Breast implants, which can be either silicone or saline-based, are the most common breast augmentation procedure. In addition to breast implants, breast fat transfer, and breast lift are also popular surgical options available to women who want naturally perky and shapely breasts.
In a breast fat transfer procedure, excess fat is removed from a part of the body (stomach, thigh) via liposuction – the fat is then purified and injected into the breasts to give it more volume.
Because in a breast fat transfer only 50% -70% of fact cells are retained by the body, this procedure is ideal if you are looking for a cup size increase. Also, keep in mind that weight fluctuations will impact the size and shape of your breasts.
The downtime for breast fat transfer is a minimum of 1 to 3 days. Most patients return to work within a week post-procedure. You can expect some degree of swelling and bruising which can be addressed with OTC pain medication.
During a breast lift with implants surgical, or mastopexy, excess skin is first removed and then the breast tissue is reshaped and contoured to be more perky and shapely. The nipple is lifted and repositioned – if required, the size of the nipples or areolas can also be made smaller.
With a breast lift with implants surgical, you can expect immediate results. Complete healing will, however, take a year and with time your scars will fade away and become less noticeable.
Breast Lift with implants surgical surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and it requires some downtime. You will be able to resume light activities a week or ten days after surgery – normal routine/activities can be resumed after three weeks post-surgery.
Breast augmentation can give you natural-looking youthful, fuller, and perkier breasts. Your breast augmentation results can last for more than ten years. The size of your implants is usually based on the chest width and your doctor can help you decide which size and shape are best suited to our body type.
A detailed health exam and thorough understanding of patient expectations are the first steps of preparing for your breast augmentation. Your doctor will also take measurements of your chest wall and breasts.
Based on all this information, your doctor will decide the most ideal incision locations. You will be advised on risk factors as well as recovery measures post-surgery. You might also be asked to undergo a pre-surgery mammogram.
An incision is made around the nipple. The location can either be in the fold under your breast, or it can be in the armpit.
A pocket is created – either above or below your chest muscles and your chosen implants are inserted in the pockets.
The incision is then closed using layers of internal stitches while the skin is sutured, or closed using either skin adhesive or surgical tape.
The procedure can take approximately an hour. Most patients are not required to spend the night in the hospital.
Breast augmentation with implants will require some downtime. You can resume normal activity within seven days, however, you will be advised to avoid any heavy lifting or exercising. You can resume light activity within three weeks post-surgery, and regular/strenuous activity can be resumed within four to six weeks.
It is best to consider breast augmentation procedures once you have decided not to have more children since pregnancy can impact your weight which in turn can impact the results of your breast augmentation procedure.
Can you still breastfeed after a breast augmentation with implants?
Yes. Your breast implants should not impact your ability to breastfeed. However, research from the International Breastfeeding Journal cautions that milk ducts can suffer potential damage during breast surgery which involves making an incision around the nipple – this could impact the production of milk.
On average, a breast augmentation procedure varies for each individual patient. Factors such as type of augmentation, the current state of the health, and the goal for your surgery. The best way to determine the cost is to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you have and will receive a cost estimate which will include all the required services. Contact Pryor Health today to get started.
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