Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast augmentation surgeries performed increased by 48% between the years 2000 and 2018. Patients look to increase the size of their breasts as well as gain a better contour to them when they have a breast augmentation procedure. For patients that do not know everything that is involved in the breast augmentation process, check out the informative article below to learn more about breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation using breast implants is when a surgeon places the implants inside the breast area of the patient. The breast implants can range from smaller implants that provide a subtle augmentation to larger breast implants that greatly increase the size and appearance of the breasts.
The size of the breast implants is measured in cubic centimeters or CCs. The size that will be used to provide the desired amount of breast augmentation is determined during the consultation appointment with the patient. Implants that are smaller than the base width of the breast of the patient means the natural teardrop breast shape will be kept by the body. Breast implants that are larger in size than the base width of the natural breast give the breasts a circular shape because of their size compared to the natural breast size of the patient.
As mentioned above, the consultation appointment is when the patients need to discuss their desired final results with the surgeon. Doctors want to make sure patients have realistic expectations about the final results because the results patients think they want might actually be the result of wearing a certain type of bra or the patients might be viewing the results of Photoshop on the appearance of the breasts in certain photos.
Before patients make the final decision to have breast implants placed during breast augmentation surgery, there are a few decisions they need to make that go beyond the size of the breast implants:
Once the breast implants are placed by the surgeon, the body forms scar tissue around the area where the surgery was performed. Patients should be aware that capsular contracture is a possibility after surgery. This is a breast augmentation complication that happens when internal scar tissue forms a capsule that is constricting or tight. The capsule will start to contract and eventually it becomes hard or misshaped.
Patients will experience some pain in the breast area for a few days after the surgery. Gauze dressings will be applied to the breasts after the surgery but they will be replaced with a special surgical bra. Patients will need to limit movements such as lifting and bending as they can delay the healing process and increase the amount of pain felt by the person.
It can take up to three months for the breast implants to migrate to their ideal location and even up to a year for the breast implants to fully settle into place In general, breast implants can last anywhere from 10-20 years after the surgery.