Breast augmentation provides the opportunity to improve a woman’s shape and enjoy the benefits of improved confidence and quality of life. Clinically known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is generally administered for cosmetic purposes, whether to add volume to disproportionately small breasts, restore balance to asymmetrical breasts or just create a more voluptuous figure.
One of the factors in determining if you are a suitable candidate for breast enlargement surgery is by asking yourself one question (see below). The more honest you are in your response, the more certain you will be about whether you should go ahead with the surgery:
What are the reasons why I want my breasts enlarged? The answer is easy for some women and for other women, it can be somewhat challenging.
Reasons for having breast augmentation can include the following:
As you begin to understand more about breast augmentation and the options that are available to you, in particular during the consultation with Dr Quinn, you will start to examine the reasons why you want this surgery. When you become completely aware of the risks, benefits and costs involved with this particular procedure, and feel certain that you want to continue, your candidacy for surgery will rely upon your goals, health and expectations.
Breast augmentation surgery is an operation in which implants are used to increase the size of the breasts. The procedure produces a full, more rounded profile, but will not lift breasts if they have dropped to a significant degree.
An incision is placed in the skin fold beneath the breast or around the lower half of the nipple. Some women prefer to keep the incision well away from the breast so it may be placed in the armpit.
Implants are then inserted to increase the size of the breasts and produce a full and more rounded profile.
The sizes of implants vary in size (150 ccs to 500 ccs), shape (round or tear drop), filling material (silicone gel or saline) and surface (smooth or textured). The implant may be placed directly behind the breast tissue or partly under the pectoral muscle of the chest wall. During your consultation, Dr Quinn will help you decide on the best technique in your particular case.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, and an overnight stay in hospital is often required as suction drains will usually be necessary for 24-hours. However, surgery in a Day Procedure Centre is available if preferred.
A support bra must be worn for two to three weeks after the operation. A return to work is usually possible after a week to ten days, however, strenuous exercise is best avoided for several weeks.
Breast augmentation will not fix breasts that have already started to lose elasticity. Nonetheless, a lot of women who want to alter the shape and size of their breasts also have a breast lift. During breast lift surgery the nipples and breasts are lifted to a more youthful position. In breast augmentation, implants are positioned to increase the breast size. With combining these two surgeries, the effect is larger and perkier breasts.
A large number of women have breast augmentation prior to having children. However, if an individual is actively trying to get pregnant or wants to become pregnant in a year or two following surgery, then you should postpone breast augmentation surgery until after the pregnancy.
Before your breast augmentation, it is important that you understand that implants are not a permanent solution. In time the implants will need to be replaced or removed. There are some cases where implants have lasted for more than twenty years and are still in amazing shape, but these cases are the exceptions. Breast implants normally last about ten years.