What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. It involves surgically increasing the size and volume of a woman’s breasts to enhance their appearance. Breast augmentation can be performed for medical or aesthetic reasons, but it is important to understand some key facts before undergoing this procedure. Here are the answers to the top questions about breast augmentation.

Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?

An ideal candidate for breast augmentation is a healthy adult woman who has realistic expectations of the outcome and understands the potential risks associated with the procedure. The best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation is to discuss your concerns with one of our Plastic Surgeons who can evaluate your case and make recommendations accordingly.

What are the risks associated with breast implant surgery?

There are potential risks associated with breast implant surgery, including but not limited to infection, capsular contracture (hardening of the breast tissue), scarring, and asymmetry. Some women may experience a loss of sensation in the nipples or surrounding area as a result of the procedure. These and other risks are discussed in detail during your consultation. Furthermore, come prepared with a full medical history to review with your Plastic Surgeon.

Is fat grafting safe in combination with other cosmetic surgeries on breasts?

Fat grafting can be safely combined with other cosmetic surgeries on the breasts such as implants and lifts. However, fat grafting should only be performed by a qualified surgeon who is experienced in the procedure, and it is important to ensure that the fat is harvested from a healthy area of the body to reduce the risk of complications. It is equally important to maintain realistic expectations regarding the outcome of any procedure involving fat grafting.

What medications should I avoid before and after breast surgery?

To your consultation, bring a list of all your medications and supplements you are currently taking to review with your Plastic Surgeon. Certain medications, such as blood thinners or medications that suppress your immune system, can increase the risk of complications or interfere with healing after surgery. In addition, certain vitamins and herbal supplements may also need to be avoided before and after breast surgery to reduce the risk of potentially serious side effects. Your Plastic Surgeon will provide you with additional guidance regarding which medications and supplements should be avoided before and after surgery.

How do I select the best plastic surgeon for my needs?

When selecting a Plastic Surgeon for your needs, it is important to do your research and consider multiple factors. To start, it is recommended that you choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience performing the procedure you are interested in. Spend some time looking through their before-and-after photos of their work. Be sure to read the reviews from other patients and ask your friends and family for referrals. Finally, make sure to discuss all your concerns with the Plastic Surgeon before scheduling any procedure. By doing so, you will be able to make an informed decision about the procedure and its risks.

How often should I have my breast implants checked for ruptures or leaks?

It is recommended that breast implants be checked every three years after the procedure. A qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon can perform an examination to check for any signs of a rupture or leak. You should also consult your doctor if you experience any unusual changes in your breasts such as swelling, pain, or lumps. These symptoms may be unusual and should be evaluated immediately by your Surgeon. Regular check-ups and self-examinations can help to ensure that your implants are in good condition and reduce the risk of any potential complications.

How long is the recovery period for a breast augmentation procedure?

The recovery period for a breast augmentation procedure typically lasts several weeks. During this time, you will need to refrain from strenuous physical activities or any other tasks that may increase the risk of complications. You should also expect some swelling and bruising in the area where the implant was placed, which can take four to six weeks to resolve. Your Plastic Surgeon will provide you with additional guidance on the best methods for post-operative care and how to manage any discomfort during the recovery period.

Are there any age restrictions when considering breast implants?

Generally, patients must be 18 years of age or older to undergo the procedure. It is also important to ensure that you are in good physical and mental health before scheduling any type of surgery. Your Plastic Surgeon will be able to assess your case and provide you with additional information regarding the best approach for achieving your desired results.

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