Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and satisfying cosmetic procedures available. Women choose to have breast augmentation surgery for different reasons. Many of them do so in order to enhance their appearance and self-esteem. Others need to balance the difference in breast size. There are also women who want to correct the loss of breast volume, especially upper pole after pregnancy or weight loss. Finally, there are women who need breast reconstruction after mastectomies or injuries. After the procedure, they all tend to feel more confident leading to improvements in other areas of their lives.
Silicone implants…are they safe?
Modern breast implants are filled with silicone gel. Some are round and others are shaped more like a natural breast. There are two choices for silicone implant placement: sub-glandular (under the breast tissue and over the chest muscle) or sub-muscular (under or partially under the chest muscle). The plastic surgeon will guide the patient to select the best natural looking option, depending on the desired outcome. Silicone breast implants are extremely safe and FDA approved. They do not appear to increase the risk of breast cancer and there is no scientific data that shows a link between breast cancer and breast implants.
It usually takes about one hour and surgery is performed under general anesthetic at a fully equipped private hospital. Once anesthesia has taken effect, the plastic surgeon will make an incision behind each breast to create a space within breast tissues for each breast implant. The breast implants will then be placed and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry. After comparing both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, the plastic surgeon will close the incision. Most patients go home the same day.
Care after the procedure
The recovery period is a crucial time during which body heals and the new breast implants settle into their proper position and shape. During this time, it is essential for the patient to follow plastic surgeon’s post-operative care guidelines.
Specifically, a properly fitted bra should be worn day and night for two weeks after the operation. Thereafter, the bra should be worn during the day for another two weeks. Under- wire bra can be worn after a four weeks period. One week off work is recommended. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for three weeks, in order to give the wounds adequate time to heal fully.
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