Breast Surgery, is the surgical procedure used to increase the volume of the breasts and improve their symmetry by using implants. It is also aimed to restore breast volume lost after weight loss or pregnancy. In addition, this procedure can serve as breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury which can enhance self-image and confidence of the patient.
Benefits of a Breast Augmentation or Breast Enhancement
Breast Augmentation can enhance appearance and self-esteem. Women, who have undergone this surgical procedure tend to feel more confident leading to improvements in other areas of their lives.
How long do Breast Implants Surgery last?
Breast Implants can have a long life. So far, there is no way to predict how long any particular implant will last. Complications can occur such as painful scar tissue and ruptures; therefore, women may need to have them removed. In the event that a saline solution implant ruptures, the body will simply absorb the solution. On the other hand, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, the patient will need to have an MRI scan to detect and confirm that the implant has ruptured. If this were the case, your doctor will most likely recommend surgical removal and a new implant may be inserted at the same time.
Ideal Candidates for a Breast Augmentation
Most women become interested in breast augmentation when they have asymmetrical or sagging breasts as a result of age and pregnancy while others are just not comfortable with the size, shape, or feel of their breasts. Other women may need breast reconstruction after mastectomies, injuries or other related reasons. Our plastic surgeons at Medline Clinics can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate.
How does Breast Augmentation surgery work?
Usually, implants are placed in one of four locations. The first location places the implant between the pectorals and the breast tissue. A woman with low pectoral tissue may sometimes develop wrinkles of the implants, also known as rippling. The second placement is below the fascia, or fibrous tissue of the pectoral muscle. This placement helps keep the implants in place. The implants may also be placed in the subpectoral plane. Some patients cannot handle this placement due to the movements of their pectoral muscles. The last placement is right beneath the pectoral muscle. Breast Augmentation Surgeons rarely perform this technique because it requires removing the muscle off the ribs. This technique may cause the breast to move in a deformed fashion. Patients must also choose the location of the incision site. This depends on the body type and personal preference of the patient.
Preparations before a Breast Augmentation Surgery
Before the surgery, the patient must undergo a breast implant consultation. Patients must stop taking aspirin or other blood thinners (unless the surgeon advises to continue them for other medical conditions) two weeks prior to surgery.
Patients are required to stop smoking a month before surgery. Smoking reduces the level of oxygen in the blood and can cause delayed healing. Arrangements must be done with a friend or a family member to drive the patient home after recovery, and if possible to stay home with the patient for a day or so. They must also inform their employers of the days to be missed due to surgery.
Recovery At Home
After the surgery, the patient must stay in bed for about 48 hours. During that time, the patient may feel fatigued. For the following three weeks, the patient may be restricted from certain movements and may need help with household tasks until he or she is fully healed. During those weeks, the stitches will be removed. If the patient’s job does not involve bending or lifting, he or she may return to work after three days. After a few months, the incisions recover their natural color. It is likely that the breasts will stay swollen for at least a month. Depending on the procedure, the recovery time may be slower or faster. Overall, the TUBA surgery has the fastest recovery time and the least amount of complications. Patients must remember that breasts may continue to grow as the years pass.
- A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the look of sagging breasts as a result of aging, weight loss, nursing, loss of elasticity, firmness, and other factors. When a patient undergoes a breast lift surgery, the surgeon will contour the breasts as the tissues are tightened, reshaped and extra skin is removed.
- Breast lift candidates are considered to be women who are in good standing health and who have breasts that have dropped or sagged through time either because of pregnancy, large size, loss of volume or weight loss.
- Women who are looking into a breast lift procedure should not smoke or should withdraw from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery.
Preparation before the Breast Lift Surgery
- Women desiring a Breast Lift surgery need to have a healthy lifestyle so the healing process may be faster.
- The patient should be nutritionally balanced and have not taken any supplements that might contribute to excess bleeding.
- Patients need to complete preoperative testing lab work prior to surgery and a mammogram depending on the age and family history.
- Patients will shower and wash well with anti-bacterial soap the day before the surgery and arrange a friend or a family member to drive them home and to help out for a few days if needed.
Breast Lift recovery
While At Home:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take pain medications as ordered by your doctor.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Take at least a week off from work.
- Abstain from intercourse for at least two weeks after the surgery.
- Check your temperature from time to time.
- Avoid lifting anything over the head for about three to four weeks.
Breast Reduction is a form of cosmetic procedure that serves the purpose of minimizing the excess tissue, fat, and skin from the breasts.
Most women who have acquired the Mammoplasty Reduction have improved their self-confidence along with the proportion of their body restored. Despite the fact that this cosmetic procedure is commonly used on women, men who suffer from gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts, have the possibility to also undergo a boob reduction surgery.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction and Lift
- Women who have experienced the difficulties of the weight from the enlarged breasts, are generally the ones who seek to have this cosmetic procedure performed. There are some physical symptoms that are associated with having oversized breasts. Some of these physical symptoms consist of neck and back pain, deep strap marks from the bra, and a possibility of breaking skin which can cause irritation and infection.
- Boob reduction assists these women in restoring their bodies to be proportionate and also restores self confidence.
What happens during an initial Breast Reduction consultation?
During your initial consultation the doctor will decide the size of the breasts he believes is best for the patient along with the type of incision that will be best.