What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation by using implants is the insertion of prosthesis with silicone gel which is made of special materials under breast tissue or breast muscles. With this process, breast sizes, shape and lines of women are rearranged.
Breast Implant Types
There are 2 different types of implants used in the breast augmentation procedure. These are round implant and tear-drop implant.
1) Round Implant
It is one of the most commonly used types of implants. As the name suggests, it is preferred by those who want to have round and full breasts. Although it is controversial at the point of creating a natural appearance, it does not cause negativities such as rotation and slippage, which makes it more preferred. It has also some various types such as low, medium, medium-plus and high implants.
2) Tear-Drop Implant
It is quite successful in obtaining a natural appearance. It creates a shape of tear or raindrop. It is a product preferred by those who want natural and big breasts.
Stages of Breast Augmentation Surgery
The steps of the breast augmentation procedure are:
1) Pre-Interview with the Doctor (Consultation)
You can ask your doctor what you are curious about in this meeting. The doctor will ask you the medications you use to determine whether you are eligible for this procedure, your weight, whether you are considering having children, and similar questions.
Local or general anesthesia may be preferred for the procedure depending on the patient’s condition. Injecting anesthesia through the veins, also known as intravenous sedation, may also be used.
There are three different methods for incision. These:
Periareolar incision: It is applied on the lower part of the brown ring.
Inframmary incision: It is applied under the chest.
Transaxillary incision: It is applied in the armpit area.
* Apart from these methods; in the method called TUBA, belly button is used. But this method is not much preferred.
4) Implant Placement
After the incision, placement of the implants begins. There are 2 different methods for this process. These are:
Subglandular Implant Placement: The placement of the implant behind or in front of the chest.
Lower Breast Implant Placement: It is placed in an appropriate area under the chest.
5) Last Step
It is the closure of the incisions with sutures or surgical tape. This region is then bandaged. If soluble stitches are used, they disappear spontaneously after 6-8 weeks. Non-soluble sutures should be removed one week after surgery.
What Should Be Considered in Breast Augmentation?
There are a number of issues that need to be considered and known in the breast augmentation procedure. Some of the highlights are:
- If you are taking blood thinners, you should stop taking this medicine at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- At least 2 weeks before surgery, you must either stop smoking for a while or completely.
- Come to surgery with comfortable and loose clothes.
- You should stop eating and drinking 8 hours before surgery.
- You should remove your jewelry such as rings, earrings and valuables before surgery.
It is normal to feel some pain and weakness in the first days after surgery. Mild redness, bruising and swelling may occur in the breast area operated. They will diminish over time. In addition, your doctor will explain how to make post-operative massage to ensure that the implants fit the body. In addition, a special bra and a number of instructions will be given by your doctor.
You can return to work only a few days after surgery. You should wait for 1-2 weeks to start exercising. At the end of 6 weeks, there will be no obstacles for you to do upper body exercises. But never forget that you should act according to the doctor’s advice during all of these periods.
What Should I Expect from Breast Augmentation Surgery?
This procedure was developed for women who aren’t pleased with the size and largeness of the breasts. Consult your doctor before the operation to obtain some information about the procedure and shape your expectations accordingly. Keep in mind that there may be a number of problems with your ability to breastfeed after the procedure. Keep in mind that your breasts may deteriorate if you constantly lose weight. Get information about such negativities and make your decision accordingly. Thanks to all these, you will be able to create your expectations more realistically.
Pain, swelling and bruising may occur within the first few days after the operation. In addition, your breasts may be harder than normal in this period. Within time, both redness and bruising will go away, and your breasts will soften. The size and largeness of your breasts will be as you wish.
You should continue attending the check-ups after the procedure. Check-ups are important for such cases as leakage, slip and rotation. In addition, the implants may need to be replaced after 10 years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Does breast augmentation increase the risk of breast cancer?
According to a number of studies, this procedure does not adversely trigger cancer risk. In addition, prosthesis is not an obstacle to the diagnosis of cancer. Implants may interfere with mammograms, but do not interfere with breast scans.
How old should I be for surgery?
There is no age limit for this procedure. What is important here is that you do not have a health problem and your doctor gives consent to the operation. Many women have had successful results in their 50s with this procedure.
Is the surgery painful?
You will not feel any pain because it is an operation under anesthesia.
Can those who have just given birth have this operation done?
Women who have newly given birth should wait for at least 6 months. At the end of this period, surgery is performed provided that the doctor gives consent.
Is there a risk of the implant to burst out?
There is a minor risk that the implant will burst out. This risk can be said to be around 1% and is a rare condition. Since the implants contain saline solution, in case of possible outburst and leakage, there is no risk of damage to the body. The body can absorb the water coming out and this does not adversely affect your health. If your breasts begin to shrink and flatten, consult your doctor in case of an outburst.
What type and size of implant should I choose?
The choice depends on your expectations and the general condition of your body. At this point, it is important that you evaluate your doctor’s recommendations in order to fully meet your expectations. In addition, going to the interview with an appropriate bra will make it easier to choose the size and type of the implant.
Can I breastfeed my baby after the operation?
The operation has no direct impact on milk production centers. Therefore, you can continue breastfeeding after the procedure. But at this point, choosing an experienced surgeon will be very important.
Will I need additional surgery?
Normally, no additional surgery is needed. However an additional surgical operation may be required if the implant tears, turns or slips.
Can the breast implant be used for a lifetime?
The life of the implants used in this procedure is between 10 and 20 years. You can use your implant for more than 10 years when you take care of your health. However, if changes in size and size start to occur over time, you can ask your doctor to change it. It is generally recommended to replace the implants after 10 years.
Is Breast augmentation surgery a solution to sagging?
No, this procedure only concerns size and largeness. In order to solve the sagging problem, you need to have breast lift surgery called Breast Lift. If you need something at this point, Breast Lift can be performed at the same time as breast augmentation.
Is having an implant the only way to get larger breasts?
No. There are different methods, but this is the most popular and functional way.
You can examine the successful results closely by comparing the pre- and post-photographs of our patients with Breast Augmentation surgery in our clinic. These results will help you in your decision-making process.