If You’re Coming In for a Breast Augmentation, Here’s What to Know First
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size of your breasts. It is also called augmentation mammoplasty and can be achieved through the placement of breast implants.
The procedure can help in achieving a breast size that is more proportionate to the body. Breast augmentation can also be opted for by women who have lost volume in their breasts after pregnancy due to weight reduction.
How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
The first step of the procedure is the administration of anesthesia. Following this, incisions are made in inconspicuous areas. After the incisions are made, pockets are made in the tissues based on the desired results. The breast implants are inserted into the pockets and positioned correctly.
The incisions are then closed with the aid of sutures or skin tape. The results of the surgery are immediately visible and are long-lasting.
Things to Know Before Coming In for a Breast Augmentation
Before you go ahead with breast augmentation, you should be aware of certain aspects of the procedure. First, it is important to be sure of what your expectations and desired results from the procedure are. You must understand that breast augmentation does not correct extremely drooping breasts.
After discussing your medical history, current medications, and more with Dr. Bundrick during a consultation, you’ll have a better idea of whether breast augmentation is the right option for you.
You should also be aware that breast implants are available in various shapes, sizes, profiles, and with different fillers. You can get an idea about the size by keeping in mind that 200cc volume of a breast implant is equal to approximately one cup size.
Knowing the available types of incisions is also important. Different incisions are made based on the type of implant being used, the desired degree of enlargement, the patient’s anatomy, and the preference of the patient and surgeon.
There are three main kinds of incisions: periareolar, inframammary, and axillary. The periareolar incision is made around the edge of the areola, the inframammary is made on the fold under the breast, and the axillary is made in the armpit.
You must also know the prerequisites of getting a breast augmentation done. Prior to finalizing the date of surgery, you must get a blood test done for Dr. Bundrick to evaluate the feasibility of the surgery. You must stop smoking for several weeks before and after the procedure.
You must avoid taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before surgery, as they raise the chances of increased bleeding. You may also have to take certain medications before the surgery or adjust your present medications.
After Your Procedure
After breast augmentation, your breasts will be dressed with gauze. You will have to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize the swelling and promote faster recovery. Dr. Bundrick may also prescribe medications such as painkillers and antibiotics in order to reduce pain and prevent the chances of infections.
You will have to avoid physically taxing activities such as sports and heavy exercise for a time until Dr. Bundrick tells you that you can increase your activity level. Once healing is complete, you will be able to return to all regular activities.
Get In Touch to Find Out More
Experienced board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Bundrick will be happy to tell you more about your procedure during a consultation. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.