Breast augmentation is performed to increase the fullness and symmetry of breasts. The procedure, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, involves inserting saline or silicone breast implants within the breast tissue to increase the size and volume. Young women with underdeveloped breasts, breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy or weight loss or those who have undergone mastectomy are ideal candidates for the implant surgery. There are various options for the placement of the implants and incisions may be made around the areola, underneath the breast, or through the armpit.
Women interested in having breast implant surgery should first ensure candidature. This can be accomplished by consulting a plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing the procedure.
Consultation with the Plastic Surgeon
During the consultation, the patient has to provide information on complete medical history including previous surgeries, allergies and current medications, medical treatments undergone, current mammogram results, and more. Candidature and the type of implant to be used is determined after considering the following:
- The current size and shape of the breasts
- The breast size and shape desired by the patient
- The quality and quantity of breast tissue
- The quality of skin
Preparing for Implant Surgery
Planning ahead before the surgery can promote a smoother experience and quicker recovery. Preparations before surgery:
- Stop taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or ibuprofen 2 weeks before surgery, as these drugs can change the blood clotting pattern. If necessary, another drug can be used in its place, as per doctors prescription.
- Wash the breasts thoroughly with antibiotic soaps continuously for three days before the surgery
- Stop taking food and drink after midnight before the surgery
- Dont use deodorant, perfume, or other cosmetics on the day of surgery
- Avoid nail polish and trim the nail of the left index finger, as it is where the oxygen monitor will be attached
- Stop taking antibiotics until the surgery or as instructed by the doctor
- Arrange for someone to be with you for 48-72 hours after the surgery
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before the surgery
Choose an AAAASF-certified surgical center to undergo treatment as this will assure the highest standards of safety as well as adherence to industry regulations and standards. With an expert surgeon, friendly and knowledgeable support staff, and advanced technology, a reputable plastic surgery center would be able to provide its patients with effective results, a comfortable surgical experience and end-to-end care.