Tuesday, 23 September 2014


If you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your chest, you may be considering getting breast augmentation surgery. While these procedures have proven to be safe, any surgery has its fair share of risks. Before you decide to go forward with the operation, it is imperative that you know everything you can about what is involved in the procedure. You should only move forward with the procedure if you want to do it for yourself and no one else. Before committing to the procedure, it is imperative that you speak with your physician, who will give you a better idea of what you can expect and if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

A breast augmentation procedure can be done in either a hospital or a surgery facility. Most patients who receive this procedure go home the same day of the surgery. Before the surgery, your doctor will tell you how to prepare, what to bring with you, and the proper diet to maintain. Be sure you have someone to drive you to and pick you up from the procedure. Make sure you have food prepared at home, and make any other arrangements, so you can minimize driving and other activities. Your physician will advise you to not smoke before and after the procedure if you are a smoker, and will give you other specific instructions on how to prepare.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will use local anesthesia, which just numbs your chest, or you and your doctor could elect to use general anesthesia, which will put you asleep through your procedure. During the surgery, the surgeon will make a cut under each breast, under your arm, and around the nipple. Once these incisions are made, the surgeon places the implant in front of the muscle. The surgeon will make proper adjustments to ensure the shape and position is correct, and he or she will seal the area with stitches. The procedure may be different depending on whether you are getting saline or silicone gel implants.

Following the procedure, you will experience swelling and soreness for a few weeks. You will have gauze over the stitches, and you may be advised to wear a special bra. The gauze is typically removed about a week after the procedure. Many women can return to work and regular activities a few days after the surgery, though your doctor will advise you to avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks after the procedure is completed. Breast augmentation surgery does tend to leave scarring where the incisions were made, but they are purposefully made in places that are not easily seen.

Author – Anna Woodward


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