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Breast Augmentation Surgery – The Basics

A good candidate for breast augmentation is any female who is any female who is physically healthy and has realistic expectations of the surgery. Furthermore, here are questions to ask yourself before making any plans:

> Do you have any medical issues that could hamper your healing?

> Do you smoke?

> Do you consider your diet healthy and do you engage in moderate physical exercise regularly?

> Can you provide your surgeon a full medical background, including medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements you’re presently taking?

Specifics and Basics

In breast augmentation surgery, general anesthesia is often used, though local anesthesia (with a sedative) may be an option as well. When deciding between the two, the doctor will consider the particular methods that will be performed, as well as your own preferences. This will be discussed with you in full detail way before the schedule of your surgery.

In addition, a board-certified plastic surgeon will explain to you how he plans to insert and position your implants. Of course, your anatomy will play a big part in this, and so will several other factors too. Typical sites of incision for breast augmentation include the armpit, the area surrounding the areola, and the breast crease where it touches your chest. The idea is to make incisions where would be most inconspicuous.

From the incision, breast tissue and skin will be pulled up so that a pocket is created to accommodate the implants, whether right behind the breast tissue or below the chest’s pectoral muscle. The implants will then be inserted and positioned so that they are centered under the nipples.

In most cases, putting breast implants behind the chest muscle reduces the chances of capsular contracture (when scar tissue forms a tight capsule around the implant, contracting it until it hardens and becomes misshapen). This also makes mammograms easier.

The only disadvantage is, it can slow down recuperation and bring some discomfort for a few days after surgery. In any case, your surgeon will tell you the positive and negative sides of each position when you come for consultation.

Breast implants are usually done in conjunction with liposuction, tummy tuck or any other cosmetic procedure. There are many surgery center locations scattered across metropolitan areas, and surgeries are either inpatient or outpatient. But usually, patients would rather go home and recover in familiar surroundings.

The best thing you can do to ensure a successful surgery is to go with the right surgeon. They must be certified by no less than the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Keep in mind that while any medical doctor can call themselves “board-certified,” it doesn’t automatically mean that the certification was issued by the APLB. Therefore, always research the background of the surgeon before choosing to have surgery with them.

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