What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery — operationally known as augmentation mammoplasty — is a procedure to enhance breast shape and size. It involves placing breast implants underneath breast tissue or chest muscles.
For many others, it’s part of rebuilding of their breasts because of different issues or causes.
If you’re contemplating breast augmentation, then talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. Make sure you understand what breast augmentation surgery involves, such as possible risks, complications and the follow up care that are specific to your individual needs.
At Charlotte Plastic Surgery, we always recommend you sit down with our board-certified plastic surgeons to go over your options when it comes to breast augmentation and what you need according to your preferred result. Throughout the consultation, the patient and surgeon will talk in detail and discuss the options available.
What Results Should I Expect from a Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Though a breast augmentation surgery leads to larger breasts right away, the final outcome might take a few weeks before the swelling subsides and the skin stretches. Incision lines and scars may require a few months or even up to a couple of years to fade.
With regard to recovery, after a long-acting anesthetic, the patient is nearly pain-free for up to 72 hours. Patients usually spend about 1 hour in postoperative care and are thereafter sent home following a routine post-surgery examination and evaluation.
Most breast augmentation patients can return to work within a few days time, and physical restrictions include limiting heavy lifting and upper-body exercises for at least a few weeks depending on the age of the patient. Patients normally feel good after about a week and are advised to slow down before picking back up in normal daily activities in order for their body to fully recover.
Aside from physical limitations, visiting your surgeon post-procedure is a crucial part of the recovery procedure. Usually, follow-ups are routine, with appointments within a few days, weeks, and months after surgery, and then annually. With Charlotte Plastic Surgery, our follow-up appointments with our patients are important so we can make sure they are recovering flawlessly.
Am I an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
The ideal candidate for breast augmentation is a person who is in excellent health or is at their ideal weight and is wanting an increase in their breast size. Individuals who have sagging breasts, also known as ptotic breasts, are not advised to have this operation independently.
People who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should wait to have breast augmentation surgery because pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the volume and shape of your breasts.