In Which Situations Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
Breast augmentation is usually performed due to aesthetic concerns. The purposes of breast augmentation surgery, also known as mammoplasty, can be listed as follows.
- Enlarging naturally small breast
- Restore deformed breast to its original size and shape after pregnancy, weight loss or breastfeeding
- Eliminating the asymmetrical breast shape
- To restore the breast image formed after surgery.
From which area is the breast prosthesis placed?
There are 4 different incision options for the placement of silicone in breast augmentation aesthetics. These; under the armpit, around the nipple, under the breast and belly. Each cut has plus and minus features that it will show in the process.
Nipple Circumference Incision
Although the incision made around the nipple heals with a very small scar around the brown part called areola, technically it may be necessary to cut the milk ducts.
In the incision under the breast, there is no damage to the mammary gland and milk ducts; Healing occurs with an indistinct scar that sits in the submammary groove. If there is an anomaly in the attachment of the breast to the chest wall, this can be easily corrected with this intervention.
In breast augmentation surgery performed under the armpit, there is no incision on the breast and the intervention is performed under the armpit. Here the scar remains under the armpit. A prosthesis is usually placed endoscopically through the armpit and belly incisions.
A space is created under the breast tissue by entering through the navel with endoscopic devices, this space is expanded with the help of a tissue expander, a suitable area is obtained for the prosthesis, the tissue expander is removed and a permanent breast prosthesis is placed.
Scars appear as redness after surgery, but become increasingly vague over time. Thanks to these incisions opened during the operation, a pocket of appropriate size is prepared in the planes under the mammary gland or chest muscle and the prosthesis is placed in this pocket.
What are the Risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Like any surgical operation, breast augmentation surgery has its own risks. Conditions and possible risks that may occur after breast augmentation surgery are listed below.
- Breast infection (mastitis)
- Nipple infection
- Breast implant leaks
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Excessive scar tissue in the breast area
- Cosmetic dissatisfaction
- Chest asymmetry
- Consulting your surgeon about these risks and preparing yourself before surgery can greatly help relieve your worries and minimize the risks.
Consulting your surgeon about these risks and preparing yourself before surgery can greatly help relieve your worries and minimize the risks.
What You Need to Know Before Breast Augmentation Surgery
- Breast Implants Will Have To Replace At Some Point.
Although modern breast implants are safe and long-lasting, they are not suitable for long-term use. Most types of implants usually last more than 10 years. Patients with implants should receive annual controls and regularly check themselves. The FDA recommends by breast augmentation professionals that those with silicone implants (whose leaks are less obvious) should get MRI scans three years after surgery and every two years thereafter.
- You May Have Additional Breast Surgery in the Future.
Considering the length of human life; It can be concluded that there is a period when implant types will need to be changed at least once. It is also possible to perform a breast lift procedure with implant replacement. With this in mind, it will be important to maintain a relationship with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon (preferably the person performing the initial surgery).
- Choosing a Breast Implant Type Is Not As Simple As Saline And Silicone Fillers.
There are a number of factors involved in choosing breast implants. Shape (round or drop-shaped), texture (smooth or textured shell), and profile. The right size may also depend on body proportions, posture and skin elasticity. Oversized implants can accelerate breast sagging or contribute to future back and shoulder problems.
- Effect of Breast Augmentation Surgery on Breastfeeding
Most women can breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. However, the incision site chosen for surgery may affect breastfeeding status. Generally, most surgeons recommend that women who wish to breastfeed in the future have incisions in the fold under the breast or in the axilla (armpit) rather than an incision around the nipple.
Deciding where the implant pocket will be located, sub-glandular placement (between the mammary gland and the chest muscle) and sub-muscular or sub-chest (under the muscle) placements each have advantages and disadvantages.
- What You See Immediately After Surgery Will Not Be Your Final Results.
Swelling and bruising are part of most surgical procedures. Many patients are worried about this image. With the breast implants adjusted to a suitable position, it may take weeks for the swelling to resolve, but your swelling and bruising will disappear after this process.
- If you smoke, you should quit smoking at least two weeks before surgery.
Even a single cigarette before surgery can pose a risk, and many plastic surgeons may refuse to perform the procedure if this rule is not followed. Nicotine causes narrowing of blood vessels and can pose a problem for blood circulation. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to quit smoking at least two weeks before the surgery.
Things to Consider After Breast Augmentation Surgery
- Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your breast augmentation surgery. Since you will be under general anesthesia for your surgery, your driving will not be approved by your doctor.
- For the first or two days after the surgery, you should take frequent, light-paced and short walks at home.
- In the early postoperative period, sleep comfortably in a reclining chair, lying on your back with pillows under your knees and on your back, or in a fetal position.
- Boost your energy by eating healthy meals and snacks.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes in the days immediately after breast augmentation surgery.
- Use only antibiotics and painkillers that your doctor deems appropriate.
- Avoid high-energy exercises.
- If you have a fever in the first few days after your breast augmentation surgery or have any questions or concerns, contact your plastic surgeon immediately.
Doctor Selection for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for breast augmentation can be difficult. When patients do not know the features they should look for, they may make a poor choice based on incorrect assumptions. As a result, it may not achieve the desired appearance; they may have to resort to further surgery to correct the problems. This will cause the patient to wear out financially and morally. It is important to look at all of the following when choosing the right surgeon for breast augmentation.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is looking for a surgeon for breast augmentation surgeries; He strongly advocates choosing a surgeon approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is very important what all the certificates put forward by surgeons mean.
The experience of board-certified breast augmentation surgeons is validated. According to the American Board of Plastic Surgery, “[certification] includes at least five years of residency training in all areas of surgery, with at least two years fully devoted to plastic surgery.”
- Before and After Pictures:
Most surgeons have before and after pictures on their websites. Considering these images it will be possible to predict your likely outcome.