Breast augmentation surgery is the process of increasing breast size with breast implants or transfer of fat tissues. This process is also performed to eliminate asymmetry and sagging, and to obtain round and large breasts after excessive weight loss or pregnancy. The size and appearance of the breasts can be changed with breast augmentation surgery, and harmony of the breast and hip area can be obtained at the same time. In breast augmentation, implants are placed under breast tissue or breast muscles. For some women, this process also provides self-confidence.
What is Breast Augmentation? How Is It Performed?
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most performed and highly satisfactory aesthetic procedures in the world. The purpose of these aesthetic procedures is to obtain a symmetrical and aesthetically satisfying breast profile that displays the natural curves of the patient after the procedure. Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. The incisions required for the procedure can be made in places that are not visible from the outside, such as around the nipple, under the breast fold or in the armpit area. The location of the incision is decided according to the implant to be used, the size to be obtained and the anatomy of the patient. After the incision is made, the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle or directly under the breast tissue. The location is evaluated by considering different criteria, just like the incision site.
Who Can Have Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery can be performed to all healthy individuals over the age of 18. On the other hand, the following recommendations are important. Breast augmentation is the ideal procedure for women, who are uncomfortable with their appearance, or women with asymmetrical breasts. Patients should have realistic expectations after the procedure. Breast augmentation and, if necessary, lifting procedures are performed in combination for women, who have lost volume and have sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Planning Process Before Breast Augmentation
In the first part of planning, the patient is interviewed for size, sensitivity and appearance. There are different types of implants, including smooth and textured, round and teardrop, saline and silicone filled implants. In the planning process before breast augmentation, the decision is made on the type of silicone to be used. Nonetheless, the planning process involves matters such as the technique to be used, the location of the implant to be placed, and the location of the incisions to be made for the surgery considering the general medical status of the patient. Finally, the appearance to be achieved after the procedure is presented to the patient in the planning process. The surgeon makes various recommendations regarding the preparation of the patient for the procedure according to the planning. For example, patients should not use aspirin or other blood thinners for a while before the procedure, in order to avoid excessive bleeding during the procedure.
Recovery Process After Breast Augmentation
It is very natural to experience mild tingling and swelling within a few weeks following the procedure. Aching or pain can be easily controlled with prescribed pain relievers. Patients should wear a compress bandage or sports bra for extra support during the recovery process. Patients, who do not have heavy working conditions, can return to work within a few weeks. In this process, it is necessary to avoid activities and movements that will increase heart rhythm or blood pressure. During the recovery period, the breasts become very sensitive to touch. In procedures where drains are used, these drains should be removed later. Although the incisions made are visible after the procedure, they are not noticeable from outside within 1 year.