Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure aimed to enhance the shape, size, or fullness of the breast. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon places breast implants, saline or silicone under the breast tissue or chest muscles. Aside from aesthetic purposes, this surgical procedure may also be recommended to women following medical conditions that require removal of entire breast anatomy, such as breast cancer.
Breast augmentation: Leading plastic surgery procedure
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation tops the list. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 300,378 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2017 here in the United States, posting a 3 percent increase. This beauty enhancement procedure is not only a massive hit in the US but elsewhere in the world.
MarketWatch projected that the global breast implants market would reach 2.3 million USD in 2027 with an estimated annual growth rate of 5.4 percent. This is driven by various factors that include the increased safety, high success rate, growing acceptance, and accessibility of breast augmentation procedures around the world.
Important things to consider before breast augmentation
If you’re planning to undergo breast augmentation, there are a number of factors that you need to consider before getting this procedure.
- In general, there are two alternative breast implant materials saline and silicone that you can choose from. Work with a reliable surgeon to know the difference between these two and be able to pick the right implant variety.
- Notify your surgeon if you have plans to breastfeed in the future. Although breast implants won’t impede milk production, women with breast implants are more likely to experience breastfeeding problems. For instance, nipple incisions may reduce nipple sensitivity that can lead to a reduction in the flow of breast milk. It may also increase the risk of breast infections.
- Be ready for the pain post-surgery. Although modern pain management medications are very effective, there is still some degree of discomfort and pain, especially after coming out of anesthesia. You may need to stay at home and take rest for several days following the procedure.
- Regular screening for breast cancer is vital for every woman. However, breast implants could interfere with effective screening as the material could conceal lumps or other abnormalities. Make sure to inform your doctor about the breast augmentation procedure, so he/she can make necessary adjustments in the performance of the medical examination.
- You need to follow your surgeon’s recommendations as to its proper care and monitoring. Regular examinations are important to detect any potential problems such as leaks, displacement, and ruptures. Take note that implants will remain a foreign object inside the body; hence, there are always some health risks.
- Cosmetic surgeons at LabelleVie remind clients that beautiful augmented breasts won’t happen overnight. It would take some time to achieve your desired results. After surgery, expect your breasts to be swollen for several days. During this time, they may look unattractive. Don’t be disappointed by the outcome as the tissues need several weeks to recover fully. You’ll see the improvements once the swelling has subsided.
- Choosing the appropriate size and shape of the implant is a crucial consideration. Some factors that need to be considered include the skin elasticity, body type, and expected changes in your body (weight fluctuations, aging, and pregnancy). The implant will have an impact on your health and appearance. You may also be recommended to do exercise to strengthen your back and be able to handle the extra weight.
- Diminished nipple sensation is a common side effect of this plastic surgery procedure. This occurs when nerves are severed during surgery. Although the loss of sensation may be temporary (ranging from 6 to 18 months), there are rare cases when nipple sensitivity is permanently lost. Ask your surgeon about this potential side effect.
- Keep realistic expectations. Breast augmentation procedures won’t be the same for every woman. Your surgeon would suggest the best and safest approach, type of implant and size, depending on your physical features and other health factors.
- Over time, your breast tissues will change, either due to aging or fluctuations in weight. As a result, implants may become more visible and look unnatural. Regular exercise can help you maintain the contour of your augmented breasts.
- Stretch marks are another possible side effect of this procedure. Although this is a rare side effect, some factors increase the possibility of skin striation, such as early onset of stretch marks, having thin skin, or pre-existing stretch mark problems.
- Breast implants are not lifetime devices that can last up to 20 years. While they don’t have an expiration date, they need to be properly maintained. Some may even need to be replaced.
- Be ready for future surgeries, such as if you dislike the result of the procedure or if you want to enhance the outcome further. Surgery may also be necessary in case of problems such as leaks, rupture, unsightly shape changes, or implant removal/replacement. Also, expect to see many changes after the implant has been removed. These changes may be irreversible and cosmetically undesirable.
- Lastly, when you have breast augmentation, you will need to continuously monitor your breast while they are there. If you observe any unusual changes or experience pain, be sure to report to your surgeon.