Thinking about getting a Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Thinking about getting a Breast Augmentation Procedure?
If you’ve been considering breast augmentation for a while, but not sure how to proceed, then this is a great chance to get informed. Breast augmentation surgery can either restore breast size, or increase it altogether. It’s a very popular surgical procedure that is frequently performed with a successful track record. Additionally, it has a tremendous impact on a woman’s confidence and body image.
You may want to consider breast augmentation (aka – “mammaplasty”) if:
– your breasts are asymmetrical and one is slightly smaller than the other
– you feel that your breasts are too small or would like a fuller breast size
– you’re physically fit and healthy
– you’ve lost volume or shape due to pregnancy, aging, menopause, or otherwise
– you’d like your clothes to fit you better
– you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding
Safety Concerns of Breast Augmentation
As in all surgeries, breast augmentation surgery is not without its risks. There may be a need for revision of the surgery, changes in the nipple sensation or even the breast sensation.
Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. As such, it is highly recommended to have them periodically examined by a board certified plastic surgeon. At some point, replacement may be necessary.
As per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine have found no link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.
Silicone or Saline
Silicone breast implants are approved by the FDA, for use in cosmetic breast enhancement surgery. Saline implants are also quite viable in this application. There is a great ASPS article to help you in determining which option is better for you – saline or silicone. Additionally, Dr. Makhlouf, a board certified plastic surgeon, is also a superb resource for helping you make this decision. You can see in this article, why it’s important to use a board certified plastic surgeon.
Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery
During your consultation with Dr. Makhlouf, he will answer any and all questions you may have and advise as to how to proceed. You’ll be required to provide a medical history and get an updated medical exam to determine if you are fit for surgery. If you’re 40+ years of age, Dr. Makhlouf will require a baseline mammogram.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Makhlouf will require:
– You stop smoking, at least 6 weeks prior to surgery – to promote better healing.
– You stop taking aspiring 7-10 days before surgery.
Additionally, you’ll be advised on any medications that are blood thinning, affect the hormones, or any steroids. Hydrating prior to surgery is also important.
2 weeks Before Surgery:
– During your pre-op visit with Dr. Makhlouf, you’ll finalize the choice of implant
– Review your medical history, issue prescriptions and give you detailed instructions
– Be sure to come with your list of questions as the Dr. will be glad to answer them.
A Few Days Before Surgery
– Figure out who’s going to take you home, after surgery.
– Figure out who’s going to stay home with you that first night, if it’s not the same as the person driving you home.
– If you have children or pets, you may want to have someone else help you with care for them.
– Fill prescriptions.
– Make sure you have food and other essentials as you stay home to rest, for a few days.
The Night Before Surgery
– Use antibacterial soap to shower the night before and the morning of the procedure.
– Take any medications prescribed to you: i.e. – anxiety reduction, etc.
– Avoid makeup, lotion, perfume and remove all jewelry prior to surgery.
After your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll be provided with a support bra that is front-opening. Then you’ll be closely monitored in a recovery room where you will awaken. You’ll be sent home to rest when you are ready.
Initially, you may have some moderate swelling and bruising. This is typical for the initial recovery phase. If you have some discomfort, you can take the prescribed medication – as necessary. You will need to rest for a few days. Gradually, you can return to normal activities adding more strenuous activities day by day.
– 3 Weeks after Breast Augmentation Surgery:
You can go tanning and swimming, but not without some sunscreen coverage. Choose an SPF of 15 or greater so the scar doesn’t darken.
– 8 Weeks after Breast Augmentation surgery:
Swelling is at its minimum, at this point. This will most likely be your new breast size. Now is the time to go shopping for a new bra and swimsuit. However, at 4 months your breasts will drop into place and that will be their final positioning.
If you were considering making any significant clothing investments prior to this time (ie – wedding dress), you should hold off until 8 weeks post-op.
Additional Factors to Consider:
A breast augmentation surgery will not affect your pregnancy; breastfeeding is still viable. Pregnancy does affect one’s breasts, however. So, if you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you may want to wait until after pregnancy.
– Weight Loss:
One’s breasts tend to decrease, and may even droop with weight loss. As such, if you’re planning on losing weight, you should hold off on the breast augmentation surgery until after your weight loss.
Breast augmentation surgery is a relatively common procedure and can quickly enhance a woman’s body and self-confidence. It is an out-patient procedure and results are visible relatively soon.
My mission as a cosmetic surgeon, aesthetic surgeon or plastic surgeon in Chicago is to mold your body and face as harmoniously as possible. To achieve this goal, I will provide personalized advice and guide you to obtain the desired result. Many of my patients are my own colleagues, who in turn have referred me to their families and friends in the Chicago area and suburbs.