Are you considering breast implants? This surgery, known as breast augmentation, involves placing saline or silicone implants to create larger breasts. In addition to cosmetic purposes, augmentation may also be used to reconstruct the breasts for women who have had a mastectomy.
There are two types of breast implants available and approved by the Food and Drug Administration: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, while silicone has a gel solution inside. While silicone is typically thought to provide a more natural look and feel, these implants must be monitored with MRI exams every few years to check for rupture.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss the type of implants that works best for you, as well as size, shape, and placement. During the surgery, which is done on an outpatient basis, you’ll first receive general anesthesia. An incision is made either under the arm, around the nipple, or under the breast, and the implants placed either on top of or underneath the pectoral muscle. After the surgery, you’ll experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks, but should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.
Risks of breast augmentation surgery include scarring, loss of sensation, pain, and interference with early detection of breast cancer. Implants may also rupture or leak; however, in most cases this is merely a cosmetic issue and poses no serious health risk. Breast implants typically do not last a lifetime, so at some point you will likely need to have surgery to remove the old implant and place a new one if desired.
If you have not yet had children and plan to breastfeed future infants, keep in mind that breast implants may hinder breastfeeding. In addition, you’ll need to monitor your breasts closely for any changes and see a doctor promptly if you notice lumps, hardening, or other abnormalities.
With breast augmentation surgery, you can have the larger breasts you’ve always wanted, and well as reshape and enlarge breasts that have lost volume with aging or pregnancy.
If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, contact Georgia Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. We’ll review in-depth information about the procedure and offer specific instructions about preparation and recovery. Our team is here to make sure you’re well-informed about your treatment. We’ll work with you to ensure you get the best results,