Breast Augmentation

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery also known as Mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size, change the shape and alter the texture of the breasts of woman. Mammoplasty is considered as one of the most successful solutions offered by aesthetic and plastic surgery for dissatisfaction or impaired appearance caused by various reasons in the breast area. It has one of the most successful rate in all of the plastic surgeries.

Who Is Suitable for Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation is a viable plastic surgery procedure for women who wish to restore volume in breasts after weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding, drooping or sagging breasts and loss of shape after breast removal.

What Are the Features of Implants Used in Breast Augmentation Surgeries?

Breast augmentation operations can use a person’s own adipose tissue and stem cells, as well as implants containing silicone or salt water. In operations where the body’s own tissue is used, the fat removed from the fatty area on both sides of the abdomen by liposuction is transferred to the breast tissue. In order for these adipose tissues to be permanent in their new places, they must be fed by the surrounding vessels. Adipose tissue is transplanted together with stem cells in order to create this vascularity.

Implants, on the other hand, consist of salt water contained in a silicone sheath or again, a silicone gel. After implants containing salt water are placed “as a sheath”, they are filled with sterile saline liquid during surgery.

Preoperative Considerations

The patient and surgeon should discuss in detail the preferences about the desired size, expected sensation and appearance before breast augmentation surgery. Your surgeon will examine your breast structure and will advise the surgical technique options that are best suitable for you.

It is important for smokers to quit smoking before surgery. Because smoking slows the recovery of scar tissue. In addition, the patient is required to indicate all the medications she uses. Because if the patient is using drugs such as blood thinners or painkillers, the doctor may ask the patient to quit before the operation. To avoid complications during general anesthesia, it is important not to eat or drink anything after 12 a.m. the day before the surgery.

How Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?

A single incision is made in one of the three points if implant is to be inserted during breast augmentation surgery. After an incision is made from the curve under the breast, under the arm or around the nipple, the surgeon separates the breast tissue from the muscles and connective tissue of the chest, thus creates a pocket. The implant is placed in this pocket and centered behind the nipple. After placement, the surgical site is closed with stitches and bandaged with surgical tape with skin glue. Choosing the incision site is important in order to minimize the formation of scars.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to place a drain on the breast tissue so that dirty blood can be removed. Drains are usually removed the next day easily, without the need for surgery. Breast augmentation operation takes an average 1 or 1.5 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the general condition of the patient and the doctor’s choice, it may be necessary to stay in the hospital overnight. The patient can sometimes be discharged on the same night.

What to Consider After Surgery?

It is not recommended to drive for about a week after breast augmentation surgery. Pain, swelling or bruising may occur for up to a few weeks. Scar colors recover over time, but a very light, indistinct scar may remain. A compression bandage or sports bra should be used to provide extra support and maintain the position of the implants during the recovery period. Pain relievers will be sufficient to relieve postoperative pain.

It is possible to return to work within a week, unless it requires physical effort. By the end of the 4th week following breast implant surgery, you can go back to your normal routine.

On the other hand, exhausting activities that increase heart rate and blood pressure should be avoided for at least two weeks. During the recovery time, breasts may be sensitive to physical contact or movements that cause shaking. Since a feeling of warmth, redness in the breasts or sudden fever may be signs of surgical infection, it is very important to consult a doctor immediately if you experience these problems after the operation. Likewise, in cases such as shortness of breath or chest pain, a surgeon should be consulted immediately. Results of breast implants are long lasting and you will begin to see the final results after 6 months. The operation is made with a special method without traction to give the patient’s milk and prevent the loss of the chest tip feel after the operation.

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