This procedure, better known among the people – “breast plastic surgery” – is a serious operation. If you want to increase the size of the cup or raise the breast after pregnancy, or losing weight, it is important to know as much information as possible. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about breast augmentation – from consultation to recovery.
You can not only increase, but also reduce the breast. In addition, after pregnancy or weight loss, when the breast sags, you can tighten it. If sagging breasts have the required volume, then only a tightening is enough. Sometimes the chest needs to not only tighten, but also add volume. You can either insert an implant or use fat from other parts of the body for this purpose. Thus, you kill two birds with one stone. In the latter case, the doctor performs liposuction of the area where there is excess fat, and then uses the resulting fat to naturally enlarge the breast.
Of course, it all depends on the patient’s expectations. Those who want to see a significant difference in volume may find the transfer of fat too inconspicuous. On the other hand, if the main problem is sagging, then fat transfer will be ideal. Understanding the preferences and expectations of the patient is a key factor.
What does the consultation include?
It includes several stages. First, during the consultation, the doctor must recognize the patient and understand the motivation that led her to the office. In turn, the patient should get acquainted with the medical experience of the doctor, ask questions of interest. Secondly, the doctor must examine the patient. By combining these factors, the doctor will be able to get an idea of what you want and what really get as a result.
The end result is largely determined by the patient’s anatomy. Therefore, it is important that the expectations of a particular person correspond to reality.
What questions should you ask your doctor?
You should be as informed as possible about the procedure, so first of all ask about the competence of a practitioner. How often does he perform such procedures? How many operations have you completed in all your practice?
What complications did you encounter? Ask the doctor to show you examples of his work and make sure that he is a member of a recognized organization and has the necessary license.
How to choose the size and shape of the chest?
Here, your aesthetic goal plays an important role.
In fact, there are four key properties of the breast that make it attractive:
- The ratio between the upper and lower poles (meaning the amount of tissue above and below the nipple). This should be a ratio of 45:55 -45% above the nipple and 55% below it. The chest, which is slightly fuller in the lower part than in the upper, looks more natural and aesthetically pleasing.
- With this ratio, you get a small angle of elevation of the nipple up.
- Natural descent of the upper pole of the chest to the nipple.
- Dense convex curve of the lower pole, from the nipple to the chest fold.
Use these criteria as a kind of aesthetic template. Size and volume depend on your anatomy. Some have more room for improvement than others. Some women are slender, while others are fuller – operation planning depends on it.
Does the weight of the patient who wants to enlarge her breasts matter?
The key point is weight stabilization, especially if you are prone to drastic weight gain or losing weight. Extremes are taboo! Obese or anorexic women are not good candidates. You must be at your ideal or stable weight. If you have a couple of kilograms of excess weight, but this is your stable and comfortable weight, this is normal.
What types of breast implants exist?
There are many different brands of implants. You can compare this with sports brands (there are Adidas, Nike, Reebok, New Balance and so on). But there are only two forms: round or drop-shaped. They perform different functions and also look different.
If you want a more natural effect, then drop-shaped implants will suit you, and if you want a rounder chest, choose the appropriate implant. The choice may also depend on the anatomy of the body. In addition, it is important to discuss safety issues with your doctor. Ask the surgeon which implants he uses and why.
Where should the implant be – beneath or above the muscle?
In simple words, a muscle is an extra layer of coverage. If you are thin, then most likely the implant will be placed under the muscle. If you have enough breast tissue to cover the implant, then it can be located on top. Aesthetics play a smaller role, and anatomy plays a larger role.
Even those who like the unnatural appearance of the breast will not want the implant to be noticeable – no one wants the ripples on the skin or the edges of the implants to be visible.
Who is the best candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
One with stable weight, good health and, ideally, no bad habits. And again, expectations play an important role. If your expectations are very far from what can be done, an experienced specialist will not undertake you.
How long does the operation take? Do I need to stay in the hospital overnight?
A simple breast augmentation takes about an hour. Breast reduction and tightening can take two to three hours. Often, the patient is left in the hospital overnight, as the operation is performed under general anesthesia. In some modern clinics, simple braces and an increase are done under local anesthesia. This is an American style, in which recovery is much faster. Such operations began to be carried out quite recently – this year.
How long does recovery take and what needs to be done?
On average, recovery takes six weeks. Today’s trend is that patients get up and leave faster than ever before. The faster you start walking, the faster you will recover. Lying in bed for seven days, you actually delay the recovery.
What complications can arise and how to avoid them?
Surgical complications may occur, such as infections, bleeding, and various long-term complications. Any woman who has implants may need to replace them at some point in the future, so you should understand that there may be a need for a second operation. Please note that the condition of the breast and its appearance can change over time, with age. It is always helpful to discuss possible complications with your surgeon during the consultation phase.
In conclusion, I would like to say that it is always important to make a balanced decision. Go for a consultation once, then take a timeout and consult with friends and family. Ideally, it is better to get a second opinion elsewhere. If you still make an affirmative decision, then come back and consult again. It is also important to get along with your doctor and fully trust this person. Do not be afraid to ask any questions, and always put your health first!