What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure which involves inserting implants or fat transfer in order to augment or increase the size of the breasts. Breast augmentation also serves to enhance breast volume that may have decreased due to aging, significant weight loss, or pregnancy. Breast augmentation is a beneficial procedure for many candidates, and is becoming increasingly common among women of all ages.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Women who have asymmetrical breasts, a totally natural occurrence, may be good candidates for breast augmentation. The size of the breasts may be equalized by increasing the size of one breast in order to align to the other breast, or both breasts can be supplemented with varying sizes of implants in order to create a more symmetrical appearance. Women with abnormal breasts due to medical and/or physical conditions may be good candidates for the breast augmentation procedure as well. In fact, breast augmentation is a common form of reconstruction after a patient undergoes a mastectomy or suffers an injury.
New mothers are great candidates for a breast augmentation procedure. Many new mothers experience sagging and decreased breast volume after childbirth. Pregnancy instills significant weight fluctuations and may wreak havoc on a woman’s skin. Breast augmentation is a common procedure to bring back the pre-mommy body and rejuvenate a youthful appearance. Women who have experienced sagging due to age are also great candidates for the breast augmentation. In these cases, a breast lift may be a great complement to the augmentation procedure. By lifting the breasts and inserting an implant, the breasts have a fuller and more youthful appearance.
Breast augmentation is also a common procedure for women who consider themselves to have small breasts. This is a deeply personal choice, but women who want to increase their cup size for purely physical or aesthetic reasons are also great candidates for the surgery, so long as they completely understand the associated risks and have realistic expectations of what the procedure will be like.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation surgery patients may be able to return home after just a few hours following surgery. Upon waking from the anesthesia, the patient will be monitored in a recovery area. The patient’s breasts will be wrapped in a gauze and a support bra in order to support the sensitive skin and tissue during healing. Patients may experience a sense of pressure on their chest due to the swelling and tenderness of the breast augmentation site. The plastic surgeon will provide proper care instructions for the weeks following the procedure; this may include topical ointments as well as oral antibiotics in order to minimize the risk of infection and to promote healing. It is common for the patient to experience tenderness, soreness, or swelling for several weeks following a breast augmentation. Typically, the patient will undergo a follow-up visit to the surgeon in order to monitor the healing progress and in order for the surgeon to determine when normal activity may resume.