Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures from year to year, and it’s likely you know someone who has undergone or considered the procedure. Despite this, there can still be a lot of misinformation about breast augmentation and what it can do. If you’re still researching your options, here are some important things we at Aspira Plastic Surgery would like you to know.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, sometimes called breast implant surgery or breast enhancement, is a plastic surgery procedure that uses implants to increase the size and projection of the breasts. There are many different considerations that go into choosing the best procedure for each patient, such as implant type, size, and placement, but breast augmentation is generally safe in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon. It can even sometimes be combined with other breast or body procedures like the breast lift or mommy makeover.
Am I a candidate?
Many women can benefit from breast augmentation for a wide variety of reasons. Most commonly, breasts that are too small or aged lead women to look at their surgical options. Postpartum women also sometimes consider implants for breasts that become deflated or sunken as a result of nursing. If you choose to pursue implant surgery, you should be in good health and have breasts that are no longer growing or changing so that your results aren’t affected. During your consultation with Dr. Erella, you’ll discuss any medical conditions that might prevent you from having a safe and effective procedure and recovery.
How is Breast Augmentation performed?
Every patient’s breast procedure is unique, so you’ll receive a detailed surgical plan during your consultation stage. Generally, breast augmentation is performed using a predetermined incision under or around the breast that allows access for implant placement. The implant can go either above or below the pectoral muscle, and each option has its own benefits. Once the implant is in place, the incisions are closed, and you’ll be fitted with a surgical compression garment. This helps support the new implants during your recovery.
What can I expect from recovery?
Most patients require one or two weeks of downtime after breast augmentation, with full recovery taking one or more months as the body adjusts to the new implants. You’ll need to refrain from activity or extensive movement in order to allow your body to heal, during which you can manage any pain and swelling with prescribed medications. Breast implant surgery produces immediate, excellent results when performed by a top breast plastic surgeon.
The first step in your breast augmentation process is a consultation with Dr. Erella, who can plan the best plastic surgery procedure for you and your goals. To schedule a consultation, contact our Austin office by calling or filling out our online form.