Discussing The Technical Aspects Of Breast Augmentation Introduction The breasts are one of the most important aesthetic areas of the female body. Prominent and bigger breasts are considered to be signs of femininity and fertility. Moreover, bigger breasts enhance the overall beauty and body outline of women. Unfortunately, not all women get bigger breasts naturally. Many women feel embarrassed of having smaller or flatter breasts. The good news is that there is a plastic surgery procedure available that can augment the breasts. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures after liposuction. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women go under the knife to increase the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation is technically a sophisticated surgery, and patients should be aware of the technicalities that go into the procedure. During the pre-operative consultation with the plastic surgeon, be sure to discuss the technical aspects of the surgery. Technical aspects of breast augmentation Many women assume that breast augmentation is a very simple procedure and does not involve sophisticated techniques. The reality is that breast augmentation is a complex surgery. It is highly invasive and involves inserting artificial implants inside the breasts. It is imperative, therefore, that the patient should be aware of the technical aspects of the surgery so that she can make a better decision. It will also help you understand the risks and complications. During the initial consolation, make it certain to ask the surgeon about the surgical techniques that go into the procedure. The technicalities of the surgery begin right with your candidacy and involve selecting the breast implants, choosing the anesthesia, making of the incisions, understanding the risks and recovery, and placing the implants until the emergence of the results. Let’s discuss these aspects in detail. Your candidacy Breast augmentation is not an end in itself. Rather, it is a long journey that starts with the determination of your candidacy. Whether you are a good candidate for the surgery will be determined during the pre-operative consultation. Be sure to choose a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. During the consultation, the surgeon will examine your breasts and determine whether you actually require breast augmentation. If it turns out that your breasts are small, the surgeon will then ask you about your goals and expectations. The doctor will try to understand how the condition is affecting your life. Next, the doctor will assess your overall health. To be a good candidate for the surgery, you must not have any serious health issues. Choosing the breast implants The second technical aspect of breast augmentation surgery is selecting the breast implants. The breast implants are artificial objects. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The silicone implant is the most popular type. The implants come in different sizes, and it is important to choose a suitable implant size so you can achieve your aesthetic goals. The implant size best for you will be determined during the pre-operative consultation. The plastic surgeon will take certain measurements to choose a suitable implant size for you. The surgeon will measure your chest dimensions, height, and BMI. The findings will then be used to select the implant size. Moreover, the implants have different profiles. The breast implant profile shows the projection that the implant will add to your breasts. It indicates the extent to which your breasts will point forward from your chest. Breast implants come in ultra-high, high, medium, and low profiles. To choose the suitable implant profile, the doctor will take a look at your breast size and shape, besides asking your aesthetic goals. If you want your breasts to look natural after the surgery, you should consider getting an implant that is equal or somehow smaller than your breast base. If you have a small chest dimension, you will have narrow options to choose from regarding breast implant profile. Anesthesia Next, it is important for the patient to discuss the anesthesia choices. Most surgeons prefer to perform the procedure under general anesthesia. However, the surgery can also be performed under IV sedation with local anesthesia. The use of general anesthesia is more common. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, after which you will fall asleep. You will not remember how the surgery was performed. Also, you will not feel any pain or make any movements under general anesthesia. This makes the surgery comfortable for the surgeon as well as the patient. If you have any allergy from general anesthesia, you must discuss it with the plastic surgeon. Making the incisions Breast augmentation is highly invasive. It involves incisions, which is technically the most important part of the surgery. The surgeon will carefully make the incisions on the breasts. The length of the incisions depends on the breast implant size. If the implant is large, it will require bigger incisions. Also, the incision size depends on the type of implant. If you are getting saline implants, the surgeon will make a smaller incision on your breast because the implant is filled with saline solution only after inserting it inside the breasts. On the other hand, silicone implants come pre-filled with a silicone gel. As such, the implants require bigger incisions. Inserting and placing the implants After making the incision, the doctor will make a pocket for the implants inside the breasts. The implants are then inserted into the breasts through the incisions and then placed in the pocket. There are two options for placing the implants: underneath the breast muscle or above the breast muscle. The plastic surgeon can tell which option is best for you, depending on your aesthetic goals, the implant size, and your breast dimensions. Most surgeons and patients prefer to have the implants placed under the breast muscle because it entails lower risks and more benefits. When the implant is placed over the breast muscle, the risk of capsular contracture is higher. Also, the implant is more likely to rupture or leak and the results will look unnatural. When the implants are placed under the breast muscle, they get more tissue coverage, which not only reduces the risk of capsular contracture but also make the breasts look natural. During consultation, the patient must discuss the implant placement options with the plastic surgeon. Closing the incisions After inserting the implants inside the breasts and placing them in the intended location, the plastic surgeon will suture and close the incisions. The surgeon will use certain techniques to make sure the incisions are properly sutured and closed. Recovery Your recovery will start soon after the surgery. After waking up, you will find yourself in the recovery area where your health will be monitored for a few hours. You will then be allowed to go home if your health is stable. The recovery can take many weeks; however, you can resume work two weeks following the surgery. During the recovery period, you must be very careful and avoid physically strenuous activities. Also, make sure to wear the surgical bras for the time recommended by your surgeon. After six weeks, you will fully recover. Results The results of breast augmentation will gradually emerge after the surgery. While you will see improvements in your breasts right after the procedure, complete results will evolve as the surgical wounds heal and the swelling subsides. The implants must drop and settle before delivering the final results. It can take the implants many weeks to fall into the intended place. Risks Breast augmentation is a technically complex and risky surgery. It is important for the patient to discuss the risks of the surgery with the surgeon in advance of the procedure. If the risks are higher for you, you should avoid going under the knife. The risks associated with breast augmentation include infection, seroma and hematoma, abnormal scarring, breast asymmetry, excessive bleeding, poor and slow wound healing, and capsular contracture. Also, keep in mind that breast implants are not permanent. They can rupture and leak any time; however, most implants rupture or leak only after many years. Conclusion Breast augmentation is a procedure that effectively enhances the breasts by making them bigger. The surgery is technically complex, which is why it is important for the patient to discuss the technical aspects of the surgery with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. The important technical aspects of the surgery have been discussed in this article.