Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgery that is used to increase the breast size. It involves placing breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue. For many women getting bigger breasts can give them more confidence and for others, it can be a way they can rebuild their breast after various conditions. If you are thinking about breast augmentation, then you should talk to a plastic surgeon to ensure that you know what the surgery involves and what complications and risks come with the surgery and what follow up care you need to do.
Why do some women have breast augmentation?
- It can enhance your appearance if you have one breast smaller than the other or you just have small breasts
- Correct uneven breasts from certain conditions or after breast surgery
- Improve your confidence
Discuss your reasons for wanting breast augmentation with your surgeon so they can be realistic about the procedure and just what it can do for.
There are several risks involved with breast augmentation such as:
- Breast pain
- Scar tissue that can change the shape of the implant
- Implant leakage and rupture
- Changes in breast sensation
If these complications arise then more surgery may be required to fix the issue like replacing or removing the implants.
There has been a possible connection between implants and breast implant anaplastic cell lymphoma which is a rare cancer of the immune system. The FDA states that women with implants may have a low but increase the chance of developing this type of cancer. There are further testing and research needed to understand this connection.
How do you prepare
You will have a consultation with your plastic surgeon who will discuss the size and appearance of your breasts. The surgeon will describe the different types of implants available to you such as round or shapes, teardrop, silicone and saline and what surgical techniques are involved.
You need to read over the patient information and all information from the manufacturer in your records.
Before you decide of the surgery have a think about the following:
- If you are wanting to prevent sagging then you may need to get a breast lift also along with the breast augmentation.
- Implants do not last a lifetime. The lifetime of an implant is around 10 years give or take. In that time rupturing is a possibility to align with the fact your breasts will still age and eight gain or weight loss can change their appearance even with implants.
- Mammograms can be more complicated due to the needed additional specialized views.
- Breast implants can interfere with breastfeeding while some MMS have no problems for others it can be very difficult.
- Unless breast implants are medically needed like after a mastectomy then most breast augmentation will not be covered by insurance. You will need to cover the surgery costs pls all other treatment and imaging tests.
- The FDA has a recommendation of having a routine MRI after around three years but there isn’t much data to support the routine screening unless there are symptoms.
You may need to have a mammogram before surgery is undertaken and certain medications will need to be adjusted or stopped such as those that can cause increased bleeding.