Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size, and shape of a woman’s breasts. So why do people opt for it? Let’s find out!
Types of Breast Augmentation
The means and methods achieved can significantly vary based on the individual’s body type, aesthetic goals, and the surgeon’s recommendations. The two primary techniques employed are saline or silicone implants and fat transfer.
Saline and Silicone Implants
Saline and silicone implants are the two main options for those considering this procedure.
Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water or saline. One of the benefits of saline implants is that they can be filled after being inserted, allowing for smaller incisions. However, some people feel saline implants are less natural than silicone ones.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel, silicone. Many women feel that silicone breast implants feel more like natural breast tissue. They generally provide a more natural look and feel than saline implants. However, they require a slightly larger incision for insertion since they are pre-filled.
Fat Transfer Augmentation
Fat transfer augmentation, or autologous fat transfer or fat grafting, is a more natural alternative to implants. The extracted fat is then purified and prepared for injection into the breasts. This method is praised for its natural results and the added benefit of contouring the area where the fat is harvested.
Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation
One of the most prevalent reasons is the desire to enhance self-confidence and improve body image. Our society places a significant emphasis on physical appearance. Therefore, augmenting their breasts can boost their confidence and make them feel more comfortable and confident in their skin.
For others, the decision to pursue breast augmentation comes after noticeable body changes. Pregnancy and breastfeeding, for example, can significantly alter the size and shape of a woman’s breasts, often leading to a loss of volume and firmness.
Potential Side Effects of Breast Augmentation
Just as a coin has two sides, the decision to undergo breast augmentation comes with its potential side effects. These side effects span from short-term discomforts that manifest immediately following the surgery to more persistent long-term complications that may occur over time.
Short-Term Side Effects
Pain and Discomfort
As the body reacts to the introduction of an implant or the effects of fat transfer, you might feel sore and tender around the operated area. It’s important to understand that this is a standard part of the recovery process, usually lessening within a week as the body recovers.
Swelling and Bruising
Another aftermath of the surgical process is swelling and bruising in the breast area. It is a typical body reaction to the trauma from surgery. These symptoms should diminish after a few weeks as the healing process progresses. It’s essential to keep your healthcare provider informed of these changes, especially if they persist or intensify.
Long-Term Side Effects
Beyond the immediate aftermath of the surgery, there are potential long-term side effects to consider. It’s crucial to bear these in mind as you make an informed decision about breast augmentation.
Changes in Sensation
A change in nipple or breast sensation is a possible long-term side effect. Patients have reported varying sensations post-surgery, ranging from hypersensitivity to complete numbness. The nerves in the breast and nipple area may be affected during surgery, leading to these changes in sensation.
One of the more concerning long-term side effects is capsular contracture. It occurs when the scar tissue, or capsule, that the body naturally forms around the breast implant contracts and tightens. This contraction can make the breast feel hard and may distort its shape.
Implant Rupture or Leakage
Although not typical, implant rupture or leakage is another long-term side effect. Over time, breast implants, both saline, and silicone, can potentially rupture. A rupture occurs when a hole or tear in the implant shell causes the filling material to leak into the body.
Managing and Minimizing Side Effects
Every surgical procedure, including breast augmentation, carries its potential side effects. While some are inherent to the process, there are steps one can take to manage and even minimize them. These include selecting a skilled surgeon and adhering strictly to the post-operative care instructions.
Importance of Choosing a Qualified Surgeon
The first step to minimizing the side effects of breast augmentation begins even before the surgery – with the selection of the surgeon. An experienced, skilled, qualified plastic surgeon is your first defense against complications.
A qualified surgeon ensures your procedure is done in an accredited, safe, and clean facility, reducing the risk of complications such as infections.
Remember, the success of your breast augmentation is mainly in your surgeon’s hands. Make sure those hands are as skilled and experienced as possible.
Following Post-Operative Care Instructions
After the surgery, the responsibility of managing side effects transitions to you, guided by the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon. These instructions aren’t merely suggestions; they are a roadmap to recovery and crucial for minimizing side effects and complications.
These instructions may include how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow up with your surgeon. They may also guide you on what to look for – signs of infection or other complications that warrant immediate medical attention.
Following these instructions may seem straightforward, but it’s surprisingly easy to disregard them, especially as you start feeling better. However, each directive plays a vital role in your recovery. For instance, taking all prescribed antibiotics can prevent infections, while refraining from strenuous activities allows your body time to heal.