projection of breasts, improve the balance of breast and hip contours, and enhance self-image as well as confidence.
There are many reasons one can undergo breast augmentation, but it’s important to know all you can about the process before you begin. First off, Breast augmentation sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts.
This plastic surgery can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
The Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for breast augmentation and clarify what a breast augmentation can do for you. By understanding your goals and medical condition, we can consider both alternative and additional treatments.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your complete medical history. Your plastic surgeon will examine, measure and photograph your breasts for your medical record. If your breasts are sagging, a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with breast augmentation. A breast lift helps to change the shape of your breasts.
During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to restore firmness and raise the breasts. You might choose to have a breast lift if your breasts sag or your nipples point downward.
The Procedure Step by Step
Step 1: Anesthesia
You will not feel any pain during the procedure thanks to various medications that we offer. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you after the initial consultation.
Step 2: The incision
We will make the incision in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include along the areolar edge, the fold under the breast and in the armpit. A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate. Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, the degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3: Inserting and placing the breast implant
After we make the incision, we will insert a breast implant into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle. The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 4: Closing the incisions
We close incisions with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time the incision lines will fade. The quality of scar depends on many things, including your genetics, exposure of your body to nicotine and infection.
Step 5: See the results
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. For more information about breast augmentation results ask your surgeon.
Surgery is only the first step towards fuller and more beautiful breasts. Following your breast enhancement surgery, the recovery period is a crucial time during which your body heals and your new breast implants settle into their proper position and shape. During this time, it is essential that you follow our post-operative care guidelines and attend your follow-up visits.
Failure to do so may lead to sub-optimal, or even unwanted, results. View the recovery period as a time when your body and your breasts are still fragile and must be cared for appropriately. Here are some helpful aftercare instructions:
- After surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you will be weak and drowsy and may require help the first few times you get out of bed.
- It is important to get out of bed early and often after your surgery to prevent postoperative problems.
- Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear. Keep your head elevated about 30 degrees (two pillows) with the knees slightly flexed.
- A light diet is best after surgery. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or Jell-O. You may start a regular diet the next day.
- Please take the pain medication only if you have pain. Take it with crackers, Jell-O, etc. You will be given an anti-anxiety/muscle relaxant medication that you may take as well to prevent aggravation of the pain cycle.
For the first 48 hours keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything heavy. Do not push with your arms to lift yourself in bed.
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation and the various treatments we provide, call (814) 676-8000 to schedule a consultation.