Did you know that over 70 percent of women around the world are dissatisfied with their breast size? It makes sense because the average Victoria’s Secret model cup size is 32 D, while we are sitting here with a 32 A. Even though our loved ones remind us that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, deep down, we are still insecure. This is mainly because as you grow older and have kids, your breast isn’t the same as before. Fortunately, breast augmentation can give you the lift and bounce you may want.
If you are curious about the procedure and wondering whether you should get it, here are some benefits of breast augmentation surgery.
1. Make the Breast More Symmetrical
Every woman has some degree of asymmetry in their breasts. For some women, the discrepancies in breast sizes are so evident that shopping for bras and bathing suits becomes a problem.
Breast augmentation lets you choose the size, shape, and profile of each breast implant. The procedure can provide you with symmetrical breasts that fit comfortably in bras, bathing suits, and apparel.
2. Breast Rejuvenation After Pregnancy and Aging
Mothers often have sagging and reduced volume in their breasts, especially if they have been nursing. As you age, you will also notice how your breast begins to sag. Breast augmentation is an excellent procedure for restoring lost volume to give your breast a younger and perkier appearance.
3. Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy
Although a mastectomy can save your life, it may leave you feeling insecure. Breast augmentation after mastectomy may restore the breasts and help cancer survivors feel empowered. This procedure can be done using your own body tissue, silicone, or saline breast implant.
4. Boost Your Self-Confidence
This type of cosmetic surgery can have excellent mental health benefits. If you are dissatisfied with your breasts’ natural appearance, it can cause depression and anxiety. Breast augmentation can increase your confidence, allowing you to feel better in your own skin.
5. Breast Implants Are Long-Lasting
Breast implants are not a quick cure or an interim measure. They have a lengthy lifespan, with most lasting between 10 and 15 years. However, you should still make trips to your doctor’s office to monitor the implants to see whether or not they need to be changed.
6. Breast Implants Are Generally Safe
Breast implants are a relatively safe procedure with a low risk of adverse effects. However, there are some side effects, such as infection, difficulties with wound healing, and the chance of blood clots forming at the surgical site.
7. Easier To Shop For Clothes
Women’s apparel usually has an average chest size in mind. If you don’t meet this description, then shopping for clothes that fit may be costly, unpleasant, and even humiliating. Bringing your breasts more in line with the norm through augmentation makes shopping for garments less difficult and more pleasurable.
How to Prepare for a Breast Augmentation?
You’ll meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your breast size, feel, and options. The surgeon will discuss the different types of implants available, like saline or silicone. There are also other factors to think about, such as:
Breast Implants Will Not Prevent Drooping Breasts
Keep in mind that the cosmetic surgery itself will not completely stop sagging breasts. Your plastic surgeon may need to prescribe a breast lift for this issue.
Breast Implants Are Not Guaranteed to Be Permanent
An implant has an average lifespan of ten years. Implant rupture is a potential risk. Your breasts will also change due to weight gain or loss.
Makes Breast Feeding Difficult
Breast implants may make breastfeeding more difficult. Some women are able to breastfeed effectively after the procedure, while others may have some trouble.
Not Covered By Insurance
This procedure is not covered by insurance unless it’s medically required, such as after a mastectomy for breast cancer. Be prepared to pay for any associated operations or imaging tests.
You may need additional surgeries after breast implant removal. If you choose to remove your implants, you may need a breast lift to restore the appearance of your breasts.
Regular MRI Screening
The NHS advises regular breast MRI screening for silicone breast implants. This is to check for potential ruptures that typically occur five to six years after insertion. Unless you are experiencing symptoms, an ultrasound may be a viable alternative screening approach.
What Will Happen Before Surgery?
You may need a baseline mammogram before surgery. Your doctor will also modify your medication list before the procedure. For instance, it is critical to avoid aspirin and other drugs that may cause excessive bleeding.
If you are a smoker, your surgeon will ask you to stop smoking for around four to six weeks before and after surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home and remain with you for at least the first night after surgery.
What Can You Expect During Surgery?
Breast augmentation may be performed at a surgical center or as an outpatient procedure at a hospital. You’re likely to return home the same day.
Breast augmentation is sometimes performed using a local anesthetic. You remain awake, but your breast region is numbed. However, breast augmentation is often performed under general anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep throughout the procedure.
What Kind of Cuts Are in the Procedure?
Your plastic surgeon will make a single cut (incision) in one of three locations to install the breast implant:
- The crease that runs under your breast (inframammary)
- Beneath your arm (axillary)
- The circumference of your nipple (periareolar)
Following an incision, the surgeon will dissect your breast tissue from your connective tissue and chest muscles. This produces a pocket behind or in front of the pectoral muscle. The implant will be inserted into this pocket and centered beneath your nipple by the surgeon.
Insertion of the Saline Implant
Once in situ, saline implants are empty and filled with sterile saltwater. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel before placement. After inserting the implant, the surgeon will seal the incision with sutures and wrap it with surgical tape and skin adhesive.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Soreness and swelling are likely to persist for many weeks after surgery. The scars will reduce over time but will not completely vanish. While you’re recuperating, a compression bandage may be beneficial for additional support and alignment of the breast implants.
Adhere to your surgeon’s advice for resuming normal activities. If your work does not require physical exertion, you may return after a few weeks. However, you should avoid vigorous activities that might elevate your pulse or blood pressure for at least two weeks.
Where Can You Get a Breast Augmentation?
Now that you know the benefits of a boob job, it’s time to find a reliable plastic surgeon. You want someone that has years of experience. When you enter their office, make sure to ask for a “before” and “after” picture of their past patients.
This will give you an idea of what to expect. If you still have some questions about breast augmentation surgery, contact us today for a consultation.