Communication between doctor and patient is vital in achieving safe and optimal results from breast augmentation surgery. Decisions must be made regarding the surgical technique chosen and the size, type, texture, shape, and projection of the implants selected.
Be candid and forthcoming about your goals and preferences. And never forget that you are doing this for yourself. Ask lots of questions and expect straight and precise answers.
Dr. Lee will thoroughly review your medical history and will take the time to explain all of your options. If you decide to proceed with breast augmentation Bedford plastic surgeon Dr. Lee will develop a customized surgical plan to address your objectives. You will likely need some pre-surgical lab work and a mammogram. For a specified period before and after your procedure, Dr. Lee will direct you to suspend the use of any supplement or medication — such as aspirin-based analgesics — that might elevate surgical bleeding levels.
Remember that the idea is to enhance your overall appearance and happiness. Dr. Lee will make a series of measurements and take multiple photographs to give you a preview of how you might look with the size of the implants you select.
Silicone implants are filled with a synthetic plastic gel, while saline implants contain sterilized salt water.
Some women say silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants. However, a silicone implant rupture or leak can cause complications. If a saline implant ruptures, the saltwater is harmlessly absorbed by your body.
Since saline implants are inflated only after they are placed in your chest, they generally require smaller incisions than silicone implants.
Over the past decade, silicone implants have become more widely used in breast augmentation surgery.
Smooth implants feel soft and can move around within the breast implant pocket created in your chest by your surgeon. Textured implants generate scar tissue that sticks to the implant, providing additional stability. So-called “gummy bear” implants are form-stable implants that retain their shape even if the implant's shell is broken.
Round implants create more fullness at the tops of your breasts. Teardrop implants have more slope at the top, mimicking the shape of natural breasts.
High-profile breast implants provide the most breast projection. They have narrow base widths, which give implants a fuller and rounder appearance. Conversely, low-profile implants have the widest base width, resulting in the least projection. As the term implies, moderate profiles split the difference.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed using general anesthesia and typically takes 1-2 hours. After your implants have been properly placed and aligned, your surgeon will close your incisions with either sutures, surgical tape, or both. Gauze dressings will be applied to your breasts, and you may have post-surgical drainage tubes.
While breast augmentation is most often performed as an outpatient procedure — meaning you can go home the same day of your surgery — in some cases, your doctor may require you to stay overnight in the hospital.
Depending on your body type, your choice of implants, and the extent of augmentation you desire, your surgeon will select one of four incision techniques.
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Since your surgery will be performed using general anesthesia, you will feel nothing during the procedure. However, post-surgically, there will be some discomfort. While over-the-counter medications are often sufficient for pain management, Dr. Lee can prescribe stronger medication as needed and appropriate. Typically, your soreness will disappear within three weeks.
All surgeries come with risks such as infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, excessive scarring, and allergic reaction to medications or materials. Risks specific to breast augmentation include:
Following your surgery, call your doctor immediately if you experience:
Breast augmentation is regarded as a safe procedure when performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon.
No. Implants generally need to be replaced every ten years. Note that you will need an MRI exam three years after your surgery and every two years after that to check for implant leakage.
While patients can generally go home the same day of their surgery, your doctor may require an overnight hospital stay.
Most women report that breast augmentation does not interfere with breastfeeding. Some have found breastfeeding to be challenging.
The risk is slight, but changes in nipple sensation and sensitivity have been reported.
Costs will vary according to the type and extent of your procedure and the type of implants you select. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports the average cost of breast augmentation is $3,800. Discuss thoroughly with your doctor about costs and financing options before scheduling your surgery.
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