Breast augmentation is a procedure that enlarges breasts via insertion of implants. Also, some clinics offer non-surgical option, through transfer of your own fat into your breast area. The procedure is used to reach aesthetic goals, such as enlarging naturally small breasts, restoring the breasts fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding, removing visible disproportion and asymmetry.
An important step towards fuller breasts is deciding on the type of implant. Today, most widely available implants are saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, silicone implants – with elastic gel. Implant type will depend not only on your desired breast size, but also on your skin elasticity, body type and breast anatomy. There are also 2 types of implant placement – beneath the pectoral muscle (the sub muscular placement) and directly behind the tissue of your breast (the sub mammary placement). The implants are placed through the course of incisions; their choice also depends on goals you want to achieve. Your surgeon will choose the best option.
The surgeon may provide breast implants insertion in order to hade scarring. To insert the implants, the surgeon scarifies the area of armpit, areola or the area where the chest meets breast bottom. A cosmetic surgery technique called Transumbilical Breast Augmentation that represents implants insertion through the belly button with the help of endoscope is also frequently used.
Breast Augmentation represents sufficiently safe procedure if it is provided by a certified and qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless you are to consider the most common risks before resolving to breast implant surgery. The common risks are represented by collapse, excess fluid collection, rupture, bleeding after the operation, unfavorable scarring, and complications related to anesthesia and dissymmetry.
During your first meeting, the surgeon will discuss your desires and expectations, take pictures of your breasts, make necessary measurements and assign preliminary tests. Please note that the augmentation cannot be carried out, if the breasts have a substantial degree of sagging. In this case, the breast augmentation will be combined with mastopexy (a breast lift). Before and after the surgery you will be required to take a baseline mammogram to detect any changes in your breast tissue.
The recovery timeline after breast augmentation surgery is usually a few weeks, although a post-surgery rest shouldn’t take longer than 48 hours. For a few days, you will be required to avoid strenuous physical activity, and your breasts will continue to feel swollen and sore until the end of a recovery period. It is important not to apply excessive abrasion or motion to incision lines. In several months the scars will fade and remain indistinct. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to eliminate pain, facilitate healing and avoid infection, and will assign a time for a follow up meeting.
In rare cases, complications are possible. You should turn to your clinic immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath and frequent heartbeat. It is best to discuss possible complications and means to deal with them prior to the surgery.
You will have an opportunity to enjoy breast implant surgery results for quite a long time. You will not be embarrassed to wear clothing styles you like and swim wear any more. Breast implants and your new look will make you self-confident and more attractive for people as well as for yourself. Although you can expect the outcome of your surgery to be long lasting, its results are not permanent. In several years, due to ageing, heredity and other natural reasons, your breasts may lose their shape and you may have to turn to your plastic surgeon again to restore their contour.
The cost of the surgery is usually not covered by most insurance and will depend on the compleхity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and the location of the clinic. Many clinics, however, offer a variety of payment options. The fees cover the surgery as well as the post surgery garments, medications and treatment.
Average cost of breast implants is $3,351 without fees for implants, surgical facility and anesthesia. Including all additional fees the total average cost is $7,100. The cost range - from $5,000 to $10,000.