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Five Things To Know About Breast Augmentation
If you are thinking about undergoing breast augmentation surgery, here are five things you should know.
1. It Takes Time
You won't leave the operating room with perfectly perky breasts. It takes time for your body to recover from the procedure. For example, in the first week or so after surgery, you might need to wear gauze or a bandage around the area and there might be stitches and scarring or drainage tubes inserted in the area. As you heal from the surgery, there might be some temporary swelling, which makes the breasts look enlarged. Talk to your surgeon about the optimal timing for the surgery, especially if you have a big event coming up.
2. Size Matters
Everyone's body is different and not every body is suited for a D cup. Before you settle on a size, it's a good idea to give them a test run. During the consultation, you can try on several different implant sizes. You might have thought you wanted to size up to a D, but decide that a C cup is a better fit. You can also have a second chance to try out the implants, right before surgery, to make sure you're happy with your choice.
3. Location Matters
During the surgery, the doctor can place the implant either above or below the muscle. Under the muscle is often the preferred location, as it reduces the risk for certain complications or visual deformities, and provides a more natural-looking result. The location of the incision and scar is another thing to consider. Breast implants can be inserted from under the breast, through the nipple, through the belly button or from under the armpit.
4. You don't have to have a scar on your breast
With a special technique, you no longer have to have a scar on your breast. The surgeon can insert the implants (silicone or saline) using a special device from under the armpit. Patients end up with a short hidden scar in the crease of their under arm which fades away nicely with time.
5. You might not need to change implants every 10 years
There seems to be a myth that implants have to be changed every 10 years. As long as your implants don't leak, rupture or harden causing a capsular contracture, there is no need to have them replaced.
Women who get breast implants often report a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem after the surgery. If you are considering breast augmentation, it's important to discuss the surgery and your expectations with a board certified, experienced surgeon.