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June 1, 2018

Breast Augmentation Surgery – The Basics

Any physically healthy female with realistic expectations about breast augmentation is a good candidate for the procedure. Here are questions you need to ask yourself before you start making plans:

> Are there any medical conditions that may hinder your healing?

> Do you smoke?

> Do you consider your diet healthy and do you engage in moderate physical exercise regularly?

> Can you provide your surgeon a full medical background, including medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements you’re presently taking?

Specifics and Basics

Breast augmentation is usually done with general anesthesia, though a local anesthesia with a sedative may be an option. Before making a choice between the two, your doctor will take into account the methods to be performed, and your preferences. You will discuss this in detail long before your scheduled surgery.

Moreover, a board-certified plastic surgeon will tell you exactly how he will insert and position the implants. Clearly, your anatomy will have a big role in this, and will many other factors. Common sites of incision are the armpit, around the areola and the breast crease where it adjoins with your chest. The main point is to make the incisions in areas where they will be the least conspicuous.

From the incision, breast tissue and skin will be pulled up so that a pocket is created to accommodate the implants, whether right behind the breast tissue or below the chest’s pectoral muscle. The implants will then be inserted and positioned so that they are centered under the nipples.

In most cases, putting breast implants behind the chest muscle reduces the chances of capsular contracture (when scar tissue forms a tight capsule around the implant, contracting it until it hardens and becomes misshapen). This also makes mammograms easier.

The only disadvantage is, it can slow down recuperation and bring some discomfort for a few days after surgery. In any case, your surgeon will tell you the positive and negative sides of each position when you come for consultation.

Usually, breast implants are performed with other procedures, like tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, and liposuction. There are several surgery center locations in urban areas, where surgeries may be done inpatient or outpatient. But usually, patients would rather go home and recover in familiar surroundings.

To have a successful breast augmentation surgery, the most important decision you will make is choosing the right surgeon. They must be certified by no less than the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Take note that while any medical doctor can brand themselves as “board-certified,” that doesn’t automatically mean they are APLB-certified. Hence, make sure you have researched your prospective surgery’s background before making any final decisions.

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