The slow progression of time or major life events such as pregnancy or gaining or losing a large amount of weight can leave us feeling dissatisfied with our appearance. If you’re interested in rejuvenating your breasts and creating a tighter, more youthful bust, you may want to consider breast augmentation. At the Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, a qualified medical professional is available to speak with you and go over your options. Procedures like this have helped multitudes of women regain their self-confidence.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
The procedure is known in medical jargon as an augmentation mammoplasty. It’s a voluntary cosmetic surgical procedure intended to enlarge or bring symmetry to your breasts. The procedure can be performed in a couple of different ways, including through the transfer of fat from one area of your body to your chest or, most commonly, through the use of surgical implants.
Most candidates are those who seek an increase in the size of their breasts. Others have lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding and wish to have that volume restored. Not every candidate is looking for a straight increase in their breast size, though. Other viable candidates include those who are looking to even out the balance of their physical proportions.
Someone who has large hips and small breasts may want to undergo the procedure to increase their bust size and obtain the hourglass shape that many pursue but few achieve naturally. Those who have asymmetrical breasts or those whose breasts did not develop as expected make excellent candidates for the procedure as well. No matter what, a person must always have fully-developed breasts before the procedure can take place.
How Much Does the Procedure Cost?
The cost of the procedure will vary widely depending on a variety of factors, including
- The type of anesthesia
- The type of implants
- The surgical facility
- Requisite tests or labs
- Recovery garments
Since the procedure is elective, health insurance won’t cover it. Additionally, some insurance carriers won’t cover conditions or complications that surface after a person has undergone cosmetic surgery.
How Does the Procedure Work?
With this procedure, either body fat or a surgical implant is inserted behind each of your breasts. If implants are used, they either sit behind the muscles in your chest or behind your natural breast tissue, often resulting in a breast size increase of at least a cup or more. You’ll be able to choose between a contoured or round breast implant before your procedure, and your surgeon will go over the benefits and typical results of each so that you can make an informed decision in line with your overall goals.
Whichever type of implant you choose, it will work to increase the size of your breasts as well as provide a more contoured, fuller shape in areas that may have felt empty. The implants themselves are typically soft, flexible shells made of silicone that are either filled with a saline solution or more silicone.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
When someone decides to undergo a breast augmentation procedure, they usually have it done in an outpatient surgical center or similar facility. Often, patients are able to go home the same day the procedure is completed. You’ll likely be under general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure to maximize your comfort. Your surgeon will give you instructions to follow in the 24 hours leading up to your procedure, so be sure to follow them all.
First, your surgeon will create one of three possible incisions for the placement of your implants. These include inframammary (beneath the breast), axillary (in the underarm), or periareolar (in the dark tissue surrounding the nipples).
Placing the Implant
After the incision is made, a pocket will be created by separating your breast tissue from your chest muscles and tissue. The implants will then be placed inside these pockets and centered inside your existing breasts.
Filling the Implant
Those who choose saline implants will have them filled with a sterile saline solution once the shell has been placed in the appropriate position. With silicone breast implants, the implant is already filled before it enters the body.
Once the implants are satisfactorily placed, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and then bandage them with surgical tape and sometimes surgical glue. You will be monitored throughout your recovery and then released once the anesthesia has worn off.
Is It Possible to Get a Second Breast Augmentation?
Sometimes a patient will want to have a second, similar procedure to increase or decrease the size of their breasts or to change the type of implants they had during the first procedure.
Sometimes, a person will lose or gain a significant amount of weight, which causes their current implants to no longer be proportional to the rest of their body. In this scenario, the breast implants can look or feel too large and sometimes cause back pain due to their weight. A patient who finds themselves in this situation may choose to have their breast implants removed without being replaced.
If your skin has stretched due to your implants and your breasts are sagging, your surgeon is capable of performing a breast lift procedure to correct this during your implant removal surgery.
The Desire for Larger Implants
Sometimes a patient makes a conservative judgment regarding their desired breast size during the process surrounding their first procedure. In this situation, you may want to have a second procedure to increase their size. Many patients opt for larger implants because the ones they had during their first procedure resulted in smaller breasts than they expected.
The Shape of Your Body Has Changed
Losing or gaining a large amount of weight can often affect how your implants look as your body shape changes. Those who lose large amounts of weight can wind up being dissatisfied with their implants. Patients who experience sagging breasts due to weight loss may benefit from a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding will change the shape of your breasts whether you have implants or not. The weight gain and hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy often lead to an increase in breast size. There have been studies regarding the effects of breastfeeding on augmented breasts that have shown that breastfeeding is not a significant cause of sagging breasts.
Most medical professionals believe that it’s the rapid weight gain and loss which occur during pregnancy that causes breasts to sag. This will happen whether you have breast implants or not. It should be noted that it can take several months post-pregnancy for your breasts to settle after breastfeeding. If you have concerns about the shape of your breasts immediately following your pregnancy, it’s best to wait before considering a second procedure until your breasts have settled.
How Soon Can You Have a Second Breast Augmentation Procedure?
If your first breast implant surgery occurred in the last 6 months and you’re considering another, you’ll probably be advised by your surgeon to wait a little longer before making plans for it. Swelling after the procedure can take several months to fully dissipate; therefore it can take a while before the results of your first surgery can be realized.
If your first procedure involved having implants inserted beneath the chest muscles, it’s normal for these types of implants to take a little longer to settle: usually around 3 to 6 months. Finally, caution is usually urged because it can take time to get used to how your new breasts look and feel.
How Much Does a Second Procedure Cost?
If you return to the surgeon who performed your first procedure, you may receive a discount on your second. However, the cost of your second procedure depends on a lot. For example, your surgeon may need to incorporate a breast lift to accommodate the new implants. The pocket where the implants were originally inserted may need adjusting, and moving implants located behind the muscle may incur added time and expense.
If you are thinking about getting a second procedure done, it’s important to speak to the surgeon who did your first procedure first to find out what may be involved in a second and what the cost is going to look like.
What Can You Expect Afterward?
After your procedure, your surgeon will advise you to wear a bandage that compresses your breasts or a sports bra for the added support you’ll need during recovery. It’s also a possibility that they will prescribe you pain medication.
Your surgeon will provide you with recommendations regarding when you can safely return to work or other recreational activities. For most people, the timeframe is only a few days, but others might require up to a week off for recovery. In rare cases, it can take longer to return to work, but that’s usually only if a person’s job requires a lot of movement or lifting.
If you’re someone who frequently exercises, you’ll have to avoid anything overtly strenuous for at least two weeks. Following any invasive procedure, you’ll want to avoid raising your blood pressure or pulse too much. Additionally, too much movement, such as that associated with exercise, can be very painful for your breasts.
You may need to have your sutures removed at a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. In some cases, surgeons will put drainage tubes near the surgical sites, and those will need to be removed, too.
One of the beautiful things about breast augmentation is that you’ll see the results from your procedure right away. However, tenderness and swelling can make it very difficult to assess the final results of your procedure until after you’ve had a chance to start to heal. The results should be long-lasting, though the implants themselves aren’t guaranteed to last forever.
Depending on when you get the procedure done, you may need follow-up surgeries in the years ahead to replace your implants. If and when such a time comes, you can opt for the same size, larger, smaller, or no implants at all. It’s entirely up to you.
Breast augmentation surgery has long been the go-to option for those looking to increase the size of their breasts, improve their body contour and figure, and gain a measure of self-acceptance and self-esteem previously unexperienced. If you’ve experienced a loss in breast volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, hormonal changes, or the effects of aging, you may be an excellent candidate for the procedure.
If you’re interested in seeing what breast augmentation surgery can do to improve your self-image and your life, contact us at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL today and speak with a qualified medical professional about your options at 800-305-2450.