Also known as mammary implants or augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape, and fullness of the breasts using implants. This cosmetic surgery is typically sought after by women who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts, or who have lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the breast tissue or under the breast fold and create a pocket to insert the implant. The implant can be placed under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle, depending on the patient’s anatomy and desired outcome. The surgeon will then close the incision with sutures or surgical tape.
Before the procedure
Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery. They may need to undergo certain medical tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as what medications to avoid and what to eat and drink before surgery.
After the procedure
Patients will need to take time to recover. They may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects, and sleeping on their stomach for several weeks after surgery to prevent complications. They may also need to wear a supportive bra to help with healing and reduce swelling.
The results of breast augmentation can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and the natural aging process. Patients should also be aware that breast implants may need to be replaced or removed in the future due to complications or changes in breast tissue.
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