Breast augmentation; commonly known as a boob job, is a form of cosmetic surgery which involves inserting a breast implant underneath the natural tissue to make the breasts permanently larger, firmer or fuller.
Breast augmentation is very popular among females and is one of the most sought after types of plastic surgery, as it has many associated benefits. Women decide to brave it underneath the knife for many different reasons, whether it be cosmetic or reconstructive, but if you are considering a breast augmentation it is worth finding out as much as you can about the procedure beforehand. This will not only give you peace of mind, but will also get you prepared as to what you should expect before and after surgery.
Before undergoing the breast enlargement, a consultation with a doctor is required in order to discuss the size and shape that you want your new breasts to be. There are typically two types of filler used in implants which are;
- Silicone Implants
- Saline Implants
There are many different pros and cons associated with the two types of fillers, but the surgeon will sit down with you and discuss which option is best for you. What is best for one patient won’t necessarily be the best option for every patient.
What Does Surgery Involve?
During surgery an incision is normally made either near the armpit, under the breasts, around the areola or down the side of the breast. The implant is then inserted underneath the natural breast tissue or under the muscle of the breast; the incision is then stitched up.
After surgery the patient is normally required to stay in hospital for a minimal of two days; this is so that they can be monitored after being under general anaesthetic for two hours (this can vary depending on the patient). Patients are commonly required to wear a specially designed support bra; this will help to speed up the healing process and prevent discomfort.
Like any surgery, breast augmentation does have associated risks and complications such as;
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia,
- Hematoma (bleeding),
- Seroma (accumulation of fluid),
- Wound infection,
- Painful breasts,
- Loss of sensation,
- Impeded breast-feeding function,
- Visible wrinkling,
- Thinning of the breast tissue.
The patient can help to reduce these risks from occurring by following the surgeon’s advice before and after surgery.
If you are considering breast augmentation then a consultation is required before surgery. The surgeon will be able to assess your general health and ensure that your expectations can be met.
Any information in this article should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you. If you have any questions, you should ask your GP or relevant health professional.