Breast Augmentation is undoubtedly, one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. Each year, thousands of women all over the world, have their breasts enlarged.
More often than not, the surgery is for cosmetic reasons. But breast implants have changed women’s lives for other reasons too. Breast Cancer survivors have their breasts reconstructed often with one or two implants. Tuberous breasts can also be rectified with the use of implants.
According to the BBC, the first ever breast augmentation using silicone implants, was carried out in 1962 in Texas, USA. Previously, it is believed, some doctors had used sponge implants to enhance the size of women’s breasts. However, once the surgery was successfully performed, the demand for silicone breast augmentations has grown and continues to grow today.
Innovations in technique, quality control and surgical experience, have combined to make this a relatively minor procedure. However, Bodyment recommends ALWAYS doing your research prior to making any decisions concerning a surgery as there are always risks.
But what exactly is done during a breast augmentation procedure? What kind of implants exist and what are the risks?
What kind of breast implants exist?
People come in all shapes and sizes – so do breast implants!
Breast implants can differ in shape, size and filling. There are round implants of course, teardrop and conical shapes as well. Different profiles create the upper fullness or more natural look. Teardrops and conical implants do not increase the fullness at the top of the breast as much as high profile implants. The shape and surface of the implants can have an effect on how the implant sits in the pocket and may increase or reduce the risk of complications like capsular contraction. Expect to spend a lot of time researching all your options and of course have faith in your Surgeon.
The filling of the breast implants can be either silicone or saline. Both breast implants have an outer silicone shell.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and are filled once the breast implant is placed during the breast augmentation procedure, which requires a shorter scar compared to the silicone implants. The silicone breast implants instead are pre-filled with a sticky, thick silicone gel. One advantages is that they look and feel more natural and the risk of rippling is smaller.
Choosing your Surgeon:
Of all the decisions to be made prior to undergoing your breast augmentation procedure, probably the most important of all is choosing your Surgeon. In Australia we are spoilt for choice with wonderful Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons performing breast augmentations. Always choose a well respected, experienced Surgeon that is happy to consult with you more than once if needed, to ensure you are comfortable with your decisions. It’s totally your decision as to whether you choose and Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon for this procedure. Some may argue that only a Plastic Surgeon should be performing this surgery, but so long as your chosen Cosmetic Surgeon is well respected, has loads of experience and makes you feel confident in your decision, then go with your own feelings.
Your Doctor will have their own preferences when it comes to the surgical techniques for your particular case. They will also ave their preference for surgical bras. Always listen to your Doctor and take his advice. But for a general rule of thumb, we would recommend wearing a surgical bra 24/7 for at least 6 weeks. Bodyment has sourced the best bras from around the world and our Customer Service department is available via chat or phone to assist with garment selection and sizing.
Periareolar: The incision is made around the areola of the nipple. This is great for reducing the scar but there are risks associated.
Transaxillary: This is when an incision is made in the armpit. Again great for reducing the visibility of scars but also has risk.
Inframammary: This is when an incision is made under the breast in the crease. Probably the most common type of incision and with less risk.
Tuba: An incision is made in the tummy around the navel. Least scarring but more risk.
Now that almost all questions are answered there is still one question left:
How painful is the surgery and recovery time?
Ladies are usually back at work 5 to 7 days following surgery, although this is quite variable between patients. We highly recommend a snug surgical bra to be worn for 6 weeks after a breast augmentation 24/7. Surgical bras are designed to keep circulation moving, stabilize implants, and help the body to heal more quickly.
We always recommend to get 2. ONE to wash and ONE to wear
What bra do I need to wear if my surgeon prefers a non compression bra?
All plastic and cosmetic surgeons have their own manner of managing their postoperative patients. Some surgeons do prefer non compression bras. For this reason we stock ClearPoint Medical bras. The ClearPoint Medical bras are probably the most comfortable post operation bras you can get. The bras are seamless with a low back which makes them easy to hide under clothes. We do recommend to wear the ClearPoint Medical for 6 weeks 24/7 after breast surgery.
Having your breasts augmented is often a very exciting time. Our advice is to be confident with your Surgeon and stay relaxed as much as you can. Follow the clinic’s advice for your post-op recovery and don’t try to rush the recovery process.