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Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgery performed to increase the size of the breasts. It involves placing breast implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles. For some women, breast augmentation is a way to improve their confidence. For others, it is part of breast reconstruction due to various medical conditions.
Breast augmentation may help improve your appearance if you feel that your breasts are small or that one breast is smaller than the other. Suppose this affects the way you dress or the type of bra you need to improve the asymmetry between them. Even if you don’t feel good about your figure, breast augmentation is a procedure that contributes to improving your body and confidence.
Breast augmentation is a surgery that helps to improve the size and shape of a woman’s breast in the following situations: to enhance the silhouette of a woman who thinks her breasts are too small, to correct breast reduction that occurs after some pregnancies, to correct a difference in size between both breasts, as a reconstructive procedure after breast surgery for different causes.
It is possible to increase the size of the breast one or several sizes by inserting a prosthesis under the breast.
Who is a good candidate for Breast Augmentation?
You know if you are a good candidate for Breast Augmentation if you can agree to the following:
- The patient is not happy with the size and shape of the breasts.
- Your Breasts are flat, asymmetric, or present a lack of cleavage and volume.
- You are a healthy patient with no active infections, Breast Cancer History, or major illness.
- The patient should understand that consuming big amounts of alcohol and nicotine may cause additional complications and delay the healing process.
- The patient should have a realistic expectation of the result and discuss implant options with the surgeon.
Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those related to your expectations about the results.
Our specialists will give you instructions on preparing for surgery, including rules about food and fluid intake, smoking, or taking or suppressing medications, vitamins, and iron supplements. Breast augmentation does not require a blood transfusion during surgery. Instead, we use general anesthesia for all of our procedures.
Who is the ideal candidate?
Ideal candidates for breast surgery are healthy, emotionally stable individuals who understand the results after surgery. Many women desire augmentation after pregnancy or breastfeeding that has left the breast empty and sagging. Although there is no risk that augmentation will alter future pregnancies, you should know that the breasts may sag somewhat again after a new pregnancy.
It would be best if you were mentally and physically prepared.
Before undergoing breast augmentation, you need to prepare yourself mentally and physically. You should take care of your body and have your home ready not to have to worry about anything after surgery. After the surgery, you will need to relax and rest to have a better recovery. Therefore, you should make every effort to buy everything you need and make sure everything is ready.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
- IS THE PROSTHESIS PLACED IN FRONT OF OR BEHIND THE MUSCLE?
Although there are three possible planes (retro-pectoral or sub-muscular, retro-facial or sub-facial, and retro-glandular or sub-glandular), and all three are allowed, there is a current consensus demonstrated by studies that the position of the prosthesis behind the pectoral muscle in what is called dual plane and therefore is the one we recommend, since it also minimizes the risk of future complications such as capsular contracture and rippling.
- HOW ARE THE PROSTHESES PLACED: SUBMAMMARY, AXILLARY, OR PERIAREOLAR?
The three options are correct and are currently performed, although the least risky is the submammary route and is already recommended by most surgeons unless the patient has other preferences.
- ARE DRAINS NECESSARY?
It is currently proven that drains, far from helping, can be responsible for bleeding and infections. Therefore, it is necessary to refine the surgical technique to be as precise as possible by performing complete hemostasis so that there is absolutely nothing to drain. In this way, we avoid drains in almost all of our patients, except in special situations such as some secondary surgeries or coagulation alterations that the patient has.
- HOW IS THE RECOVERY FROM A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Recovery is usually quite fast if there are no incidences. The usual recovery times in breast surgery are as follows: the first two days are the most uncomfortable, usually in 7 days you can make a quiet office life, in 2 weeks is typically able to make an everyday life without excessive effort, and after a month we can resume a completely everyday life and start practicing sports.
- HOW LONG DO BREAST PROSTHESES LAST?
There is no longer a recommendation to replace the prosthesis periodically every ten years, and it is considered that the prostheses do not have a specific expiration date. But it is impossible to guarantee their unlimited duration, and it is recommended that they are periodically checked by ultrasound, especially after ten years.
Nowadays, severe commercial houses offer a lifetime guarantee against rupture.
- CAN YOU LOSE SENSITIVITY IN THE AREOLA OR NIPPLE?
Whenever we perform an intervention, alterations may occur in the sensitivity of the operated area, whether it is cosmetic surgery or any other type of intervention. These alterations usually happen in the first weeks or even months. They can be seen in both directions, both an excess of sensitivity or hypersensitivity and a loss of sensitivity in the area near the scar, the areola, nipple, or other areas.
Usually, these minor alterations recover with the passing of weeks and months, although they may remain permanent. The risk of alterations is greater the more significant the prosthesis to be placed because we need more space, and therefore there is more risk of injuring a nerve ending.
- CAN I BREASTFEED WEARING A BREAST PROSTHESIS?
There is no contraindication of breast prostheses for breastfeeding, and there is no inconvenience for either the mother or the baby. So, it is a totally personal decision, considering that in operated women, in the same way as in non-operated women, the breast can suffer significant aesthetic changes.
- IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR BREAST SURGERY?
The only limitation is not the age, but that the state of health is good enough to undergo this surgery in complete safety.
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Our team of surgeons
Dr. Nidal Masri
Doctor Masri has longstanding ties to the South Florida medical community. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Masri received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University…
Dr. Harry Intsiful MD
Dr. Harry Intsiful graduated summa cum laude from the historic Howard University in Washington, D.C. He continued his medical studies at Howard University, where he graduated.
Dr. Keith Berman
Keith S. Berman, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic…